LOSING HOPE by Colleen Hoover
Author: Colleen Hoover
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 8, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 17+ (some sexual situations)
Contains No Spoilers
THE GIST: Colleen Hoover did it again. We loved Hopeless for its emotion, love, and the amazing story of a girl discovering who she is and who she was. Losing Hope takes us on the same journey through the eyes of the boy who saved her.
This book starts off with an emotional low; it drags you around for a while before you’re put right back where this love story began. Seeing everything through Dean Holder’s eyes was an emotional roller coaster I wasn’t sure I could handle at times.
I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover and although I can’t quite give this book 5 stars, I still think it’s worth the read to compliment the amazing Hopeless.
SYNOPSIS: Sometimes in life, in order to move forward you must face the past…
#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover held readers spellbound with her novel Hopeless, the story of what happened when a troubled girl named Sky encountered a long-lost childhood friend, Dean Holder. With Holder’s help, Sky uncovered shocking family secrets and came to terms with memories and emotions that had left deep scars.
Hopeless was Sky’s story. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder.
Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.
In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.
THE LOWDOWN: The thing with taking the same story and giving a different POV the reader goes through the emotions all over again that they experienced with the first book. In this case, Hopeless was a book that had me drowning in every emotion possible – Losing Hope had me flooded with the emotion I felt for Sky’s story but doubled when I experienced the story of Dean Holder.
Colleen Hoover did not waste any time diving right in. It starts with the death of Holder’s sister, his guilt of not being able to save her, and his struggle to make life work without her. It’s hard on sentiment right from the start. This is part of why I am one star shy of a “perfect score.” I almost struggled to get through the first few chapters of this book; I guess I like to have some build up before my emotions are ripped to shreds.
The story becomes familiar when you get to point where Holder meets Sky, but you’re taken to a different level when it’s revealed why Holder acted the way he did. The bond the two share is intense, watching their love grow while one has no memory of her past and the other is sure he is seeing his soul mate brought back to him, gives you a heart twisting feeling of sadness for them – did I mention intense?
It is really tough as you’re reading Losing Hope and are flooded with memories from Hopeless and the feeling of helplessness when you watch two people try to survive so much heartache and pain. You wonder if their souls will heal and if they will make it through.
See what I mean by emotional roller coaster? Thankfully, there are moments of relief; a welcome distraction between gut wrenching emotions where you enjoy the sweetness of Holder and the quick wit of Sky. I loved her sassy side in Hopeless and it was even more fun to see through Holder’s eyes. That boy adored her not only as the girl he once knew, but the girl he was meeting for the first time.
Reviewing this book without giving any spoilers is tough. I guess I will sum it up with two main points. Don’t be afraid of the emotion that Colleen Hoover throws at you, you will get through it and endure more before you see a beautiful story of healing and hope of a promising future for these soul mates. Secondly, you can thank Colleen Hoover again for not being afraid to give you real life issues that will leave you gasping for air. In reality, it’s what most of us want, a story that throws you around a little and then puts you right back in a place of peace.