Friday, March 15, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover




Title:  Hopeless
Author:  Colleen Hoover
Published: December 19, 2012
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My Rating: ★ 
★ ★ ★ 

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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Sky Davis has led a pretty sheltered life -­- being homeschooled and having no television, internet, or cell phone.  Her lifeline to the outside world is her best friend and next-door neighbor Six.  After much pleading and reassuring, Sky finally gets her mother to relent and allow her to attend public school with Six for their senior year.  But then Six is accepted into an exchange student program, leaving Sky to fend for herself.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, being the best friend of Six -- who has made some not-so-great choices regarding her sex life -- has given Sky a not-so-flattering reputation.  A reputation that is a bit undeserving since she really doesn’t ‘get’ the whole lustful, butterflies-in-the-stomach, toe-curling feelings that Six talks about.  Or, at least, she didn’t.  The day she laid eyes on Dean Holder, the feelings she had decided she’d never experience hit her like a ton of bricks.  But Holder is more than a handsome face – he’s a little bit intimidating, and he happens to hold more secrets than Sky could have ever seen coming.  Secrets that will change Sky’s entire world.

It was very easy for me to love Sky - her strength, her attitude, her sarcasm, and pretty much everything about this character.  I was really able to relate to Sky, and reading about her home life brought back a lot of memories of my teenage years.  For instance, the no sugar/candy rule.  Yep, I had that rule.  I used to hide my candy stash on the blades of my ceiling fan.  I thought I was brilliant until winter ended; and, the first warm day in spring, my mother entered the room and turned the fan on.  Before it even reached its highest speed, candy bars, Skittles, and Nerds were hurled against the walls and windows.  My poor mother fell to the floor, thinking we were victims of a drive-by.   Listen up, kids:  Ceiling-fan-candy-hiding is only good in the winter months. 

“Most teenagers are stashing away cigarettes and weed –
 I stash away sugar.”

And that is just one of the many ways I connected with Sky, but I don’t want to get too personal.  I only wish I had been as strong as Sky and could have handled the “mean girls” the way she did on her first day of school.  I definitely would have loved to have a “very bestest friend ever in the whole wide world” like Breckin to help get me through those awful high school days!  Those two were amazing and so much fun to read about. I’ve just started reading contemporaries, and the fact that Breckin had this to say about books made him one of my favorite characters:

 “‘Should it matter what genre it is if the book is good?’”

I thought Sky’s realistic take on everything and her thoughts in general were completely refreshing:

“‘It’s real, Six.  You can’t get mad at a real ending.  
Some of them are ugly. 
 It’s the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.’”

So, yeah, I had mad love for Sky.  And when she met Holder and felt feelings she had only heard Six talk about?  I loved her even more.

“So this is what Six loves?  This is lust?
I hate it.  I absolutely, positively hate this beautiful, magical feeling.”

Holder.  My goodness.  I don’t even possess the vocabulary that could do justice to Dean Holder.  Easy to fall for, incredibly funny, a bit broken, a misunderstood bad boy, endearing, and oh-so-easy on the eyes.  I love how protective he is, and I hurt for him and the secrets that he has to bear.  His relationship with Sky, their texts (oh my, those texts) -- every single moment of every word written about these two was sensational.  I ‘live’ them.  I truly do.

“‘Live.  If you mix the letters up in the words like and love, you get live.  You can use that word.’”

 “‘I live you, Sky,’ he says against my lips.  ‘I live you so much.’”

But even through the laughter and the pure enjoyment of Sky and Holder’s interactions, I was terrified.  Terrified of the secrets that Holder had.  Secrets that would affect Sky and change her life forever.  Learning those secrets was like having a bucket of ice-cold water thrown on me.  It was so sobering and so incredibly heartbreaking that I was completely shattered by their story. 

Hopeless broke me.  It was a while before I could read another book without having my mind wander back to Holder and Sky.  Even certain songs on the radio make me think of them:

“I don’t know how this Hopeless boy
weaseled his way into my life this week,  
but I know I’m definitely not ready for him to leave.”

There are books, and then… there are books.  Hopeless is the story of two broken people who, together, can make each other whole again. Though the title may be “Hopeless,” I believe this is a story that gives hope. Hope for strength; hope for survival; and, the greatest of all, hope for love.

“Life is real and sometimes it’s ugly 
and you just have to learn how to cope.”

Thank you, Christie, for listening to my incoherent gushing and fangirling over this one after I stayed up all night reading it.  Thank you for turning around and buying it on my recommendation and then buddy-reading it with me a second time.  I’m so happy you love this story as much as I do.  The only thing better than loving a book is having a friend who loves it with you. xoxoxo
chelesiggy

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36 comments:

  1. THIS REVIEW IS MADE OF AWESOME! This may just be your best review ever. You clearly put all of yourself into this review and it is just beautiful. You captured all the important factors about this book. And I love when you said there are books and then there are BOOKS... this is definitely a BOOK. Beautiful review my lovely friend!

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    1. *snuggles you* Thank you, sweet love! This one was a difficult one to write -- I'm so happy you like it and that you love Hopeless! I love squeeing over Holder with you! xoxoxo

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  2. I loved Hopeless too!!! So.much. And you've quoted all my favorite lines :)
    “‘I live you, Sky,’ he says against my lips. ‘I live you so much.’”
    *sigh*

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    1. I'm so happy you loved it, too, Cayce!! Didn't this book have the BEST lines?? It was so hard to narrow it down to the ones I used. Thanks for stopping by <3

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  3. This sounds fabulous! I love when a book stays with you so much- and this is going to sound weird, but I love being broken by books. Sky sounds like a fantastic main character, and Holder doesn't sound so shabby himself. ;) Lovely review, girly! (: (And great story about the candy!!)

    Loves,
    Megan@The Book Babe

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    1. Oh, Megan... me TOO! The more it breaks me, the better the book ;) Thank you so much! Hehehe, my family still teases me about the fan candy incident. *hugs*

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    2. Have you read Pushing the Limits? I really enjoyed it, and this sounds similar-ish. I may be wrong, of course. Different books effect people in different ways! (: Haha, at least you aren't embarrassed by it, right? Some things are just meant for teasing. ;) *hugs back*

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    3. I have that one 'to read' and I can hardly wait to get to it! I'll have to bump it up since you enjoyed it - thanks for letting me know! *squishy hugs*

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  4. I lovelovelove this review! It's so awesome when you can relate to a character like that. I love your story about hiding the candy! Your poor mom! LOL! Amazing post -- thanks for the giveaway! <3

    Nat <3

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    1. I lovelovelove YOU! LOL! Thanks so much, Nat! Glad you enjoyed my sneaky candy story ;) Mwah!

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  5. Wonderful review mine is scheduled to post later this month and I adored this book. Thanks for sharing your funny personal story too!

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    1. Thank you, Kimba! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one! I'm soooo happy you adored it, too! <3

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  6. Oh, wow! This review is crazy fabulous! I loved Hopeless SOOO much! Sky is such an awesome character! Also, "Stars" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is perfection for this book. Spectacular post as always, lovely!!! <3<3<3

    --Miki xoxoxo

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    1. Awwww, thank you, Miki! I'm thrilled this book is getting so much love - it is such an amazing story! YESSS - that song!! I know it means something different, but I just can't help but picture Holder and Sky when I hear it - so glad you agree! Big love for you! xo

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  7. your review is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious :) I love your story about the candy on the ceiling fan! It made me laugh out loud so hard! Thanks for sharing. You chose great quotes and great pieces of the book to talk about. Very detailed, all around awesome review! Breckin is flipping awesome! I also Love the song stars because of you and it fits this book so well!

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    1. Thank you, darling! I had so much fun re-reading this book with you! I can't wait to read it a third time! :) I'm so happy I made you laugh and that you love Stars - such a beautiful song. I don't think I'll ever be able to listen to it without thinking of Holder and Sky. And BRECKIN - my favorite Mormon!! Love you!

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  8. Another astounding review. I love that you are still thinking about it and you found the time to frickin read it twice. Now I am feeling all left out. I havent' done a buddy read forever. I need to do one soon!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Heidi! I definitely am, and I made the time - laundry and dusting be damned! ;D Well, I'm up for a buddy read with you anytime - just let me know when! Have a fabulous weekend! xoxoxo

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  9. sometimes when I read something incredibly amazing, like this review, I feel a physical surge of something electric and fluttery in my blood that moves up my veins and makes me wanna cry. I want--no, I NEED-- to read this book, and it’s because of the way you moved me with this review. I love the depth you added with personal experiences (and still waffle at that candy drive-by story. one of my favorites!) and can’t wait to learn all of Holder's secrets while getting to know and love Sky. She sounds exactly like a girl I could relate to! Fantastic review, Michele! Thank you for sharing your gift of insight with us!

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    1. Nyssaaaaa - you're making me cry!! And just remember how much you LOVE me when you're crying your heart out over this book ;) I think you will love this story, and I know you will absolutely adore Breckin!! That candy story is a popular one back home, huh? I can't wait for you to fall in love with this story the way that I have. Thank you so much for the encouragement to continue to spill my guts in my reviews. I adore you! xo

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  10. I don't know how you do it, Michele, but your reviews are always so persuasive! You manage to convince me when other people can't. :) I can already see myself falling in love with Sky and Holder. I love your little anecdote about hiding sweets on the blades of your ceiling fan! Sounds like something I would do. ;)

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    1. Sam, you just made my entire day! That is such high praise coming from you. Your brilliant reviews always have me rushing off to Amazon to buy the books you put your stamp of approval on! Yayyy! Sneaky candy-hiders UNITE! Thanks so much for your kind words xoxo

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  11. great review! I LOVED this book as well -- it was such an emotional read but I could really relate to both Sky and Holder -- so beautiful!

    My review

    Eva @ All Books Considered

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    1. Thank you, Eva! I'm just giddy over all the love this book is receiving! Thanks so much for stopping by - I can't wait to check out your review :)

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  12. "Listen up, kids: Ceiling-fan-candy-hiding is only good in the winter months. " <---- lol
    Seriously, Hopeless is an amazing book, and you totally did if justice w/your review. Beautiful!

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    1. Hahaha - I felt those were words of wisdom to pass on to the young'ns. LOL! Thank you so much, Andrea. Thrilled that you loved Hopeless, too :)

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  13. OMG that candy on the ceiling fan story cracked me up! I am utterly in awe of your ingenious sugar hoarding skills. :-)

    THIS REVIEW! Holy lord do I want to read this book now. I think I'm going to love Sky, and LOVE Holder. I'm fully prepared for this book to do wonky things to my emotions. Wonderful review!

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    1. LOL! Why, thank you, Lauren! I have many more sneaky stories to share ;)

      Thank you so much! I can't wait for you to read it and share your thoughts with us. *hugs*

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  14. I have this, but haven't started it yet. Love the review. I am so excited to read it now.

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    1. Yes!!! Read it nowwwww! LOL! Thank you, Ellen! Can't wait to hear what you think of this one ;)

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  15. Thanks so much for the giveaway! This book sounds really good. Loved your review!

    I was cracking up when I read about the candy coming off the fan. :)
    ~Stephanie
    GFC: Lizzy Mackerville

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! I hope you get a chance to read this one - it's so beautiful!

      Hehe - my mom and I will NEVER forget that day :D

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  16. Ahh! I have this one. Maybe I should read it for the TBR challenge. I think I will. Great review, candy hoarder. ;P

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    1. Yes, you should - I think you'll enjoy it! Hahaha - thank you! xo

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  17. Sky sounds like a character that I would connect with as well. I have been considering Hoover's books for a while, and this makes me want to read it.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. Sky is awesome, and I hope you get a chance to read it - it's such an amazing story!

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