8 July, 2013

book review

Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

My Copy: ARC ePub eBook, 262 pages
Publication Date: July 8, 2013 (Today!)
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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.

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My Review

So, when I first requested this review copy on NetGalley, I hadn’t read Hopeless yet (but I knew I wanted to, so I figured I’d read it and then read this if my request was accepted).  Because I hadn’t read the first book, I didn’t read the synopsis for this one, so as to not ruin anything for myself.  So I didn’t realize that this was not your typical sequel.  It’s actually the same story, but from Holder’s point of view.  This caused me to be a bit disappointed because I read one other book like this, Walking Disaster, and it’s not that it was bad at all, but just a tad boring — only due to the fact that I already read the story and it was mostly the same events happening just through a different perspective.  However, I found Losing Hope to be different.

Losing Hope does go through the same story as Hopeless.  But, there is less repetitiveness than I was expecting, which was great!  It starts off before Holder even meets Sky at that very sad time in his life where he loses his sister.  So, we get to see that part of his story, which is just heart-wrenching by the way.  Hoover also shows the reader other things that happen in Holder’s life that Sky doesn’t even know about, such as the fact that it was actually him that did a certain something for her but covered it up and she never finds out about it.  Parts of this book are also a kind of journal-style, with Holder writing to Les about his thoughts.

The end of the novel just completely shattered my heart.  When Holder reads a certain letter…oh my!  That’s the closest I’ve come to crying while reading in a very long time.

Losing Hope definitely has a different feel to it, as we are feeling more for Holder than Sky (obviously, since it’s his point of view now).  But, the characters are just as easy to connect with and the story is just as heart-wrenching as in Hopeless, only in a different way.  Hoover is so good at conveying feelings and emotions through her words to the reader.  I thought this book was very well done and I loved that it wasn’t too repetitive like I thought it was going to be.  I would recommend Losing Hope to any and all fans of Hopeless!  If you liked Hopeless, you won’t be disappointed with Losing Hope.

I didn’t go into very much detail with my thoughts on the characters or the actual story, as I already talked about those things in my review of Hopeless (<–click there to read my review!)

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