Series: Hopeless #1
Published on December 17th 2012
Published by Colleen Hoover
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 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 secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter.
I think I just fell in love with Ms Hoover’s writing. Hopeless was a sad and beautiful story, my only regret is not reading this book sooner.
First of all, I have to be honest that at the beginning I was somewhat skeptical about this book. Given the heroine, Sky seems to have a loose moral, but that quickly changed when the story starts rolling, and the quality of the writing also made a huge positive impact for the book.
I absolutely adore Sky, I thought she was a bit socially awkward, since she was well-sheltered and home-schooled, until her next door neighbor/best friend Six talked to her to enrol in public high school on her senior year. Her first day of high school, she was quickly falling to a victim of bullied because of her ‘reputation’. But that didn’t bother her much, she found a way to be positive in a situation that would normally discourage of others. Sky is detached with her emotions, and Hopeless takes us on a journey of Sky’s self-discovery, and her past.
I don’t want to say Dean Holder is a bad boy, I don’t think that’s really fair for him. He is emotional and has a hot temper, at one point I thought maybe the big secret was he is struggling with mental illness. But that wasn’t it. He is a boy that simply been through a lot, and his experiences changed how he proceeds things.
Hopeless has a darker theme, and contain elements that might not be suitable for everyone. However, the story was mainly focus on Sky and Holder and their romance. It’s a love story, but so much more. I very much enjoy reading the dialogs between Sky and Holder, it was witty and fun to read. Hopeless is full of unpredictable surprises that left me breathless.
I highly recommended this beautiful story that’s full passion and sorrow, but be warned that you might become addicted to Ms Hoover’s writing! This is a story that will stay on my mind for a while.