Tuesday, December 25, 2012

My POV: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content, harsh language and heavy subject matter.
ebook, 391 pages
Published December 19th 2012
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.--Goodreads


I both hated and loved Hopeless. Not only did this story blow my mind but it shattered my heart. The subject is emotionally draining, shocking and taboo but real. This combination creates the “perfect storm” for an epic story.

Linden Sky Davis is a seventeen year old girl who was adopted thirteen years ago and has been homeschooled since. But this coming year is going to be different. For the first time ever she will attend public school for her senior year. The bad thing is her reputation precedes her. Only it’s all a misperception.  Being the best friend of a known “free spirit” many would assume they were alike. And she may have similar adventures but Sky has never earned the title of whore or slut or any of the names they call her. Needless to say her high school experience is not a stellar one. 

This is all sad but really doesn’t compare to what Sky’s true story is. It’s one of devastation, betrayal and unimaginable pain. This is all connected to her inability to feel “passionate” about any boy, until she runs into Dean Holder. There is an instant jolt of awareness when their eyes meet for the first time that she cannot explain and it terrifies her. This is where the real story and unraveling begins. 

Dean Holder has just come back to town after being gone for a while. He has no intention to reenroll in school for his senior year after dealing with so much but is convinced by a girl he barely knows, Sky. Curious to figure out why he is so drawn to her they start to spend some time together. The thing that you figure out pretty quickly is that Holder is extremely passionate about everything but when it comes to Sky he is even more intense.  The test for them is if she feels just as “passionate” about him as he does for her. When this is experimented with it starts catalytic events into motion that will destroy both of their worlds as they know it.

It took me a little while for me to recover from this story once I was done. I was a mess with all the mixed emotions and desperation of wanting everything to work out for Sky. Even though I know this was a fictional story, this unthinkable thing happens more offend then most people think. I praise Colleen for having the guts to write such a powerful story. Not many can pull it off with such tact while still integrating one of the best love stories. This is not a light read but definitely an unforgettable one.  

"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."
"Sky, I'm not kissing you tonight but believe me when I tell you, I've never wanted to kiss a girl more. So stop thinking I'm not attracted to you because you have no idea just how much I am. You can hold my hand, you can run your fingers through my hair, you can straddle me while I feed you spaghetti, but you are not getting kissed tonight. And probably not tomorrow, either. I need this. I need to know for sure that you're feeling every single thing that I'm felling the moment my lips touch yours. Because I want our first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses."
"Sometimes you have to choose between a bunch of wrong choices and no right ones. You just have to choose which wrong choice feels the least wrong."

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