Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Summary taken from Amazon:

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies?Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust—and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.

Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.

My Review: 5/5 stars

As I said yesterday, I grappled with what to post on this book. It left me absolutely speechless. A friend highly recommended this book. We don’t really share the same tastes in books, but I’d been interested in Hopeless because of how long it was #1 on Kindle. I wondered if it could POSSIBLY meet the hype that I knew it had. Again, I was left speechless.

I laughed. I cried. I literally GASPED. I hurt. I thought.

I kept trying to guess what was coming and Mrs. Hoover kept throwing me curve balls. This book broke my heart, ripped it out, and stomped on it. Without giving anything away, Sky and Holder’s story could happen in real life to some extent. I think that’s part of what made this novel so beautiful. Yes, it was sad. However, every now and then I like to take a break from fantasy and remember that the real world has awful things that happen all the time. Yes, that’s not good or happy. That’s not my point. My point is that life is what you make of it and a person can overcome anything–as evidenced by Sky and Holder. It may be painful and it may be hard, but life always goes on. I think that’s the absolute most beautiful thing about Hopeless. It reminds us that life goes on.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Are parts of it hard to swallow? Yes. Completely. However, this is a heartbreaking book that still has a place. I hate that there are Skies in the world, but I know from the media that “Sky” exists.

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