Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies?
Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trustâ€”and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.
Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time sheâ€s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.
Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.
May 07, 2013
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Took my breath awayDec 19, 2012
By Panglette This is an all consuming book. From the first page to the last. In a way I wish ALL books were.
Such a realness to these characters that each paragraph controlled my breath. From the moments that had me laughing hard, to the ones that gripped the pit of my soul, and my favorites??? the ones that actually stopped my breathing while I experienced Holder and Sky's intoxicating relationship.
Never has an author had me literally panting when the couple hasn't even kissed yet. "I'm pretty sure we just broke the record for the best first kiss in the history of first kisses- without even kissing." (38%) Agreed. And since when has pinky holding brought tears to my eyes? Since Hopeless, that's when.
Without a doubt this book just fell into my top 10 list of favorite books ever. What an amazing gift Colleen Hoover has.
Her characters are real. At least you sure as heck wish they were. And lived in your house. And were your only friends. ;) I loved Sky from the 3rd sentence. Sarcasm and quick wit~ two things I can't get enough of. And Holder? Holder had me at "Hey." I dare you not to fall in love with him. Perfectly imperfect characters. And I could.not.get.enough.
May I recommend blocking off your day when you buy Hopeless... as you will not want to put it down. Not even to pee. And make sure your kindle/iPad/electronic-device is fully charged or you will sit on the floor next to the plug to read because back pain will be completely worth it. Lack of sleep will be worth it. Ignoring your children will be worth it. ;) Ok, I need to stop. But only because I need to go re-read it. Now.
**Warning ~ If you are a Slammed fan that wants to read this, please know Hopeless is of a more mature nature than Slammed and it deals with a dark subject mater.
47 of 54 found the following review helpful:
Stunning.Feb 18, 2013
By Emily Savant Holy hell.
You know how most books are so predictable that you are just waiting for the words to read like you pretty much figure they will?
Is it possible to top perfection?Dec 19, 2012
By melmos75 Is it possible to top perfection?
Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover with all my heart. To me that book was perfection and I really didn't think that Colleen would be able to top it. And she didn't top it. No, she double-decker ice cream scoop, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, and sprinkles topped it.
I am once again amazed at Colleen's ability to bring her characters to life and how they can so easily get under my skin. Sky is strong, brave, but yet a broken young woman. There are many points in the story that have you wondering why something that would bother or embarrass anyone else simply doesn't faze her at all. The reality is that I love that about her. I envy her ability to take life so nonchalantly. I don't, however, envy all that she had to go through and wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. My heart broke for her in many places and I'm still not sure if it is completely put back together.
Holder is....well, Holder is scary. He's scary because he is so damn perfect. Not perfect in a flawless sort of way, because he definitely has his flaws, but perfect in a way that makes you feel protected, in a way that makes you feel secure, and perfect in a way that oozes swoon-worthy masculinity and makes your heart pitter-patter with everything that comes from his mouth. There is no poetry in Hopeless, but Holder's words felt like poetry to me.
Before delving into this book, I didn't read the synopsis and I didn't read any teasers. I simply put my faith in Colleen that she would write something that would blow me away. And she didn't disappoint. So in this review I am not going to give anything about the story away. I simply challenge you to pick it up and start reading. Your decision to do so will be validated with the emotions your heart feels throughout the book.
Hopeless is a book that will make you laugh, make you cry, rip out your heart, shatter it in little tiny pieces, stomp on it a little, and then duct tape it all back together. It's not simply a love story, it's a journey that will change you forever. I am forever changed because of this book.
If you have a heartbeat and a soul, you should read this book. Heck, even if you're a zombie, you should read this book. You will LIKE it. You will LIVE it. You will LOVE it.
Please note: Hopeless is in no way related to Colleen Hoover's Slammed series. And although the characters are in high school, the subject matter is darker and more geared toward an audience 17 and above.
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The Autumn Review for HopelessDec 18, 2012
By The Autumn Review I have to say that I get to read some pretty amazing books, but every once in a while I get to read something that really grabs me. You know what I mean? The kind of book that you can't stop thinking about for days, weeks, months. Yeah, well this is one of those books for me. I can tell you that HOPELESS is in my Top Five favorite books of this year. I can tell you that Colleen Hoover has written yet another heart gripping story. I can tell you...that you will want to read this book.
Now, maybe I had a disadvantage, I don't know, but I watched the story come to life. I got to fall in love with the characters as they were written. It's such an incredible process to watch. Sky and Holder quickly became a part of my life, my heart, and my mind.
For me, Sky was the kind of character that I immediately liked. She's funny, sarcastic, intelligent, and strong. Gosh is she strong. I understood her and the way she thinks. Now as the story developed, my heart broke for her. However, her resilience was inspiring.
Dean Holder...be still my heart. I'll tell you what, Holder is without a doubt one of the best book boys I've read about. Holder is complex, loving, temperamental, and selfless. He's a fixer, a problem solver and is very passionate about those that he loves. When Holder entered the scene, I knew right away that there was something special about him. He comes off a bit gruff at first, but as you get to know him, you see the truly caring person that he is.
I almost can't write about Sky and Holder individually, because they truly are a couple. In every sense. They compliment each other well and the connection they share is undeniable. Holder respected the boundaries that Sky had. He knew not to push her too far, but he also pushed enough to help her get through. Does that make sense? Watching them discover Sky's past, well...I was a mess. I mean, I was snotty nose crying. It was tough watching Sky reveal the truth about her past, but Holder was by her side every step of the way.
This is a hard review to write because I don't want to give any clues, hints, or tips about what happens in the story. Just know this, it's intense, highly emotionally charged, steamy, and breathtaking. I cannot recommend this book enough. Colleen Hoover is without a doubt, one of the most truly gifted authors that I've read. HOPELESS will forever be ingrained in my heart.
176 of 214 found the following review helpful:
She had me at, "completely and comfortably numb."Dec 19, 2012
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I almost don't trust myself to write this review because I'm pretty sure...no, I know it will be impossible for me to put into words the experience of Hopeless.
The title in itself is packed with irony because every single thing about this book is...more. I felt this book before I even finished the first chapter. Yes, the story is dark, but this type of beauty doesn't need light to be seen. This type of beauty is meant to be felt, experienced. Hopeless is beautiful and I felt every single part of it.
Colleen Hoover's attention to detail develops the story and gives it life. I'm not talking about detailed descriptions; I'm talking about those small personalized touches that make a story real. Those little pieces that seem completely random until you finally realize that they all fit together perfectly, flawlessly.
I apologize for being too lazy to look up another word in my thesaurus, but the characters were perfect. I loved Sky's unabashed honesty. I felt everything right along with her...everything. Some of the situations she found herself in were hilarious! I was uncomfortable. I was embarrassed. I was heartbroken. I was hearthealed. I was emotionally connected to everything that was happening in the story.
Holder. He was...I--I don't have the words. Holder...I just can't. He was...he was simply amazing. Everything about him, perfect. Every single thing that came out of his mouth was dripping with so many different emotions that I'm...I melted every single time he spoke. Every. Time.
The physical connection between Holder and Sky made it difficult to breathe; the moments of intense passion, emotion, feeling. I needed the descriptive nature of those scenes (not because I'm a pervert), but because I needed to feel the emotion. I needed to feel...everything. I felt everything. It brought a level of intimacy that left me speechless.
I love how you think you have it all figured out...until you don't. We're easily let to figure out some things, but then slammed with something we didn't see coming. It's emotionally charged from beginning to end. Don't be scared of the dark issues. There are emotions that without pain are impossible to experience. They are beautiful emotions because they come from healing. They come from a heart that has been broken, damaged. A heart that has been put back together. Sky and Holder broke me, but then they put me back together. These emotions are the most beautiful and intense emotions that you can feel. This book allows us to experience that; to feel everything. It is something to be thankful for and I am truly thankful for every part of it.
I don't care if you're a fan of erotica, contemporary, romance, fantasy, YA, or fairy porn. This book will deliver something for EVERYONE! Hopeless took a part of me with it, but it gave me a piece of it in return. A piece I will keep forever and ever. READ ON!
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