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I’m so late to the Colleen Hoover party but boy am I making up for lost time. After already devouring two of her other novels, I sunk my teeth into the raw and raunchy Hopeless. I opted for the audiobook for a more immersive experience.
Hopeless juggles hard-to-stomach topics in a consciously sympathetic way; Colleen often skirts around issues such as suicide and abuse to avoid spelling out horrific details. Without personal experience, it’s hard to judge how appropriately these issues have been dealt with, but the right intentions are definitely there.
We are presented with an incredibly flawed and troubled cast, who you can’t help but love. Their feelings are a tangible, palpable thing dragging you in by the gut. Your heart bleeds for them throughout, their bond obvious from the start. There is no denying the unhealthy aspects to Sky and Holder’s relationship - yes, there’s problems, yes it’s messy but it’s REAL.
The ferocious intensity of Hopeless is certainly gripping but sometimes verges on self-indulgent with repetitive phrases, melodrama and exhaustive dialogue. Nevertheless, none of this detracts from the artful narrative structure. Colleen repeatedly blindsides you with jaw-dropping plot twists that both satisfy and shatter your theories. She certainly knows how to tell a story and this one will leave you gasping for air.
An intensely moving, mature read - Hopeless gains 4.5 stars from me.
Sky was not a typical teenage girl. She and her friend snuck boys in their rooms after their mothers would be asleep and they spend time at one another's homes like they were sisters. This in itself is nothing odd when dealing with teen 'BFF' relationships. However, Sky has some pretty strict guidelines she has to follow. She was adopted by her mother who remains single, and never had a serious boyfriend since she adopted Sky at age 4. While her friends go to high school and have computers, televisions, cell phones and internet, Sky's mother doesn't allow any of these modern technologies for her daughter. Not only is Sky homeschooled, but she hasn't been exposed to the media or things like Facebook and Twitter.
When Sky bothers her mother to the point where she wants to spend her senior year in a high school, they decide she may do so. Right away Sky meets Holder, and immediately has a strong attraction to him. This is so odd because Sky spend a lot of time making out with random boys but really never felt attracted to any of them. It was just time to waste and Sky maintained her virginity while basically blowing off boys who wanted relationships with her. When she met Holder, her world was turned upside down.
The problem with Holder is he's weird. He seemed sort of stalker-ish at first and at times, creepy as well. However, the attraction could not be denied and as Sky's relationship with Holder continued to progress. We find out that there is a reason for Holder's strange behaviour as past secrets begin to reveal themselves. Sky's entire identity is shaken to the core as she quickly goes through a journey of self discovery which reveals a horrific part of the life she had been purposely forgetting.
The suspense while Sky met Holder and the very graphic sex scenes made the book very interesting, and until half way through I was hooked. After we find out about Sky's past, the book starts to drag and it becomes very obvious what the conclusion will be. There is far too much time spent on Sky and Holder 'making out' and far too much description of their kisses. The book began to ramble in the last two hours of listening time and I found myself hurrying the reader to a '3' so that I could finish it quicker.
This book is more like a teen book or young adult novel. It's a very simple story with a plot that has some good primary twists and turns, but then the writing as well as the performance becomes boring.
3 stars across the board- good for those who might enjoy young adult with a little spice
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Would you listen to Hopeless again? Why?
Yes, its a definite book I would listen to many times over. I hope that Audible releases the sequel...
Who was your favorite character and why?
I didn't feel one character was more favorable than the other.
Which scene was your favorite?
I really am not one to give spoilers so lets just say I was completely surprised many a few scenes in this book. This book took me by surprise. I absolutely fell in love with it!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, I went thru a half a box of tissues towards the end. This book has all the winning qualities ....romantic, tragic, passionate, heartfelt!
Any additional comments?
You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book.
32 of 36 people found this review helpful