Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

Sky is a 17-year old on her way to public school for the very first time. Upon arrival, she’s labeled as a “slut,” even though she doesn’t go that far with the guys, but she doesn’t care and will not cry.  She is a flippant, snarky, and candid character, whose fear suddenly subsides when she befriends Breckin, the “goth freak.”

Then comes Holder, the hot, gorgeous high school drop-out, who sees something familiar in Sky. He’s got a “creepy stalker” thing going. Sky doesn’t want to feel “lust” for Holder, but she does and hates herself for it. I liked that Sky was a straight-forward, smart gal who got annoyed by “peppy, fake girls.” It would seem that Sky is just perfect for Holder. I especially liked how non-complacent they were, not bothering with ego-boosting flattery. However, the relationship—particularly the intimacy—was much too intense for my taste.

Holder was definitely bipolar, rocking the whole Jekyl/Hyde persona. Seriously, what was wrong with him? Still, he had a way with words, knowing exactly the perfect thing to say.

Sky and Holder go through an endearing and turbulent relationship. It’s all emotional. Then when memories start to flood Sky’s mind, a buried past turns out to be more than either of them can handle.

Sprinkled with scenes from the past, this well-written novel is a compelling and heart-felt mystery.

My rating: 4 stars

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