Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: December 2012
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Hopeless is a beautiful story. It’s about Sky, whose has lived a sheltered life for as long as she can remember. She has never owned a cell phone, has no idea what an e-reader is, and has never had much to do with something as common as the internet. She has never even been to school (as far as she knows). Sky was adopted when she was five years old (or so she was told), and her mother, Karen, has overprotected her since then.
When Sky meets Dean Holder, her life begins to change. Dean is the first guy to make her happy, to make her sad; the first guy to make her feel. Holder is the school bad boy. He has a reputation that precedes him, even though most of the stories about him are really, only stories.
Dean knows right from first sight that there is more to Sky than even she knows. He becomes protective of her, and sometimes blows hot and cold, because he doesn’t know how to handle the truth that he knows.
I love Sky and Dean’s relationship. The way they connect from the beginning as if they have been buddies for years is just magical. I liked watching them grow closer and closer, till the point that they understand each other so much (more than anyone else does).
The story is intense, maybe a little sad, but there are moments that just make me laugh out loud or smile. The passion portrayed by the author is real, and deep, and touching; and the chemistry between the characters is lovely. I love that even though the story is very emotionally charged, there are no stupid or far-fetched scenes. The reactions of characters are reasonable, and every action makes me able to connect to the story in a way only a reader can.
The climax of the story is just that- a climax. I did not see it coming the way it did, but when it came, I was not disappointed. The happy ending is just the right kind for such a story, and I cannot think of anything I’d like to change about it (if I could).