Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Losing Hope
(Hopeless  #2)
By: Colleen Hoover
Pub. Date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley

I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

After reading last year's Hopeless I did not think that there could be another book that could surpass the emotions that I felt while reading it, but then Colleen Hoover did it again. Losing Hope was everything I was hoping it would be and more. It was more than just the same story told in Holder's POV. It was a completely new story and I loved every single second of it! I definitely recommend reading Hopeless first. Losing Hope will mean so much more to you if you do.  And if you haven't read Hopeless, I recommend picking the book up ASAP!

Losing Hope begins the day before Les kills herself, which is something that I was not expecting. Watching that event through Holder's eyes was so sad. My heart was beating so fast. Hoover was able to show us Holder's experiences, feelings, and especially guilt in such a perfect and wonderful way. This poor, poor boy has been through so much. First with having to deal with the guilt he felt for losing Hope, and now with the pain he feels about what happened to his twin sister. He is so complicated and intense and sweet and kind. I couldn't get enough of his voice. I think my favorite parts of the entire story was the letters he wrote to Les in the notebook. They literally were breaking my heart as I read them.

I loved Sky so much in Hopeless but seeing her through Holder's eyes gave me a whole new perception of her. She is so strong and amazing. The way she handled every thing was so commendable. I love the two of them together. They are so perfect for each other in such a realistic way.

Even though I consider Losing Hope a new story and not just Hopeless from a different POV, there were certain scenes that were in both stories and I loved reading it from Holder's POV. I remember reading Hopeless thinking "what the hell is this boy thinking??" and now I finally know!

Losing Hope was absolutely perfect. There really isn't anything about this story that I didn't like. Holder is someone that we have never met in literature before. He is completely unique and it is hard not be in love with him. This is a story that I can see myself reading over and over again. Each time savoring Holder's words. Seriously if you haven't picked up anything from Hoover yet, you are definitely missing out on one talented writer!

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