AGE GROUP/GENRE: New Adult Contemporary/Issues
PUBLISHED: 8th July 2013 by Atria Books
REVIEWED BY: Kelly & Joanne
SOURCE: Review copies received via Net Galley
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In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.
In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.
Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…
Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ “HOPELESS” BY COLLEEN HOOVER THEN DO NOT READ FURTHER!
THESE REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THAT BOOK.
!!YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
I think this review has the potential to be really, really gushy and I make no apologies for that. Quite simply – Colleen Hoover is a GENIUS and I LOVE HER!
If you’ve read my review of HOPELESS you’ll see that I’ve only just recently read that book … it’s a long story as to why … but as soon as I finished it I just HAD to move on to Losing Hope, and thanks to Net Galley I could do just that. I ended up reading both books in one weekend, I could only just about manage to put the books down long enough to wash, dress, and feed my kids!
Anyway, on to my review …
Losing Hope is told from Holder’s POV. The story starts about a year or so earlier than the events of Hopeless and the “incident” involving Les hasn’t happened just yet. Then it does happen and Holder’s whole world falls apart. My heart broke for Holder so many times through-out this book but right there and then was instance #1. The huge loss he felt was so tangible I felt like I was experiencing it for him or with him. In Hopeless we don’t know anything about Les’ death other than it was suicide. We don’t know that Holder found her, we don’t know anything about why she did it. I don’t think I fully appreciated the extent of Holder’s despair in Hopeless, but then he finds an empty notebook of Les’ and begins writing letters to her and it all becomes so clear – he’s just broken. He goes away to live with his father, a year passes and he comes back, then he sees Sky when he’s out food shopping and if you saw the SPOILER warning at the top and carried on reading then chances are you’ll know what happens from there …
Colleen Hoover did an amazing job of getting inside Holder’s head and letting us read things from his view point. To me he seemed like the strong one in Hopeless, the one who was Sky’s one-man support network. Little did we know he needed her just as much as she needed him. The secret Holder was keeping from Sky was painful and through his POV we get to see just how much he struggles with keeping it to himself as he quickly begins falling in love with Sky.
The storyline of Losing Hope obviously follows the same path as Hopeless but we do get a few other added scenes, the times when Holder is not around Sky. My favourite times were when Holder was around his best friend Daniel, and when he starts his bromance with Breckin. I LOVED BOTH OF THOSE GUYS SO MUCH! They had me in tears of laughter! They were light relief for both Holder and the reader.
“What’s wrong with me?” he asks, raising his voice. He leans forward in his chair and glares at her. “I’ll tell you what’s wrong with me. I’m pissed that you’re a girl because if you had a dick I’d be punching you in your disrespectful, fat mouth right now.” – Daniel’s response to a classmate he hears bad-mouthing Holder.
“I thought Mormons weren’t allowed to have caffeine,” I say to him. Breckin shrugs. “I decided to break that rule the morning I woke up gay.” I laugh. I think I like this Mormon. – Holder meeting Sky’s new friend, Breckin.
The more I read of Losing Hope the more my heart broke for Holder. He was lost, he was desperately trying to cope with everything that had happened to him. He’d lost Hope, he’d lost Les, and Sky’s appearance in his life, as hard as it was for him, was like the lifeline he’d needed so badly. Yes, he found out a lot of devastating things because of her re-appearance, but slowly they also managed to put each other back together and I was so happy with how things ended up for them both, even if it did mean finding out that last revelation to get to the happy ending.
Bravo to Colleen Hoover for handling the very serious subject matter so brilliantly. I cannot WAIT for November when Joanne and I get to meet Colleen and tell her in person just how awesome she is!
I don’t know how CoHo does it, but she blew me away. Again.
Can I just leave my review at that? Because that is how I feel after finishing this book. No words will be able to convey the emotions I felt while reading this. I don’t know if I can do it justice but I’ll try….
I loved Hopeless; it totally blew me away, so much so that I couldn’t read anything for days afterwards. This was when I realised what a ‘Book Hangover’ was.
As you can imagine, I was very excited to read this book, to see certain events from Hopeless told from Holder’s POV. When Colleen Hoover released a little snippet earlier this year, (the best first kiss scene) I devoured it. I reviewed it and made a comment about how I would love to see other scenes from Holders point of view, such as the when he saw Sky in the supermarket, when he saw her outside his house after her run, and when he found the bracelet. Ms Hoover ‘liked’ my comment so I like to think that I helped her to decide to write the whole book for Holder 😉
This is so much more than just Holder’s version of events though. I was in tears from the beginning of this book, and I was in tears at the end.
I was gone from the minute Holder walked into Les’s bedroom and discovered her lying there. The devastation that he felt in the aftermath of it all, trying to keep it bottled in so as not to upset his mother any more that she already was just broke me.
Whilst in Les’s room, Holder discovers a notebook that hasn’t been used so he takes it and starts writing letters to his sister. These tore me up, it was so painful to see his grief, to see how alone he is with no one to talk to.
Shortly after his sister’s death, Holder gets into a fight at school (as we know from Hopeless) and is sent away to live with his father for nearly a year.
There is nothing written about this time away, and the book picks up again when he returns home.
We get to meet his friend Daniel, who is very entertaining with his nicknames for people, and then there are little snippets from Breckin – my favourite ‘Mormon’. I loved the man dates at Breckin’s house. I didn’t know ‘Mormons’ played Modern Warfare ….
I lived every part of this book, and I loved reading Holders reaction to seeing Sky for the first time in the supermarket. My heart was pounding, and it was though I was reading about this event for the first time, even though I knew what was going to happen next. I also had my curiosity satisfied about the bracelet incident and other events from Hopeless, BUT what I was not prepared for were the shockers that came in this book! There was the heart stopping moment when Sky and Holder confront her father and his world comes crashing down when he realises what his sister had gone through, but there are also a few twists that come out in the book that just left me speechless. Just when you think you know the entire story, Ms Hoover throws you a curve ball!
This is why I Love (with a capital L) Colleen Hoover – she can certainly tell a tale. One minute you’re laughing, the next you’re crying and then she leaves you speechless, and this is why I will always auto one-click this lady’s books.
I think all of her books should come with a warning though – ‘Do not read in public as people will stare at you while you sit there a blubbering mess. This book will also cause lack of sleep and a severe book hangover’
“Dear all dead people who aren’t Les, since I’m not writing letter to Les anymore,
I have loved Hope since we were kids.
Tonight I fell in love with Sky.
5 STARS and then some!