Jan 16, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Series: Stand-alone novel
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating:

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. (Goodreads)

This book left me utterly speechless. From start to finish, it was a forced task just to put my Nook down to shower and eat. I was truly blown away by this book. Every plot twist, every surprising revelation. Even though you know it's coming, you're never truly prepared for what happens.

To say this book was emotionally draining is an understatement. I haven’t felt this mentally abused in a long time, but it’s a beating I’ll take on any day of the week. I loved every character. Sky (so real!), Holder (so hardcore!), Six (so snarky!) and definitely Breckin (so hilarious!). Each of these characters added something special to this amazing story and they each hooked me in a different way. Six and Breckin, the best friend and the new best friend (must read to understand), were the part of Sky that she didn’t know existed. Yes, she cracked a few jokes, but Sky was no laughing matter. Throughout the book, you feel as internally tortured and lost as she does. I mean, Sky knew something wasn’t right about herself, but she just couldn’t recognize it. When she finally does, WOAH.

The romance that blossoms with Holder was just perfect. I mean, PERFECT. Sweet and sensual, yet, so complex. It only becomes more so when Holder kind of reveals why he acts the way he acts. It’s so unbelievably shocking and sad!

This book was REAL. This was a book about something that happens everyday, in real life to real people. I’m glad Colleen Hoover wrote it. I’m even more glad I got a chance to read it. She is one amazing author who knows how to connect to the deepest part of you and stir up feelings you didn’t even know you had. I screamed, I cried, I laughed, I sat in silence and cried some more. It was that intense, and I loved every moment of it.

Hopeless is not a book for the faint at heart, but it is a must-read for every young girl and woman. I highly encourage everyone to go out and grab yourself a copy of this book. It’s a young adult treasure that I will never forget.


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