"Colleen Hoover's HOPELESS deserves its own coveted spot on your keeper shelf."
Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted April 7, 2013
Romance | New Adult
Once in awhile you come across an author who you've never
read before whose book completely blows your mind. HOPELESS
is that book for me.
There are so many things I loved about this book. First
thing is Hoover's writing. Immediately I was drawn in by
Sky's POV. Sky is a seventeen year old girl who has had her
fair share of problems, but doesn't allow them to get the
best of her. Sky is clever, sarcastic, funny and more mature
than most teenagers due to the fact that she has already
experienced more than most teens have at her age. Sky is a
heroine who has flaws, but isn't apologetic about them. She
is who she is, even though her identity gets lost in the
course of the book.
Hoover's words are almost lyrical, beautiful its simplicity
and utterly gutting in its rawness. There are clever,
sarcastic moments that balance the moments that tear your
heart out. A lot of work went into this book and you can
tell that attention to detail is crucial for this author.
There is another thing that I love about HOPELESS. Two
words: DEAN HOLDER. Cue sighs, swoons, the sound of panties
spontaneously combusting! Holder is like a dream. He does
all the right things, says all the right things but even
then, he makes mistakes. And somehow, you can still find it
within yourself to forgive him.
Holder and Sky go through an experience that is
unconventional and will test their bond. But the great thing
about this book is the romance. It's spectacular and
probably the best romance I've read in a long time. Hoover
brings two opposites together and despite their hesitancy on
both sides, they fall in love slowly and Hoover explores
that in great detail so that readers don't feel as if they
are simply reading a romance book, but that they are also
falling in love.
Immediately their love is tested by the events of the past
and it turns into a ride that is wholly encompassing and
shocking. I anticipated some heartbreak, but never to this
level. I cried, sobbed, wept and by the end of it all, my
chest physically hurt from the emotional reaction this book
evoked from me. HOPELESS gutted me.
Simply put, I loved HOPELESS from beginning to end. Prepare
to knock all other favorites off your keeper shelf because
Colleen Hoover's HOPELESS deserves its a coveted spot all
on its own.
Learn more about Hopeless
Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless,
or keep believing the lies?
Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with
the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating
pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to
discover the lessons of life, love, trust—and above all, the
healing power that only truth can bring.
Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with
a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their
very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her.
Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled
past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is
determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit
and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the
intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious
Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they
are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to
trust may be a casualty of the truth.
Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky
and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way
to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel
that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering
your own first love.
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