Colleen Hoover is an author I first discovered a few years ago, when I was sent a copy of It Ends With Us. I fell in love with her writing straightaway and made a goal to read as many of her books as I can. Hopeless is the third Colleen Hoover book I read (the second being Regretting You), and it exceeded my expectations. In fact, I’d say that Hopeless is quite possibly my favourite Colleen Hoover book so far. I loved the characterisation of Sky and Dean, as well as the secondary characters Six, Breckin and Karen, and the plot twists were completely unexpected. Read on for my full review of Hopeless.
Sky Davis is starting sixth form having always been home-schooled, and wants to keep a low profile. But then she runs into Dean Holder – messy brown hair, smouldering blue eyes, and a temper straight out of Fight Club, someone who Sky is determined to avoid.
There is something about Holder that sparks memories of Sky’s troubled past, those which she would rather stay buried. Little does she know that the mysterious Dean Holder is harbouring secrets of his own . . .
When the truth unravels, Sky must piece her life back together and learn to trust again. Only by facing the revelations together can the two of them begin to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live without boundaries.
Hopeless centres on Sky, a teenage girl who was quite clearly damaged by something that happened during her childhood, that prevents her from connecting with any guy until she meets Dean. With the help of Dean, Sky is able to piece together the events that occurred when she was very young and come to terms with the truth behind how she ended up with her foster mother Karen.
While Sky is a likeable protagonist, I wasn’t keen on how besotted she was with Dean at the beginning – he seemed like a stereotypical bad boy and I thought she could do better. Dean was also very aggressive and lied to Sky. However, it was clear that Dean really cared about Sky, and that explains why he acted like he did. He was really protective of Sky and respected her, not wanting to rush things, despite how attracted they were to each other. Sky and Dean had brilliant chemistry and I liked how their relationships built up gradually over the course of the book.
Hopeless made me feel a range of emotions – rear, anger, sadness, hope and disgust. It was so much darker and more intense that I’d anticipated. I went into Hopeless with absolutely no idea what direction it would go in. I was expecting a cute romance but it was far from that. One minor issue I had with this book is that I think there should be a content warning at the beginning. It’s so vivid and could trigger readers who have been in a similar position to Sky.
All in all, Hopeless* is a really unique book that is beautiful written and will stick with you long after you’ve read it. Colleen Hoover tackles tough issues such as rape, kidnapping and suicide. I can’t wait to read Dean’s side of the story in Losing Hope and Sky’s story in Finding Cinderella.
Have you read Hopeless or anything by Colleen Hoover? What are you reading at the moment?
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