Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover
Born Margaret Colleen Fennell[1]
(1979-12-11) December 11, 1979 (age 38)
Sulphur Springs, TX, US
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Education B.A., Social Work
Alma mater Texas A&M-Commerce
Genre Young adult fiction and New-adult fiction
Notable works
  • Slammed
  • Point of Retreat
  • This Girl
  • Hopeless
  • Losing Hope
  • Finding Cinderella
  • Maybe Someday
  • Maybe Not
  • Ugly Love
  • November Nine
  • Confess
  • It Ends With Us
  • Without Merit
Spouse William Heath Hoover

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Colleen Hoover (born December 11, 1979) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels and five novellas.[2] Hoover's novels fall into the New Adult and young adult categories.[1]

Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012.[3] Since then, all of her full-length novels have become New York Times Best Sellers.[2]

Colleen Hoover has appeared on ABC News Nightline[1] and CBS This Morning[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Colleen Hoover was born December 11, 1979[5] in Sulphur Springs, TX, to Vannoy Fite[1] and Eddie Fennell. She grew up in Saltillo, TX,[6] and graduated from Saltillo High School in 1998.[7] In 2000, she married Heath Hoover,[8] with whom she now has three sons.[9] Hoover graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in Social Work.[3] She worked various social work and teaching jobs until she began her writing career.[3]

In November 2011, Colleen began writing her first novel, Slammed, with no intentions of getting published. She was inspired by a lyric, "decide what to be and go be it," from an Avett Brothers song, "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise." Because of this, she incorporated Avett Brothers lyrics throughout the story.[10] After a few months, her novel was reviewed and given 5 stars by a major book blogger, Maryse Black.[11] After that, sales rapidly increased, and Slammed and its sequel, Point of Retreat, both made the New York Times Best Seller list.[3][12]

Writings[edit]

Slammed[edit]

Hoover self-published her debut novel, Slammed, in January 2012.[3] Slammed first made the New York Times Best Seller list on July 22, 2012[13] and peaked at #8 in e-book fiction on August 5, 2012.[14] Atria Books picked it up and republished it August 10, 2012.[15]

Point of Retreat[edit]

Hoover self-published Point of Retreat, the sequel to Slammed, in February 2012.[3] Point of Retreat first made the New York Times Best Seller list on July 29, 2012[16] and peaked at #18 on August 5, 2012.[14] Atria Books picked it up along with Slammed and republished it on August 10, 2012.[17]

This Girl[edit]

Atria Books published This Girl, the third and final instalment in the Slammed series, on April 30, 2013.[18] It made the New York Times Best Seller list on May 19, 2013, where it peaked at #9.[19]

A Father's Kiss[edit]

A Father's Kiss is a short story and a follow-up to the Slammed series. Hoover published "A Father's Kiss" as part of an anthology, called The Kiss: An Anthology of Love and Other Close Encounters, on January 15, 2014.[20]

Hopeless[edit]

Hoover self-published Hopeless in December 2012.[3] On January 6, 2013, it debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at #19.[21] On January 20, 2013, it peaked at #1 and remained there for three weeks.[22] It was the first self-published novel to ever make #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list,[23] the #1 bestselling self-published e-book of 2013, and the #16 bestselling e-book overall of 2013.[24] Hoover sold the paperback rights to Atria Books in January 2013,[3] and the paperback released on May 7, 2013.[25] Hoover still owns her e-book rights today.[25]

Losing Hope[edit]

Atria Books published Losing Hope, the POV companion novel to Hopeless, on July 8, 2013.[26] It debuted and peaked at #6 on the New York Times Best Seller list on July 28, 2013.[27]

Finding Cinderella[edit]

Finding Cinderella is a free novella that Hoover published as a thank you to her fans for all their continued support. It is a spinoff of Hopeless and Losing Hope and features several of the same characters. Originally, neither Hoover nor Atria Books had any intention of offering Finding Cinderella in paperback form, because the intention was to offer the book for free. However, due to the overwhelming demands from Hoover’s fans, Atria Books agreed to publish the novel in paperback form, complete with several bonus features such as a new epilogue and Hoover’s own “Cinderella story.”[28]

Maybe Someday[edit]

Atria Books published Maybe Someday on March 18, 2014.[29] It debuted and peaked at #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list on April 6, 2014[30] and resurfaced on the New York Times Best Seller list on September 14, 2014, at #21.[31]

Maybe Someday is a standalone novel about a young guy and girl who write music together. Hoover joined forces with musician Griffin Peterson[32] to create an original soundtrack to accompany the novel. Readers are able to click links in the e-book or scan a QR code in the paperback, which will take them to a website where they can listen to the music for free.[33]

Ugly Love[edit]

Atria Books published Ugly Love on August 5, 2014.[34] The book received a Starred Review from Booklist[35] and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for three weeks, where it debuted and peaked at #4 on August 24, 2014.[36] Film rights for the book have recently been purchased by Hackybox Pictures, based out of Toronto, Canada. The project is still in the works, but Nick Bateman has been cast as the male lead.[37]

Never Never[edit]

A collaboration with Tarryn Fisher.

Confess[edit]

Atria Books published Confess on March 10, 2015.[38] It debuted and peaked at #9 on the New York Times Best Seller list on March 29, 2015.[39] It has since gone on to become an Awestruck original TV series, coming April 2017 to go90.com and the go90 app, available for iOS or Android.

November Nine[edit]

Atria Books published November Nine was on November 10, 2015.[40] It debuted #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list on November 29, 2015.[41]

It Ends With Us[edit]

Atria Books published It Ends With Us on August 2, 2016.[42] Hoover described this novel as "by far the hardest book I've ever written."[43] It received a starred review from Kirkus.[44]

Without Merit[edit]

Atria Books published Without Merit on October 3, 2017.[45]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Awards Ceremony Work Category Result Ref
2012 Goodreads Choice Awards Slammed Young Adult Fiction Nominated [46]
2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Losing Hope Romance Nominated [47]
2013 Goodreads Choice Awards This Girl Romance Nominated [47]
2014 UtopYA Con Awards Maybe Someday Most Innovative Marketing Won [48]
2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Confess Romance Won [49]
2016 Goodreads Choice Awards It Ends With Us Romance Won

Achievements[edit]

New York Times Best Sellers[edit]

Slammed (#8)[14]
Point of Retreat (#18)[14]
This Girl (#9)[19]
Hopeless (#1)[22]
Losing Hope (#6)[27]
Maybe Someday (#3)[30]
Confess (#4)[30]

Amazon Best Sellers Of 2013[edit]

Hopeless (#16)[24]

Works[edit]

Books[50]
  • Slammed (2012)
  • Point of Retreat (2012)
  • This Girl (2013)
  • Hopeless (2013)
  • Losing Hope (2013)
  • Finding Cinderella (2014) novella
  • Maybe Someday (2014)
  • Maybe Not (2014) novella
  • Ugly Love (2014)
  • Never Never (2015) three part novella series with Tarryn Fisher
  • Confess (2015)
  • November 9 (2015)
  • Too Late (2016)
  • It Ends with Us (2016)
  • Without Merit (2017)
  • All your Perfects (2018)
Short stories
  • "A Father's Kiss" from The Kiss (An Anthology of Love and Other Close Encounters)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Colleen Hoover". Amazon. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Stengle, Jamie (16 April 2013). "Colleen Hoover Books: Texas Woman Self-Publishes, Hits Best-Seller Lists". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Self-published Colleen Hoover Talks Living the American Dream". CBS This Morning. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Colleen Hoover". The Book Pusher. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Hoover, Colleen. "Paying it forward..." Colleen Hoover. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Colleen Hoover". Classmates.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Hoover, Colleen. "Fourteen Years. :0". Colleen Hoover. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Author". Maybe Someday Soundtrack. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "How The Avett Brothers Kindled the Career of a Self-Published Author". GalleyCat. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Book Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover". Maryse.net. 
  12. ^ "A Raw Blog Post". ColleenHoover.com. 
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  31. ^ "E-book Fiction Best Sellers". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  32. ^ "Griffin Peterson's Official Website". GriffinPeterson.com. 
  33. ^ "Soundtrack". Maybe Someday. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
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  35. ^ "Ugly Love, by Colleen Hoover". Booklist.com. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  36. ^ "E-Book Fiction Best Sellers". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  37. ^ Administrator. "Colleen Hoover's book 'Ugly Love' headed to film". www.myssnews.com. Retrieved 2016-11-26. 
  38. ^ "Confess by Colleen Hoover". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  39. ^ "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction Books - Best Sellers - March 29, 2015 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-11-26. 
  40. ^ "November Nine". Goodreads. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  41. ^ "E-Book Fiction Books - Best Sellers - November 29, 2015 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-11-26. 
  42. ^ "It Ends with Us". Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-11-26. 
  43. ^ "New Adult author Colleen Hoover releases novel 'It Ends with Us'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-11-26. 
  44. ^ IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover | Kirkus Reviews. 
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  47. ^ a b "Best Books of 2013". Goodreads. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  48. ^ "2014 UtopYA Awards Winners Announced". My Bookopolis. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  49. ^ "Best Romance of 2015". Goodreads. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
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