Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Posted August 21, 2013 in Review / 7 Comments

hopelessHopeless (Hopeless #1)
By Colleen Hoover
Published May 7th, 2013 (paperback edition)
Atria Books
406 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Library




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About the Book:


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.

This is the first book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover and I cannot recommend her enough as an author you must have on your pile to read.  If there’s one new adult book you read this year… UGH, there are so many I LOVE but … you’ve got to read Hopeless.  Ms. Hoover left me dizzy, fuzzy, warm, and so in love with love when I turned the very last page and closed the book.  sniff, sniff

Would you believe I really had no desire to read this book based on the title?   “Hopeless”?  Ugh… sounds like such a sad tale of kids whining about how horrible their lives are.  THIS WAS SO NOT THAT BOOK!!!  Let me tell you what made me write head explodes on my Goodreads review right when I finished.  Finished in record time (for me, mind you) – read 406 pages in one day!!!  I could not stop!


I was so taken in by Sky.  I loved her character and wit.  She was so easy going, accepting of situations, and she made the best of her quirky mom’s lifestyle (no tv, no cell phones, no technology!) like it was no big deal.  Yeah, she knew it was a pain in the butt but that was her life.  And the way she handled the “bullies” at school – absolutely priceless!!!  This was a girl I fell so completely for (stop!  not that way, you dork!!).

And to give her a warrior like Holden… sigh.

I saw mention of a back cover on Giselle of Xpresso Read's review so I had to hunt it down. Read the book, you'll understand!!!
I saw mention of a back cover on Giselle of Xpresso Read’s review so I had to hunt it down. Read the book, you’ll understand!!!

Dang, am I even reviewing this book or writing it a love letter?

Story / Tempo

There is so much to this story, so many plot twists and turns, so many wrinkles.  First, there’s the whole meeting the main characters, establishing the plot of getting these two kids together, having them interact with the supporting characters (who are totally awesome, by the way!).  Then we pull the rug right out from under them and scramble the whole entire thing up – Woosh!  It’s a story of what love is and what it can endure.

I will warn you, there are some intense scenes so I would definitely advise the parents to read through this one before handing it off to anyone below the age of 17.  Yes, the characters are in high school but there’s some mature subject matter here.

What I loved most?  The simplicity of caring and knowing that perfect is NOT perfect and accepting that.  Yeah, it was that good.  It’s making me all greeting card prolific.  I’m such a sucker for this stuff.


Photo credit: Jen Sterling
Photo credit: Jen Sterling

About the Author:

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, and This Girl and Losing Hope. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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7 responses to “Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

    • K

      I’m onto it next!! I’m hoping I can recommend it for this new librarian recommending site called b/c it so deserves the hype – I haven’t even read it and I know it does!!! 🙂

  1. This was my first Hoover book as well and I loved it. I thought it was amazing. Then last week I reviewed This Girl and that one just doesn’t compare. I really need to go back and read Slammed but I think it will still not measure up to this one.
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