Series: Hopeless #1
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: May 7, 2013
Genre: NA fiction, romance, contemporary, drama, realistic fiction
Pages: 408 (paperback)
Age Range: 17+ (sexual content, abuse, suicide, language)
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, trust—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 she’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.
I was in a reading slump before I read this book. After about 15 pages in, I became hooked. This book is funny, intense, romantic, tragic and gripping. I couldn't put it down! The description is right; this book really leave you breathless and entranced. I couldn't put this book down!
The writing is good, the story is gripping and the characters are fantastic! The story is so sad....It's so tragic. But it is displayed perfectly. The main character, Sky, really struggled with her past, making it believable in the sense of how her situation should be displayed.
Now, let's talk about Holder a little...Sky's smoldering, hot tempered, passionate, and caring boyfriend. He's so protective and caring for Sky, but also secretive. I loved how he was there for her throughout the whole thing (even though he kept a big part of it from her before the whole thing blew over).
I also loved Breckin, and wished he was mentioned in the book more because he was very comical. My favorite quote from him is, "If you haven't deduced from my impeccable fashion sense, I think it's safe to sat that I'm . . . Mormon." (He whispers the last word).
I was really happy about how everything was displayed, planned out, and set up. It was all perfect. I could really feel what the characters were feeling. The whole book was very personal and emotional. The struggles with suicide, depression, and sexual abuse was emphasized to the point that it should be.
I hate giving too much away because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'm going to leave this review as it is.
If you or someone you know needs assistance/information regarding sexual abuse, please contact www.rainn.org or call 1-800-656-HOPE
If you, or someone you know struggles with depression, please visit: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.com or call 800-273-TALK