Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Publication: December 19th, 2012
Page Count: 327

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 probably wouldn't have been a book that I would have picked up in the near future if it weren't for all the positive praise that kept going around for this book and the author herself. I am not a contemporary reader. But, on top of the positive praise and the fact that I was very curious about this new and hot New Adult genre, I decided that I would give this one a go, considering that Crash by Nicole Williams was actually pretty good.

I loved Sky. There, simply put. I could definitely relate to her. And she certainly was a complex character, nothing dull about her. Emotionally, she was a wreck, but I envied her ability to always put up a wall of general okay-ness. But she always did keep herself separate from everyone else, and I loved that, even though she wasn't accepted at school, she didn't let it get her down and she didn't try to fit in with the rest of the crowd. She knew that she was her own person, and no one was going to change that about her. Including a boy with an awesome name.

Speaking of a boy with an awesome name! I loved him, too. Dean Holder was another complex character that had to be the most broken and the best boyfriend, too. I almost rolled my eyes at first when he's introduced as a mysterious bad boy, but then once readers get to learn who he is, my opinion changed. I loved that, no matter what happened, he was always there for Sky and was never judging.

This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I was expecting the normal romance/contemporary with one girl and one guy. They meet, it's love at first sight, they end up being inseparable, they fight, break up, then get back together and it's happily every after. Yeah, no. That's not what happened in this book. There was actually a substantial part of the plot that didn't involve romance and the book delved into a more serious and emotional subject that will forever be imprinted in my mind. This book was truly amazing.

Hopeless is definitely not your average read. It was heartwarming, it was heartbreaking. It was beautifully written and follows a girl during a very difficult time in her life. I cannot express how much I loved this book. And I don't think I can give this book justice by simply reviewing it. I do hope that everyone does get a chance to read it, because I got teary-eyed, and you know an author's doing something right when I cry/almost cry. Moving, emotional, and unforgettable, this is a book to read.

5 Splashes

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