Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

5 Star

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.

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I’d heard about the Hopeless hype for months before finally picking up the novel – and the rave reviews petrified me. You rarely find a book on Goodreads with a review of over 4.30 (out of 5), let alone one rated 4.54 with over 55,000 ratings. I worried that all the positive feedback would create too much anticipation for this novel and, ultimately, tarnish my reading, which always happens whenever I’m a late arrival to a runaway hit! But it was not so. Hopeless was fabulous.

I find I’m really enjoying the New Adult genre, particularly how emotional and explosive these books are. They are grim, gripping and dark, and keep me glued to my seat, and Hopeless is no exception. I think “raw” is the best way to describe this novel. I ached along with the Hope, worried with her about Holder in the beginning and then worried about everything else alongside her later. This novel seemed light and fluffy to begin with, but turns shades of grey and then an ominous black as secrets come to the surface and shatter Hope’s life.

The relationship between Hope and Holder is tumultuous, explosive, and yet so very sweet and tender. The tension, mystery, and intrigue is masterfully done by Hoover. The sensitive subject is portrayed with excellence, and the overall impact of this novel is stunning.

I did end up figuring out the main twist part way through and felt at times the characters dialogue seemed mature for their years, but Hopeless was still a fabulous, unputdownable and unforgettable read. I know this is a short review, but I can't say much without spoilers.

I’m very much looking forward to the sequel, Losing Hope, and reading Holder’s story!

What are you still doing here? Go buy this book! It’s a steal at .99 for Kindle right now!

Thank you to Atria Books for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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