Summary from GoodReads:
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.
After reading Hopeless not too long ago, I knew that I would definitely be reading Losing Hope, the companion novel to Hopeless. Losing Hope is roughly the same story but it is from Holder’s point of view. I’m going to keep this review fairly short, because the basic plot is so similar to Hopeless. But there are things to talk about because, of course, we get to know what is going through Holder’s mind.
Reading this story through Holder’s thoughts was very enjoyable. I really liked getting to know Holder even more throughout this story. He’s such a great guy, really, even after all the shitty things he’s lived through. I can’t say that I ended up loving him any more than I did while read Hopeless (because I loved him so much), but I didn’t love him any less after getting inside of his head.
This story dances into some darker areas (as does Hopeless). I don’t want to say what those issues are, because the story revolves so much around Holder and Sky discovering those issues along side the reader, but it’s good to be prepared to venture into some emotional places.
A fair amount of dialogue is repeated in this book from Hopeless. It wasn’t a ton, but I recognized some passages. I don’t know if I would have noticed it if I hadn’t just read Hopeless, but since I did, it was easy to recognize. It didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of the story, though. However, I definitely think that you should read Hopeless before this one. I think the story could be a little confusing without the knowledge gained from reading Hopeless.
If you liked Hopeless, you’ll not be disappointed with Losing Hope. It’s definitely worth it to get that letter at the end. Hehe, now I’ve teased you 🙂