Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


5-7-2013 7-13-04 PMTitle: Hopeless

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre:  Young Adult

Publisher:  Atria Books

Publication Date:  May 7, 2013

Description: 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.


Sky is a seventeen-year-old who doesn’t feel anything for boys. In fact, she doesn’t mind making out with them because when she does she feels nothing. Then she meets Dean Holder and her life changes. He makes her feel almost more than she can handle. She decides that she needs to stay away from him, not only because of the feelings he has awakened in her, but also because of his bad boy reputation. It doesn’t work though. She can’t keep him away because they are drawn to each other.

At one point in the middle of the book, Sky is reading a romance novel and she says, “I know I’m not a big fan of happily-ever-afters, but if these two characters don’t get theirs, I’ll climb inside this e-reader…” That’s exactly how I was feeling about Sky and Holder at the moment. 

There are times when Holder acts odd and, as the reader, I wondered what in the world was going on with this character, but, eventually, everything was revealed. So many secrets! So many twists! I was surprised more than once and it kept me reading late into the night.

Hopeless is one of those books that stays with you for a while when you’re done reading it. It is amazing and one I highly recommend, especially if you don’t mind a good cry.

Purchase Hopeless on Amazon.

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