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Review: Losing Hope by Colleen HooverLosing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2
Published by Atria on July 8, 2012
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

My thoughts…

This book was amazing. I loved it so much! Holder has got to be one of the best heroes I had the privilege to read about.

Losing Hope is written in Holders POV. I know that seems to be the new thing these days. Authors writing a companion novels in the leading males POV. I’ve heard some negative things about this as well as positive. Normally the deciding factor for me is if I really loved the first book.

Some of the complaints I’ve heard are that the authors are trying to cash in. Make more money just for the sake of it. That a book written in the males POV isn’t necessary. That the story has already been told and doesn’t need to be told again.

Here’s how I feel about it. Even though I know how things happened in Hopeless, I had to know how all of this affected Holder. He’s suffered two huge losses in his life and he felt as though he failed both Hope and Les. That’s a huge burden to carry around for such a young man. The internal struggle his character faced was heart wrenching. He blamed himself for things that happened that were not in his control to accept the responsibility for in the first place. To get a first hand look at how these issues affected him was necessary. His story needed to be told and I’m very happy that Ms Hoover wrote Losing Hope.

I highly recommend both Hopeless and Losing Hope. Both of these novels are incredible stories and I hope you will give them a chance.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.

BOOK Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover (@colleenhoover)Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2
Published by Atria Books on July 8th, 2013
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
Add to your Goodreads TBR shelf.
Purchase Links: Amazon
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

I went into this book thinking it was going to be the same story as Sky’s but from a different POV.  IT’S NOT.  It’s much more than that. It was almost like reading a new book, only not. Because we do get some rehashing of scenes that we experienced in Hopeless, but with Holder’s inner dialogue it made it a new experience.
This book invoked so many emotions I would probably forget a few trying to list them off. It was one of the most intense emotional roller coasters I’ve been on.

Holder’s story starts a year before Hope aka Sky comes back into his life.  Right before the turning point that made Holder question his ability to protect the ones he loves. We get to experience the loss of Les, Holder’s sister, and everything that happens afterwards.  When preparing for Les’s funeral, Holder comes across a blank leather-bound journal in her closet. Thus begins the Letters to Les.

Les,

You left your jeans in the middle of your bedroom floor. It looks like you just stepped out of them. It’s weird. Why would you leave your jeans on the floor if you knew what you were about to do?

 

Through Holder’s letters to his sister, we discover that Holder is angry at his sister, because he doesn’t understand why she would kill herself and he feels that he failed as a brother. He also tells his sister about things that are going on with his life, now that she isn’t there to be apart of it.

Les,

Well, congratulations. you’re pretty popular. Not only did you fill the parking lot of the funeral home with cars, but you also filled the lot next door and both churches down the street. That’s a lot of cars.

 

Les,

Happy two-week deathiversary. Harsh? Maybe so, but I’m not apologizing.

I absolutely loved the letters that Holder wrote to his sister. It was an interesting way for Holder to deal with  his grief as well as talk to his sister still. Those letters also came in handy when Sky came into his life and he didn’t know what to do with the discovery of her not being who she thought she was and being everything he’s always been looking for.

My heart stops.

Time stops.

The whole world stops.

I recognize those eyes.

Those are Hope’s eyes.

It’s her nose, her mouth, her lips, her hair. Everything about this girl is Hope.

As most of you guys know, Hopeless has ONE OF THE BEST (not really a) first kiss scenes ever. Rereading that scene through Holder’s eyes made it even BETTER.

 

I have to stop for a moment because if I don’t, I’ll for sure break my one and only rule tonight-which is absolutely no mouth contact. I know if I kiss her right now it’ll be great. But Id on’t want her to have great. I want her to have incredible. Looking at her lips right now, I know for a fact it’ll be incredible for me.

“They’re so perfect,” I say. “Like hearts. I could literally stare at your lips for days and never get bored.”

She opens her eyes and smiles. “No. Don’t do that. If all you do is stare, then I’ll be the bored one.”

Reading the scene when Sky discovers that she’s Hope and the events that happen afterwards are just as heartbreaking as the first time I read them. But Sky and Holder were there for each other when facing her father and discovering things that Holder didn’t expect  and that Sky had blocked from her subconscious.

“I love you, Holder. So much,” she says firmly. “And just so you know… so did Hope.”

 

The supporting characters in this book were amazing. We have Holder’s best friend, Daniel, who I don’t think we met in Hopeless. Then of course there is Breckin, Sky’s most awesome Mormon best friend ever!

Between Holder and Sky’s best friends, we got a little bit of humor and it was a nice thing to have in such an intense story.

We got to see Breckin stand up to Holder after the bracelet scene and tell it like it is. Being a Mormon and all, he wasn’t afraid to stand up to someone who, according to rumor, beat up another Mormon the year before.

 

This book was amazing and like I said before like reading a whole new book, not just another point of view.  Because in the end we have a better understanding of everything that happened. At the end of it all, Holder is able to forgive himself and realize he is not the one responsible for Hope disappearing and for Les’s death.

 

If you haven’t read Hopeless yet,  no worries, this book could be read as a standalone or even before Hopeless.  Although I do suggest you read Hopeless because it’s just as amazing as Losing Hope.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.

Review: Hopeless by Colleen HooverHopeless by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #1
on December 19, 2012
Pages: 327
Source: Purchased
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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 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.

My thoughts…

Have you ever read a story that draws you in from the very beginning? One where you can’t put it down because you can’t wait to find out what happens next? This is what Hopeless did for me. I literally couldn’t stop reading it.

I love, love, love this story. So much! There was never a time where I lost interest or started skimming while reading it. It kept me captivated from beginning to end.

Hopeless is an emotional story about a girl whose adopted at a very young age. She befriends Dean Holder aka Holder who is without a doubt amazing. I liked everything about him. He’s definitely swoon worthy. The chemistry between Holder and Sky is apparent from the beginning. They sort of start off on a rocky road but soon start to form a strong bond.

I’m giving Hopeless a rating of 5+ stars and a definite recommended read. I can’t begin to articulate how good this story is. I will be recommending it to all of my friends and in the future will be reading it over and over again.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.