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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With a title like Hopeless I should have known...Aug 29, 2013
By K. Swanger I am in the minority on this one, because I didn't like this book. As a matter of fact, I hated this book. It started out okay and I liked Sky at first, but then everything quickly went downhill and it just kept careening down the hill.
The two things I disliked the most about this book:
1. Sky and Holder. They are both so unlikeable. Holder is a bit of a psycho and a complete control-freak. And then there is Sky, who faints because Holder is so attractive...literally faints. That is the heroine I am supposed to root for, a girl who faints at the sight of Holder's gorgeous eyes. I should have stopped there...why didn't I stop there? It also annoyed me that she constantly forgave Holder when he would act psychotic, violent and controlling. She had no backbone with him. And the romance between them rang false to me. The dialogue was cheesy and over-the-top, with long, emotional monologues to each other. Even the sex and make-out scenes were boring and unrealistic. I found myself skimming the sex scenes...and I never skim past sex, or at least I never have until this book.
2. The plot twist that anyone could see coming from a mile away (SPOILERS). At the halfway mark in this book, I could see exactly where the plot was going, and I mean exactly, not vaguely. I knew exactly what Sky's father had done to her. I knew exactly what had happened to Lesslie when she was young that contributed to her depression. I had a pretty good idea who Karen really was. Knowing exactly where the plot is going halfway through the book sure kills the suspense, and from then on I just found the book tedious and boring. Additionally, the characters seemed to have no clue where the plot was going, so they just seemed like idiots during the second half of the book, being surprised over things that were so obvious. I began speed-reading, just so I could say that I finished it, but without that pesky problem of actually wasting anymore time on the book.
3. Irresponsible message. (SPOILERS) This book deals with sexual abuse of children, a subject that should be approached with care. However, the characters who are abused never go to therapy (even when the adults in their lives know about the abuse). Additionally, one of them has sex with another guy in order to "wipe away" the abuser's touch, and the sex scene is treated as romantic. Riiiiiiiiight.
4. Lame plot dropping (SPOILERS). At one point in the novel the lead character gets to finally confront the abuser, and the story is about to become complicated, for instance an ensuing custody battle, a kidnapping trial, a child abuse trial, etc. Obviously, those realistic plots didn't fit into the author's plan, so (MAJOR SPOILERS) the bad guy conveniently kills himself because he is so torn up about being a bad guy. Riiiiiiiiight.
So, I guess I'm (mostly) alone in this opinion, but I thought this book was over-the-top, unrealistic, and extremely predictable, with two main characters who I didn't care about.
322 of 391 found the following review helpful:
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.
92 of 112 found the following review helpful:
Loved the first half, but the second half did not work for meDec 21, 2012
By Book Worm Let me say something that excited me about this book; it has an actual ending. Yes!!! Not a cliff-hanger, not a wait for the next book, to get the whole story. It has an ending. However, reading this book was like reading two books. The first halve was full of story building, character development and humour. The second half was like ploughing through psychology 101 and having someone tell me how I should be feeling and deliberately trying to pull to hard at my emotions. Let me explain further, without giving the storyline away.
Sky was an interesting character, instantly likable and fun to read about. She had an attention-grabbing history, and you know instantly that everything about her is not as it seems. The book starts off at the present with her having a breakdown of sorts, and then goes back in time, hence you know all is not as it seems. It drew me into the story, clearly something was happening with Sky. I'm not sure if you were meant to guess early on what this was, I thought it was obvious (but this could be due to my profession) what had happened to her, but this did not take away from the story for me. For me the story always was, how would she react when she realised and what would she then do.
First let me talk about the characters. Sky was a well-developed character. I liked how a lot of this character development was done through her inactions with her best friend Six and new friend Breckin. Both Six and Breckin, are the light characters that bring the humour and respite from the heavy topics. They were interesting, and initially they were developed well. The dialogue and banter between them and Sky was sharp, witty and memorable. Unfortunately, I think both Six and Breckin could have been taken further because by the second half they were forgotten and just appeared as extra's due to the heavy `issues' . They could have provided lighter moments that were desperately needed in between all the melodrama.
Holder was a mixed bag for me. His character was up and down, hot and cold, angry and happy. I know he was `meant' to be like this but it was too much at times for me, and did not feel real. I don't really think that Sky's explanation of him being `passionate' about everything did not ring true to me. However, when Holder was given the middle ground rather than highs and low, he was an interesting character. I liked the development that took place between Sky and Holder. What I didn't like was how Holder kept on going on about how Sky was so beautiful and perfect. I really liked how Holder was the lynch pin in the whole story, and he didn't always take the easy road. What I did not like was I felt like so much of his story was missing, you were told stuff about him and then it was not finished. Because of this I don't think I really knew him truly by the end.
So, the first half was great, getting to know Sky and Holder, and watching them develop their relationship, whilst Sky discovers what has happened to her. This was all well written, interesting, engaging. It was full of both light hearted moments, laugh out loud moments, but also painful and emotional moments. I loved it.
The second half was missing the light hearted laugh out loud moments. It was crammed full of emotional heavy long winded inner monologue. There was also melodrama scene after melodrama scene. I have not said drama here because it was melodrama. The scenes were all meant to be highly emotional. I constantly felt like the emotions were being pushed on me and I was being told how to feel rather than just feeling it. In addition to this so much happened in such a short time frame, there was no time for a breath, and yet at the same time it was explained in so much detail that although it happened so quick it felt like it was dragging at times. In addition, the way Sky and Holder spoke changed. They no longer read as teenagers, but rather 40 year olds who had been in therapy for 20 years. The fact was throughout this book I wanted to know how Sky would react to finding out stuff, that was the whole point of the book for me, but when that actually happened it didn't feel real to me. It felt forced, everything from the emotions of everyone, and how quickly things happened. I wish I was writing l loved the end of this book as much as I loved the beginning, but I didn't. Will I read it again? No Would I recommend it? Sure, clearly by the high number of 5 star reviews most reviewers love it.
111 of 137 found the following review helpful:
Miserably written and Irresponsible (CONTAINS SPOILERS)Feb 03, 2013
By feedajane SPOILER ALERT
I am shocked, as many are, that this book would receive a 5 star rating from anybody.
I am editing my review, because I finished the book, and I am disgusted with the authorÊ»s irresponsible handling of the sexual abuse theme. The 17 year old main character finally remembers that her father repeatedly raped her when she was a small child, and then begins her healing by- wait for it- losing her virginity to her boyfriend THAT SAME DAY! Really?? I really hope that the young readers of this book donÊ»t think thatÊ»s a good way to handle memories of childhood sexual abuse. Also, the Holder character seems smothering and borderline unstable/abusive himself. Punching lockers? Climbing through her window with no warning? Repeatedly grabbing her wrists? Clamping his hand over her mouth? And heÊ»s touching her and kissing her shoulder as she confronts her father? I found him disturbing and nearly as creepy as SkyÊ»s father. The only thing that rings true here is that some abuse survivors repeat the pattern of abuse by becoming involved with other abusive partners. Otherwise, his behavior seems like nothing more than a big collection of red flags to me.
My horror at the story line aside, this is also the most poorly written book I have ever read. Bad grammar and vocabulary misuse on almost every page- too many to count. I will say that one of my "favorites" is Sky being "deduced to tears". It would be funny if it wasnÊ»t so sad.
141 of 175 found the following review helpful:
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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