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Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

I read Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover cover-to-cover in 5 hours one night. I cried from about page 50 right through to the end. By the time I was done, I need eye drops and an ice pack for my swollen eyes. Was it worth it? You better believe it was. (Kindle | Paperback)

In the following article, you'll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions bout the book, as well as a list of books like Reminders of Him to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

What Is Reminders of Him About?

5 years ago, Kenna Rowan was in an accident that killed her beloved boyfriend Scotty. Because she was drunk and fled the scene, she was sent to prison. Now that she's been released, she's returned to her hometown in hopes of meeting her and Scotty's daughter, Diem, whom she gave birth to in prison and lost all parental rights of. However, Scotty's family and friends have no intention of letting Kenna anywhere near Diem. That is until Ledger Ward, Scotty's best friend and the man whose been helping raise Diem, gradually begins to learn more about who Kenna is as a person and what actually happened on the night Scotty died.

How Long Does It Take to Read Reminders of Him?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 17 minutes to read Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover.

Is Reminders of Him a Spicy Book? What Are the Spicy Chapters?

Yes - Reminders of Him is spicy but there are only a few spicy chapters including chapters 6, 31, and 23.

What Crime Did Kenna Commit in Reminders of Him?

Kenna is convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison, though she gets released on probation two years early.

Why Did Kenna Not Save Scotty from the Car in Reminders of Him?

In Kenna's letter to Scotty, Kenna reveals that after their crash she crawled to Scotty and tried to take his pulse. After she was not able to find a pulse using his arm and did hear him breathing, Kenna attempted to locate a phone to call for help. However, the phone was lost in the accident and so she took off on foot to get help. Along the way, she becomes disoriented and cannot find her way back to the wreck. The reality of losing Scotty also sets in at this point and she tries to kill herself by walking into oncoming traffic. When that doesn't work, she goes back to her apartment to jump off the balcony but when she arrives she passes out, hits her head, and is knocked unconscious until the next morning when the police arrive.

Long story short, the reason Kenna did not save Scotty from the car is that she truly thought he was dead and could not be saved.

Does Reminders of Him Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Reminders of Him has a happy ending! After Kenna reveals what happened the night of the accident to Ledger, he secretly prints out the letter and brings it to Scotty's parents. He demands they read it so they can understand that Kenna never knowingly abandoned Scotty. They do and the next morning Ledger takes Scotty's mom, Grace, to see Kenna. Once there, she forgives Kenna and invites her to meet Diem. Later that day, Kenna finally gets to meet her daughter.

In the epilogue, it is revealed that Kenna and Ledger are living together in Ledger's childhood home across from Scotty's parents, co-parenting Diem with Scotty's parents, and have just welcomed a son, who they named Scotty.

Is Reminders of Him a Standalone?

Yes, Reminders of Him is a standalone book. However, Colleen Hoover has written several other standalone books, including:

  • Heart Bones

  • Verity

  • November 9

  • Ugly Love

  • Regretting You

  • All Your Perfects

  • Confess

  • Without Merit

  • Layla

  • Too Late

5 Books Like Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Whether it was the relationship with Diem you loved about Reminders of Him, the slow-burn/enemies-to-lovers trope, or the tragedy that led to a second chance, here's a list of books like it in one of those ways to read next:

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

1. Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

If you loved the role Ledger played in Diem's life as a father figure, then you'll love Knox, one of the main characters in Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score. The relationship between the child and the main man in both books was similar and equally heartwarming. Knox also happens to own a bar and gives the main female character, Naomi, a job when she needs it most, just like Ledger did for Kenna.

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

2. All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

It's rare to see so happy glowing reviews for a book, but All Rhodes Lead Here is one of those books with a 4.4 out of 5 rating on GoodReads. Like Reminders of Him, one of this book's main characters is a child, which I always find adds another level of complexity to a romance. Here's the idea: Aurora moves back to her hometown after a breakup, where she moves into Tobias Rhodes' garage apartment. However, Tobias's son Amos, rented it out without his dad, Tobias' permission, so together Amos and Aurora have to convince him to let her stay. It's a slow burn, enemies-to-lovers, moving back home, found family romance, which are all things you saw in Reminders of Him.

Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

3. Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

Like in Reminders of Him, the main female character in Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey has recently been released from jail and like Kenna, Stella takes accountability for the mistakes she made that lead her there. Also, both women get second chances in more ways than one and get the happily ever after they deserve. While Window Shopping does take place in New York City at Christmas, it can easily be enjoyed whether it's the holiday season or not.

Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

4. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

There are two things in particular that make Falling Into You and Reminders of Him sound similar. First off, tell me this first line in Falling Into You doesn't sound similar to the Kenna-Scotty-Ledger situation: "I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first." Second, they're both tear-jerker romances that include tragedy and a dose of spice.

Confess by Colleen Hoover

5. Confess by Colleen Hoover

Do you know who loves Colleen Hoover? BookTok. So, as I was browsing TikTok and deciding which of her books to read next, I made note of a few comments saying how many similarities there are between Confess and Reminders of Him. In fact, here are the key similarities as pointed out by one Redditor: five-year timeline jump, young couple unexpectedly gets pregnant, father of the baby dies early, mom loses custody, father's side raises the child, mom tries to get her kid back."


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