Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I have had the fortune of randomly deciding to buy Ugly Love this past summer, and ever since then, I have completely fallen in love with everything that is Colleen Hoover. She is my favorite contemporary novelist, and will most likely stay that way for a long time to come. Needless to say, I am slowly scattering her books throughout my TBR pile, and this week’s flavor was Hopeless.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: May 7th, 2013
Format: Kindle 
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
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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. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:
This book. This book right here. Now this is what good contemporary fiction is made of. At first, I will be honest, I was expecting to love this book less than I did Ugly Love and Maybe Someday, but this book is just as heart-wrenchingly amazing as everything else I’ve read by her. 

Colleen Hoover has an amazing talent for making her books less about the romance and more about the characters involved (which always intensifies the romance in my opinion), and Hopeless was no exception. 

Sky is a complicated girl. She has a past that she hardly remembers and other deep-seeded issues that would rock anyone’s world off its axis. When she meets Dean Holder, something in her shifts, and her memories start up in flashbacks. Though Holder is the catalyst for the events that transpire, he does not lead them or control them, and for that I’m grateful. Sky develops on her own, and in most cases without Holder. Her own strength in the face of complete chaos is what gives her mettle. 

I can’t really express how much I love Sky. Her strength of character and positivity even while she combats challenges none of us would dare dream of is amazing and inspiring. This book deals with some very touchy issues, and Hoover tackles them with absolute grace and understanding. 

I also really do love Sky’s development as a character. It happens in stages, and you can see her development very clearly throughout the novel. I can’t say much more than that, but know that it is completely worth reading just for the development.

Now the romance… let’s talk about one Dean Holder for a hot minute. In the beginning, I didn’t care for him as much. He was hot and cold and moody all over. He had the bad boy vibe going, and—though I normally swoon for that kind of thing—I didn’t think I liked it this time. And then I began to understand why he was like that and why there were so many rumors going around about him being a bad kid. His development, though smaller in comparison to Sky’s is still there, and I loved every minute of it.

Final Thoughts:
I can’t wait to read Losing Hope. I know I’m going to love every heart ache and beautiful moment that book has to offer. If you are in the mood for a good new adult read that has amazing character development, you might want to check this gem out.

I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads.


  1. Wow. I don't normally like contemporaries much. But this sounds really good. I love books that focus more on the characters than the actual romance. The characters sound fascinating, especially Sky. It's not often that the heroine gets to acquire self-confidence by herself.

    1. I really really enjoyed this book. I've come to understand that though the boys maybe the catalyst for the change in the main girls' characters, in Colleen Hoover books, they are NEVER the reason why they change. They always change because they want to, and I think that's why I love her books so much!

  2. Wow such high praise! I was wary of this one because I heard there's lots of angst? Maybe I need to try it sooner rather than later. I still need to read Maybe Someday too!

    1. I mean there's a bit of angst, but it's almost understandable with what's going on in her life. It's like like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix level of angst though. :) And, girl! You NEED to read Maybe Someday! LOVED it!

  3. AHHH! I just borrowed this one - well, it was shoved at me - and now I need to make sure I put it in my reading list sometime soon :D One of my favorite tropes is the uber bad boy that turns out to have way more complexity to him. I think I need to meet Holder ;)

    1. hahaha! It was shoved at you with good reason! It's a really good read. You definitely need to meet Holder. Definitely. You'll like him! :)

  4. I haven't read any Colleen Hoover yet...but I do own Maybe Someday now, thanks to my secret santa...I really need to get my butt into gear and read it, because everything she writes receives sch high praise. I'm always a sucker for the "bad boy" trope, so will put this one on my TBR, too.

    Loved reading your thoughts on this one, Amanda. :)

    1. Oh girl, you are about to enter a world of feels as soon as you open your first Colleen Hoover book. Maybe Someday is actually a good place to start. She's a very good writer, and she writes realistic characters with hurts and pains, and charcaters that have actually lived life. I hope you like her once you read your first CoHo book! :)


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