Published December 19th 2012 (first published December 17th 2012)
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. (Goodreads)
I will start by saying this is the first Colleen Hoover book I read so I was unsure how the writing and style would be. I can now say I am a huge fan of Colleen Hoover! Her writing is beautiful, fast paced, interesting, and pulls at your heart strings. I really enjoyed this book. With all the conflict in this book it does read a bit like the Lifetime Movie network, but I love Lifetime Movie so that didn’t bother me one bit. There are varying points of views about this book. Some people point out “slut shaming” or are unhappy with the conclusion. As far as the “slut shaming” I will say if that is something that is going to bother you it’s a very minor detail of the story. It read to me like typical high school behavior between two best friends. The conclusion is something I will touch on in the story element break down.
Hopeless borders young adult and new adult. There are some darker theme and trigger warnings for rape, suicide, child abuse, and depression. If those topics bother you then this book isn’t for you. They are not glorified in any way so if you don’t shy away from books with those topics I highly recommend you check this one out. this is a romance story but it’s just as much a story of finding yourself, coming of age, and overcoming your past.
Characters- I loved the characters. They were compelling, beautiful, and intense.
Setting- Sky’s house, and her high school
Plot- Sky goes to public high school for the first time and meets Holder. They are both outcasts of sorts and they begin hanging out and bonding. Sky has always had flashbacks, but she has never understood them. As she begins hanging around Holder they happen more often and she is intent on finding out what they mean. Unknowingly they are links to her past. Dean helps Sky navigate these memories and find out why she was adopted.
Conflict- coming of age, high school and bullying, adoption, overcoming strict rules at home
Resolution- The ending seemed realistic. Some people didn’t appreciate it, but I thought it was fitting. If I were Sky I would have made the same choices. Colleen Hoover said it best in Hopeless, “It real, Six. You can’t get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It’s the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.” That is so fitting for the conclusion to this book.
Again, I really enjoyed this one. I rated Hopeless by Colleen Hoover 5 stars. I do have a video review if you’re interested make sure to check it out!