Series: Hopeless #2
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on October 15, 2013
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