Book: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: December 19, 2012
eBook, 327 pages
B.O.S.SF Review: 4,5 stars
Note: I read this in ONE day!
From Goodreads: 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.
I have read several New Adult books lately, and they all have similarities. There is a main character who is instantly attracted to an unattainable and/or bad boy. The girl has a damaged past that the boy can help her through….
Hopeless does have a few of these similarities, but the other plot twists and the way that Hopeless is told make this one stand out to me.
First, I’ll discuss the characters… Sky is a good main character. She’s innocent, strong willed, sheltered, and smart. Her adopted mother, Karen, doesn’t allow Sky to have a phone, internet, or TV. She also doesn’t let her go to school, but she somehow convinces Karen to let her attend her senior year of high school. I did find a few inconsistencies with Karen…. One inconsistency is that Karen is very strict with Sky’s social life, yet Sky’s bedroom window is on the first floor and plenty of high school aged boys go in and out of it. Another one is that she leaves Sky alone the first weekend of every month while she goes away to work at a flea market (which turns out to be just a few short hours away!). I think that the Karen/Sky relationship could have been developed a little bit more. I feel for Sky and her story, and I choked back tears a few times throughout the book. She has suppressed her past, and her memories come back to her in pieces throughout the story, so we are able to piece together memories of Sky’s past the same time that she is. Sky met the bad boy in town, Dean Holder (or Holder), at the grocery store, and he seems to be as infatuated with Sky as she is with him. As much as I liked Sky in Hopeless, I loved Holder! His character seems to have several personalities, but they all go back to being passionate. He is thoughtful, funny, hot, and yes, damaged. His relationship with Sky is my favorite part of the book, and I can hardly wait to read Losing Hope to get his perspective. The other main characters, Six and ___ are good, too. Six is her best friend, and we don’t get a great picture of her since she is overseas for most of the book. I personally like her newest BFF, ___, better. ___ is a flashy, gay Mormon, and he latches onto Sky because she is as much of an outcast as he is. He gets to be there for Sky when she goes through her ups and downs of her relationship with Holder. Without his friendship, she would not have been able to get through the month of September!
I loved the way the story is written! At least three times, I went back to chapter one and was like huh!? What happens to come to this?? We find out something that happens between Sky and Holder on October ___ at 7:40PM, and then we are left guessing what happens to lead to this sort of reaction. In between the story, we also get pieces of Sky when she lived with her father. It gives us more insight into why Sky is “numb.” The story has some suspense, romance, humor, and a HEA. I highly recommend.
PS: My favorite part is when Holder links pinkies with Sky the day after their fight in the cafeteria…. it’s so sweet!