Losing Hope is a book that restores my faith in the ability of a book to transport you into someone else’s world. A book that makes you live every moment as if it was happening to you. Pleasure and pain, life and death, passion and fury all wrapped up in one very unforgettable story.Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on 08 July 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.
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
If you have read Hopeless, you will know more or less what the plot of this book is. We relive the story from Holder’s point of view with a few surprises along the way. If you haven’t read Hopeless, shooo, shooo…go read it and then come back and I’ll fan girl with you.
I already loved Holder from the time I read Hopeless so I knew I would enjoy the story from his point of view. But at the same time, I had reservations reading this as retellings often leave me cold. And a huge part of why I love Coleen Hoover’s writing is her ability to sucker punch me in the gut with shocking plot twists. I knew I wouldn’t get that here.
And I didn’t. But it didn’t matter in the slightest. Dean Holder is such a lovely, thoughtful, caring complex character that I was addicted to this book from page 1. Yes I know addicted is a strong word but it was how I felt. I wanted to do nothing but read this book. Pesky little matters like eating, sleeping, talking to my husband all had to take a back seat until this book was finished.
This book starts with the death of Holder’s sister and we are hurled headlong in the emotional turmoil, grief and guilt that Holder feels. He writes letters to his sister in an attempt to pour out all those feelings that he can’t express to anyone.
“I don’t want to get over it. I don’t want to forget that my inability to protect either of you is why I’m the only one of us left. I deserve to be reminded every second that I’m alive that I let both of you down, so that I’m conscious not to let myself ever do this to anyone else.”
Knowing the burden of remorse and shame that Holder already feels for Sky and Les, my anxiety levels grew higher and higher as I waited for Holder to discover the truth. It was like watching a car crash in slow motion; I knew what was going to happen. I knew the pain that was going to occur and the lives that were going to shatter. And I couldn’t look away. I could just observe silently with tears flowing.
If I could fly back in time and protect Sky, Les and Holder from all that would happen, I would. But I guess that would mean Colleen Hoover not writing this book and I wouldn’t want that to happen. So on second thoughts I guess I wouldn’t! But as you can see these characters feel as real as you and I and I cried and celebrated with them.
I was trying to think of any negatives about this book and the only thing that struck me is I don’t like the cover. And that is just me; I prefer covers without real people on them. But the writing, the characters and the plot; I can’t fault any of these.
Initially I thought this was a 4.5 star read for me as it didn’t shock me the way Hopeless did. As I write the review, I realise it is 5 stars. Any book that draws you in and makes you feel everything as intensely as this book made me feel deserves nothing less.
Who should read Losing Hope?
If you like NA books, Hopeless and Losing Hope are compulsory reading and should be on top of your list. If you want to experiment with NA to see if you like it, there is no better place to start than these two books. And if you have no interest in reading NA, I still think you should try these anyway. So my answer is who should read this book is basically everyone.
Thanks to NetGalley and for Atria Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.