Title: Hopeless [#1 Hopeless]
Author: Colleen Hoover
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.
This book was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters, the plot, the writing, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
Sky is seventeen. She has never owned a television, never had a cellphone (or a regular, stuck-on-your-wall, kind of phone either), nor has she ever had a computer or laptop within her possession (i.e. no Facebook or Tumblr). She’s never really questioned it though, since her adoptive mother, Karen, insists that she hates technology more than the devil. But when Sky meets Dean Holder, she begins to remember things about her past that she never knew even happened. But Dean remembers, and it has haunted him for 13 years.
There were so many things I loved about this book, so here’s an (extensive) list of it all:
1. I really liked the fact that Sky liked listing things at the beginning. It made figuring her out easier, as well as her friendship with six. Also, I like lists.
As soon as I lay eyes on him, I immediately notice three things:
1) His amazingly perfect white teeth hidden behind that seductively crooked grin.
2) The dimples that form in the crevices between the corners of his lips and cheeks when he smiles.
3) I’m pretty sure I’m having a hot flash.
Or I have butterflies.
Or maybe I’m coming down with a stomach virus.
2. Sky’s attitude was awesome, and totally kick ass at times. She took most things in stride and never really pulled out the screams or tears at totally inappropriate times. She never went out looking for drama and I definitely respected her for that. She also had normal reactions to things, such as freaking out when a guy you don’t know is following you to your car and demanding to know your name (unlike many female characters these days). Sky was an easy character to love, and Hoover’s ability to make me feel everything Sky did basically left me in tears and a hurting heart for a good portion of the book.
I look down at his hand, then take a step back without shaking it. This whole situation is entirely too awkward for me to trust him with this innocent introduction. Maybe if he hadn’t have pierced me with his intense glare in the store, I would be more susceptible to his physical perfection.
“What do you want?” I’m careful to look at him with suspicion rather than awe.
3. Holder is perfect (once you get past his random/not so random mood swings). AND THAT FIRST KISS THAT WASN’T EVEN A REAL FIRST KISS. That scene probably wins for the best kiss scene ever. Just my opinion. But seriously, Holder is understanding, he cooks, he’s playful and sweet. My newest fictional boyfriend, honestly.
He stops speaking mid sentence and takes a quick step toward me. He grabs my chin and tilts my head back. “Who did this to you?” The same hardness I saw in his eyes at the grocery store returns behind his scowl. “Your eye wasn’t like this earlier.”
I pull my chin away and laugh it off. “It was an accident. Never interrupt a teenage girl’s nap.”
He doesn’t smile. Instead, he takes a step closer and gives me a hard look, then brushes his thumb underneath my eye. “You would tell someone, right? If someone did this to you?
4. The way Hoover structured the book. It was easy to follow and gave readers a sense of what time this or that happened. A lot of book simply jump from present to flashback and that’s fine, but can get confusing. That chance was eliminated in Hopeless. The first part got me hooked, and when we flashed to two months before I had absolutely no issue following the story, and man was it a good story.
5. Hoover’s creativity when it comes to creating things – like “living” and “Dinner Quest”. Right up there with “butterflying” (for all the Slammed series fans). I love that these things help bring a different perspective to the table, and also help develop the stories and the characters.
6. Throughout the entire book, I can honestly tell you that, unless you read a spoilery review, you’ll never guess what’s going to/has happened to the characters. I couldn’t even imagine that kind of ending, but when everything’s brought to light, all the pieces set up fall right into place.
Magnificently constructed and wonderfully written, Hopeless will take you on a whirlwind journey and this amazing story will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading.
GoodReads Rating: 4.54/5
** Losing Hope, Hopeless from Holder’s point of view, will be out July 8, 2013 as an ebook, and will be released as a paperback October 15, 2013 by Atria Books.
If you can’t wait for Losing Hope, Colleen Hoover posted the “best first kiss” scene from Holder’s point of view on her website. Check it out here. (THERE ARE SPOILERS. READ HOPELESS FIRST BEFORE READING THIS)