Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)

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Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)
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Release Date
July 08, 2013
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978-1476746555
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Sometimes in life, in order to move forward you must face the past…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover held readers spellbound with her novel Hopeless, the story of what happened when a troubled girl named Sky encountered a long-lost childhood friend, Dean Holder. With Holder’s help, Sky uncovered shocking family secrets and came to terms with memories and emotions that had left deep scars.

Hopeless was Sky’s story. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder.

Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.

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Fans of HOPELESS and Dean Holder will enjoy this.
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What I Liked: This is a well-crafted, well-written story with complex characters that deals with heartbreaking issues like sexual abuse and suicide. Holder and Skye are both enjoyable characters, and so mature I forgot at times that they're still in High School.

What Left Me Wanting More: Holder is eighteen but sounds more like a seasoned therapist when he talks to Skye about what she's been through and how she's handling it. This bothered me because while I don't doubt that there are boys his age who are incredibly mature, I think they are few and far between. I also worry that any girl whose been through what Skye has may expect the Holder in her life to respond in kind which would be unfair to both parties. And the fact that there were no consequences for what happened at her father's house was completely unrealistic.

Final Verdict: This is HOPELESS all over again, just from Holder's POV with some extra material thrown in, which means fans of both the original story and Dean Holder will enjoy it.
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All the feels! Again!
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Usually I don't find it necessary to do an entire book from another characters perspective, but this was much appreciated.

I knew what was coming.

I've read Hopeless.

Yet still, the big reveal hit me just as hard as if I had no idea.

And maybe reading it from Holder's perspective was almost as heartbreaking as Sky's.

This book felt rushed, but I knew what was happening in those glossed over moments.

I still love it. I still love Holder. And I still cried like a big ole baby throughout most of this book.
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