Thursday, June 27, 2013

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover - 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.


Damn, Colleen Hoover.  Just damn.  She did it again.

Hopeless is definitely one of my top reads of this year.  In fact, looking at my blog drafts, I have one started to review Hopeless but I seriously couldn't find words that justified how amazing that book was.    So the draft sits there...because I don't feel confident enough that I would do that book justice.  Here's hoping I can write a review worthy enough of Losing Hope.

Losing Hope is Hopeless in Holder's point of view.

I'm a sucker for POV stories.  Hell, if I could get the stories I loved from every character that were mentioned in those pages, I would read the living shit out of each one of those POV's. 

If you haven't read Hopeless, then I don't even know what you're doing with your life.  Stop reading this review and go read the damn thing and come back.  Well come back after you've been able to pull yourself together, because Hopeless will break your heart and soul into pieces.  But, it's totally worth it...I swear!


"Time has completely stopped, and all I'm thinking about while we kiss is how this is what saves people.  Moments like these with people like her are what make all the suffering worth it."

If you have read Hopeless, then you know just how amazing Dean Holder is.  And it would be impossible to fall in love with him even more because he's Dean effing Holder, that's why.  And nothing could make him more swoonworthy right?

Then you remember, Colleen Hoover is a pretty damn good writer and she can make the best story you've read a thousand times better.

"If I could trade lives with her, I would do it in a heartbeat, just so she'd never have to feel whatever it is she's feeling.  I'll do whatever it takes to ease her pain."

You pick up Losing Hope and you get to see what was going on that gorgeous head of his.  Why he did the things he did, why he lost it at certain spots, and just how broken he was.

"If I had a soul before those words, it just completely broke in half.  Tears fill my eyes and I hurt for her."

My heart broke for Sky in Hopeless, my heart shattered for Holder in Losing Hope.  The pain he endures after losing Lesslie, the internal battle about how to tell Sky the truth.

I read the book in just under 5 hours.  I. COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN.  It completely consumed me and I was immersed in Holder's world.  

I cried, I laughed, I swooned, and then I collapsed in a puddle of tears. 

You find out so much more about Holder and more about Lesslie.  I never felt a connection to Lesslie in Hopeless, but after reading Losing Hope, she is every bit a main character as Holder and Sky are.

Everything and everyone is intricately connected in these 2 books that tell one story.  One beautiful, amazing effing story that needs to be read by everyone on this planet.

And I know it's cliche to say a book helps you through a tough time, but I was going through some shit these past couple of days and this book found it's way to me at a perfect time.

So, thank you Colleen Hoover, for having such a brilliant effing mind to write stories like this one and sharing your talent with us.  Oh and for Holder.  And Will.

My Rating:
What the hell are you waiting for?  
(Well July 9, but that's besides the point.)
But no excuses after July 9!

Source:  ARC provided by publisher for honest review
Release Date:  July 9, 2013

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