Monday, May 6, 2013

Hopeless by Coleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: December 19, 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.  -

This book was unexpected.  This was a really amazing story that really touched my heart, and I'm happy I found it.  This is definitely a book about people, relationships, family, and sometimes the not so wonderful sides of life.  There were moments of sadness, sexiness, and fun that just made this book a really great mixture of everything.

First, the characters in this book were amazing.  They were so three-dimensional, so real and sympathetic, that you just have to love them.  Sky was a great character to me from the very first page.  She reminded me so much of someone I knew at her age that I immediately felt a kinship for her.  I could see my friend in her completely... from the way she hooked up with a lot of guys, even though you could tell she could care less about being with them.  But this is what made her interesting... peeling back the layers to discover what made her that way.

Dean was a wonderful complement to her, and I loved him from the second he stepped onto the page.  Their banter together was so fun to read that I just found myself laughing and enjoying myself as I read this story.  Then again, there were moments that I love to just watch him drawing her out, pulling her out of her walls.  He was so sweet to her, and the romance between them was slow-building, beautiful, and gratifying.  There is one scene in this book that had me gasping.  I think it's the best kissing scene in a book that I have ever read.  There isn't actually a kiss, but I felt like I needed to fan myself because it was the sexiest, hottest scene I've ever read, and they didn't even kiss!! 

The story was well done, and had a lot more to it than I was expecting.  It was definitely an emotional read.  I thought I had it figured out so many times, and I partially did, but then there were at least two shocks that came completely out of left field and had me in total jaw-dropping surprise. 

This is definitely one of my favorite contemporaries I've read thus far in 2013.  I loved the story, loved the characters, loving the emotion-packed events, and loved this author's writing.  She made me feel strongly for her characters, and this is the best type of book.  Loved it!


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