Book Review – Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Let’s just make this a triple review. Hopeless is from Sky’s point of view (girl main character), Losing Hope is the “kind of” sequel (basically the same story told from the Holder’s perspective, the masculine other main character), and Finding Cinderella is a novella centering around 2 of the secondary characters (our main characters respective best friends) that also takes place throughout the main storyline. Here we go:

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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.

This is a story dealing with serious issues. You wouldn’t know just by reading the synopsis. I mean, there’s always some kind of secret past or secret in these kinds of books but the main element that is behind the “revelation” mentionned in the summary is some seriously life-changing business. You’ll maybe even find yourself uncomfortable at the thought of it (hm, let me correct that, I very well hope you’ll feel uncomfortable at the thought of it).

Have I made you curious yet? I don’t want to spoil anything by saying too much. I can only say that the premise of this book sounds pretty standard, but it’s quite original, and even at the point in the story when you think, well that doesn’t make a lot of sense, or, well that’s not very realistic, you keep on reading just to end up feeling like no, it could totally happen and it’s actually genius. Aside from the story, I again love Colleen Hoover’s way of writing chemistry and physical attraction. There’s a lot of sadness in this book but a happy ending, so don’t be afraid 🙂

4.25 STARS

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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.

Before starting this book, I thought it was a legit sequel and I really couldn’t fathom what more there was to add since pretty much everything was resolved in the first book, but SURPRISE it’s actually the same story from another perspective. That made more sense. But then I was worried, because I usually find myself a little bored when reading a story twice, even from different point of views, because it can get a bit repetitive.

Well I’m glad to say this wasn’t. There was actually quite a few parts that were totally out of the first book, and a lot of the characters behavior was explained in a way that made a lot more sense. Also, there was a bit of an epilogue at the end that you didnt get in Hopless, so I would definitely suggest it to the readers who enjoyed the first.

4.25 STARS

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A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

First of all, can I say how much I hate it when the people on the covers don’t look anything like the characters? They’re so generic most of the time! /rant over. This story is mostly about Daniel (Holder’s best friend) and a bit about Six (Sky’s best friend) – I know, what’s up with those girls names, right? – Daniel didn’t really interest me more than that in the actual book but he became a whole lot more interesting in this novella.

I didn’t find myself lusting for him or anything, but just understanding him better and liking him like I would like a good friend. His story in this one is a really funny (he is a funny person) yet emotional one. I think the big twist at the end was meant to be a shocker but I kinda saw it coming since the middle of the book but it’s okay, I’m usually not mad when books are predictable, I’m more like, proud of myself for figuring things out (I’m so modest), but seriously, I think at a certain point it was supposed to because obvious to the point where you think you know but you’re still doubting. It was a great addition and I liked it as much as the other 2.

4 STARS

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Check out the reading challenge I’m doing in 2015 if you haven’t already, link is in the menu!

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