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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Monday, July 1, 2013
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 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.

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is one of the best young adult novels that I've read in quite a long time. From the beginning of the book I felt drawn into Sky's life with her mother, her past, and the growing relationship with Holder. Hoover dealt with the serious aspects of the novel with a lot of attention and care. She doesn't just fling the idea of abuse around. She treats it seriously and realistically. Although traumatic, I thought it was great that Hoover showed the actual effects of Sky's past on her physical and emotional relationship with Holder. It made Sky's story all the more real and all the more devastating. My issue with this book is toward the end I really felt slammed with all the "drama" of this book. So much so that parts of it seemed forced and too coincidental. I wont give any major spoilers away, but I felt like the impact of the revelations toward the end could've been better if handled different. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more from Colleen Hover.

Note: I would recommend this book to MATURE young adults. I definitely would NOT recommend this to anyone under the age of 17 because of the heavy subject matter.

Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS

Reviewed by: Vanessa
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