Review “Hopeless” – Colleen Hoover

March 12, 2014 Book Review, Initial Reaction 5

Review “Hopeless” – Colleen HooverHopeless by Colleen Hoover
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Published on: January 8th 2013
Pages: 486
Series: Hopeless #1
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Hopeless Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)
.The Story(summary 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.


Initial Reaction


My Thoughts

Upon finishing this book my first thought was: “WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS?!” Slightly dramatic? Not at all, this book is phenomenal, and should immediately be put on every book lovers TBR list, right at the top!

So, why did I love this book?

I loved Sky, literally within a few pages of reading her I wished she were real so I could go and find her and make her my BFF! She was real and sarcastic and full of personality. She is different, and happy to be. At one point when she finds a note on her locker with “Whore” written on it she doesn’t cry, she doesn’t get angry and start yelling. No, instead she decides that this school isn’t nearly creative enough and decides that instead it should say: “I saw you in bed with my boyfriend last night.I really don’t appretiate you getting massage oil on my cucumbers.Whore.” Pure brilliance. Sky isn’t one to get attracted to boys, she doesn’t get butterflies and has always found making out boring. Until she meets Dean Holder that is.

“The sky is always beautiful. Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy,it’s still beautiful to look at….it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.

Dean Holder, just wow. With a seductive smile, likeable dimples and a tattoo, he completely stole my heart. Yes, he has a bad rep, but don’t be fooled, he IS NOT A BAD BOY! Deeply protective, there was such emotion to him and everything that he said and did that I felt my heart melt for him little by little as I learnt more about him. Holder & Sky’s connection is intense and even Sky, who has never felt anything for a guy before, can’t deny the feelings that are there. This leads to the most beautiful and intense first kiss EVER (so much better then Edward & Bella!), which doesn’t actually include any kissing. Want to know what that’s all about? Then read the book!

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart”

This book is so much more then it originally appears to be. You think you know whats happening and where it is going and then in a meter of pages everything changes and what you were expecting is so far from what you get. Both characters are sent on a very emotional journey, and we are there with them every step of the way feeling everything they do. The heartbreak, the pain, the confusion but ultimately the love.

“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”

Hoover is very clever in the way that she builds the book layer by layer giving us subtle clues that you don’t really pay attention to, and then when all the secrets are out you realise how important they were. She writes so beautifully that the story just flows and I found myself at the end before I knew it. The subject matter and themes are most definitely adult, and at times the cascade of emotions can threaten to overwhelm you (I may have needed to take a few mini breaks in order to wipe my never ending tears!) but then there is the relief of the humour that Hoover’s perfect collection of characters bring to this book, and of course the sweet and breath taking love story that is intertwined with this emotionally charged book.

“Fuck all firsts,Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are forevers”

Upon finishing, I was speechless. I was with friends at the time and I literally become a zombie, just sat there unable to say anything that made much sense. The writing talent but also the thinking behind this book is phenomenal and I really must offer Colleen Hoover the highest praise, because I have not been affected by a book this much since I read Nought’s and Crosses and I don’t expect to be again for quite a while.

“You can’t get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It’s the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.


Final Thoughts

Everyone needs to read this book! The emotion and the heartbreak and the FEELS! If you are looking for a book which will make you feel like you are about the explode with all emotion, drown in the amount of tears you have cried and have to hold your heart in place because it is pumping so fast, then this is the book for you, and Colleen Hoover is most definitely your type of author!

Re-Readability: Yes! Yes! Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: books that rip out your heart, emotionally charged books, books you can fall in love with over and over again

Rating Loved it.5

Other books by Colleen Hoover you should read:
November 9 . Ugly Love . It Ends With Us
Slammed . Point of Retreat . This Girl
Never Never #1 . Never Never #2 . Never Never #3

Have you read Hopeless?

Have you read any other Colleen Hoover books? Which is your most favourite emotional read of all time?

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5 Responses to “Review “Hopeless” – Colleen Hoover”

  1. Tiffany

    I have seen this book around blogs so much just today (I’m on spring break as a teacher, so naturally I have been reading/stalking book blogs all day!). Now that I have read your review, I think that I definitely need to pick up this book ASAP! Thank you for the great review! :]

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    • Broc's Bookcase

      Thanks 🙂 It is truly amazing, I would definitely recommend it. I just finished reading Losing Hope (Book 2) yesterday and that one is also incredible. Review will be appearing very soon! Thanks for stopping by!