Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover Review: Holder Makes It Better

November 24, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover Review: Holder Makes It BetterLosing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Series: Hopeless #2
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on October 15, 2013
Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

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.

I didn’t think anything could actually be better than Hopeless, but clearly I was wrong. Losing Hope makes a raw, emotional and heart breaking story even more awesome by telling it from Holder’s point of view. We fell in love with Holder in Hopeless, with his heart break and his protectiveness over Sky, but Losing Hope made us see inside his head and really come to understand the thoughts and feelings behind his actions.

Hopeless was a story about a promiscuous girl who didn’t feel anything when she hooked up with boys, until she meets bad boy Holder who she’s attracted and terrified of due to his irrational and possessive behaviour. Losing Hope is a story of a broken guy who is coping with the loss of his best friend and sister. When he bumps into Sky, you really experience his turmoil, emotion and desperation.

I much preferred hearing the story from Holder; instead of an irrational scary guy, his actions make a lot of sense after what he’s been through. His love and appreciation for Sky with her rude manners, her laughter and her lack of technical knowledge really comes through in Losing Hope. You can see how crazy he is about Sky and the emotional depth that he feels as he realises she might be the same girl he has been searching for. Losing Hope adds an extra dimension to Holder’s story – through letters that he writes to his dead sister Leslie. These letters are fun, raw, and honest and he pours his heart and soul into telling her about his innermost thoughts. There were letters scattered throughout the book and it really embellished the depth of Holder’s emotion.

As with Hopeless, the romance and story is raw, deep and emotional and it broke my heart all over again. Sky and Holder are perfect for each other and after reading both of their perspectives, they are clearly crazy about each other and understand what each other are going through. I actually liked this book more than Hopeless, as it offers deeper insight into his character than the first. Because essentially the same story line is covered, a lot of the dialogue is repeated so we know what is coming up.

We also get to know Daniel, Holder’s best friend who is both hilarious and amazing. His name calling, no nonsense ‘cut the crap’ behaviour and general weirdness was perfect for Holder who is undergoing a really difficult time after his sister died. You’ll find out what Finding Cinderella is about where Daniel meets a girl in the maintenance closet which is hilarious.

Losing Hope offers a raw, emotional and heart breaking insight into a broken couple who are tied together in ways they never expected. Even though you know what is coming, you’ll still be glued to its pages and it will still pull at the heart strings as you experience Holder & Sky’s story once again.

The Holder on the cover doesn’t quite match the Holder in my head, he looks a little too squeaky clean there with the long sleeve. What do you guys think?

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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40 responses to “Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover Review: Holder Makes It Better

  1. Oh, I agree with everything you said, Jeann! Losing Hope is so much more than a retelling of Hopeless from Holder's point of view. And even towards the end, when I knew what would happen, I still almost fell apart, you know?

    Holder's letters to his dead sister are so heartfelt and raw that I had to wipe tears away to be able to read at times. And I think that a lot of things about Holder were explained in a way that shows, yet again, that we should never judge others based on whatever it is we think we know.

    Awesome review 🙂
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    • I know, Holder's thoughts and feelings just added SO MUCH to the story. I loved those letters to his sister, he just poured all of his heart into them. You are really right about not judging others based on a cursory glance…because Colleen Hoover completely turned the story inside out with this book. Thanks Lexxie!

  2. I'm glad to hear you loved this one so much! It is always scary when an author tells a sequel from a different character's point of view than the first book, but when done well, the technique can offer all sorts of insight into a character I wanted to know better. And telling the SAME story is even riskier, so it's great that Hoover pulled it off.
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  3. I REALLY need to get into this series. I keep hearing great things about it! And Holder definitely sounds like a real swoony guy! The only thing that doesn't convince me is the fact that it's exactly the SAME story but in a different perspective… Nevertheless, Great review!
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  4. Joy

    Glad you enjoyed this one, Jeann. It was pretty much lacking for me. I thought I would love hearing Holder's POV but it's because the book was a rehash of Hopeless that I didn't enjoy it as much.
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  5. I like the first book, but I don't think I was as crazy about it as most people. I've forgotten a lot of the details too, but that probably isn't a bad thing if this is the same story retold from Holder's point of view. It might help actually, as I usually find the repetitiveness can bore me. I'm definitely curious now! I haven't really considered picking this up before, but you make me want to give it a try. Lovely review, Jeann. 🙂
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  6. Raw, deep and emotional? Ummm yes please! Sign me up! I'm all about books that embrace the hard, powerful aspects of reality that make us feel. I don't think the cover is all that fitting of such a powerful story, but sign me up for this book regardless! Wonderful review, Jeann! 🙂

  7. I've been postponing this one despite the fact that I enjoyed the first one. I was nervous about the male pov and I don't usually enjoy reading the same story twice but I'm really glad that it does sound sufficiently different from the first while still having all the same heart-wrenching moments. Great review! Ps I definitely agree that the cover Holder is not THE Holder 😉
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  8. I dunno if I can handle that much emotion right now! I mean.. it sounds amazing.. But part of why I don't read contemporaries is ALL THE FEELS. Not that fantasies and paranormals don't have feels too.. I just have an easier time of separating them from reality.. Great review!

  9. Yeah, it's not really Holder. I always pictured Holder as dark haired, bedroom eyed. Clearly the model enjoys a nice blow wave down at the nanna salon.

    I said blow wave, just thought I'd make that clear 😀
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  10. Great review, Jeann!

    I'm not a big fan of romance and/or contemporaries but this review really has made me want to read both this one and Hopeless! Will be adding them to the TBR list!
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  11. I haven't read the first one, but I'm definitely intrigued now! I do wish covers wouldn't put full-faces on them. :/ They're ALWAYS different to what I've got in my head. And then it throws me. My only exception is Finnikin of the Rock…I adore that cover. It's so delicious. 😉