Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust - and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring. Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she's tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defences and the intensity of their relationship grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth. Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.
Hoover just continues to amaze me with the wide variety of subjects she touches on in her novels, and usually in the most gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and swoon-worthy way possible for her readers.
This book started as a bit of slow-burner for me. I've loved Hoover's more recent releases but I've been scared of reading her backlist in case they didn't work for me. I need to welcome her into the Circle of Trust, because she never disappoints, though I have to say I can definitely see the improvement and development in her writing style from Hopeless to her more recent releases.
The characters in this novel are complex, and the revelations are simply gripping, they're 'car crash' revelations, you don't want to witness them, but you can't look away. The chapters alternate between present day and 13 years earlier (this is clearly identified, which I love), and although I guessed early on what the revelations were going to be, they were no less heartbreaking or amazingly well written when I got to them! Speaking of well written, Holder. I love the book boyfriends CoHo writes, in all of their unrealistic, emotional and 'damn I wish they were real' beauty.
There were one or two things about this book that did annoy me, or at least upset me. This is a trend for me in CoHo novels, there's always that one thing that throws me off course, but it's usually done in such a way that it's real, and therefore I deal with it, and it's never enough to put me off the book completely, at all.