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.
Reviewed by Jenny
I am in awe of Colleen Hoover’s talent. I love her stories, characters and have the utmost respect for this author’s work and seriously, if she doesn’t write a crappy book soon I’m going to run out of superlatives to describe her books in my reviews.
I won’t hold my breath though because I’ve been treated to a sneak peek at the working chapters of Maybe Someday (a truly unique, agonizing and beautiful story that will touch your soul) and Ugly Love (gritty, raw, powerful, shocking….hang onto your Kindles and get ready for that one….talk about coming out of left field!) and have only concluded that will need to consult a Thesaurus because my admiration for her work has only increased if that’s at all possible.
Now, if I thought my expectations couldn’t be surpassed with Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl and Hopeless….well, I was completely wrong because in Losing Hope this author once again astounded me with her brilliance and Losing Hope did indeed exceed my expectations. There are not enough accolades to express how wonderfully moving this book was.
God, why does every single thing about her throw me off like this?
In Losing Hope we hear Holder’s voice as he recants his side of the story. But readers, once again this author hasn’t merely provided us with a retelling of Hopeless. The complete opposite in fact.
Because of the way Losing Hope is crafted, the story feels new, fresh and very different and for that reason I urge you to please read Hopeless before embarking on your experience of Losing Hope. Whilst these two books do intertwine, they both have a completely different feel, and as such both books are a must read in order for you to fully grasp the experience that is Sky and Holder.
All she did was hug me back, but little does she know she just knocked a whole lot of life back into me.
Getting inside Holders head was a revelation. If you thought you knew Holder in Hopeless then think again because you are in for a whole world of new experiences as we live and breathe the pain, conflict and the utter despair this man has felt over his past. You are definitely in for an emotional ride in this one. That kiss. The bracelet. The realisation. All of it. It’s heart stopping and every feeling is intensified tenfold via Holder’s voice.
I’ve never looked forward before. I’ve always looked back. I think about the past way too much and I think about what I should have done and everything I did wrong and I’ve never once looked forward in my life. Being with her had me thinking about tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that and next year and forever.
We are there with him every painful step of the way and afforded a truly different version through Holders voice. And what a beautiful, tragic, heartbreaking, yet at times very witty and fabulous story this is. Hold onto your hearts in this one folks because it will be shattered. Hearing Holder express the depth of sorrow that has consumed him broke my heart.
I just don’t want it to be insignificant to her. When I touch her…I want her to feel it. I want every single thing I say to her and every single thing I do to her to have significance.
I cried through it and after it. But I also laughed. Out loud, at times as that trademark Ms Hoover wit is brought to the forefront once again.
I loved the banter between Sky and Holder in Hopeless and in LH we have more of that and the addition of Daniel who cracked me up. Daniel is hilarious and the interaction between him and Holder is priceless. I really did giggle out loud and he gave me some fantastic crude new sayings! His humour and the wonderful interaction between all the characters perfectly offsets the sadness you feel throughout the book. This author sure knows how to lighten your heart one minute and crush it the next with a simple turn of the page.
As soon as I see the first words written on top of the page, my heart comes to a screeching halt.
As I said before, Colleen Hoover doesn’t just offer the reader an alternative POV in Losing Hope. I don’t know how this author does it but somehow she manages to take an existing story, existing characters, and then turn the story on its head to offer the reader a whole new experience.
My heart sinks and my stomach drops because I just realized with those words that no matter what I try to do to protect her, there’s something way stronger than me that’s tearing her apart.
In Hopeless I did ponder some of Holders actions and reactions and wondered just what was going through his head during the many poignant moments in that book, and I’m so happy to say everything was answered and conveyed in Losing Hope.
The depth of this character is immense. Your heart will ache for him in ways you never imagined. This is Holder telling his story, not simply retelling Sky’s story. It’s new, it’s intense and at times overwhelming in the emotions it elicited from me. Holders voice is staggering. It’s real and it’s raw.
The way this story is presented is sheer brilliance. I am very conscious not to say much about this book as to give anything away, and not afford other readers the same experience I garnered from Losing Hope would sadden me indeed.
I want to kiss her so fucking bad but I’m too scared. I’m scared if I kiss her too soon, it’ll feel like every other kiss she’s ever received. She’ll feel nothing. I don’t want her to feel nothing when I kiss her. I want her to feel everything.
No details given here but I will say that there is a particular point in the story where, even though you expect it’s coming, and you read it with your heart in your mouth and tears streaming down your face there is still nothing that could prepare you for how it would eventuate. You approach with trepidation because you know it’s going to crush you, and even though you think you’re mentally prepared for it the utter devastation and heartbreak you will feel for Holder at this poignant moment will knock you for six. The expected becomes the unexpected and I unashamedly snotty cried.
I make my way outside and, as soon as I’m alone in the parking lot, I scream out of frustration. I pace the sidewalk for a while, trying to figure out what to do. I turn and hit the building, over and over, then fall against the brick wall and wonder how the hell I’ve let her end up here. How the hell did I allow it to get to this point.
Colleen Hoover blew me away with Will’s POV in This Girl. In Losing Hope she once again achieved the impossible. She managed to turn an existing story, told from an alternative POV into something incomparable. If any reader out there is questioning whether or not to read Losing Hope all I can say is please do not give it a second thought. You HAVE to pick this one up because to not do so would be depriving yourself of a rare and beautiful reading experience that should not be missed.
I don’t deserve her. I don’t deserve her understanding and I sure as hell don’t deserve the way she just made my heart feel.
Believe me when I say that Losing Hope is an absolute MUST READ. Holder’s story has to be heard because his is a story that is told with passion, wit, pain, unmatched emotion and breathtaking beauty. Read it. Devour it. Love it.
Superb. Just simply superb!
Note to Ms Hoover: I loved Daniel. That guy HAS to have his own book! What a fun, refreshing character he was. Not to mention I need me some more of his hilarious crude sayings! 😉
Jenny: 5 brilliant stars!
ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review
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