Thursday, July 10, 2014

REVIEW: Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

My Thoughts:

I wonder if it's possible for people to fall in love with a person one characteristic at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once. 

Damn Colleen Hoover and her damn books that make me feel every damn emotion and have me crying big fat ugly damn tears... 

Oh, okay, I love Colleen Hoover for her perfect books that make me feel every single emotion and have me crying big, fat, tears of sadness, and love and happiness. 

Every time that I read a book written by Colleen Hoover, I think that there's no way that I could love anything more that what I've just read. And every time I have to eat my words. I don't know why I never read Losing Hope before. I have no valid excuse, so shame on me. Once again Colleen Hoover has produced perfection. 

Sometimes, when an author writes a follow up book from an alternative point of view, it can feel like a complete rehash of the story, since you know exactly what's going to happen, but even though I knew how this story was going to turn out, reading it from Holder's point of view took it to a whole new level. It was like I was reading a completely new book. I never once felt like I was just reading the same storyline. I was completely one hundred percent sucked into the story. Other authors should take note. This is how it's done!! This is the exact way that an alternative point of view should be written. 

I’m pretty sure it’s too soon to love her, but shit. She’s got to stop doing and saying these unexpected things that make me want to fast-forward whatever’s going on between us. Because I want to kiss her and make love to her and marry her and make her have my babies and I want it all to happen tonight. 

Dean Holder is everything. To get a first hand account, an insight into all that he feels... the guilt, pain, and torment, just about broke my heart. He bears so much responsibility and blame. He is mature beyond his years for what he has had to endure. I thought that I was in love with him after reading Hopeless, but I had no idea how much more I could fall for him. His love. His concern. His care. His passion. Every single aspect combined to make him such an amazing character. Dean Holder will now be who I compare all others to. The perfect book boyfriend. 

But I'm not falling in love with her piece by piece anymore. I'm in love with the whole girl. Every single piece of her.

I also felt like I got a whole new level of understanding when it came to Sky as well. Seeing her through Holders eyes really hammered home the level of love that he felt for her. And the lengths that he would go to, to protect her.

The diary entries that Holder wrote throughout the story were so amazing and heartfelt. They also really allowed us to get to know Les. It also showed what an amazing brother Holder was. I know I keep saying how perfect Holder is, but I'm really lost for better words to describe him. He is simply amazing!!

Colleen Hoover's words are heart. They are feelings. They are emotion. They are beauty. After I finish reading one of her books, I swear that my heart will never recover from the level and intensity of emotions it's just experienced. But recover it does, ready for the next Colleen Hoover experience. And, I wouldn't have it any other way. Because books written the way that she writes, is the exact reason that I read.  

"F**k all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers."

5/5 Dean Holder is Perfect Stars.

Once again, thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for supplying me with a copy of such an amazing book.


  1. I was a little worried about this one being the same story just told from Holder. I was so happy that it wasn't, and I think I enjoyed even more the Hopeless. Wonderful review.

    1. Thanks so much Jenea!! I have to agree with you about expecting it to be the same story, and I think that's why I put off reading it. But it was so amazing!! I definitely enjoyed it more than Hopeless. :)


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