Review: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format Acquired: Paperback
Source: bought from Fully Booked
Published May 7th 2013 by Atria Books
Purchase Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Kobo

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies. In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel by Colleen Hoover, author of Slammed and Point of Retreat, Sky meets Dean Holder, a guy with a reputation that rivals her own. Holder has the ability to invoke feelings in Sky she's never had before. In just one encounter he leaves her terrified yet captivated and something about him brings up a rush of memories from the past that she’s worked so hard to bury away.
Sky knows Holder is nothing but trouble and tries to keep him at a distance, but he is adamant about learning everything he can about her. Sky finally caves to his unwavering pursuit, but she soon finds out that Holder isn't the person he's been claiming to be. When the secrets he's been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky's life changes forever.

Okay. So, I read this book a long time ago, about 6 months ago.

Hopeless is the first New Adult book that I read. It introduced me to the world of contemporary romance fiction and well, I was pretty impressed. I read this because a lot of my blogger friends were raving so many good feels about this book, and how amazing Colleen is as a writer. So I thought I must give it a shot.

The story is about Sky, whose mom forbids her to use any form of technology in their life like cellphone, computer, internet, and even the television. I wonder how they would survive with that situation. Not that technology is really necessary, but they should atleast watch the news, right? The moment I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I was craving for more every single page I turn. I found myself deeply engaged with the story and I didn't even notice that tears were already falling down my cheeks. Colleen is an amazing writer when it comes to emotions. Yes, I say this even though I haven't read her Slammed series yet.

“My lack of access to the real world has been replaced completely by books, and it can’t be healthy to live in a land of happily ever afters.” 
Dean Holder. My first ultimate book boyfriend. He is such an amazing guy and I can't express how much I adore him. He's kinda mysterious at first, having this Hopeless word tattooed on his arm and I don't even know why of all words, he chose that. Being hopeless doesn't fit his strong and passionate character, right? But as the story goes on, I learned that he's also broken deep inside and he's very good at keeping it to himself. The moment he met Sky is also the moment he became fragile. I have no idea at first why Sky. What's with her? Then I found out that she's... alright no spoiler. Lol.

“Sky, if you’re wondering if I have commitment issues, the answer is no. Someday in the far, far, far away future…like post-college future…when I propose to you…which I will be doing one day because you aren’t getting rid of me…I won’t be marrying you with the hope that our marriage will work out. When you become mine, it’ll be a forever thing. I’ve told you before that the only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers, and I mean that.” 
Dean has always been gentle to Sky. He didn't take advantage to her. Not even once. Not even is he knows her past, her story. He's the gentleman of every girl's dream. I feel sorry for him, knowing his tragic past. Most of all, I feel sorry for Sky. I have no words to say, just tears. I don't even know what to do if I were in her shoes. Blocking out the memory of her past is not cowardice for me, but being strong enough to forget them. Maybe I would do the same thing. I don't know. She's so damn lucky to have Dean in her life. To have him from the very start. *winks*

“And while I could sit here and feel sorry for myself, wondering why all of this happened to me..I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to wish for a perfect life. The things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I'm choosing to stand taller. I'll probably get kicked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I'll never stay on the ground.” 
The love story between Sky and Holder is perfect. No instalove happened. But in Holder's case, there has always been something about Sky the moment he saw her. And Sky have no idea about Holder's interest for her. It's because he has always been gentle to her. No pressure at all. But he's always there for her and promised to protect her with all his life. They were both broken, but they gave each other the strength and hope they needed. Gaaaah! I just loved every single page in this book.

“When I touch you, I’m touching you because I want to make you happy. When I kiss you, I’m kissing you because you have the most incredible mouth I’ve ever seen and you know I can’t not kiss it. And when I make love to you—I’m doing exactly that. I’m making love to you because I’m in love with you.” 
Hopeless is a story filled with emotions. Mixed emotions. My friends who read this already warned me to prepare a box of tissue, as well as prepare myself for Dean Holder. I thought I was prepared enough, but no. I didn't expect Hopeless to touch my heart this way. And Sky, I felt her emotions all through out the whole story. There's a twist in the story I didn't expect. And it really shocked me. I was speechless when I read that part and I want you guys to watch out for that. This story is very realistic.


Colleen Hoover

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“Sky, I'm not kissing you tonight but believe me when I tell you, I've never wanted to kiss a girl more. So stop thinking I'm not attracted to you because you have no idea just how much I am. You can hold my hand, you can run your fingers through my hair, you can straddle me while I feed you spaghetti, but you are not getting kissed tonight. And probably not tomorrow, either. I need this. I need to know for sure that you're feeling every single thing that I'm feeling the moment my lips touch yours. Because I want your first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses.” 


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