Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria
Age Group: New Adultish
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.


3.5 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

My Thoughts

If you’ve followed other book bloggers, then you’ve probably seen people raving about Colleen Hoover.  Well, I’ve certainly seen lots of love thrown Colleen Hoover’s way.  So I’ve been interested in trying out one of her books for awhile, but I was also a little unsure if her books would be for me.  After reading Hopeless, I can say that I will definitely be trying out other books by Hoover.

Let’s talk about the characters first, because you all know that’s what is most important to me (okay, maybe you don’t know but I’m pretending you’re all my best friends 🙂 ).  So Sky is pretty darn likable.  She’s had a pretty sheltered life.  She’s been home schooled, has no TV, no phone, no Internet.  But she’s pretty happy, even though she hasn’t ever been really attracted or connected to another guy before.  But when she starts her senior year at a public school and meets Dean Holder, things change.

Okay so Holder is pretty darn swoonworthy.  He’s a nice guy, even though he has a bad reputation, and he can lose his temper pretty easily (particularly when people are being rude to people he cares about).  I absolutely loved Holder, you guys.  The way he treats Sky is pretty amazing, and so, so sweet.  He’s not hard to love.

The secondary characters are pretty well-developed, too.  I loved Six and Breckin, and the scenes they were in were fantastic and very lively.  They each had their own loud personalities, and they each brought something to the store.  Even better, Six and Breckin were wonderful friends to Sky, which made me like them even more.  I wish I had such good friends in high school.

Since Hopeless is a New Adult title, there are definitely some sexytimes in this book.  Definitely more than a YA title, although I won’t say this is the most explicit NA book I’ve read.  But it’s totally intense at times.  Especially the whole “best first kiss ever without ever kissing” scene.  Seriously, that scene!  If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought of that scene in the comments.  Because I would love to talk to someone about that.  Talk about swoon worthy!

The majority of the plot centers on Sky and Holder’s relationship, but there are some other issues going on.  And there are some twists, as well, that make it difficult to set this book down.

I can’t really think of anything huge that I disliked about Hopeless.  Although I do get tired of books where the main character is constantly being called a slut.  It seems sort of a thing in the NA titles I’ve read.  Oh, and Sky keeps calling Holder her hopeless boy, which got a little tiresome as the novel progressed.  But these are minor issues I had.

Hopeless was a surprise for me.  I wasn’t really expecting to be so invested in the characters as I was.  If you like intense, emotionally charged books that feature likable main characters (and a lot of romance) this book is for you.  Also, I think fans of New Adult, especially The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millary or Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout would really enjoy this one.  I know I definitely liked this one.  It won’t be the last Colleen Hoover book I read.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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10 Responses to Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

  1. Oh! I’m so happy that you enjoyed this one. It’s one of my favorites, and you’re right. Dean Holder is pretty freaking swoon-worthy. I didn’t notice how often the MC was called a slut when I read it, but now that I’m thinking back on it – it does seem like a lot.

    I can’t wait for you to read more of Colleen Hoover’s novels! I’ve loved all of them so far, and i love seeing other peoples reactions to them!

  2. hazelureta says:

    It’s nice to know you loved Hopeless too! I suggest you read Losing Hope; you’ll find Dean even more darn swoonworthy then! 😀

  3. poojasat says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for commenting on my Sunday Post, Quinn. Following you via Bloglovin’. I’m glad you liked Hopeless. I loved it too- probably a bit more than you did cuz it was totally a 5 star read for me. The “hopeless boy” thing didn’t bug me as much. And I totally know what you mean about the “not kissing” scene… Major sawwoooon :O

  4. HOLLY says:

    This looks really good! I’ll have to add it to my TBR list…. great review!

  5. Nice review! I’m still on the fence about this one, but like you, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Hoover. I think what’s holding me back is that while I love YA or NA when it has a fantasy plotline, I’m less enthusiastic about contemporary romance in those genres. Nothing wrong with them; I just prefer my romantic characters to have a little more life experience behind them.

  6. Hmms I want to check this out but I wasn’t in love with Sea of Tranquility so I am not sure!

  7. I love this book! I’m so glad you liked it. I actually haven’t really cared for the books in Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series (the first one is good, but the ones after that are not so great, IMO), but Hopeless and Losing Hope are both wonderful.

  8. I have this on my e-reader, but haven’t started it yet. Glad to know you enjoyed it! Love the fact that the hero is a nice guy…too rare in NA sometimes. Great review!

  9. Taylor M says:

    Hopeless has been sitting on my kindle for a long time…whoops! Definitely going to check it out soon! Great review!

  10. Ooo I definitely need to read this one! After Slammed and Point of Retreat I’m a Colleen Hoover fan! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read that ‘scene’ you mentioned.

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