Hopeless (Hopeless #1)

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
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Release Date
May 07, 2013
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978-1476743554
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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

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Stunning.
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Holy hell.

You know how most books are so predictable that you are just waiting for the words to read like you pretty much figure they will?

Yeah?

Well this book is in no way predictable.

Completely surprising.
Absolutely stunning.
Terrifically heartbreaking.
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Very emotinal and dramatic love story
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Colleen Hoover already earned reputation that she knows how to write a good romance story with her novels Slammed and Point of Retreat. My first encounter with her is Hopeless, first book in her new contemporary romance series, about hopeless boy and girl who somehow manage to find love together.

Seventeen-year-old Sky is not the usual heroine. She’s got a reputation of being a slut, is home-schooled and lives with a mother who is against technology. Yes that means no tv, phones, computers etc. Sky at first glance is definitely not someone who I could easily connect or relate to. But very soon she earned my admiration and respect, mostly thanks to how she reacts to slut-shaming directed at her. It’s always good reading about a strong, self-confident character.

Although she had a lot of relationships, Sky is cold and distant toward the boys. They do not faze her. That is, until she meets Dean Holder. When Sky looked at him, she never wanted to stop. And when Holder looked at her…
"There was something so disturbing about the way he looked at me. It was uncomfortable, embarrassing, and somehow flattering all at once."

A list of reasons why Sky should not be attracted to Holder is mile long. He’s got a temper, he’s moody, he’s full of secrets… But still, everything about him feels right. If you liked the instant attraction and intensity of romance between Romeo and Juliet, if you liked the drama of Beautiful Disaster, then Hopeless is going to rock your world.

"He’s touching my face. His hand is on my cheek. I can’t think, I can’t speak, I can’t breathe. The intensity that exudes from his whole existence sucks the air out of my lungs and the strength out of my knees."

At first, I was swept by the emotions and romance between Sky and Holder, but as the story developed and secrets from their past started to get revealed, the story kinda went downhill for me. It all seemed so unbelievable, like a plotline of some telenovela. But I think I will be a lonely black sheep in my little corner, since this book is insanely popular and has 4.51 rating on Goodreads with 76.124 reviews.

IN THE END…
Hopeless is one of those contemporary romance stories full of drama that will make you tingle with the intensity of emotions. If you don’t mind your book to be crammed with teenage hormones and to be a little bit over the top, I think you are going to enjoy it. Think of it like a cocktail of dramatic flare from Beautiful Disaster and deeply-flawed characters from Pushing the Limits.

Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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