TITLE/AUTHOR: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
AGE GROUP/GENRE: New Adult Contemporary/Issues
PUBLISHED: 7th May by Atria Books (Self published on 17th December 2012)
REVIEWED BY: Kelly & Joanne
SOURCE: Paid for Kindle downloads on Amazon UK
FIND HOPELESS ON: Goodreads
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 a 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.
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter.
We’ve tried really hard to keep spoilers out of our reviews
so read on, safe in the knowledge that we won’t spoil the story for you 🙂
So, my little story about Hopeless starts back in December of last year – Hopeless was released mid December, earlier than expected, and like a lot of people I rushed to download it. And then nothing … I didn’t get to read it. December is a hugely busy month for me, as well as arranging Christmas for my family of 5 my youngest son has a birthday just 4 days after Christmas day! I finally got around to reading Hopeless at the very end of June and I could’ve kicked myself for putting it off for so long, especially since by the I owned the Kindle version, a signed self published paperback AND the Atria paperback!
I purposely avoided reading reviews of Hopeless for a couple of reasons …
#1 because I don’t care what the reviews of a Colleen Hoover book say – I’m still going to read it – she’s a an auto-read author for me. It’s that simple.
#2 because I knew from the blurb that there had to be some heavy secrets revealed and I didn’t want to go in to the book already knowing what they were. I wanted to go in blind and find them out, and experience them, for myself.
It soon became pretty clear to me what the secrets were and what trauma Sky had experienced/suffered in the past and I couldn’t help but cry for her. To say Sky had been through a lot in her early life was an understatement. I quickly worked out some of the secrets and who had played a part in them, but I couldn’t quite work out how everything and everybody fit together. I know that probably sounds really vague but it’s for the best that I stay that way!
I loved Sky and I admired how strong she was. As the past caught up with her she showed an amazing amount of courage and strength in how she dealt with it all. Yes, she was shocked, but she was also very willing to listen to what was being explained to her.
I loved Holder and I loved the intense chemistry he and Sky had. As I was reading Hopeless I already knew I had Losing Hope to move on to and I couldn’t wait to get in to his head and find out more about how he was feeling during pivotal moments in Hopeless
For all that the story dealt with hard-hitting subjects there were plenty of moments of light relief – mostly courtesy of Breckin the Mormon. He definitely had to be my favourite of all of the secondary characters! He was hilarious!
“And if you haven’t deduced from my impeccable fashion sense, I think it’s safe to say that I’m …” he leans forward and cups his mouth to his hand in secrecy. “Mormon,” he whispers.” – Breckin when he meets Sky for the first time.
I finished Hopeless feeling uplifted if that’s even possible. I was happy with the way things ended and that Sky had at least got some sense of closure. Hell, Hopeless even got me thinking about taking up running in the hope that I might bump on to someone like Holder! (YES, I KNOW I am 31 and would totally be a cougar to be chasing around after teenagers and YES, I do remember that I am happily married but a girl can dream, can’t she?!)
I don’t know how she does it but Colleen Hoover has never disappointed me yet with one of her stories and Hopeless was definitely no exception. It was just as good, if not better, since it tackled heavier subject matter so well, as Slammed and Point of Retreat.
O.M.G WOW!! What to say that hasn’t already been said? And without giving away any spoilers?
I don’t think I could do justice to the book, I do not have the words to describe how much I lived, loved this story. It has a few twists, that I never saw coming and I’m sure I must have had a ‘gasping fish’ expression while reading. I loved the main characters Sky and Holder, but Breckin was great too as Sky’s new best friend.
There are parts of the story that were disturbing but necessary to explain why Sky is the way she is, and the way Colleen Hoover writes, I ended up an emotional wreck. I felt for Sky, I felt for Holder and the dilemma he faced and then the revelations that came out towards the end had me sobbing for the pair of them.
Since I got my kindle I have reignited my passion for reading and I read one book after another, but every now and then I come across a book that affects me so much that I need to take some time to come back down. This is one of those books. I couldn’t put this book down, I stayed up late to finish it and even after I did finish, I couldn’t sleep because it was ticking over in my mind.
This is a book that will be going in my “books to keep and read again” folder – it will come as no surprise that Slammed and Point of Retreat are in that folder too.
Colleen Hoover is an amazing writer – I am 38, well over “mature YA” age and I loved her previous 2 books. I would buy her books without reading the blurb because I just know they would be fantastic.