Apr 8, 2013

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
Book Description:

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.

 Christina's BookReview

“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 up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. ”


Sky Linden Davis, has always lived a sheltered life with her mother. With not being allowed to have any technology around Sky spends her time with her best friend Six and reading. But she also spends her night making out with boys to just escape the real life and feel “numb”. But senior year its different, after coercing her mother to allow her to attend public school Sky realizes what the world really hold outside her home walls. One of those realizations is Dean Holder.

Holder has spent the year in a state of despair. He didn’t lose one girl he loved, he lost two. So he does what guys do best, he rebels. When Sky shows up on his radar Holders life changes drastically, he knows she looks familiar. He takes it upon himself to get to know her. Even if getting to know her turns out to hurt both of them.

When secrets unfold will Sky and Holder be able deal with them? Or will the secrets destroy both their lives?


Okay, this book came highly recommended by numerous book lovers so I couldn’t wait to get into it.  I was ready for the romance, the angst, the tears, and the secrets unveiling. I was ready and prepared to love this. And I did enjoy the story and the premise of it. I saw the twist coming a mile away but I still enjoyed learning all of the facts and all about the characters.

Sky is completely sheltered from social media, television and cell phones. She was a teenager starting to learn how to find her way in life. I liked her character at the beginning of the book and loved her inter-dialogue. The turn in that changed when she became consumed with Holder. Don’t get me wrong who wouldn’t enjoy Holder? But I just thought she had more of a backbone in the beginning when she didn’t “need” him for everything. This is not to say that I didn’t feel bad about what happened. Even though I saw it coming I was still sad for what she had to go through and for her having to relive it.

What I loved is their connection with each other.  “It’s what happens when two people become one: they no longer only share love. They also share all of the pain, heartache, sorrow, and grief.” Holder was the perfect rock and perfect person to help her through the devastation, even if he kept secrets. Both characters feel hopeless during the book but both together bring hope to each other.  Holder shows, not only Sky, but himself as well, how to live, how to ask questions even if the answers are scary, and how to always have hope.

Then there are the secondary characters that play a part in this book. Six,  yes that's her name, is Sky’s best friend and although she’s gone most of the book she is on of those friends that is a bad influence but honest and faithful to the core. Six’s words to Sky set the stage for this story which is why her character made such an impact, “Not everyone gets a happily ever after. Life is real and sometimes it's ugly and you just have to learn how to cope.”  Breckin, the new best friend in the whole wide world, is awesome and such a sweetheart. He is nonjudgmental and is present when needed. Karen, Sky’s mom, I just can’t say how much I adored her. She was your typical protective mother but her story in this book is so heartbreaking. Her strength, her courage, her love for Sky is what a mother’s love should always be. 

This book is filled with love, loss, and pain. The only reason this was a 4 star is because Sky's character annoyed me at parts, her reactions were a little selfish and judgmental, and I thought the book was a little too drawn out. But don't miss out on this story.

BUY it. READ it. LOVE it.


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