Regretting You Summary, Themes, Synopsis & Characters [Book by Colleen Hoover]

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Book TitleRegretting You
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AuthorColleen Hoover
Publication Year2019
GenreContemporary Romance, Young Adult Fiction
PublisherMontlake Romance
Pages366 pages

Regretting You Characters

The main characters of “Regretting You” are:

Morgan Grant – A devoted mother and wife, struggling to find her identity after a tragedy.

Clara Grant – Morgan’s teenage daughter, trying to make sense of her own life and choices.

Jonah Collins – Clara’s love interest, dealing with his own personal struggles.

Chris Grant – Morgan’s husband and Clara’s father, whose death shakes the family to its core.

Jenny – Morgan’s best friend, providing support and guidance throughout the story.

Miller – A new character who enters Morgan’s life and brings about unexpected changes.

Regretting You Themes

The main themes of “Regretting You” are:

1. Family Dynamics – “Regretting You” explores the complex relationships within a family, focusing on the struggles, sacrifices and growth experienced by its members.

2. Regret and Redemption – The book delves into the theme of regret, showcasing how past choices and mistakes can haunt individuals, while also highlighting the potential for redemption and personal growth.

3. Mother-Daughter Bond – The story explores the evolving bond between a mother and daughter, emphasizing the challenges, conflicts, and eventual understanding that arise as they navigate their individual desires and expectations.

4. Secrets and Betrayal – “Regretting You” explores the consequences of secrets and betrayal within relationships, examining how these hidden truths can fracture trust and impact the lives of those involved.

5. Communication and Miscommunication – “Regretting You” highlights the importance of effective communication within relationships, emphasizing how miscommunication and misunderstandings can lead to conflict and heartache.

6. Second Chances – The book explores the theme of second chances, as characters are presented with opportunities to reconcile, rebuild relationships, and make amends, showing that it’s never too late to seek redemption and happiness.

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Regretting You Summary

Regretting Morgan, 17, is spending the summer with her lover Chris Grant, her sister Jenny & Jenny’s lover Jonah Sullivan when the story begins. Morgan is Jenny’s mother figure & she has a quiet link with Jonah, who exhibits maturity that Morgan admires. Chris and Jenny are addicted to drink and drugs. Morgan soon finds she is pregnant with Chris’s kid. 

17 years later, Clara, Chris & Morgan’s 16 year old daughter, is driving home from school when she observes a classmate called Miller Adams abandoned by the side of the road. Miller is picked up and driven home by her. Miller lies to Shelby about his connections with Clara and stalks her on social media. 

34 year’s old Morgan & her sister Jenny are cooking dinner with the family as it’s Morgan’s birthday.

Jenny announces that she and Jonah will marry, they split up as adolescents and Jonah went missing, but they rejoined briefly for a one-night fling and subsequently learned Jenny was pregnant. Morgan avoids Jonah because he is angry with him for his sudden departure years ago. Dinner is served to the family. Chris, now Morgan’s husband, works at the same hospital where Jenny employs as a nurse.

Jonah works as a teacher at Clara’s high school. When Chris finds out about Clara’s meeting with Miller, he prevents her from seeing him again and discourages her from considering acting as a career. Morgan feels alone at the dinner table. Morgan informs Chris later that evening of her choice to return to college. Morgan & Clara participate in their birthday vision board ritual. Morgan determines that her objective would be to discover her passion.

Morgan observes Jenny’s kid Elijah when Jenny returns to work following maternity leave the next morning. Clara discloses to Jenny her crush for Miller. Jonah matches Clara & Miller for a video competition at school. Clara sends Jenny text messages regarding her contacts with Miller. 

Morgan receives a call later that day informing her that Chris had been in a vehicle accident. Morgan comes at the hospital, unaware that Jenny was also involved in the accident & finds Jonah there. Jonah and Morgan investigate the reason Chris and Jenny were driving together and discover Jenny lied about having to return to work. To keep Clara safe, they say Jenny picked up Chris when he had a flat tyre. Jonah and Morgan are informed by a doctor that Chris and Jenny have died. 

Clara regrets herself for distracted her aunt with texting in the aftermath of the disaster. Miller attends the burial, and they leave together, using marijuana before getting caught by Morgan. While Morgan tries to suppress her suspicions that Chris and Jenny are having an affair, Jonah locates Chris’s vehicle at a nearby hotel. Morgan and Jonah accompany Chris and Jenny to the hotel, where they locate lingerie and prove Chris and Jenny’s affair. Morgan comes to assume that Chris, not Jonah, is Elijah’s father. 

Clara sneaks out to catch a movie and runs into Miller in the theatre. They communicate. Jonah wakes Morgan up late at night & abandons Elijah with her because he is concerned about Elijah’s actual lineage. Morgan continues to care for Elijah for many days until Clara travels to Jonah’s house and persuades him to take Elijah back. Jonah expresses regret to Morgan. 

Clara avoids going home two weeks later after multiple arguments with her mother about her connection with Miller. Miller takes Clara up at a coffee shop after informing her that he has split up with his fiancée. They enjoy their first kiss after Miller admits to having a three-year attraction on Clara. Morgan and Jonah debate whether to tell Clara & Elijah the truth about Chris and Jenny at her house. Morgan is adamant on protecting Clara and keeping the truth hidden. Morgan recalls her attraction to Jonah and her anguish at Jonah’s abrupt departure from town when they were teenagers after she informed him about her pregnancy. 

Miller and Clara hold hands in class the next day. Morgan unexpectedly shows at the school and captures them together. Morgan and Clara disagree. Morgan, distraught, brings Elijah up from creche and looks after him until Jonah gets home from work. Jonah uncovers many letters from Jenny to Chris while looking for equipment to assist Morgan in removing a door she’d furiously shattered. Morgan hides the letters because Jonah refuses to read them. Jonah and Morgan smash a picture Jenny previously gave Chris after commiserating about Chris and Jenny’s treachery. They almost kiss before Clara comes home and nearly catches them. Later, Jonah inquires about Morgan’s emotions for him. They dispute when Morgan refuses to respond. 

Morgan ignores Jonah’s phone calls for a week, while Miller & Clara become closer. When Elijah becomes unwell, Jonah anxiously seeks aid from Morgan. Jonah comes home from work to pick up Elijah and has dinner with Morgan. Morgan confronts Jonah about his intercourse with Jenny the previous year. Jonah admits to having sex with Jenny because he was jealous of Chris and Morgan’s relationship. Jonah kisses Morgan as they discuss their affections for one another.

Clara enters as they are kissing. Clara calls Miller to her room and commences sexual activity with him, assuming Jonah and Morgan have been dating since Chris and Jenny’s murders. When Miller notices Clara’s lack of enthusiasm, he comes to a halt and becomes enraged at her for using him to irritate her mother. Clara begs him to stay, and they both nod out. 

The following day, Morgan is informed of a shattered window screen by a neighbour. Morgan goes to check on Clara and finds Miller sleeping in her bed. Morgan and Clara are arguing once more. Clara boldly departs for school. Her 17th birthday has arrived. During Jonah’s first period, she frantically breaks her mobile phone. Jonah, concerned, does not discipline Clara but instead consoles her. Clara skips the remainder of the day of school and invites Jonah and Miller to her birthday supper.

Morgan is preparing Clara’s favourite meals for dinner when Jonah & Miller arrive. Clara antagonises her mother during the meal and ultimately storms out. Clara tries to flee with Miller, but he refuses to accept her behaviour. Clara goes inside and dials her best friend Lexie’s number. 

Morgan visits Jonah’s residence and expresses her affection for him while Clara is with Lexie. They have passionate romance. For the sake of Clara, Jonah swears to keep Elijah’s paternity a secret. Morgan arrives home to find Clara & Lexie drunk. Morgan looks after Clara when she passes out in a drunken stupor. Clara confesses her regret for messaging Jenny during the accident as she walks. 

Morgan & Clara finish the birthday board tradition the day following Clara’s birthday. Clara expresses her desire for Morgan to embrace her relationship with Miller, encourage her acting career & always be truthful to her. Morgan expresses her support for Clara and tries to convince her that she is not to blame for Jenny and Chris’ deaths. Clara, confused, encourages Morgan to tell her the truth about what occurred. Morgan eventually confesses Chris and Jenny’s romance.

Morgan offers to drive Clara to Miller’s work after noticing her distress. Clara is consoled by Miller. Morgan returns to the movie theatre to check on Clara while she waits for Miller to finish his work. The mother and daughter come to terms and leave the theatre together. Clara conveys her support of Morgan & Jonah’s relationship the next day. Morgan tears the confidential messages between Chris & Jenny without reading them at the end of the evening.

Weeks later, Miller & Clara show Jonah, Morgan & other friends their film competition application. Following the original viewing, Miller surprises Clara with a montage of films he surreptitiously shot over months in order to ask Clara to prom. Clara & Miller place an order for pizza at Miller’s residence. Miller’s grandpa informs him that when he dies, he would leave him $250,000 and urges him to follow his ambition of going film school.

Eventually, Morgan and Clara are able to reconcile and move forward with their lives. They realize that despite all the pain and betrayal, they still love each other deeply.

In the final scene of the book, Morgan and Clara are sitting on the beach, watching the sunset. They talk about their hopes and dreams for the future, and Morgan tells Clara that she’s proud of the woman she’s become.

“Regretting You” is a powerful story about love, loss, and forgiveness. It’s a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for a better future.

Regretting You Synopsis

“Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is insistent that her kid would not make the same mistakes she made. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold.

Clara is not interested in following in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body. With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist.

The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident.

The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

Regretting You Quotes

  • “Sometimes you have to walk away from the fight in order to win it.”
  • “Heartbreak builds character.”
  • “I wonder if humans are the only living creatures that ever feel hollow inside.”
  • “The past may haunt us, but it doesn’t define our future. We have the power to rewrite our story.”
  • “It means people who make mistakes usually learn from them. That doesn’t make them hypocrites. It makes them experienced.”
  • “I’m confident that I’ll never spend a single second of my life regretting you.”
  • “Love has the power to heal even the deepest regrets, if we’re brave enough to let it.”
  • “For some reason, sadness in music eases the sadness in my soul.”
  • “Grief is a beast, but it’s also a great excuse.”
  • “I just crave you more than I’ve ever craved anything in my life.”
  • “I think it’s time I figure out who I was meant to become before I started living my life for everyone else.”
  • “You know your life is shit when you’re handwashing baby bottles, praying for Armageddon.”
  • “I’m amazed at how such a small touch can cause such a consequential reaction”

Regretting You FAQs

What is the book Regretting You about?

“Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover is a contemporary romance novel about love, loss, family secrets and second chances.

Is Regretting You a happy ending?

Yes, “Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover has a happy ending.

What is the age rating for Regretting You?

The age rating for Regretting you is 14 and over.

Does regretting you have spicy scenes?

Yes, “Regretting You” by Colleen Hoover contains some spicy or intimate scenes.

Which Colleen Hoover books are best?

It Ends with Us” and “Verity” are often considered among Colleen Hoover’s best books, known for their compelling storytelling, emotional depth and thought-provoking themes.

About the Author-Colleen Hoover

Full NameColleen Hoover
Date of BirthDecember 11, 1979
GenreContemporary Romance
Notable WorksAll Your Perfects
Reminders Of Him
Awards– Goodreads Choice Award
– Romance Writers of America (RITA) Award

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