August 9. 2013
4.5 Stars ★★★★☆
Blurb ~ In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.
Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…
Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.
ARC Provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review
When I first read Hopeless I was blown away and fell completely in love. That book put me through the ringer and every minute was an outrageous adventure and I like a junkie I couldn’t get enough. But now that I’ve read Losing Hope I realize how one-sided that love really was. Now we get to see things from Dean/Holders POV and this could not have been a better story. I’ll admit I am not a fan of series where two books are separated by different character POV’s. Most times I think the two can be combined rather than be a repeat of everything we already know and remember happening. That was 100% absolutely not the case with Losing Hope. Colleen Hoover has a magical writing style that minimizes all the repeats and maneuvers your mind in alternate direction so even similar scenes become new and as mesmerizing as the first time. (Though being in Holder’s mind doesn’t hurt matters either.)
I remember thinking Holder was some kind of angry, neurotic psycho in Hopeless. Now I not only understand his behavior but can see how shitty his life has been up until finding his lost Hope. I loved seeing things from his POV and learning more about what happened with his sister.
My only complaint would be how rushed and fast paced everything was. At times I just wanted things to ease up a bit and not get glossed over so much. I know highly hypocritical of me, but these characters are captivating and have so much to tell, that you can’t help but want more. I know it was a way to keep things from appearing repetitive, but some parts still did.
I almost wish I read this book first. I’m so in Book-Love with Holder it’s not even funny. This was a great addition to an already great book. If you loved Hopeless there is no denying you will love this as well. I have yet to read anything by Colleen Hoover that isn’t exceptional so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the future.