Title: Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 8, 2013
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
One Line: I fell for this story and these characters all over again, absolutely loved this one.
About the Book: 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.
I have to say, Colleen Hoover is a writing genius! I loved what she did with Losing Hope. I already swooned over Holder in Hopeless, but getting to see his perspective on this emotional story and seeing what his past was like, it really blew me away. Not only does Sky’s story put you through the ringer, but Holder’s story is just as compelling. I loved how Hoover was able to tell one riveting story in two very different and unique ways, and I have yet to see an author do what she has done. I honestly couldn’t put this book down.
With Losing Hope, you get see what life was like before Holder met Sky. You see all the pain and hurt that he faced in the aftermath of his sister’s actions and you get a little more insight into how his and Sky’s family are connected. I loved that while reading this, I never felt like I was reading Hopeless all over again, even when Holder meets Sky and they go through all that crazy drama together. I loved seeing what went through Holder’s mind when he learned all the truths of his life and his motives for a lot what he does in Hopeless. As if I couldn’t love this guy more, Hoover drove it right on home for me and implanted this character deep in my heart.
Also, I really loved Daniel and Breckin. They are easily some of my favorite secondary characters and they definitely brought a lot of humor and lightness to an otherwise serious and dramatic story. I swear, just thinking about them and some of the things they said and did right now is making me crack up. I can’t wait to read Daniel’s story and I’m seriously hoping we get a little something more involving Breckin in the future as well.
Losing Hope is a truly engrossing companion to the standout novel, Hopeless. Readers will really enjoy being inside Holder’s head and seeing what his past was like. If you were emotionally invested in these characters in Hopeless, Losing Hope will leave you speechless and emotionally spent. Hoover definitely has a way with words and sure knows how to write one heck of a spectacular story. This series has captured my heart and has easily become one of my all-time favorites. Well done, Colleen. Well done!