Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Posted December 25, 2012 by Lola in Contemporary, Review, Romance / 4 Comments

by Colleen Hoover

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.

Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter.

My Review:
I kept seeing this book around and then suddenly decided to go buy and read it. It is an amazing story, emotional and even heartbreaking at times. I also had some small issues with it.

The story starts of pretty normal and okay, the whole home situation of Sky was a bit strange and soon we are introduced to Holder and he really is a mystery at first. I liked the tension between them at first and how hot some scenes were while they weren’t even doing anything. The later half of the book their relationship did change. I do think I prefer the first half, because the second half was a bit too much drama, emotions and darkness for me. Also this book deals with two problem about which I rather not read and I think that unconsciously affected my rating. I really loved this book, the story and the characters, but I just have a hard time reading about some things. I did enjoy the authors writing style and even though there were some emotional points, I just wanted to keep reading.

One thing that really annoyed me was the beginning and the chapter names. The book begins with an emotional scene which you don’t understand only to flip back to two months earlier and we get the rest of the story. This beginning juts didn’t work for me, the beginning chapter didn’t make sense and only served to illustrate something bad was going to happen. The chapter names are another thing that annoyed me. The chapter names contain the date and time of the day, but this only confused me as I already had forgotten which day the last chapter was. So instead of this being helpful I just found it confusing and ended up just ignoring the chapter names.

The characters are really awesome, especially Sky and Holder. There is also some attention for some side characters, but a little too less in my opinion. The author did try to give some attention to two of Sky’s best friends, but in the end the focus was more on Sky and Holder. And in the end we never hear what happened with her friends. I did like the characters and how well there was attention for Sky and Holders emotions and feelings. Sometimes the characters did seem wiser and older then they were and less like teenagers sometimes, especially in the second half of the story.

To conclude: I really enjoyed this book, it is an enjoyable story and I liked seeing Sky and Holders relationship develop, they were perfect together. I did had some issues with the problems that were discussed, the chapter names and the beginning scene. I liked the authors writing style and am looking forward to reading more from this author.


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4 responses to “Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

    • The cover was also one of the reasons I wanted to read the this, I somewhere saw the back of the book that contains the blurb and that one looks really nice too.
      The story indeed deals with some heavy and serious topics. At first I didn´t read contemporary books at all, but I am finding myself reading more and more of them now. It is nice to read something realistic for a change.
      I am curious to hear what you think of it!

    • Indeed it was worth the read and it is the kind of book you keep thinking about. I also think my review isn’t perfect, because it is really difficult to write a review about this book. And even though I didn’t gave it 5 stars, it is an amazing book.

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