on December 19, 2012
Genres: Abuse, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sociology
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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.
For anyone who’s read Slammed or Point of Retreat, you already know that Colleen Hoover can pretty much do no wrong. There are very few authors that I will read each and every book they write no questions asked. Colleen definitely falls into this category.
I wrote my original review back in December when I first read Hopeless. Part of me wants to leave it as it is. I wrote it while still high off the fumes that only Colleen can emit. The other part wants me to elaborate on just why I think this book is so amazing.
This story became very personal for me. I’m not sure why though as I can’t relate to the plot. It’s not like this has happened to me or anyone I know. I think maybe it was the underlying story of hope and ultimately forgiveness.
HOPELESS: feeling or causing despair about something.
This is not a pretty story tied up in a bow. It’s clouded and dark and you’ll know while reading it that its going to take you somewhere you don’t want to go. But you will because you won’t be able to stop yourself. I can only describe this story as something you just have to experience. You have to let it all go and let yourself feel it. You have to breathe it. Let it fully encompass you.
Sky is an amazing character. She’s honest to a fault. I cringed at some of the things she did. I was even embarrassed for her at times. She’s also really funny and I smiled and laughed a lot. The world in which she’s raised is interesting to say the least and her adaptation to the real world was scary.
“My lack of access to the real world has been replaced completely by books, and it can’t be healthy to live in a land of happily ever afters.”
Then there’s Dean Holder. OMG he will forever be in my top five favorite male heroes. It’s hard for me to come up with the words for Holder. Here’s a list of words that come to mind:
Perfect – Intelligent – Kind
Sweet – Sexy – Loving
Gorgeous – Funny – Compassionate
“You wanted to lick my face the first time you saw me? Is that usually what you do when you’re attracted to guys?”
I shake my head. “Not your face, your dimple. And no. You’re the only guy I’ve ever had the urge to lick.”
He smiles at me confidently. “Good. Because you’re the only girl I’ve ever had the urge to love.”
I hung on every word that came out of his mouth. I knew he was special, I could feel it through the pages. I can only hope that my daughters one day find a Holder of their own. Every girl deserves a Holder in their life.
“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”
The scenes between Sky and Holder were…..literary magic…..
“You’re attracted to me?” “Oh, God,” I groan. “That’s the last thing you need for your ego.” “That’s probably true,” he laughs. “Better hurry up and insult me before my ego gets as big as yours.” “You need a hair cut,” I blurt out. “Really bad. It gets in your eyes and you squint and you’re constantly moving it out of the way like you’re Justin Bieber and it’s really distracting.”
I have NEVER felt so connected to a couple as I did Sky and Holder. I felt like I was intruding at times that’s how amazing and descriptive their scenes were. There was no way you couldn’t feel every single emotion. It just poured off the pages. The intimacy shared…I felt like a voyeur (not in a creepy way lol). There’s a particular scene in the book that may normally have had me fanning myself. Instead, I sat there crying. In all the reading I’ve done over the last year, I have yet to come across another scene like that. It was pure, and raw, and beautiful. It was perfect. It was exactly what it should have been.
I felt as if Hopeless brought me full circle. It started out hopeless, but it ended with nothing but HOPE
HOPE: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
This story played a pretty big part in my first tattoo. I’ve waited a long time to get one and I wanted it to be perfect. I sort of knew what I wanted but it wasn’t until I read Hopeless that I figured it out. “There is always hope” will forever be on my arm.
I loved Sky and Holder. I loved Hopeless. You will too.
Thank you Colleen Hoover.