Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: December 19, 2012
Genre: New Adult
Series: Hopeless #1
Pages: 327


“…this book is packed full of surprises that left me breathless and
just sad.  It really speaks loudly for the quality of the writing that
even while reading some hard things, I felt every bit of this book.” ~Under the Covers

How come am I just finding out about Colleen Hoover?  This was the first book by her I’ve ever seen around GoodReads and when a lot of my friends where reading it, and loving it, I decided to be brave and dive into the new adult waters.  Mind you, I stay away from new adult books like the plague (usually).

I’ll admit when I started and got just on the first few pages, I thought maybe this wasn’t for me.  The heroine was presenting herself as a teenager of loose morals, who just didn’t care about anything but having a good ol time.  And I put the book down then for a few days.  Then the new year rolls around and it’s 2am and I can’t sleep…So I picked it back up thinking I would read a few more pages.  A few more pages turned into “I-can’t-put-it-down-even-though-my-eyes-are-burning-and-it’s-5am”.  This was an unexpected emotional ride!  The story of Sky and Holder was sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.

First I fell in love with Sky.  She’s like very few teenagers out there, which is probably why I didn’t have a problem with the age group of the characters.  She’s been sheltered somewhat by her mother, never had TV, cellphone, internet, basically anti-technology.  She’s been home schooled.  But she’s always had her best friend, her neighbor Six.  Six talks her into enrolling in public school for her senior year, intending to enjoy one year together, but then ends up going away on the first day of school.  Sky still pushes ahead with her plan, even though she doesn’t really know anyone, and is going in with Six’s reputation, one that might not be too flattering.

Sky has always had issues, and a lot of them she doesn’t know what triggers them or why she feels or doesn’t feel certain ways.  This book was her discovery of her own self, her emotions and her past.

Dean Holder is the sexy bad boy.  He’s got temper issues, and even then I thought he was hot.  But when he decides to turn on the charm and be sweet, I might’ve been putty in his hands, just like Sky.  His relationship with Sky was perfect from the moment they first laid eyes on each other.  Even when things weren’t all roses.

And things aren’t all roses.  Like I said, once the story unfolds, this book is packed full of surprises that left me breathless and just sad.  It really speaks loudly for the quality of the writing that even while reading some hard things, I felt every bit of this book.  More than reading it, I experienced it with the characters.  From when it gave me butterflies in my stomach to when it made my heart ache.

The focus of this book was the romance for sure, don’t let the darkness of the story and how they got there take away from that.  Sky and Holder deserved the happiness that awaits them and I loved how the author just made them slowly come together.  Gradually, believing they were falling in love every step of the way.  Along with all their firsts, and forevers.

I do feel the need to warn people that this might not be a story for everyone as it deals with topics that may be hard to read for some people, like suicide and abuse.  It’s not a mushy teenage story, even though the characters are teenagers.  And definitely not YA reading material.  But it is one of those stories that will probably stay with me for a long time and make me think back.

I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of Colleen Hoover in the very near future!

Favorite quotes:

“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”

“I know you’re mad at me,” he says, looking down at me. His eyes and his words are full of remorse, but the apology still doesn’t come. “I need you to be mad at me, Sky. But I think I need you to still want me here with you even more.”

“Fuck all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”

“The sky is always beautiful. Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy,it’s still beautiful to look at. It’ s my favorite thing because I know if I ever get lost or lonely or scared, I just have to look up and it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories.

Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers.

Colleen Hoover is published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Colleen also has several self-published titles.

In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013.

In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. In 2017, her title WITHOUT MERIT won best romance.

Her novel CONFESS has been filmed as a series by Awestruck and is available on Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper star in the series.

Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. The Bookworm Box is a subscription service that provides readers with an exciting opportunity to receive signed novels in the mail each month from authors all over the world. All profits from the subscription service are donated to various charities each month. To date, The Bookworm Box has donated over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

Colleen’s next release is All Your Perfects, a contemporary romance novel due to release through Atria Books in July, 2018

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trish dechant

I have this on my TBR list, too. I have seen it floating around and heard the great reviews it has gotten.
Now that you have given it the Top Pick honors, I am bound to buy it 🙂
There is a whole lot of new adult books releasing; some good, some not so good.
But I love dark and angst–will definitely check this one out.

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Hope you enjoy it as well Trish!

Amber Hughes

I love Colleen’s writing! Slammed & Point of Retreat were two of my favorite reads last year so I knew I had to get this one. I loved this one too. Even though it was really emotional at times, I didn’t want to stop reading. I ended up finishing it on January 1st, so I guess this one is going on my favorites for this year 🙂

Hope you love her other books too!

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I’m definitely checking out her other books.

Maria D.

Great review! I’ll have to add this to my list

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Thanks Maria!


Great Review Fran! You should give Colleens SLAMMED series. It’s just as emotional as HOPELESS without the abuse and suicide storyline.

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Thanks Debbie. I will for sure.

Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review. I enjoyed the trailer.

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Yeah, thought the trailer was pretty good so thought I’d add.

Ashley Prince

I will definitely be reading this one. Great review. I’m glad you decided to give it a second look.

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Me too, Ashley. Hope you like it.


I MUST read this-thanks for the great review Francesca!

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Thanks Timitra, hope you like it!


You have to read slammed and point of retreat!!! They are my favs.. I am half way thru with hopeless and would probably finish it if it wasn’t 2 in the morning… I fell in love with Colleen Hoover last year and I can’t wait to read more.. Had to stop reading and had to see if others felt the same way I feel when reading her books.. Totally love all her books and characters!!


The beginning of the book was a little slow,but later shows that it is necessary,and Coleen slowly draws us into the story 🙂
Too emotional,too sad,hopeless,but also is beginning of one ,firm,boundless relationship,Love between Holder and Sky :))
” But it is one of those stories that will probably stay with me for a long time and make me think back.” – agree 🙂
This is one book that gives a one little spark,and that is the hope 🙂
One of the best books I ever read! 🙂

Wonderful review Francesca 🙂