Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #1
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
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.
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!