Review | Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover (@colleenhoover)
25 January 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover's #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistable 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 remains a mystery.
Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attemot 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 inseide Holder's head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.
I'm going to try and keep this review as spoiler free as I did for the previous book in the series, Hopeless but there are a few things I think I need to reveal in order to review the book properly, so if you haven't read Hopeless than please don't carry on because I really don't want to ruin the book for you. Although, I won't reveal the major twist! You can read my spolier free review here.
Can I just start this review off by saying one thing: I freaking love Holder...
Now I have that one out the way...
When the book opens, Holder's life is carrying on as it always has, he lives with his mum and sister, goes to school and spends time with his best friend, Daniel going to all the typical parties you would expect a teen to go to but that all comes to a crashing halt when a huge event changes his life.
His twin sister, Less, takes her own life and he is the one to find her, after that he doesn't feel the same again and he begins to communicate with Less in a notebook he finds in her room. Writing letters to her even though he knows she can't respond to him but he is getting his feelings of hopelessness down.
Of course, he eventually returns to school and tries to get back to normal. Daniel tries to take the notice off of Holder in an amusing scene that takes place in the cafeteria. I loved Daniel in this book! He was so funny, although one thing I did find odd was that he is never mentioned in Sky's book. I'm not too sure why, since there are definitely moments in this book she meets him. So I found that a bit odd...
Of course, it's only a matter of time before Holder's passion gets the better of him and when he overhears a guy bad mouthing his sister he loses it. What follows is painful to read because you can just see how hard this is for him! After this he leaves to live with his father only to return a year later and I kind of wish we got to see even a small glimpse of his father and that time he spent with him.
Eventually Holder returns to school and this is the point we catch up with where Sky's story beings in Hopeless and the two of the meeting. I loved reading certain interactions between him and Sky in his point of view. Especially the night that he cooks her dinner. This book wasn't a direct copy of Sky's with filler scenes which I loved, there were scenes in this book of Sky and Holder together that weren't in her book and visa versa.
In Hopeless, you have an idea of how Holder's past has affected him but his book brings that to the fore. He still blames himself for what happened to the little girl from his past and it's heartbreaking and Sky saves him in more way than one. He returns his hope.
When Holder returns, he carries on writing to Less and I love how he's letting his sister know how this amazing girl is saving him. There's a point where he find the note she left for him and it broke my heart to see his reation even though he didn't read it all. At the end of the book, after all the revealtions, he wrties one last letter to her and I loved reading that letter.
Of course, in the end, the book gets the the cilmatic point Sky's did and if I thought it was emotional from her point of view it breaks my heart from Holder's because all he wants to do is protect Sky. And then there's the massive revealtion connected to his sister and reading Holder's reaction made me cry. In a lot of ways, the way Holder is with Less reminds me of how my brother is with me, he would do anything to protect me and Holder feel the same about Less and hates that he couldn't protect her from all her demons.
All in all, I loved this book but it wasn't a five star for me, there were a few things that niggled at me, like the fact we never met Daniel in Sky's book and parts of it felt a bit rushed to me but I did love everything else.