Title: Losing Hope
Series: Hopeless, #2
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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 I thought I couldn’t love Dean Holder more than I already do, well, Losing Hope proved me wrong! Colleen Hoover is simply, without a doubt, awesome. This lady can write. I have loved every book I have read by her so far, and the Hopeless series is beautiful. One more book I can add to the list of, I'M SO HAPPY I READ IT!
One would think that re-reading the same story would be a bit boring, but having the story told at a completely different angle is something to behold. And having that story told from the POV of Dean flippin’ Holder, ladies, get ready to have your heart broken, mended back together, thrown around, and loved. Losing Hope was a tumultuous of emotions for me. I thought Hopeless was an emotional book, Sky’s story was beautiful. But seeing the story through Dean’s eyes was more than emotional. It was heartfelt, intimate, and surreal.
I also loved seeing Sky through Dean’s eyes. That made the story a thrill to read. I also got a better understanding of the entire series, by being able to get inside his head. More things were brought to the front-line and I was able to completely understand why Dean acted the way he did in Hopeless. This book really does explain a lot.
I also have to mention the side characters. I liked being able to see Les, even though there wasn't much of an appearance of her. But that little bit helped me understand Dean more. Let’s not forget Daniel, Dean’s partner in crime. I loved him. He was the perfect comical relief needed for this emotional book. Daniel was just a funny and well-rounded character I couldn't get enough of.
The Good: The whole book was good! I actually felt that this book was more emotional than the first. Seeing the world through Dean’s eyes was breathtaking. This boy has been through a lot, and seeing him struggle and then overcome those odds was beyond heartwarming. Being able to see how Dean saw Sky, how he struggled when he realized who she was, how he felt when his sister died, and how he cared for Sky, was incredible. I fall even more in love with Dean. He really does have the big heart.“But I'm not falling in love with her piece by piece anymore. I'm in love with the whole girl. Every single piece of her.”
The Bad: Nothing was bad about this book. I only wish we gotten more scenes from Dean’s POV. I wanted more, no, I needed more. I also felt that it was too short. But, despite that, I think Colleen outdone herself. Losing Hope is a beautiful read (as I keep mentioning).
“Time has completely stopped, and all I'm thinking about while we kiss is how this is what saves people. Moments like these with people like her are what make all the sufferings worth it.”
I loved this book, maybe even more so than Hopeless. To me, it was more emotional and heartbreaking. Being inside Dean’s head was a wonderful experience. I definitely recommend this series if you just love a beautiful, heart wrenching, love story.