Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)
In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
Kat's Review
I absolutely loved Hopeless, so I was interested in seeing what Colleen Hoover had up her sleeve when it came to telling the story from Holder's perspective. I thought it would be a complete retelling of the original book, only from his point of view. Turns out it was that, and so much more.
Losing Hope gives the reader insight into what happened with Holder's sister, and how he tried to cope after her death. It allows the reader to fill in some of the blanks left from the first book, without it being boring or repetitive. If you haven't read book one, you could get away with just reading this one, but I think you would be missing out.
One of the things I like the most about Colleen Hoover's writing is that she isn't afraid to go where some writers of YA fiction won't. She's not the only author to tackle hard topics, but I admire the honesty in her characters and her refusal to hold back on anything. That may be a problem for some, particularly if you're the parent of a younger child who's interested in the books, but for me, the book bravely tackles tough topics head on.
Kat's Rating: All Consuming
I didn't think the companion book would be as compelling as the first because, let's face it, I already know what happens, but it was. I like the characters, the storyline, and the writing style. Loved it.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

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