Monday, 1 July 2013

(ARC) Book Review (239): Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) - Colleen Hoover

Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)

Publication: 8th July 2013 (Ebook) & 15th October 2013 (Paperback)
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Appropriate: New Adult
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.
Such a heartbreaking, beautifully written novel that will touch everyone, even the coldest of hearts.
Colleen Hoover is a master of this kind of book, a gut-wrenching, emotionally driven story that will send you on a roller-coaster ride of feelings.
I didn't think that anything Colleen wrote would ever be as fantastic as Hopeless was, until I read this book, I was proven completely wrong.
I love the fact that quite a few new adult authors these days are re-writing their books in the POV of the male lead, I enjoy reading the dual aspects and being able to know what both characters are thinking and experiencing at the same time.
I'm a big fan of Holder's character and so when I discovered that this book was being written, well I was extremely happy, even happier now that I've read it and know his inner thoughts and feelings.
This book had me crying so much more than Hopeless ever did, because we experience through Holder the death of his twin sister Leslie 'Les', the kidnapping and disappearance of he and Les' childhood best-friend Hope thirteen years ago (and his subsequent guilt over the years) and then there were the letters he wrote to Les after she died *sob*.
When he meets Sky his world changes and he's finally happy for the first time in a long time, these two make such a good couple, and it's because of that and the fact they are such strong and interesting characters that so many people have grown to love them and their story.
Even after having read Hopeless and knowing what the shocking revelation is, it still hits you like a punch in the gut, the shock not lessened by the different protagonist of either book.
I do recommend tissues whilst reading this, you'll definitely need them.
My only complaint is that there will be no more stories featuring Sky and Holder, I wish that eventually we may get a short story of some sort to let us catch up with these two, and to find out what the future held for them.
Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2013, highly recommended this is a story you don't want to miss!
I give this 5/5 Stars.


  1. Great review, Sarah! I agree with you, I loved every word, every punctuation mark :D And I think what made it so good is that Losing Hope isn't just a copy of Hopeless from Holder's POV, there is quite a lot of new material as well.

    Happy reading!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. Oh my God, wow! You got to read Losing Hope! That's mind blowing. And you loved it, yay! Colleen truly is a master. I can't wait for this one. Lovely review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  3. WOW! Even better than Losing Hope huh? Colleen is definitely gifted. Really looking forward to reading this one!