Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover ★★★★


Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Series: Hopeless #1
Publication Date: December 19th 2012
ISBN: 9781301949823
Page Count: 327
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: Audiobook
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: 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.

 REVIEW


Hopeless.

I've been dipping my toe in this New Adult genre quite a lot lately. Maybe a bit too much in fact, because I'm starting to see patterns and familiar themes all over the place. This one had a lot of similarities to The Sea of Tranquility, for example (which is no criticism since I loved that book), but maybe it means it's time for a breather before they all start to meld into one big homogeneous mass in my brain.

That said, I really enjoyed HOPELESS. It actually wasn't my first book from this author; I've also read her book Slammed with all the awesome poetry and enjoyed it a lot, so I felt in fairly safe hands when I decided to give this a try. And sure enough, I found the writing to be of an equally high standard and very evocative and poignant in places. I particularly enjoyed the way Hoover let the story unfold so naturally. They way both characters each held half the answers (whether they knew it or not), but they had to use each other to bring it forth. And just when I thought I'd predicted everything and was just waiting to see it play out, there was yet more to it that I hadn't considered and I really appreciated that unpredictability. It made me forgive the sameness that had been bugging me at the beginning.

HOPLESS is narrated by Sky. She was a pretty great protagonist all in all. My only real complaint about her would be the sluttiness she portrayed early on, although that did become more tolerable once I discovered the source of it. She's a smart, pragmatic girl who has her emotions pretty well in check as the story begins, and seemed quite worldly wise and grounded for someone who's had such an unusual and sheltered upbringing— being home-schooled and without access to any technology or communication devices. I found her reactions to Holder's presence initially reassuring. Stalk much? I was glad to see her calling him out on it and trying to stay detached. My appreciation for her as a character grew as I read, but as the story revolves around her, I'll refrain from saying much more. Best for you to discover Sky for yourself and make your own judgements.

Speaking of Mr. Holder, his reactions in the first part of the book are definitely odd and confusing. Disturbing, even. Now that I know him, I almost want to go right back to the beginning and look at all his weirdo scenes again with my new enlightened eyes. But of course I'm not really going to do that, because wahoo! There's an entire book from his POV coming up instead called LOSING HOPE, which I'm reliably informed not only fills in all of those blanks, but also provides much more background and depth to Holder's character. I can't wait to read that to get the full telescopic view of events and more importantly, find out just what was going on in his head at the beginning!

Coming soon: LOSING HOPE
Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)

So do I recommend this one? You betcha! I especially enjoyed the audio narration as well so if you're audibly inclined, you might want to go that route as it was really well produced.

My rating: 4 stars! ★★★★

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