Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (Epub)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2012
  • Number of pages: 418 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.81 MB
  • Authors: Colleen Hoover

Description

From the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author of SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT.

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 one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past 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.

User’s Reviews

From the Author Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx. Mrs. Hoover’s highly anticipated novel, It Ends With Us, releases August 2nd, 2016 and is currently available for preorder. Her novel, Ugly Love (2014), has been optioned for film by Hackybox Pictures and is slated to begin filming in 2016, starring Nick Bateman. You can follow Colleen on her very active Facebook page at facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover and on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover For tour dates or more information, please visit colleenhoover.com.

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss, ad nauseam. It annoys me when a writer repeats the same episode over and over and over again – I understand why some writers do this but I believe it is an insult to the reader. The author apparently feels her readers are so dense that they can’t figure that the characters are obsessive without the excessive repetition. If Hoover had kept the repetitive kissing nonsense to three or four times she could have cut the number of pages by at least 25%. I got to the point where there were many chapters I just skimmed to see if there was anything other than the kissing silliness. This story was unbelievable at so many levels it would take a book to write them all down. I’ll just mention one unbelievable – an 18 year boy goes on meeting after meeting with a young girl and teases her about kissing her saying ” he wants to make sure that their first kiss is the greatest kiss in the world”. This goes on over many many meetings. Have you ever known of an 18 year boy controlling his high testosterone level like this – unnatural and extremely unlikely. The book is riddled with similar unbelievables. I spent too much time reading this annoying story and do not want to spend any more time on it. But if you want to spend some time reading a very poorly written story then this is the book for you.

⭐ I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I almost feel sad that I’m giving it only 3 stars. But here is why…This author started off by painting a very clear picture of a sheltered young girl who would be entering HS for the first time ever as a senior. We were introduced to her family, friends and personality. We were then introduced to the love interest and this is where the novel took off. The interactions between them were fantastic, a page turner at it’s best! I truly could not get enough of these two.Then, about halfway through the book a gloomy backstory enters and suddenly things become awkward and horrifying. It just seemed like the entire mood of the book was flipped. I kept reading b/c I enjoyed the two main characters and their relationship, but the emotional trauma these two went thru was over the top. When I read a book I like to escape to a happy place or enjoy a fairytale type story. This started out that way, but it did not end that way.

⭐ I’ve heard a lot that it is best to go into Colleen’s books blind, so that’s what I did. I went into this book completely not knowing what to expect. I wasn’t sure what to expect while reading this book, but wow. I went on one hell of an emotional roller coaster. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many conflicting feelings all at once about a book before. There were parts of this book that I absolutely hated and there were parts that I loved so much.I’m still wrapping my head around everything that happened to Sky. She went through some terrible, horrible, unspeakable, heartbreaking things that no one should ever have to endure. I am so proud of Sky though for her journey throughout the book and growing as a person and ultimately starting to heal.I was torn back and forth about Holder for a while. I wasn’t sure how I felt about him at first and some of the behaviors that he displayed were really confusing. Once everything started to come together though and answers were revealed, everything made sense. I love Holder and am so glad that he was there for Sky. He’s exactly who she needed to be able to get through everything.Even though this book deals with some difficult topics and some parts were really hard to read and get through, I’m still glad I read it. I’m also glad I read the book blind, going into it without knowing anything about it. I think that just makes the experience of reading a Colleen Hoover book that much better.

⭐ It is 2am on a work night, but I COULD NOT put this book down. I have important meetings to attend to this morning, but I don’t care because I just had to finish this book. What an emotional ride this was. One of the sweetest, saddest young adult romances I’ve ever read.I just finished another new adult romance by Tijan, and was totally disappointed in that book because it was so over the top angsty when there really was no reason to be. The dramatic situations in this story was very well written without feeling so OTT that it felt eye-rollingly unbelievable, but instead felt like the tragedies could be true. I’m laying here in the dark typing my review on my Kindle and I’m STILL trying to comprehend all I’ve read.Also, I usually hate flashbacks, but the author did such an amazing job with utilizing that technique to draw me into the story and create suspense. She wrote just enough flashbacks to give us a glimpse of Sky’s childhood which was an important part of the story.I own this book along with the audiobook. I read this book while listening to the audiobook and I was blown away with the narration! The pleasant voice of the narrator, the rhythm, the characters voices, and how she even whispered some of the sentences really made this book come alive for me even at 2.5x the normal speed (I actually read much, much faster than this which is one of the reasons I am not usually a fan of audio books!).Even knowing I own both the kindle and audible, this book may never be a re-read for me unlike say Kristen Ashley, Julie Garwood, or Tara Sivec books, but, believe me, this story will stay with me for a long time and will consciously (or even subconsciously) be used as a yardstick to measure future books. Well done, Ms. Hoover, well done!

⭐ I have to say while this book wasn’t my favorite, it was a really great read! The plot has twists and turns making it a complete page turner.An adopted teenage girl, Sky, begs her mom to send to public school for her senior year, instead of being home-schooled again. Her reputation precedes her and although the rumors aren’t necessarily true, she allows other students to think what they wish. She meets Holder in the grocery store after he mistook her for someone else. There’s something about how intense and passionate Holder is, that terrifies her yet also intrigues her. He has his own reputation, for being a jerk with anger issues and the rumors are, that he spent the last year in juvi. But when shes around him, she finds herself feeling things that she never thought she could ever feel. As time goes on, she discovers that there’s more to Holder than he lets on and the memories of her past life before she was adopted begins to surface. As the secrets all start to unfold, she finds out things that will impact the life she once knew forever and to her surprise she finds out that Holder knows a lot of answers to the questions that she has about her forgotten past.The full story is told from Sky’s POV only; however, the writing is so phenomenal that you’re still able to feel the passion, the sadness, the anguish and pain coming from the other characters right along with Sky. The final revelation is unexpected and Sky must choose whether or not she will be able to forgive and move on or hold people accountable for their actions. “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.” – Holder. While I wanted to love this book as much I do the other books that Colleen Hoover writes, I’m just not a big fan of the Young Adult romance genre. Which is totally my fault, because if I would’ve read the blurb prior to reading the book, I would’ve known better. This plot is super heavy and includes real life situations that, unfortunately, some people have gone through. The secrets that are revealed leaves you devastated but somehow humor is mixed in at just the right times to lighten things up. The support that Sky receives, gives you hope… Hope that one day you can move on after tragedy, hope that you can love after pain, hope that you can forgive after betrayal and most of all, hope for another day.Definitely recommend to young adults! As always, happy reading! :-)Check out my review at loveatfirstreadcom.wordpress.com

⭐ This book sort of made me crazy. I appreciated the premise but felt that some of the actions of the main characters didn’t make sense. I won’t give away the plot, but can make these good comments:1. The story of what happens to Sky needs to be told in a way to help other girls.2. Holder was understanding and written to show deep feelings for Sky and her situation.3. Karen’s actions are plausible.4. Many parts were well-written.The not so good comments:1. The way the high school seniors talked and resolved every issue (of a volatile and serious nature) didn’t ring true for kids.2. Having enough money to finance some of what Holder and Sky did was not explained.3. Some actions didn’t make sense with the noises – screaming and talking in certain situations wouldn’t go unnoticed like they did in this story.4. There was too much descriptive language about what goes on (and on) between Sky and Holder. Much of it doesn’t fit into the plot and can be pared down.5. Karen’s inability to find real help didn’t seem plausible.I enjoyed this book overall.

⭐ Uhg. So many issues with this book. Spoilers towards the end.It was highly predictable. Every time something was foreshadowed, it was mostly just proof of what I already believed. This is probably the only reason I kept reading though because I wanted to make sure I was right.The relationship from the beginning is kind of cringy. I really wanted to scream at the fmc “RUN AWAY FROM ALL THOSE RED FLAGS!”Then, they finally get all kissy and that all they do. I imagine if I counted the number of times it said they missed, it would be over 100 times.Then we get into her past which- ew. The whole second part of the book was difficult to read. There should be a huge trigger warning on the cover of this book. And spoiler but the whole after they visit where she was born to getting hot and heavy? No. Just no.Several of the reactions including when they got hot and heavy did not seem appropriate. I’m not saying there’s no one who would react that way, but it was ick.More spoilers-Also- when he’s explaining himself he says basically “well you showed me your ID, and it didn’t say your old name because obviously whoever kidnapped you wouldn’t change your name.” Dumb.

⭐ This book was amazing! Normally, when I finish a book I quickly pick up another, but I couldn’t do that when I finished Hopeless. I felt like I needed to just sit with what I read.I really enjoyed the characters and their development. Holder was even drawn well which is difficult since the book is in Sky’s perspective. Some of the things that may have been annoying characteristics didn’t bother me.Colleen Hoover did a spectacular job with several story points that could be considered difficult subject matter.Some of the ‘big reveals’ I predicted and some surprised me which was enjoyable.Some people might say aspects of this novel are contrived, but it is what she does with these aspects that make it wonderful. It is written in such a beautiful and honest way.This definitely isn’t a book for everyone, but it does not disappoint. And I’m definitely interested in reading more of Colleen Hoover’s books.

⭐ Sky was adopted when she was 5 by an anti-tech vegan mother, who home-schooled her – but at 17, Sky decides she wants to attend public school.Although she has been studying at home – with no TV, internet or cell phones – Sky is not disconnected from the world, but she has always been bored… She never really got excited about anything – which was fine by her… Until she met Holder, and everything started to change. “ , ,” . ” .” Her start on high school wasn’t easy, she develops a dubious reputation and got bullied, but one of the things I loved most about Sky is the way she coped with everything… #BADASS Holder’s reputation is not so good either – and he has an inexplicable ability to make Sky feel things she never had before. He makes her feel emotions she has buried long ago and evokes memories from her past that she does not want to wake.But Holder has secrets he doesn’t want to reveal. Secrets that will affect Sky and change her life forever… Because sometimes it’s better to believe in lies – than to discover a truth that can leave you *HOPELESS*. “ , . ‘ ‘ , ‘ . .” This book had so many things I love: It’s romantic… It’s intense and crazy… It’s heartbreaking and painful… It’s surprising (although I guessed some of the twists, but there were some that I really didn’t expect)… It has a strong female character and a stunning “one in a million” male character…But most importantly – as in all of Colleen’s books, it has an important message: life can sometimes be ugly, but we must not let the ugliness define our lives. “ . ‘ .” The chapters were not numbered, each one is a date, and we find out what happened that day – past and present. I must point out that at first it kind of confused me, but I quickly got used to it.This is a romantic story about teens, but it’s not a light read. It has harsh and disturbing descriptions that made my stomach turn!!!Because of that, after the journey I went through with the characters in revealing the truth, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the epilogue… I was expecting more after all the emotional roller coaster I went through…And yet, I HIGHLY recommend this book!• I listened to the AUDIO version.

⭐ Do you want to read an entire book glorifying a teenage girl falling for an emotionally abusive man? Then this is the book for you. Why the author thought it was okay to justify emotional abuse, is beyond me. The main character Sky, is manipulated, lied to and abused by Holder. He constantly puts her down under the guise of humor. He has intense mood swings leaving her “terrified”. He gets in fist fights and punches walls, lockers and cars. None of this is normal or acceptable in a relationship. Why are we glorifying this behavior to market him as a “bad boy”? It is not normal to be terrified of your partner when they are angry.An absolutely disgusting book. It breaks my heart that this book is normalizing this type of relationship, especially when it’s targeted towards young women.

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