Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover
Published December 19, 2012 by Atria Books
Genres Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
When 17-year old Sky meets Dean Holder, she finds that she not only has found a guy with a reputation that rivals her own, but also has an uncanny ability to invoke feelings that she’s never had before. He both 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 secret’s he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Colleen Hoover really never ceases to amaze me with her writing. I always think I know what the big plot twist is and then I am completely blindsided by not only the main plot twist, but usually a second one as well. So I have been saving Hopeless and Losing Hope because Hoover’s next book doesn’t come out until this fall, but I finally caved and read it. And not only am I incredibly happy that I did, but I am mad that I didn’t read it sooner.
I don’t want to give away much of the plot line beyond the blurb above, but basically we meet Sky, the main character who is 17, has been home-schooled her whole life and decides to finally attend public school for her senior year of high school. She has a best friend named Six who lives next door to her and a mother who despises technology, so Sky doesn’t have a cell phone, TV or internet like most people her age. She loves running, reading and eating ice cream with Six, until she runs into Holder in the grocery store and again while she is out running. Holder ends up also attending the public high school she has just started at and they begin running together everyday.
One of the things I love about Colleen Hoover’s books is that there really is never any “insta-love'” which is a huge pet peeve of mine. And I find that all of her characters seem quite realistic to me as well. This book is written from the perspective of Sky and also flashes back a few times throughout the book to fill us in on her childhood. The author also has a special ability to make me cry and I do not cry very often when reading. There are only a select few authors and books that evoke that emotional response from me. I also laughed so many times during this book, as with all her other books, she seems to integrate her own sense of humor into the characters and I absolutely love it. Every time I am reading one of her books, I cannot figure out how she comes up with these incredible plot lines. I also really enjoy the way she writes sex scenes; I find, at least for me, she has the perfect balance of great sex scenes, without turning it into smut, which in most cases, I am not a fan of. I have to say out of all her books, this one is in my top 3, along with Ugly Love and It Ends With Us. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Losing Hope, the second book in the series, is written from Holder’s perspective so I am really excited to start that as well. Happy reading!