~ Synopsis ~
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from the past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
I don’t even know where to begin with this…. Hopeless is one of the most amazing books I’ve read in the last ten years. Here you meet Sky, typical teenager who’s been home schooled her entire life but convinces her mother she wants to go to high school her senior year to broaden her horizons… She’s lived a life of zero technology – no cell phone – no computer – no TV. Yes, just think about it – she barely knows what texting is and still writes out LAUGH OUT LOUD when something is funny. This is why I love her.
She’s spunky – speaks from her heart with no filter and is real. Step in Dean Holder – moving back into town from his father’s, after one of the worst years of his life, Holder is trying to put the fractured pieces of his life back together after loosing 2 of the most important people in his life. When these two meet there is instant chemistry and Sky finally feel’s something – for the first time in her life – she feels something, someone and Holder is going to help her figure it out.
Colleen Hoover is one of the most talented, real writers out there today. She writes in a way that you’re in the midst of the conversation – your there – your part of the story – you feel it. She will leave you wanting more, throwing your kindle in exasperation and pleading for the squeal to come out sooner.
Hopeless is a stand alone novel, but when she announced that she would be releasing a companion novel; Losing Hope – and that it would be Holder’s story? The interwebs went CRAZY!
Losing Hope’s page on Goodreads had over 100 comments – desperate please for a release date and the over excitement of the awaiting novel that comes out July 8th – on e-book; paper back to be released October 15th 2013. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC on NetGalley, provided by her publisher, Atria Books – Simon & Schuster. on June 27th and literally didn’t move for hours until I devoured the whole thing.
***If you HAVE NOT read Hopeless yet – DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER***
I can’t even see threw my mess of tears at this moment to write a proper review – damn you Hoover! Knocked it right out if the park chick- bravo!!!!!!!
Ok – now that I’ve had a few hours to reflect, re-read some more of my favorite parts, and cry all over again; I’ve composed myself enough to give a review. I’d give it 6 stars or more. By far one of the best books I’ve read in the last 10 years. Hopeless blew me away, but Losing Hope? Getting the amazing story told all over again and more through Holder? And not just his POV – this is his story, what he went through before, during and after loosing Hope. We feel his heartbreak as a child loosing his best friend and feeling responsible, and then as a teenager dealing with the loss of his twin sister….and then yes, finding Hope again.
Without giving any spoiler’s away, I have to say Colleen is amazing. The way she used the word hope or hoping through the whole book made my chest squeeze just a little tighter every time. We know it’s her name – we know his tattoo – but ever time Holder is explaining his feelings or talking and someone uses that word? it’s like twisting a little knife in your soul anticipating the inevitable conclusion you know is going to bust you wide open – and it did. Twice as bad from when I read Hopeless. I was shocked from Hopeless and the twists and turns, and even though I knew what was coming in this book? Hoover still managed to leave my sitting there blubbering like an idiot, with my mouth wide open, throwing my Kindle – and repeatedly blowing my nose….always yelling DAMN YOU HOOVER!!!
Release date: July 9, 2013
ARC provided by Neg Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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