Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: Hopeless

Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
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 & Description from Goodreads.  Source.)
Publisher: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Kat's Review

This book grabbed me and held me until the end.  The premise itself is so crazy that you would think it would be over the top, but Colleen Hoover makes the characters so believable that I completely bought the story.  The one little thing that I will give away is that no one is actually hopeless, the word has another meaning entirely. 

What this author does well is express emotion through her characters, and create charged situations.  I found myself trying to read faster at some parts to find out where the story was going.  This is certainly a love story, but it has so many layers and is about so many different kinds of love that it goes beyond the first love of two teenagers.  The love between a parent and a child, a brother and a sister, friends- it's all there. 

Without giving away spoilers, I will say that some difficult subjects get tackled in this book.  I recommend reading it with caution if you have a history of abuse.  The issues are central to much of the second half of the book, and some serious emotions get explored.  That said, the story is quite compelling.  I really liked Sky and Holder, and was rooting for them the whole way through.  I read that the author is planning on writing a book from Holder's perspective, and I must admit, I will read it. 

Rating: All Consuming

I toyed with the idea of giving this a Good Read rating, but the truth is, it was all consuming.   I read until the early morning, unwilling to put it down until all the loose ends were tied up.  Like all books there are some things I would change, but this is a well told story that I couldn't put down.  The book is listed as a YA book, but it definitely has some mature themes and situations.  For more mature readers.


  1. I really want to try a book by Colleen Hover! I've heard mostly good things. Nice review. :)

    1. Thanks. This is the first book by her I've read. Now I want to read more!

      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  2. I loved Hopeless and the whole secret behind the title! You're right, the book was crazy but oh so good! It's hard to review this one without spoiling it! Amazing review, Kathleen! SO glad to know you enjoyed this. I had like tons of feelings at once while reading Hopeless. I love Colleen Hoover!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

    1. I've only read this book from her, but if the others are as good, I think I'm going to love her too!

      Thanks for stopping by the blog!


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