Absolutely anything Colleen Hoover writes turns to gold. Every single one of her books has been 5++++++ stars. Perfect reads. I’m not sure though why I put off reading Losing Hope. Hopeless was one of my favorite books of 2012, and reading Losing Hope reminded me exactly why. What actually prompted me to read it was the release of Finding Cinderella, Colleen’s free novella, which is a companion to the Hopeless series. You don’t have to read Hopeless and Losing Hope to read Finding Cinderella, but it will make the great new novella even better.
It had been close to a year since I read and loved Hopeless, so reading Losing Hope felt all new to me. Losing Hope is not, as some people have said, the re-telling of Hopeless in Holder’s POV. This is Holder’s story. From well before he met Sky to after. Yes, some scenes were his take on scenes we have read, but they were all pure gold. It’s amazing how Colleen was able to keep this so fresh and amazing even though we knew what was going to happen.
Losing Hope was perfect. Utter perfection.
I thought I knew Dean Holder from Hopeless, but it was the tip of the iceberg, we really get to know him, heart and soul, in Losing Hope and he is just wonderful. And just so broken after two devastating losses that he blamed himself for.
“What are the chances that the only two girls in my life I’ve ever loved… I’ve lost? It’s killing me piece by piece every single day.”
Dean finally begins to get his life back together a bit when a random trip to the grocery store changes things for him again.
My heart stops.
The whole world stops.
I recognize those eyes.
Those are Hope’s eyes.
Does she recognize me too?
Her name is different. He’s been looking for her for 13 years. If Sky is Hope, wouldn’t she know him? He must be crazy, yet he needs to know her. You’ve read Hopeless. You know the story. Now you know the man.
“I don’t want her to feel nothing when I kiss her. I want her to feel everything.”
The way the book was presented, a large part of it through letters Holder writes to his sister in a notebook, was ingenious, and a wonderful way to really get to know Dean in a new way.
“Happy two-week deathiversary. Harsh? Maybe so, but I’m not apologizing”
If you didn’t completely fall for Dean Holder in Hopeless, there is no way you can’t during Losing Hope. After all he has been through he is a rock for Sky. He feels so much guilt and responsibility yet remains so strong for everyone. And watching him fall for Sky was just beautiful.
“I’ve loved Hope since we were kids.
Tonight I fell in love with Sky.”
Watching him find out the truth, from his point of view, even though we knew what would happen, was just as devastating as the first time.
“I cry for her. I cry for Les. I cry for myself.”
But in all honesty, this book isn’t about Losing Hope, it’s about finding Hope.
“I’m gonna go live my life now, Les. A life I’m actually able to look forward to, and I’d honestly thought I’d never be able to say that. Then again, I’d honestly thought I’d always be hopeless, but I find hope every single day.” – Dean
- That Losing Hope was not simply a retelling of Hopeless from a different POV
- Holder’s letters to his sister was a unique and interesting way to help tell the story, plus they added some humor into what could have been a dark story.
- Even more humor was added by Daniel, Holder’s best friend. I just loved his Cinderella story, which we get more of in the free book Finding Cinderella (Yay! I freaking LOVED Daniel and his nicknames like ‘cunt nugget’ and ‘mangina’)
- Colleen Hoover writes so amazingly well that sometimes I went back to read parts and just thought “wow, this woman can write the shit out of the phone book”
- Reading about why Holder stopped using his first name.
- Dean’s confusion between wanting Sky to know, and not.
- Even though I’m in my *ahem* 40s, I can still totally fall in love with Colleen’s characters.
- I couldn’t find one damn thing to dislike.
Rating: 5++++++ stars 3.5 Heat
I pulled a whole bunch more quotes and a ton of images to use in this review. But to tell you the truth, none of those images can show the true power of the words Colleen writes. She weaves a spell through her writing that just captivates you and makes you smile, laugh, swoon and cry the ugly cry and then it brings you right back up again.
Genius. Pure fucking genius.
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Colleen Hoover has offered to give away signed copies of BOTH Hopeless and Losing Hope to a lucky winner, and I will be giving an e-copy of both with my review of Finding Cinderella tomorrow.