Published on: July 8th 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Series: Hopeless #2
Genre: NA Romance
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In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.
Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…
Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.
When I wrote my review for Hopeless a few days ago I said that I had not been affect by a book in the way that Hopeless had affected me since I read Nought’s and Crosses and that I knew it would be a long time until I was affected in that way again. Well Losing Hope completely smashed that theory and in this case I am very happy to say that I have been proved wrong.
Any thoughts that anyone had of Dean Holder being a bad boy when reading Hopeless are completely quashed by this book. He is not a bad boy at all. He is simply a boy who has been put through some pretty devastating times and is struggling with his pain and his guilt.
“I wonder if it’s possible for people to fall in love with a person one characteristic at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once”
Reading the same series of events from Hopeless but from Holder’s POV in my opinion is even more emotional because he feels everything. There is his own pain and guilt, but then he feels his sisters pain, and he feels guilty for not being able to take that pain away, same with Sky he feels guilty for the pain inflicted onto her and seeing her in so much pain causes him pain. I realise that I used the words Pain and Guilt a lot in that last few sentences, but essentially thats what Holder is. To quote Ronald Weasley here: “Nobody can feel all that at once, they’d explode.” And unfortunately that is what happens to Holder; when it all gets too much for him he explodes, and anyone stood in his blast radius ends up with the backlash from that explosion.
“I don’t want her to feel nothing when I kiss her. I want her to feel everything”
But Holder is not all pain and guilt and there are some really cute moments between him and Sky. He loves to tease her, and to make her smile, and he will quite happily sit and listen to her read out loud for 3 hours just so he can be with her. Their first kiss without actually kissing is by far one of the most intense kisses I have ever read. Thank you Colleen Hoover for that!
“I dip my head and kiss her. I kiss her like she deserves to be kissed. I hold her like she deserves to be held. And I’m about to make love to her like she deserves to be loved.”
One added bonus in this book which we knew nothing about from reading Hopeless, is that Holder keeps a journal. He writes a letter to his (deceased) sister practically every day, and it’s in these letters that we really get to see exactly what is going on in his head, and through them as we make our way through the book we get to know exactly what is going on in his head, and how he is able to grow from his ordeals and finally find peace.
“In order to miss someone, that means you were privileged enough to have them in your life to begin with“
The perfect sequel to Hopeless, this one is just as beautiful and heartbreaking and will have you reaching for the tissues all over again. I don’t know how she does is, but Colleen Hoover is a writing GOD!
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