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Hopeless Paperback – 7 May 2013
About the Author
- Publisher : ATRIA (7 May 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147674355X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476743554
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read it in 3 sittings on 2.5 hour train rides. It captived me right from the beginning. It's so emotional and raw and had twist in it I didn't see coming. Colleen Hoover is now one of my all time favourites!
Rating: 3.5 stars.
This book was a hard one for me rate due to the fact there were moments throughout that I loved and other moments where I didn’t.
I loved how it touched on some heavy subjects in true Coho style and that there were some moments throughout that kept me guessing.
However with that being said I did find myself skimming a lot of the pages, I found it difficult to connect with the characters, and once the plot twist was revealed everything else just became predictable.
Overall I found this an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of Colleen Hoover’s work.
Please note: This book does contents that some readers may find triggering and/disturbing.
Top reviews from other countries
I've been searching for an author like this - one who tackles ugly but realistic stories, that involve two characters falling in love, whilst also providing a context for us to reflect and challenge our own thinking and beliefs in the real world ... and that's what Colleen gives us in spades. Topics like this seem only to be tackled in the Domestic Drama genre. I think we need a new Romance sub-genre, one that allows for the HFN ending (Happy for now), rather than the mind-blowing (often unrealistic Happy ever after) ... although side-note, there is a more than happy ending at the end of this story.
Another author who writes a similar style and doesn't shy away from harsh real-life and romance topics is Isabella Wiles, and I've been looking for a category that describes this type of book, but there doesn't seem to be one - yet. Maybe 'Ugly Tears romance'? ... but this book certainly ticks the following boxes;
- Romance (tick - and with a little bit of steam ... but only where it's relevant to the character's growth)
- New Adult (tick - this is definitely a coming of age story)
- Suspense (tick - there are plenty of secrets and mystery as to Sky's past, that together Holder and her need to unlock, in order for her to grow and heal as a result)
- Domestic drama (tick - although I can't say why, as that would give the game away)
- Ugly tears (tick - I love a good ugly cry and Colleen tackles a highly disturbing 'real world' topic with sensitivity and care)
When I started reading this book, initially I thought I would rate it 3stars, then about halfway through, when I realised that this wasn't going to be another formulaic troupe-y romance (which I absolutely detest BTW ... I steer clear of anything Billionaire Romance, Second chance romance, Wedding Romance, Cow-boy, Amish, Sports - romance ... as once you've read one, you've read them all) and that this story had real 'feels', and character growth, and builds up to an impossible dilemma, where there is no obvious 'right' choice for the protagonist .... that's when it became a 5star MUST READ from me.
If you're after another troupe-y romance, give this a pass, BUT if you like a beautifully written and well-crafted story about healing your past through love, then download Hopeless now.
I've already downloaded two or three more of Colleen's books to read next.
So many twists I never saw coming. It's really difficult to write a detailed review for this book without giving anything away. So all I'm going to say is... Read it. It has all the feels. Just keep a box of tissues close to hand.
Hopeless is the story of a teenager called Sky, she lives with her mum and has lived a somewhat sheltered life. No school, no TV and no internet access but she has experienced a lot of the town's teenage boys. One problem though.... she's unable to feel. That is until she catches the eye of Holder in a supermarket who recognises her from the moment their eyes meet. Sparks fly between them and together they unfold Sky's past and why she is unable to feel and try to overcome her struggles whilst falling in love.
I really did enjoy this book, Ugly Love still remains my favourite so far but Hopeless is right up there for me!
Time to move on to her next book <3
There are so many words I could use to describe how freaking amazingly perfect Holder is. He is swoonworthy and sexy and protective and strong and loyal and romantic and caring and hot-headed and argumentative and witty and .... you get the point, right?
Sky is a great MC with a strong voice and an even stronger will.
Character development was astounding in this book and both mains were really complex. The writing is phenomenal as I've come to expect from CH.
The plot was quite predictable but as Colleen didn't go to huge lengths to disguise her clues I'm guessing she wants the reader to figure it out before Sky does.
This book had me in tears - of laughter and sorrow. Some of the dialogue between Holder and Sky was hysterically funny and I was in the major bad books with my hubby because I woke him up several times shaking with laughter.
Colleen handles some pretty heavy subject matter in this book and I thought it was very well written. Sympathetic but raw, not glossed over. It was so difficult to read at times but I genuinely felt their pain and a deep emotional connection to them and the story.
Really, story telling doesn't get much better than this.
Some fav quotes:
"I nod and hope he backs the hell away from me, because I'm about to have an asthma attack and I don't even have asthma."
"...in the time it took him to speak those five words, my heart was shredded and minced, then placed back inside my chest with the expectation that it should somehow know how to beat again."
"I'm bored, " he says. "So go home." " I don't want to. What do you do when you're bored? You don't have internet or TV. Do you just sit around all day and think about how hot I am?"