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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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Initial post: Jan 21, 2014 9:22:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2014 2:32:44 PM PST
I finished reading Hopeless by Colleen Hoover this evening.. A very moving story..
Have you read it? What did you think?

Edited to add... This was mostly for FB&C posters but any body is welcome to post their thoughts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 9:26:30 PM PST
The Artist says:
Is that a romance novel? If so, you might also want to post this on the Romance Forum:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 9:30:25 PM PST
Artist, Thanks for the idea.. Although it has romance in it, it has more to do with healing from abuse and family relationships...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 10:31:11 PM PST
You could also post a comment on any of the 6000+ reviews for it that you resonate with, by way of engaging in a discussion about the book with others who've read it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 12:22:32 PM PST
Elle says:
Hi Sandy - I just finished the book. I thought it was very good. It was powerful for me. I really liked it and found myself caring about the characters. Sky was amazing as was Holder. What Sky's aunt did was an incredibly selfless act and I really liked the way the author addressed the way Sky agonized over what to do. What about you? Now that you've had a couple of days to think about it, what are your thoughts?

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 1:05:00 PM PST
Elle, Very powerful for me too...
Had you thought that maybe Karen was an aunt before they revealed it?
Amazing how the memories kept coming back..
I have often ran into people that look familiar like they did that day at the store..
I might be missing out on something good cause I never say anything.

Those two, Sky and Holder deserve a lifetime of happiness..

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 1:39:28 PM PST
Mike says:
Whatever is an FB&C poster?

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 1:50:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2014 1:54:48 PM PST
Free Books and Chat.... It is a daily thread when we list free books and have some wonderful chats... No subject is off topic and we have many friends from all over the world..
You are very welcome to join us.. We Love to make new friends..

Here is a link to todays thread.. January 24, 2014.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 1:57:10 PM PST
Mike says:
Aha! I understand... I see that daily thread, just didn't realize that it had its own acronym. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 2:00:53 PM PST
I don't tend to pop into the daily thread, but they do host a fun FB&C book discussion every few weeks. I enjoy those (when I remember to sign in!).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 3:24:54 PM PST
Elle says:
No. That was a suprise to me. I did have the sexual abuse by her dad figured out almost from the start. It took a little longer to figure out she had been "abducted" when she was a little girl. Don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil it for others who might want to read it.

I knew a teenager who lost her memory. She was in a sporting accident and lost all of her memories of her mother, her friends, her life, her name the whole 9 yards. She retained memories of how to walk and talk, but nothing personal from her life - no past. Being a mother and grandmother at the time, my heart broke for her mother. I just couldn't imagine how it must have felt. It seems it would be like losing your child without actually losing them. But her mom stood by the kid and after a few months the girl's memories started coming back in flashes and pieces. Today she's fine for the most part. Once in a while they will encounter something she doesn't remember and her mom fills her in.

Yes, I agree Sky and Holder deserve a lifetime of happiness.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 3:31:18 PM PST
We are always glad that you do...
It is so interesting to hear what others thought about the book..
Of all of the books we have done there was only one that I didn't
finish.. It just didn't grab me.. I can't remember the name,
it was the one with the book store... Village Books maybe?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 3:35:10 PM PST
Can you imagine how Holder must have felt when he saw the Bracelet and KNEW.

Then when the dad confessed to the abuse to the girl next door..
I thought Holder would kill him.... He had lest two guns on the front porch..

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 3:36:37 PM PST
Yeah...I seem to remember that--someone inherits it, and a house...and there was a crazy garden out back...?

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 3:53:50 PM PST
I didn't get that far...

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 4:25:20 PM PST
Victoria says:
Well, now that we've got spoilers throughout this thread, I guess I don't have to read it! :-)

Glad that you enjoyed the book.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 4:43:32 PM PST
Book discussions talk about the book which includes "spoilers"
I was very upfront about the fact that we would be discussing it..

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 4:48:40 PM PST
I liked it but don't think it lived up to all the rave reviews - also wish NA authors could also write a story that doesn't include rape, sexual adult, sexual abuse as a main theme

Also not a fan of the alternate POV books that are now popular - in this case the same story from Holder 's POV

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 4:52:08 PM PST
Victoria says:
That's fine, but I'm not accustomed to this forum being used for one-off book reviews.

Carry on ...

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 5:17:28 PM PST
ebook addict says:
@Snowlady Sandy,
I read the book & was also very moved. I suspected her mom was the aunt before it was revealed, but not too early. What I was surprised by was that she was the Dad's sister who he had also abused. Don't know why I should have been surprised by that, but for some reason was thinking it might be her dead mother's sister. I guess I just wanted her to have that connection to her mom.

The reveal about Lesley (Leslie? can't remember how it was spelled) caught me completely by surprise. I too don't know how Holder managed to hold it together after that.

I like it when books allow you into a characters head to understand what they are feeling. Sky/Hope seemed to have a really idea of who she was & I liked how she & Holder interacted with each other. They both showed an honesty that I never would have revealed at that age.

Story is a reminder about how far ripples of one persons actions can be. Got 'Losing Hope' from the library & looking forward to reading it soon. I really liked Holder & want to learn more about him.

Need to catch up & FB&C and will come back in the next few days after reading my notes from this book. Thanks for setting up this thread. I too like some books after reading & this is one of those.

PS I don't think I finished that other book either. Just didn't hold my interest. Finished #2 in the Inside/Out trilogy tonight. More about that over in FB&C.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 5:38:30 PM PST
ebook addict, I had to keep remembering that these kids were only 17 and 18 years old..
Their thoughts and actions were way beyond their years.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 5:41:54 PM PST
i dunno...i think the thoughts/actions just depends on the kids...I know 17/18 years who I would take in the army with me into a firefight if i had to and 40 year olds who I would like to leave at home...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 6:21:34 PM PST
ebook addict says:
I agree Deanna. I think their experiences made them much more adult than the average spoiled teenager. What impressed me most was that those experiences, hard as they were, had made them better people & not angry, bitter or indifferent to others. I also like that their relationship was not just about the sex but about the person & they were able to look deeper. Lessons I think we all can learn from. So glad that they found each other.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 7:23:18 PM PST
Elle says:
I think his reaction to the bracelet was a pretty good indication of how he felt.

I think the dad's suicide is what stopped Holder. That was one of those situations where everything was happening very fast.

I had to get Losing Hope to read the story from Holder's POV. Maybe it will cover those thoughts. I'm conflicted tonight. Two shows I watch are on tonight, but I already started Losing Hope. I could just record them and read tonight. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.. Right now it's time to eat dinner.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 7:33:59 PM PST
ebook addict says:
@Elle, come back later & let us know if you went TV or book. I have been known to check TV guide when my afternoon reading stretches into evening & I don't want to stop. I use the evening hours to get the free books while TV is on, which is why I usually am posting so late. Maybe soon I will be ready & we can discuss Losing Hope.

See that my mind was ahead of my fingers in 1st post, as I meant to say "I too like TO DISCUSS some books after reading & this is one of those."
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