Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Our 5 star review

“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.”

I had the immense pleasure of reading an advanced copy of
Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless. This book, this multi-layered
book, made me laugh and cry and catch my breath.
This is a different ball of wax from Hoover’s two previous
works (Slammed and Point of Retreat). This is an adult
themed, darker novel which deals with some hard hitting
issues and is told with as much sensitivity as is possible
for Hoover to have written.
Holder is a modern day Sir Lancelot with a troubled past
and a fierce temper. Sky is fiercely independent and
determined to spend her senior year at a public high school,
having been formerly home schooled by her adoptive mother
for her entire education. She is emotionally withdrawn from
affairs involving her heart. She has mastered the art of
separating the physical from the emotional. These two
individuals collide and this intersection catapults
unforeseen unavoidable events. Both have histories deeply
embedded in their subconscious minds that they would prefer
to remain hidden.

I did not think I could love a character of Hoover’s more
than Will Cooper from Slammed/ Point of Retreat. How she
proved me wrong with Dean Holder. I so wanted to embrace
him and let him rest his head and all his troubles on my
shoulders. He is the most steadfast protector of Sky’s
heart that one could wish for. Sky has survived and has
actually managed to thrive against insurmountable odds.
Hoover layers shock upon shock and revelation with each
subsequent chapter. Just when you think all is revealed,
that you can unbuckle that seat belt and put the car in
park, she adds another twist. Sometimes it makes you bawl
your eyes out; sometimes it makes you walk away for a
moment. Sometimes you find it necessary to take your own
“chapter break” before continuing on with this bitter
sweet journey. There are times when your heart breaks and
times of sheer terror and loathing that comes over you in
waves. Take a breath and keep reading. These two have to
finish this journey and you have to accompany them to see it
through. Hopeless, in my opinion, is one of the best books I
have read this year. I dreaded turning the last few pages,
as I did not want it to end. What an outstanding work this
is from Hoover! Sky and Holder will stay with you long
after their story is told.

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