Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review: Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by: Colleen Hoover

Release Date: July 8, 2013
from Atria Books
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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:

Colleen Hoover is a writing goddess! Her books never fail to captivate and ensnare me. Losing Hope was no exception to this. This is exactly how an alternate point of view novel should be written. This may be the best companion novel I have ever read. The only one I can think of that compares is This Girl, and Colleen wrote that book as well, so does it really matter which I love more? No I do not think it does. All that matters is that I was privileged to read both of those books. 

Holder’s head was a wonderful place to be. It was heartbreaking and I broke down numerous times, but I still loved it. I loved knowing what was going through his head during some of the more pivotal moments from Hopeless. I also loved seeing a lot of new moments. Most of these new moments were truly important moments that made Holder the person we met in Hopeless. I feel like I truly understand Holder now and I can completely understand every single decision he made. I somehow fell even more in love with him over the course of this book.

One of the best surprises I got from this book was Daniel, Holder’s best friend. He is hysterical. I loved his antics, his never ending drama with his sometimes girlfriend Val, and his inability to call anyone by their real name. I loved getting to meet him. I also enjoyed seeing a different side of Breckin and learning what a fantastic friend he really is.

As I mentioned before, this is exactly how a companion novel should be done. I never once felt like I was reading Hopeless all over again. Losing Hope felt like a completely different book and I loved it all the more for that. Colleen managed to take a story I knew and adored and make me see it in a completely different light.

I think my absolute favorite thing about Losing Hope, other than the brilliantly fantastic writing, is that some of it is written in the form of letters from Holder. I don’t want to say who he is writing to because I think that would take something away from how the story is experienced, but just know that it is perfection. I felt like I really knew Holder because of these letters and I could feel his pain seeping through the words. Holder is much more lost than we ever dared to guess in Hopeless. He found hope just when he needed to most.

All in all, Losing Hope was a beautiful read that I will not be shaking any time soon. Colleen continues to blow me away with her writing and ability to tell a heartbreaking and wonderful story. She always raises the bar for all other books and I have no clue what to read next that will even compare in the slightest. For me, she sets the standard that I compare most other contemporaries to. Do yourself a favor and meet Holder and Sky. Then if you haven’t already, go meet Will Cooper cause he is wonderful too.

11 comments:

  1. I agree with you Colleen Hoover is a goddess! Her way of writing is just so... And you were actually the reason I read a book of hers! I remember I saw on Goodreads that you were reading Hopeless and I you said something about how amazing that book was so I just went and picked it up! So thank you for that! Lol! Anyway love your review! :D

    Ally @ bookfixation.blogspot.com

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    1. Seriously?!?! That is one of the best things anyone has ever told me! I am so glad you enjoyed Hopeless and that I helped to lead you to it =D

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  2. Daniel does sound like quite the funny man and a pleasant surprise to have in the book!

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  3. I was a little hesitant on this one, b/c a lot of books like this are just re-tellings. But, everyone says Losing Hope reads like a completely fresh story. I'm so glad you loved this!

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  4. Colleen is a writing goddess!! YESSS!!! I cannot wait to get inside Holder's head! I'm so excited about seeing and experiencing the book through him! And now I'm also excited about Daniel! Sounds like a fun character :D
    YAY!! WILL COOPER!! Glad you also mentioned him ;)

    Awesome review!

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    1. Girl. You will love this book. I can't wait to discuss it with you!!!!

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  5. A writing goddess, indeed!! And you are a reviewing goddess!! Love, love, love this review (and especially how you snuck Will Cooper in there... that made my LIFE!)"He found hope just when he needed to most." <---- This. I want to re-read it now. Amazing review of an amazing book. *smoosh*

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    1. Hehe of course I snuck Will in there. And I knew you would get that line. Snuck that little one in there. My little play on words :)

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  7. Oh, sounds like I would really like Daniel. I love a humorous, good best friend. And I like that the book didn't feel like Hopeless, which is what I was hoping for. Still need to read this one. I need to read more of Colleen's books, too. Great review!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
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    1. I really think you'll love Daniel. He was such a nice surprise. It really doesn't feel at all like Hopeless. I can't wait to see what you think of it.

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