by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #1
Publication date: December 19, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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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
In my quest for more books in the New Adult genre, I
stumbled across reviews of Hopeless
by Colleen Hoover and found myself intrigued by the repeated praises. Hoover
took me on a journey filled with suspense, romance and intense revelations that
left me breathless. From the first page I was drawn into the character's world
and quickly found myself emotionally connected to them. I laughed; I cried and
in the end I gave a little piece of my heart to them.
The tale begins with an intense scene and I was immediately hooked
by the raw emotions. The scene is gripping and the need to know unmerciful. Delivered
from Sky’s point of view we are then propelled backward two months and each chapter
is dated and timed. Sky, is seventeen
and although she has done a lot of kissing she does not really feel any connection
to the boys. Her best friend is going away and she will be entering public
school for the first time as a senior after being home-schooled. On a shopping
trip to the local grocery school she meets Dean Holder and for the first time we
see her flustered and experiencing waves of emotions. The tale that unfolds is absolutely
captivating and oh so much more than a romance. It is full of dark intense
secrets and I loved every minute and every word as Hoover held me spellbound.
I immediately felt attached to Sky on so many levels.
Despite her “kissing” promiscuity she is really a good girl and quite the
homebody. She has lived a very sheltered life as cell phones; computers and televisions
are not present in her home.*gasps* She is a
reader and thus we connected. She is witty, brave and gives good tude'. She is
complex and troubled on a deep level and I loved unraveling her. Dean “Holder” is smexy, intense and fills a
room when he enters it. My first
impression was bad boy but he constantly did things to make me question that.
As the tale unfolded I quickly feel in love with this emotional, charismatic,
and funny young man. Her bestie, while
not present was sweet, and true. At school she makes friends with Brecklin whom
I adored. His witty humor added to the tale but I wish he were more present. He could totally hold his own as a MC. *hint* All
of the characters see growth and enhanced the others. The depth of emotion they
bring had me laughing, crying and rooting for them.
Wow, where to begin explaining my feelings for this novel and
author? Hopeless is complex and so much more than a romance. It reveals
dark subjects, pain, lies, and secrets that took me by surprise. Hoover reels you in and makes you live and
feel each moment. My emotions went on a ride from; happy, to concerned, to anger, to tears and love. The author does a wonderful
job with ebbs and flows slowly revealing things and then giving us precious
moments of profound love to absorb the details. The characters became very real
to me, and at times I could barely breathe. I have said before that I am always chasing
that “book high”, where the lines of reality blur and for a moment I live and breathe
the world I am in; this is Hopeless!
The title is perfect and I fell apart a little as I it sunk in. The plot is tight, believable and brilliant
and the way the author brought it all together felt genuine and surreal. The ending left me with hope and I closed the
book feeling spent but calm. Hopeless #2 is to be told from Holder’s point of view
and I am actually looking forward to getting into his head.
Fans of contemporary romances, unpredictable plots, chick-lit,
life, love and loss need to read Hopeless.
Hoover is the author of the popular Slammed
YA series, and despite raving reviews I actually hesitated in reading it; since
YA contemporaries haven’t worked for me. I can tell you, that has all changed
and I will be reading them. Auto-buy
list cupcakes, auto buy list.
Five cups of perfectly brewed coffee out of five
Labels: Colleen Hoover, Hopeless, New Adult, Simon and Schuster