One word to describe Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is wow! I read and loved Slammed and Point of Retreat, so I was sure this one would be good too. I had no idea that I would get so wrapped up in it that I would read it in one sitting. Thank God my husband is the cook around here or my children would have gone hungry!
You begin Hopeless with Sky, a teenager who is completely sheltered. She is home-schooled and has no phone, no tv, no computer. I immediately thought my teenager would die. But Colleen eases us into her life and she makes it make sense.
I don’t want to give too much away, but Sky ventures into the world of public school for her senior year. She meets two awesome guys. One becomes her ally and best friend, and one is Dean Holder. Dean is hot, a bad boy (if rumors are true), and is persistent in getting to know Sky. With a love of running in common, Holder worms his way into Sky’s thoughts and her life.
You can all guess the next part, boy meets girl, boy chases girl, boy kisses girl. Wrong! Colleen Hoover then proceeds to write the BEST NON-FIRST KISS in the history of first kisses. It made me all warm and gooey inside…no lie!
Instead of happily ever after, Hoover then takes you on an emotional roller coaster. You know something big is coming. You are aware Holder knows something, but there is no way you are prepared what it is. Suddenly, all of those little things you read begin to make perfect sense. Your stomach drops and you can’t seem to breathe!
It’s been a long time since a book affected me like this one. The subject matter is tough to handle, and Colleen doesn’t pull any punches. She makes you meet it head on, but also makes it easy enough that you can make it through. And she makes you laugh with the dialogue in between the serious subjects.
All I can say is, you need to get Hopeless today, and make sure you don’t have anything pressing you need to do before starting it.
A very definite 5 hookers for Hopeless!!
Angst – 4 hookers
Steam – 3 (mostly mature teen)
Waterworks – 4