“Fuck all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.” – Dean Holder, Hopeless
If y’all don’t mind, I would like to start with a prayer…
Dear little baby Jesus (or whichever deity you find holy), thank you for Colleen Hoover who breathes some fresh characterization and plot into this genre.
All joking aside, while I had some slight issues with this book I really do have to commend it for being much more interesting and engaging than most of its colleagues that I have read so far in this genre. Colleen Hoover does a bang-up job at giving the readers more meat within the plot, has better character development, and puts her characters through deep, emotional tribulations. Hopeless is a progressively strong story. The beginning starts off a little shaky (at least for me) when our male lead seems more Ted Bundy than Noah Calhoun, but Hopeless redeems itself with an engaging plot overall, with more than one satisfying twist throughout to keep the reader engaged.
Sky, our heroine for all intents and purposes, is a high school senior starting her first year of public school after being home-schooled her entire life. She meets the beautiful, brooding (creepy?) Holder who instantly intrigues her but also terrifies her. His bad boy persona makes him the perfect boy to stay away from but alas, the physical and emotional connection between Sky and Holder brings them together.
While navigating the typical teenage angst they must also:
- Deal with the lingering grief over the suicide of Holder’s twin sister
- Unearth the reason for Sky’s unusual upbringing
- Remedy Sky’s lack of feelings or arousal for any of her other previous beau’s (don’t worry though, Holder is the exception – Sky definitely feels, and Colleen Hoover makes US feel).
Holder and Sky are connected emotionally from the get-go however, their lives are much more intertwined than Sky could have ever possibly imagined. While the circumstances surrounding them are pretty god-awful, Sky and Holder are very much in love. One of my favorite things about this book was the natural humor Hoover infused into an otherwise angsty story (special S.O to some supporting characters, Sky’s best friends Six and Breckin). Any book that can elicit an honest chuckle from me is a book I want to be reading.
Now lets get down and dirty and into the nitty gritty. I give an honest yes in my recommendation of this book. Perhaps this book won’t be for everyone, especially if you’re not into the YA/NA genre. However, if you’re like me, (and I’m definitely a sucker for a good romance, sexual tension and some good ole fashioned drama) then you’ll enjoy this book. Hoover is a great story-teller, any problems I could delve into are really negated by her writing an overall solid novel. I look forward to seeing what else Hoover has for me to read.
Have you read any of Colleen Hoover’s novels? Which one should I be putting at the top of my TBR list?