Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

May 20, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 8

hopelessTitle: Hopeless [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC
Pages: 406
Release Date: May 7, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very emotional and deep story of love, family, and trust.

About the Book: 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.

Going into Hopeless, I didn’t think it would be as deep and emotional as it really was, and I think that’s what I loved about it. That aspect sets Hopeless apart from all the others nowadays that share the same plot line. As I read, I connected deeply with the characters and even though I knew what was going to happen, seeing it all play out brought up powerful emotions. Colleen created such a great story about two long-lost friends with troubled pasts who learn to heal and come to terms with their issues together, all while falling in love in the purest of ways.

Sky is an interesting and fun character. I loved the banter and interactions between her and Holder. You could tell they clicked easily and the attraction was sizzling right from the start. I really liked all of the characters, actually. Six and Breckin, Sky’s best friends, were hilarious and great sources of lightness and humor in an otherwise serious and emotional read. When you learn exactly why Sky seems to be so numb to everything, it really breaks your heart. Sky’s past is pretty crazy, all things considered, and as the story unravels, I got a lot more than I expected, which is pretty amazing because it just made me love this story more. I swear, when I read glimpses of her past and what really happened to her, it stirred some serious emotions in me and I was riveted.

Hopeless will have you feeling a ton of emotions and get you seriously invested in these memorable characters. It will surprise you with its gripping tale of family, love, and trust and have you glued to the pages until the bittersweet end. I loved the way Colleen told the story, too, inserting bits of the character’s past as Sky & Holder’s relationship develops, so that the reader can learn and discover things as the characters do and get a better understanding of exactly what they went through. Hopeless was very well-written and I would highly recommend this to all readers.

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