Book Review: Losing Hope

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Synopsis:

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.

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Review

*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!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“I’m good at being me. Especially when I’m with you.”

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'Hopeless' Book Review

Book Review: Hopeless

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Synopsis:

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 one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past 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.

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Review

For some reason I read this after Crooked Kingdom because I thought, “Crooked Kingdom was really emotional. Let me just read a chill romance.” Well that was a huge mistake. Obviously I forgot who Colleen Hoover is and how heartbreaking her novels can be because if Hopeless didn’t make me full out cry it definitely made me tear up and question why the world was such a terrible place.

From the start I had my suspicions about Holder and his connection to Sky but when all the truths were revealed I was honestly shocked and I loved it. Books that can surprise me are my favorite kinds of novels and the truth about Sky and the secrets Holder was keeping were perfectly sewn together that I remember putting down the book because I needed a minute. The plot was just so great and how everything comes together broke my heart.

Moreover, I absolutely loved Holder. He’s one of my all time favorite book boyfriends now. Someone find me a Holder. Seriously, at first I was wary but then I fell for him and I just love how he treats Sky. He’s amazing.

Really this whole book just made me laugh and cry and I loved every second of it. I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to know everything and I had so many questions that needed to be answered and they all were. This is definitely a contender for my favorite CoHo book. I loved it so much. Please read it if you haven’t yet.

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”

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