Saturday, June 29, 2013

ARC Review: Losing Hope 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. 

***ARC Received in return for an honest review***

Losing Hope... holy crap. This book... This masterpiece... Colleen Hoover, she's a magician. She takes something that's already amazing (Hopeless) and turns it into something phenomenal (Losing Hope.) She did the same thing with Slammed (incredible!) and This Girl (extraordinary!). And her ability to rip my heart out, rub it on the ground, and then somehow fix it and insert it back into my body in better condition then what it started, makes her even more outstanding. 

We've all read Hopeless.. and if you haven't, stop reading this and go read Hopeless. Then you can come back and see me because this review WILL SPOIL Hopeless for you. 

We know in Hopeless that Sky was home schooled all her life until her senior year in high school. We know that she meets Holder and falls for him, but he's a bit funny. We eventually learn why. Sky is Hope. His best friend that was kidnapped as a kid. 

I never looked at people the same way. I never looked at nature the same way. I never looked at my future the same way. Everything went from having a meaning, a purpose, and a reason, to simply being a second-rate version of what life was supposed to be like. My once effervescent world was suddenly a blurred, gray, colorless photocopy. 

Now, reading Losing Hope, we really get to understand Dean Holder. His love for his sister, Les. His broken heart for letting Hope slip away. The guilt he harbors for both of them. It's heartbreaking. The whole book breaks you down and builds you up over and over again. 

I'm pretty sure it's too soon to love her, but shit. She's got to stop doing and saying these unexpected things to 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

You don't need me to breakdown the book for you. You already know the story so what you need from me is to know that every single word is worth reading. Every tear shed following Holder through his journey of loving Sky will not be in vain. His story is beautiful, even more so then Sky's. 

Dean Holder is not longer Hopeless. 

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