Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

17334411Title: Hopeless

Author: Colleen Hoover

Format/Length: Paperback/406 pages

Publisher/Date Published: Atria Books

Category/Genre: Young Adult (or “New Adult”)/Contemporary Romance

Source: Library

Description: 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.

3/5 stars —

★★★☆☆

This could have been a five star read for me. Really, it could have been. It had the three things I look for in novels in particular: good writing, interesting characters, and a decent storyline.  I need to first say that this is my first Colleen Hoover book that I have picked up and read. I’ve seen her name floating around in the internet for quite some now, but this was the first time I’d seen one of her books in my local library. The writing was solid the whole way through the novel, from beginning to end.

I also enjoyed the hints of Sky’s past throughout the novel — I never really understood much about her until toward the end, when everything clicked into place, so that element of the plot was done very well. Though (for a reason I explain later in this review) I couldn’t bring myself to care for her very much.

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The romance . . . Well, that was the part I didn’t really like. In the beginning of the novel, their relationship consisted of only two things: having hot making out sessions, and fighting.

That got dull after awhile.

And hence, that is why I couldn’t bring myself to feel sorry for/sympathise with the main character. The middle part of this novel, was, for want of a better word, boring. Really boring. I almost DNF’d this book around the middle, because there wasn’t really much happening . . . but then, BAM! Everything changed. Quite literally, actually. So the last quarter of this book was pretty intense and explosive if you asked me — which was why I ended up not giving up with novel. Overall, I’m glad that I did read it, but it could have been better if there had been something happening during the middle of the novel.

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The bottom line: I liked this novel, I had just expected more from it. Maybe I had my expectations way too high from it, what with all the hype and stunning reviews surrounding the author’s books. It wasn’t amazing or brilliant — but it was enjoyable. I would read another Colleen Hoover book again, for sure. I definitely want to read Maybe Someday — I keep hearing good things from it.

It also didn’t help that for some reason I kept reading “Holder” as “Hodor”. 

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

  1. I’ve seen this author EVERYWHERE. She seems pretty famous, eh? But does she only write NA romances? Eh…I’m not a fan of NA romances. I feel like they’re usually shallow, and if you’re only rating this one 3 then I probably won’t chase it.

  2. Ahaaha Hodor, I can’t get over this! I can definitely see why it could be a let down. There’s so much hype surrounding it and I’m guilty of contributing to it. I don’t want to get your hopes up but Maybe Someday was better! The characters were more mature, realistic and it was just overall a much more developed book. :D

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