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Hopeless Paperback – May 7, 2013
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This author started off by painting a very clear picture of a sheltered young girl who would be entering HS for the first time ever as a senior. We were introduced to her family, friends and personality. We were then introduced to the love interest and this is where the novel took off. The interactions between them were fantastic, a page turner at it's best! I truly could not get enough of these two.
Then, about halfway through the book a gloomy backstory enters and suddenly things become awkward and horrifying. It just seemed like the entire mood of the book was flipped. I kept reading b/c I enjoyed the two main characters and their relationship, but the emotional trauma these two went thru was over the top. When I read a book I like to escape to a happy place or enjoy a fairytale type story. This started out that way, but it did not end that way.
I'm still wrapping my head around everything that happened to Sky. She went through some terrible, horrible, unspeakable, heartbreaking things that no one should ever have to endure. I am so proud of Sky though for her journey throughout the book and growing as a person and ultimately starting to heal.
I was torn back and forth about Holder for a while. I wasn't sure how I felt about him at first and some of the behaviors that he displayed were really confusing. Once everything started to come together though and answers were revealed, everything made sense. I love Holder and am so glad that he was there for Sky. He's exactly who she needed to be able to get through everything.
Even though this book deals with some difficult topics and some parts were really hard to read and get through, I'm still glad I read it. I'm also glad I read the book blind, going into it without knowing anything about it. I think that just makes the experience of reading a Colleen Hoover book that much better.
I just finished another new adult romance by Tijan, and was totally disappointed in that book because it was so over the top angsty when there really was no reason to be. The dramatic situations in this story was very well written without feeling so OTT that it felt eye-rollingly unbelievable, but instead felt like the tragedies could be true. I'm laying here in the dark typing my review on my Kindle and I'm STILL trying to comprehend all I've read.
Also, I usually hate flashbacks, but the author did such an amazing job with utilizing that technique to draw me into the story and create suspense. She wrote just enough flashbacks to give us a glimpse of Sky's childhood which was an important part of the story.
I own this book along with the audiobook. I read this book while listening to the audiobook and I was blown away with the narration! The pleasant voice of the narrator, the rhythm, the characters voices, and how she even whispered some of the sentences really made this book come alive for me even at 2.5x the normal speed (I actually read much, much faster than this which is one of the reasons I am not usually a fan of audio books!).
Even knowing I own both the kindle and audible, this book may never be a re-read for me unlike say Kristen Ashley, Julie Garwood, or Tara Sivec books, but, believe me, this story will stay with me for a long time and will consciously (or even subconsciously) be used as a yardstick to measure future books. Well done, Ms. Hoover, well done!
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I've been searching for an author like this - one who tackles ugly but realistic stories, that involve two characters falling in love, whilst also providing a context for us to reflect and challenge our own thinking and beliefs in the real world ... and that's what Colleen gives us in spades. Topics like this seem only to be tackled in the Domestic Drama genre. I think we need a new Romance sub-genre, one that allows for the HFN ending (Happy for now), rather than the mind-blowing (often unrealistic Happy ever after) ... although side-note, there is a more than happy ending at the end of this story.
Another author who writes a similar style and doesn't shy away from harsh real-life and romance topics is Isabella Wiles, and I've been looking for a category that describes this type of book, but there doesn't seem to be one - yet. Maybe 'Ugly Tears romance'? ... but this book certainly ticks the following boxes;
- Romance (tick - and with a little bit of steam ... but only where it's relevant to the character's growth)
- New Adult (tick - this is definitely a coming of age story)
- Suspense (tick - there are plenty of secrets and mystery as to Sky's past, that together Holder and her need to unlock, in order for her to grow and heal as a result)
- Domestic drama (tick - although I can't say why, as that would give the game away)
- Ugly tears (tick - I love a good ugly cry and Colleen tackles a highly disturbing 'real world' topic with sensitivity and care)
When I started reading this book, initially I thought I would rate it 3stars, then about halfway through, when I realised that this wasn't going to be another formulaic troupe-y romance (which I absolutely detest BTW ... I steer clear of anything Billionaire Romance, Second chance romance, Wedding Romance, Cow-boy, Amish, Sports - romance ... as once you've read one, you've read them all) and that this story had real 'feels', and character growth, and builds up to an impossible dilemma, where there is no obvious 'right' choice for the protagonist .... that's when it became a 5star MUST READ from me.
If you're after another troupe-y romance, give this a pass, BUT if you like a beautifully written and well-crafted story about healing your past through love, then download Hopeless now.
I've already downloaded two or three more of Colleen's books to read next.
There are so many words I could use to describe how freaking amazingly perfect Holder is. He is swoonworthy and sexy and protective and strong and loyal and romantic and caring and hot-headed and argumentative and witty and .... you get the point, right?
Sky is a great MC with a strong voice and an even stronger will.
Character development was astounding in this book and both mains were really complex. The writing is phenomenal as I've come to expect from CH.
The plot was quite predictable but as Colleen didn't go to huge lengths to disguise her clues I'm guessing she wants the reader to figure it out before Sky does.
This book had me in tears - of laughter and sorrow. Some of the dialogue between Holder and Sky was hysterically funny and I was in the major bad books with my hubby because I woke him up several times shaking with laughter.
Colleen handles some pretty heavy subject matter in this book and I thought it was very well written. Sympathetic but raw, not glossed over. It was so difficult to read at times but I genuinely felt their pain and a deep emotional connection to them and the story.
Really, story telling doesn't get much better than this.
Some fav quotes:
"I nod and hope he backs the hell away from me, because I'm about to have an asthma attack and I don't even have asthma."
"...in the time it took him to speak those five words, my heart was shredded and minced, then placed back inside my chest with the expectation that it should somehow know how to beat again."
"I'm bored, " he says. "So go home." " I don't want to. What do you do when you're bored? You don't have internet or TV. Do you just sit around all day and think about how hot I am?"
I've recently read Slammed (which was Colleen Hoover's first book) and I did enjoy that. But everyone was saying it was amazing and I thought it was good, but not amazing. So my expectations for HOPELESS weren't huge. But I would definitely say this is soooooo much better than SLAMMED and Point of Retreat. You will love Holder a lot more than you love Will.
I read this in about 48 hours. It's quite a long book but it was so good, I didn't want it to end. I couldn't stop thinking about it when I wasn't reading it.
Also I think Colleen was really clever writing this. I loved all the twists. I loved how Colleen started the book with it being "two months earlier". I kept going back to it while reading the book. LOVED IT!!
I am really excited to read Losing Hope which comes out later this year. It's from Holder's point of view but from what I've heard, it isn't the same story and it's based before this book.
I would 100% recommend this to everyone who loves SLAMMED, Beautiful Disaster,Easy and books like that. AMAZING!!!
Hopeless is the story of a teenager called Sky, she lives with her mum and has lived a somewhat sheltered life. No school, no TV and no internet access but she has experienced a lot of the town's teenage boys. One problem though.... she's unable to feel. That is until she catches the eye of Holder in a supermarket who recognises her from the moment their eyes meet. Sparks fly between them and together they unfold Sky's past and why she is unable to feel and try to overcome her struggles whilst falling in love.
I really did enjoy this book, Ugly Love still remains my favourite so far but Hopeless is right up there for me!
Time to move on to her next book <3
Colleen’s trade mark beautiful writing has a lyrical almost poetic feel to it, the beauty of the words belie the horror lurking within the pages. There is a sense of despair that emanates from within the words, a feeling of inevitability you just can’t escape. The feeling of foreboding increases with each page turned. The prologue within Hopeless sets the tone – repetition of the prologue within the main part of the story reinforces the imagery and emotions sharply within the imagination immersing the reader completely.
Very difficult issues are dealt with – as a reader and also as a mother I found myself trying to make sense of the incomprehensible. The mind is a fantastic thing, protecting itself from trauma. Revelations in the form of dreams/flashbacks pave the way for the brutality of the ultimate exposé as the plot peaks.
Sky is a wonderful character, there are so many facets to her, it’s like peeling the layers of an onion. She has a terrific relationship with her mother and her best friend. Although some of her actions are questionable the reasoning behind them only adds to endear her to the reader.
First impression of Holder make you question his intentions toward Sky. His anger management issues count against him until you scratch away that hard shell of his. I have to say I loved seeing his point of view in Losing Hope, however, there was an incident at the start of that book which really altered my opinion of him. I didn’t like it one bit and it took quite a while for me to get over it. Yes, I am aware that grief causes people to do things they normally wouldnt’ but still, really didn’t like that incident :*(
The chemistry between Sky and Holder is electric but it is the tenderness and emotion they share which makes their relationship tug at even the hardest of hearts. Best non-kissing scene EVER ♥
At the risk of being pedestrian, the thing that stands out in these books is that sense of HOPE. While events in our lives, especially the traumatic ones, shape the people we become, they do not define us.
NEVER LOSE HOPE♥
It did have a good ending to some extent, but since finishing I've felt 'down in the dumps' and feel a little sad. The book is so jam packed full of strong emotions and darkness that I feel like I need a happy read to go to.
Colleen Hoover is an absolutely incredible writer. I read Slammed and POR months ago and still think about them regularly. When I heard she was releasing a new book, as a stand alone, I knew I needed to get it as soon as I could and I wasn't disappointed.
The story starts out with a 17 year old Sky starting out a new high school. Everything about it is new to her as she has never attended any type of school before. She doesn't own a mobile phone, there is no TV in her house and she's never had access to the internet. To say she's coming from the dark ages would be an understatement! She lives alone with her adoptive mother Karen. Just the two of them.
After school one day she meets Holder, the beautiful, amazing Holder, who changes her life completely. She fights her feelings for him, she seems to think he is bad news but regardless of all that her attraction is too strong.
Soon things start to unravel around Sky and all of a sudden she's left wondering who she really is. Every person in her life she thought she could trust, suddenly seems not so trustworthy. She has to make some life changing decisions that could potentially rip everything away from her that she has ever known.
I felt everything in this book. Like I said, I ended it feeling very sad. I shed a few tears and just reveled in these feeling, it takes a great author to pull those emotions out of me and Colleen managed it perfectly. It wasn't always an easy read but I am so glad I read it.
This was without a doubt my favourite quote in the whole book, and so so true.
"It's real, Six. You can't get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It's the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off."
I think sometimes we forget whilst reading that you don't always need a soppy HAE. Life isn't always that way and Colleen gave us a subtle reminder of that with Hopeless.
The story is about Sky, a 17 yr old girl who lives with her adoptive mother Karen. Karen doesnt approve of technology, so she has no TV, Mobile phone, computer or Internet access. She has also been homeschooled up until now. Her mother has agreed for her to go to High School for her senior year with her neighbour (and BFF) Six. Six then informs Sky that she is going abroad to study, leaving Sky to face school on her own.
Sky has had boyfriends but has never felt any connection with them, until the day she sets eyes on Holder in the supermarket after her first day at school. She is attracted to him, but as he has a reputaion she is wary of him. After a few chance meetings, they strike up a relationship, and she has feelings for Holder that shes never had with other boys. These feelings start to bring back memories to the surface, memories that Sky has had burried deep for years. Holder also has issues, and when everything comes out in the open OMG I was dumbstruck!! I felt the despair that both characters go through, it brought me to tears. But then there is also the best ever 'first ever kiss that isnt a kiss' scene, and the chemistry between Sky and Holder is lovely.
Colleen Hoover has a way of writing that sucks you in, and makes you feel what the characters are going through. Usually after I finish a book, Ive got another ready to go, but with this book I couldnt. I had to wait for a few days because I could not stop thinking about it. Be warned, this is for older teens, as it covers issues such as sexual abuse. This book had me through the wringer - I laughed, I cried, I was shocked, and when I finished I was speechless. The best £2 odd I ever spent.
Holder, despite his issues, is a gent. He is very respectful of Sky at all times and an excellent example to teenagers. Sky, herself, is one tough cookies and the pair go together so well, you can’t help but cross you fingers and hope everything works out for them.
The story has some exceptional twists and turns, keeping you gripped. A subject I won’t normally read about is part of the plot’s foundations but it is only gently touched upon sporadically and written about with great care so I felt comfortable carrying on. Overall this is a must-read for fans of New Adult.
Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com
I'm not going to give you a plot review like some other reviewers already have because, well.......some other reviewers already have but I am giving you the above warning.
I don't usually pay over two pounds for books as there are so many of this type out there which are cheaper or even free but I was curious to see what could possibly be written on the pages to warrant nearly four hundred five star ratings. All I can say is I have left my own five star rating and I am really really tired now because I couldn't put the damn thing down.
Badly broken boys and emotionally damaged girls are two a penny in Kindle land but THIS badly broken boy and THIS emotionally damaged girl will be firmly wedged in my heart for as long as it beats and dancing around my mind for as long as I've got all my faculties.I honestly loved it that much. I read reviews for other peoples opinions and I imagine you are reading this review for the same so here is my honest opinion.
Hopeless is worth the price, it is worth the ratings it's been given and it is most definately worth the headache I've got from lack of sleep so if you are considering buying this book then the answer is a no-brainer....do it, you won't regret it.
THE TERM READ IT AND WEEP HAS NEVER BEEN SO APPROPRIATE.
The item came in perfect condition and safely packaged. The quality of the cover is not very strong, it is thin and bent easily. The paper inside is thin but okay quality. The writing size and font is easy to read and overall the item is good.
This isn't a book for weak hearted people.I'm warning you!!!!! You will difinately cry. but amazing story definitely 5 stars
The story is about Sky, a 17 year old, home schooled girl who just wants to be normal and fit in, even though her upbringing has been anything but normal – adopted, no TV, no mobile phone, no public school. That is until her senior year when she manages to cajole her mum Karen into letting her attend the local public school to complete it. On her first day her best friend Six’s reputation precedes her and so the name calling begins, however she is rescued by Breckin, who replaces Six as Sky’s best friend while Six goes transatlantic. If all of that isn’t enough on your first day of public school Sky also meets Dean Holder, who mistakenly thinks that she is someone else. This is the start of their relationship but from that very moment, even though she is terrified, Dean has a hold over her.
Right, what a story. I really liked Sky, the whole story is narrated by Sky, which is good because there is such a huge story for Sky here, but is also important because Losing Hope is narrated by Dean. Sky is a bit no-nonsense. She does what she wants but toes the line with her mother. She’s adopted but not really that affected by it, and she loves Karen. Holder changes that for her. He evokes emotion within her that starts to bring back memories of before she was adopted, some, not exactly nice.
Dean Holder is your typical book boyfriend, all hot and full of arrogant attitude and swagger and just appeals to every member of the opposite sex. He automatically has this powerful hold over Sky, but because it’s all told from Sky’s POV you don’t really get to know what’s going on with Holder other than his facial expressions. It’s still obvious he feels plenty for Sky though.
Typical teen romance this is not though because when everything seems to be working out the shit hits the fan in what is one of the biggest plot twists I have ever seen. I won’t tell you anymore about it other than that. It was huge, I didn’t think it was unrealistic or farfetched either. There are some quite deep issues explored in the book as well so brace yourself for that but it’s handled delicately. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Losing Hope!
A chance encounter with another student Dean Holder at has Sky feeling things she never thought possible, and memories she thought were lost begin to resurface. Holder has his own issues and secrets and at times scares Sky but then at the same time she can't stop herself wanting to be with him. When Holders secrets start unraveling some startling truths are revealed which for Sky mean her life will never be the same again!!
One of my book friends wrote that reading a Colleen Hoover book is an emotional experience because she builds you up, tears you down and then builds you back up again!! This is my first Colleen Hoover book and I couldn't agree with my friend more.
The story builds you up and started out making me think it was a coming of age book, I expected a girl who has lead a sheltered life being shown a sample of the real world with it's cruelness and beauty. The characters were perfection, I instantly liked Sky she was cute, funny and quirky. Her best friends Six and Breckin were amazing side kicks bringing that light relief and comic timing to certain situations. Holder, WOW!! *swoon* !! I feel like he needs his own review. He was a perfect mix of perfection and bad boy. Whilst he was flawed himself he always said the most perfect things. He made me wish he was real and I was eighteen again, I live you Holder :)
"Let me inform you of something," he says in a low voice. "The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you've never felt anything when someone's kissed you, then no one's ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you."
The chemistry between Sky and Holder jumped of the page, I loved them together. The love scenes between them were so real, tender and emotionally charged which made them even more special and OMG the non kiss was pure sizzle!!
The story tears you down as secrets are revealed and pasts are realized it brought out all kinds of emotions in me as a reader. One minute I was OMG ing, the next I was crying and then I was hopeful.
The story builds you back up again but not by putting a pretty bow on the top and saying they live happily ever after but by giving hope they are survivors and you leave them with the feeling they will get through it all, and to be honest I was left feeling a little inspired by these beautiful characters.
"I'm not going to wish for a perfect life. The things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I'm choosing to stand up taller"
My only complaint would be that there was no epilogue and I'm a total sucker for a epilogue. I felt so invested in all the characters I just wanted more!! Maybe a tiny glimpse into the future so I knew they were all going to be ok :)
Before you start reading this stunning book I would like to give you some advice. Clear your day, once you start this book you will not want to put it down!! I would also recommend you have tissues and chocolate handy :)
This is one of those rare times that I wish I could give a book more than 5 stars!!! I was intrigued to read this book after it was mentioned in the acknowledgements of Nicola Hudson's book Heart & I also received a recommendation to it as well.
I loved the way Colleen Hoover expressed such emotion & feeling in her writing. I have not read such powerful emotions since the Twilight series.
This combined with all the twists & turns made it a wow book. I struggled to put it down but at the same time didn't want it to end.
My next read is another Colleen Hoover book, after this one being the first if hers I'd ever read.