HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

 In Everything, Romance YA, Young Adult


Author: Colleeen Hoover
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Mature Young Adult Romance
Format: EBook
Publisher: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: December, 17 2012
Recommended Reading: 17+


THE GIST: Once in a while a book comes along and shines so bright, you know immediately that it’s a huge breakthrough hit. Publishers, publicists and agents smell chum in the water and rumors abound. Hopeless is definitely the new “it” book on the virtual shelves and deservedly so.

This book had me laughing aloud, crying, screaming and cringing. If there was an emotion to draw from me, this book dragged it out, stomped on it, dragged it through the sludge, before cleaning it off and handing it back, broken. Hooked from start to finish, it never disappointed, although, there were aspects I found slightly tedious, it was nothing warranting a “star” reduction. If you love young adult and are over 17, beg, buy or borrow this title, it is worth every hopeless moment.

SYNOPSIS: “Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what 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 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.

Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter involving abuse and other mature issues.” (Amazon).

THE LOWDOWN: I love books that touch on real issues, especially when it pertains to teenagers. This book does that and more, while wrapping the message in a heart-wrenching read. The main protagonist Sky is a sheltered child, forced to abstain from all things social and techno and seeing her introduction into the modern world is interesting and refreshing. Reading Sky’s reaction after receiving a text with the commonly used acronym “lol” is classic, but it displays the disconnect a kid really has from her peers when she doesn’t have access to modern technology, but that isn’t the only relevant issue Hopeless touches upon. Some of the peripheral themes deal with intolerance, LGBT, bullying, rumors, anger, suicide, premarital sex, abuse and young love. That being, this book might not for everyone (although it should be). But before you choose to ignore this story because of the content, be advised that the overarching story is about love and finding hope in a life that appears ugly and hopeless.

Colleen Hoover understands kids and the issues that many deal with and it shines through in her book. A skill not all YA writers call upon easily. Her voice is strong, powerful, and boy does she have a lot to say. I connected with her and her writing in a way I didn’t think I would. Her characters are so well written, each with a very distinct personality. I didn’t get lost in any muddled descriptions, because there weren’t any and although some parts were predictable, it didn’t lesson the impact during the actual revelation.

I know many women out there are asking the critical question…was the boy love interest crush worthy? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. He was delicious, bad, good and smart all rolled into one super hot sensitive package. One of the few problems I had with the book was that he wasn’t that flawed. He thought he was, but really…he was near perfect. On that note, the other minor flaw was the tone change toward the end. It became heavy and with this switch came some very preachy and very long diatribes given by 17 year olds (not that the teen population isn’t long-winded, they just aren’t usually profound). It wasn’t enough to make me dislike the outcome, but it was a little heavy-handed. It made me miss the flawless sarcasm that Hoover executed with perfection during the first act.

Overall, this is without a doubt, a great start to a new year. I have a laundry list of ARCs waiting for review, but instead of trudging through, I took a minor reprieve to enjoy a little personal reading…I am so thankful I did, because I am now, without a doubt, a  Colleen Hoover convert; a tried and true  fan that waits expectantly for her next addition to the literary world.

Sara O'Connor
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