Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Posted April 10, 2014 | 42 Comments

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Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #1
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.


Cover your eyes, kiddies! This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, violence, and/or subject matter. You know, all the fun stuff.

Even though I bought this book over a year ago, I was afraid to read it because I knew it was going to be a hard one, emotionally. I knew a lot of people loved it, but I still didn’t know specifically what it entailed, just that it was a heavy subject matter. Recently I read Colleen’s newest book, Maybe Someday, and fell so hard in love with it that I can easily say it holds the second place spot of my favorite book ever – the first is The Time Traveler’s Wife. After experiencing such a delicious taste of Colleen’s work, I knew I had to read Hopeless. Soon. Now that I have, holy freaking cow, this lady can write! Maybe Someday holds a bigger piece of my heart, but damn, Hopeless just reinforced for me what a fantastic talent Colleen has. You rock, Colleen Hoover! Do you hear me? You totally rock my frigging socks off!

I’m not even going to get into exactly what the story was about and whatnot, because you can pretty much find that anywhere or just experience it for yourself if you haven’t read it yet – I don’t want to ruin it. However, I will say that it is in fact, a heavy subject matter that was hard to read about at times. That isn’t all of it though, there is much more to the story than the difficult stuff, and that everything is balanced and played out perfectly. I didn’t feel like I was drowning in the deep issues, but they also weren’t unrealistically glossed over. The characters and their lives feel so authentic and palpable that it all becomes part of you instead of just some story you’re reading.

Speaking of characters, they are fantastic! I was honestly expecting to meet dark and depressing characters for some reason, but it’s not what they are at all. Sky is funny and sharp, and I love how she dealt with rumors and harassment. Holder is the type of guy I wish every girl can experience at least once in their life; caring, intuitive, supportive, loyal, and pretty much any other positive quality you can think of. Best of all, though, he has a great sense of humor. The way he and Sky could tease each other and laugh together was my favorite thing about them.

The secondary characters also held a strong presence, despite not actually being around that much. I love Six to pieces! She is exactly the kind of character that steals my heart, so I’m eager to read the novella, Finding Cinderella, which features her. I also adore Breckin, and would love to get more of him. I love these two separately, but I especially love the dynamic and solid friendships they had with Sky. Great friends kick ass!

So, yeah, I don’t just like Hopeless, I love it. This is the second home run I’ve read by Colleen, and I have no doubt that the next book I read by her will be too. If you haven’t experienced her writing yet, then you need to remedy that immediately!



42 responses to “Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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  1. Never read something by this author, but Hopeless was free on amazon (can’t buy anything on amazon -_-) so I decided to download it then but I haven’t read it yet. I’m glad to hear you loved it so much, makes me feel like I should definitely read it soon!

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  2. Though I do hate the “heavy issues” books, because they are emotionally draining, but they always do make the best type of books and stick with you, which is what I love about them too. I haven’t read any of Colleen Hoovers (I know, I’m such a bad reader.) But strong, realistic characters and good friends/secondary characters? Finally. You don’t seem to get both around lately. So this is your second book of hers, right? Hope it goes the same way as these for the others for you! 🙂

  3. You should take the time to read Losing Hope. I thought it was almost better than Hopeless; it’s kind of a toss up. And it’s funny you say this was about such depressing, intense, mature material – I don’t remember the story that way at all because it’s like you say, the characters override and overcome it ALL 😀

    • Christy

      They are both favorites because they hold personal meaning, but yeah, you definitely need try a Colleen Hoover book.

  4. This was my first book by Hoover and I really loved it even though I am not a fan of the NA angst, I didn’t think this one was too heavy on the emotion. I then read That Girl and I didnt’ love that one as much. Hey I ran across a good zombie book for you yesterday and now the title is escaping my head… argh!!

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    • Christy

      Yeah, I was expecting this to be angst overload, but it wasn’t. Thankfully. lol – did you find me a zombie love story?

  5. Ooooh, girl! It would have hurt my heart if you hadn’t liked this one — I am SO happy you did. Easy was my first NA book, and I immediately followed that one with Hopeless. That set me on a NA/contemporary frenzy. It was a genre I had avoided like the plague until I read those two books — now I love it. I adored the Slammed series — it is so sweet; but whatever you do, don’t do what SOME people did *cough, Heidi, cough* and read the last book first. *shakes head* LMAO. Great review, Christy!

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  6. I have this on my kindle and I swear I would read it one day. I’ve never read anything from Colleen Hoover but I have great reviews on her books lately, although one negative review made me rethink about reading Maybe Someday cause there’s a possible reading trigger for me (cheating)

    • Christy

      Believe me cheating is a trigger for me too. I mean, this is coming from someone who had her boyfriend screw her friend in the bathroom while she was pregnant in the hospital. But Colleen handles Maybe Someday VERY well. I understand not everyone will understand it only only see it as cheating, but it’s SO much more than a ‘cheating book.’ I don’t even like referring to it like that. You should just try it and keep an open mind until the end.

    • Christy

      I’ve seen a few people say they loved Losing Hope more than Hopeless, so I’ll need to read it for sure!

  7. Weeeel, it’s because of the difficult subject matter that I’m still holding off on reading it. I’ll probably fall head over heels for it once I do real it, cause that’s how it went with The Fault in Our Stars, for instance. I just have chicken-times, lol, and I keep seeing the cover, wanting to read it cause everyone whose opinion I value loved it (you included), so yeah…

    Maybe this year I’ll be brave and finally go for it! Your review certainly made me all tingly at the thought, loved it 🙂

  8. Wow! *immediately goes to library’s site* I’ve heard great things about this one, but I haven’t read anything by Hoover YET. So I think I’ll start with this one. Say it has amazing characters and you already have me hooked 😉

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  9. oh yes I heard a lot about this one and about this author in fact. But I haven’t read any of her books. It sounds like an intense story so I understand, but it sounds really great too. thanks for the review.

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  10. Awesome Review Christy! The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorite reads too! Once you get a taste of Colleen Hoover’s books, you will need to read all of them! I agree, her main characters and secondary characters are fantastic, and not dark or depressing as you would expect from their life experiences. I’ve read all of Ms. Hoover’s books except for Finding Cinderella, but need to ASAP, because I love Six too 🙂

    • Christy

      I so regret not reading any of her books sooner! I want to devour them all immediately, but then I also want to make the last by spreading them out. Such a dilemma. lol

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