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Hopeless Paperback – May 7, 2013
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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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- Publisher : Atria Books; Original edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147674355X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476743554
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This author started off by painting a very clear picture of a sheltered young girl who would be entering HS for the first time ever as a senior. We were introduced to her family, friends and personality. We were then introduced to the love interest and this is where the novel took off. The interactions between them were fantastic, a page turner at it's best! I truly could not get enough of these two.
Then, about halfway through the book a gloomy backstory enters and suddenly things become awkward and horrifying. It just seemed like the entire mood of the book was flipped. I kept reading b/c I enjoyed the two main characters and their relationship, but the emotional trauma these two went thru was over the top. When I read a book I like to escape to a happy place or enjoy a fairytale type story. This started out that way, but it did not end that way.
I'm still wrapping my head around everything that happened to Sky. She went through some terrible, horrible, unspeakable, heartbreaking things that no one should ever have to endure. I am so proud of Sky though for her journey throughout the book and growing as a person and ultimately starting to heal.
I was torn back and forth about Holder for a while. I wasn't sure how I felt about him at first and some of the behaviors that he displayed were really confusing. Once everything started to come together though and answers were revealed, everything made sense. I love Holder and am so glad that he was there for Sky. He's exactly who she needed to be able to get through everything.
Even though this book deals with some difficult topics and some parts were really hard to read and get through, I'm still glad I read it. I'm also glad I read the book blind, going into it without knowing anything about it. I think that just makes the experience of reading a Colleen Hoover book that much better.
I just finished another new adult romance by Tijan, and was totally disappointed in that book because it was so over the top angsty when there really was no reason to be. The dramatic situations in this story was very well written without feeling so OTT that it felt eye-rollingly unbelievable, but instead felt like the tragedies could be true. I'm laying here in the dark typing my review on my Kindle and I'm STILL trying to comprehend all I've read.
Also, I usually hate flashbacks, but the author did such an amazing job with utilizing that technique to draw me into the story and create suspense. She wrote just enough flashbacks to give us a glimpse of Sky's childhood which was an important part of the story.
I own this book along with the audiobook. I read this book while listening to the audiobook and I was blown away with the narration! The pleasant voice of the narrator, the rhythm, the characters voices, and how she even whispered some of the sentences really made this book come alive for me even at 2.5x the normal speed (I actually read much, much faster than this which is one of the reasons I am not usually a fan of audio books!).
Even knowing I own both the kindle and audible, this book may never be a re-read for me unlike say Kristen Ashley, Julie Garwood, or Tara Sivec books, but, believe me, this story will stay with me for a long time and will consciously (or even subconsciously) be used as a yardstick to measure future books. Well done, Ms. Hoover, well done!
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I've been searching for an author like this - one who tackles ugly but realistic stories, that involve two characters falling in love, whilst also providing a context for us to reflect and challenge our own thinking and beliefs in the real world ... and that's what Colleen gives us in spades. Topics like this seem only to be tackled in the Domestic Drama genre. I think we need a new Romance sub-genre, one that allows for the HFN ending (Happy for now), rather than the mind-blowing (often unrealistic Happy ever after) ... although side-note, there is a more than happy ending at the end of this story.
Another author who writes a similar style and doesn't shy away from harsh real-life and romance topics is Isabella Wiles, and I've been looking for a category that describes this type of book, but there doesn't seem to be one - yet. Maybe 'Ugly Tears romance'? ... but this book certainly ticks the following boxes;
- Romance (tick - and with a little bit of steam ... but only where it's relevant to the character's growth)
- New Adult (tick - this is definitely a coming of age story)
- Suspense (tick - there are plenty of secrets and mystery as to Sky's past, that together Holder and her need to unlock, in order for her to grow and heal as a result)
- Domestic drama (tick - although I can't say why, as that would give the game away)
- Ugly tears (tick - I love a good ugly cry and Colleen tackles a highly disturbing 'real world' topic with sensitivity and care)
When I started reading this book, initially I thought I would rate it 3stars, then about halfway through, when I realised that this wasn't going to be another formulaic troupe-y romance (which I absolutely detest BTW ... I steer clear of anything Billionaire Romance, Second chance romance, Wedding Romance, Cow-boy, Amish, Sports - romance ... as once you've read one, you've read them all) and that this story had real 'feels', and character growth, and builds up to an impossible dilemma, where there is no obvious 'right' choice for the protagonist .... that's when it became a 5star MUST READ from me.
If you're after another troupe-y romance, give this a pass, BUT if you like a beautifully written and well-crafted story about healing your past through love, then download Hopeless now.
I've already downloaded two or three more of Colleen's books to read next.
So many twists I never saw coming. It's really difficult to write a detailed review for this book without giving anything away. So all I'm going to say is... Read it. It has all the feels. Just keep a box of tissues close to hand.
Hopeless is the story of a teenager called Sky, she lives with her mum and has lived a somewhat sheltered life. No school, no TV and no internet access but she has experienced a lot of the town's teenage boys. One problem though.... she's unable to feel. That is until she catches the eye of Holder in a supermarket who recognises her from the moment their eyes meet. Sparks fly between them and together they unfold Sky's past and why she is unable to feel and try to overcome her struggles whilst falling in love.
I really did enjoy this book, Ugly Love still remains my favourite so far but Hopeless is right up there for me!
Time to move on to her next book <3
There are so many words I could use to describe how freaking amazingly perfect Holder is. He is swoonworthy and sexy and protective and strong and loyal and romantic and caring and hot-headed and argumentative and witty and .... you get the point, right?
Sky is a great MC with a strong voice and an even stronger will.
Character development was astounding in this book and both mains were really complex. The writing is phenomenal as I've come to expect from CH.
The plot was quite predictable but as Colleen didn't go to huge lengths to disguise her clues I'm guessing she wants the reader to figure it out before Sky does.
This book had me in tears - of laughter and sorrow. Some of the dialogue between Holder and Sky was hysterically funny and I was in the major bad books with my hubby because I woke him up several times shaking with laughter.
Colleen handles some pretty heavy subject matter in this book and I thought it was very well written. Sympathetic but raw, not glossed over. It was so difficult to read at times but I genuinely felt their pain and a deep emotional connection to them and the story.
Really, story telling doesn't get much better than this.
Some fav quotes:
"I nod and hope he backs the hell away from me, because I'm about to have an asthma attack and I don't even have asthma."
"...in the time it took him to speak those five words, my heart was shredded and minced, then placed back inside my chest with the expectation that it should somehow know how to beat again."
"I'm bored, " he says. "So go home." " I don't want to. What do you do when you're bored? You don't have internet or TV. Do you just sit around all day and think about how hot I am?"