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.
*Warning: There will be minimal spoilers about Hopeless in this review. Read at your own risk.*
Hopeless broke my heart but Losing Hope completely wrecked it. In Hopeless we’re discovering everything right along with Sky and though I was able to guess at a lot of the truths there was still so much that shocked me. Differently, with Losing Hope I thought I already knew the truth because it’s just Hopeless in Holder’s point of view. I was mistaken. With Holder we learn more about his sister, Leslie, and what she went through. We also learn more about Holder’s family as a whole and his memories of Hope.
What really teared me up was the new scenes and the letters Holder wrote to Leslie after she died. You can feel his heartache and how much he misses his sister. It’s heartbreaking. However, although this book definitely had it’s sad moments it also had it’s happy and romantic ones too. I’m always nervous about reading the same story just from a different character’s point of view because I’m scared it’ll just be the exact same thing but just from another character’s perspective. Losing Hope isn’t like that. Yes we do get some of the same scenes but only the ones that are crucial to the story.
Besides that Colleen Hoover took out some scenes between Sky and Holder from Hopeless and replaced them with new scenes that were just as amazing and made me swoon. Have I mentioned I love Holder yet today? Because I do. My biggest issue with this book was the appearance of Holder’s “best friend” Daniel. I just thought it was odd that we never heard about Daniel once in Hopeless and he apparently goes to the same school. Daniel definitely felt like a character Hoover just made up to add to Losing Hope. I liked Daniel a lot and thought he was a great addition it was just hard for me to believe he was there the whole time since we’d never hard of him before.
Other than that I thought Losing Hope was a great novel and I immediately started rereading it after I finished it because it hit me in the feels. I loved this novel even more than Hopeless but you have to read Hopeless before you read Losing Hope, otherwise you’ll just spoil Hopeless for yourself. Definitely read both books though. They’re both amazing and returning them to the library was the hardest thing I had to do this week. I need these on my shelves!
“I’m good at being me. Especially when I’m with you.”