My Copy: ePub eBook, 321 pages
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Publisher: Originally Self-Published
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.
Okay, I’m struggling to put my thoughts together for this one. I had no clue that that’s what I was getting myself into when I started the book! The story is about a teenage girl, Sky, who has been sheltered and home-schooled all her life and is about to go to actual high school for the first time for her senior year. Her adoptive mother also doesn’t believe in technology. So, Sky has never experienced texting or Facebook or any such things. One day, Sky meets a boy, Holder, who is immediately drawn to her and she to him. You know this story, right? Unrealistic and a bit too much to handle at times (albeit enjoyable though). However, Hopeless isn’t what you are thinking it is. There’s an actual reason why these two are drawn to each other in such a powerful way and we spend the whole novel exploring it, while getting bombs dropped on us left and right!
This story was so powerful and full of emotion and conflict. I could literally not put it down at times. I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen or to find out what the hell happened to Sky/Holder/others involved. I was so incredibly wrapped up in this story. Hopeless grabbed me right from the beginning and wouldn’t let me go until I finished it! Talk about an emotional roller coaster. Hoover is nothing if not an amazing story-teller. She portrays emotions onto the reader like nobody’s business. I was right along with Sky in everything that she went through and felt it all with her. Hoover also (and I don’t know how) managed to add witty — and, at times, humourous — writing in there with all the drama. It was lovely and refreshing. I found myself laughing out loud one minute and crying the next (okay, not really crying. I don’t cry. There has only been one book that made me cry and it was only for, like, a second).
The characters were also really good and very well-developed. The story is told in first person from Sky’s point of view. Sky is strong and stubborn, but has a soft side of course. She goes through A LOT in this novel and is able to hang in there. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that handsome, sensitive, “bad”boy, Holder is by her side throughout everything. Both great characters.
I would definitely, highly recommend this book to any lovers of romance, heart-felt, heart-shattering, dramatic novels. I’m glad that Hopeless was able to live up to my expectations, because it does have a 4.55/5 star rating on Goodreads after 56,916 ratings! I’m glad that I was able to enjoy this one as much as everyone else!
He tilts his head toward mine and narrows his eyes. “You have no idea how bad I want to get up that early.” He flashes me his dimple-laden grin, and I faint. No…literally. I fainted.
I’m really hoping he’s being genuine because I can already tell he isn’t the kind of guy a girl gets a simple crush on. He’s the kind of guy you fall hard for, and the thought of that terrifies me.
“Let me inform you of something,” he says in a low voice. “The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”
Somehow, in the course of sixty seconds, this guy has managed to swoon me, then terrify the hell out of me.