Title: Losing Hope
Published: July 8th, 2013
Author: Colleen Hoover
This is a spoiler free review. There are no spoilers for Hopeless or Losing Hope.
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.
When I picked up Losing Hope I thought I knew what I was getting into. I was so wrong. I thought that because this book was essentially a retelling of Hopeless that I couldn't be taken by surprise. Wrong again. I also thought that there was no freaking way I could love Dean Holder more than I already did. You guessed it, I was wrong. I read Hopeless and I remember the story very well, but Colleen somehow managed to make a story I already knew[or thought I knew] and throw in more twists. And the heartbreak! Oh, the heart crushing that went on was unbelievable. I don't know how she does it. How does she walk around with these characters in her head? It must be exhausting.
There were so many amazing parts of this book. I loved Daniel, who I didn't remember being in Hopeless until I went in for a search and found he wasn't really mentioned. The one point where he was mentioned cracked me up because it matches up with a scenario in Losing Hope. That was another thing I loved, every new part was a piece of the puzzle I didn't even know I was missing. None of the new parts took away from Hopeless, they enhanced the story. I had questions answered that I had never even thought to ask.
The best part was being in Holder's head. That first meeting, the first date, the first “not kiss”, the first real kiss, the TWISTS! My heart broke a million times. Seeing all these things through Holder's eyes was hard at times. The notebook[oh my god, the freaking notebook] killed me. Les. Oh, how I seriously wish I had gotten to know Les. This is the genius of Colleen. She makes you miss characters you never even freaking met! She can create a connection to a character that is so strong that you leave the last page with a little bit of them left in you. It's like residual book feelings.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“I don't want her to feel nothing when I kiss her, I want her to feel everything.”
“I wonder if it's possible for people to fall in love with a person one characteristic at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once.”
“I've never once looked forward in my life. Being with her had me thinking about tomorrow and the day after that and next year and forever.”
“I need you to be mad at me, Sky. But I think I need you to still want me here with you even more.”
And the Dean Holder line that had all of us swoony:
“Fuck all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”
Colleen has cornered the market on POV companion novels. She adds just the amount of new characters, new twists, and new heartbreaks. Everything fits and everything made me love the story of Holder and Sky even more. It had me itching to pick up Hopeless and do a complete reread. Losing Hope is the best book I've read this year. Ask me at the end of the year and I'm sure this will be in my top five, if not still number one.