Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Losing Hope" by Colleen Hoover - REVIEW

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.

My Take:
Wow! Colleen Hoover does it AGAIN! Pens a story so deeply emotional, you find yourself pulled back into the story of Hopeless, but this time it's completely different as it is from Holder's perspective, an entirely different point-of-view, which makes this book brand new! This story is NOT a repeat of Hopeless, as told by Sky, but a completely NEW book. It does go along with Hopeless, and gives us a lot of answers that we could not have gotten from just Hopeless, so again, this is an entirely NEW book! 
First, do yourself a favor. In order to experience the full impact of this book, if you have not yet read Hopeless, I highly suggest you 'do' read it first 'before' reading this book. In fact, it's a must, in my opinion. There are a lot of things that will not only make more sense to you, but will enhance this book. You will not get to experience this block busting story that Hoover delivers to us unless you do read it in the right order. These two books go together like a pair of pantyhose. You have wear them as a pair, not just one leg at a time, but both legs together. This is how these books go together. No matter what leg you start to put them on with, Hopeless must be read first, then Losing Hope, in order to appreciate the beauty of both of these books. 
Holder tells "ALL" in this book. From the moment he thinks he first spots Hope, to his sister's suicide and why, to his writing letters to his dead sister, to things we never knew about Holder. For a senior in High School, this young man has gone through hell in his life that not many young people experience, then again maybe they do, as some of what happens is hush-hush. You'll see.  It goes so far back, back to the age of five for him, Leslie and Hope, as well, but he has felt responsible this entire time for what happened to her. In this book we learn how deep those scars really went, and the psychological impact/trauma they have had, and continue to have on him. He has spent the rest of his life trying to deal with such loss and guilt.
This book filled in little things I never really gave much thought about in Hopeless until I read it from Holder's point of view in this book, such as his disappearing for a month's time, leaving Sky crushed. There was one scene I just balled my eyes out over. I thought Hopeless was a tear jerker, well this book . . . ugh! I had to put the book down and take a chapter break when the characters called for one!  
Emotions, they run high as this book explained a lot of the things from Hopeless yet they never felt like we missed anything until we read this book, again because this book is from Holder's perspective. We come across a lot of 'aha' moments', which are some of the absolute best! 
I did find myself picking up Hopeless and rereading certain sections again only because it's been a while since I read Hopeless. I wanted to make sure I remembered this or that the right way to fully understand where Holder was coming from. You may even find yourself doing the same thing.
This book is heart wrenching, full of love. It pulls at your heartstrings just like Hopeless did.
The BEST part is the ending! Wow! Thank you, Colleen! Wow! That fit perfectly! It was deserving! This book is by FAR the BEST book Colleen Hoover has written, or, they just keep getting better and better! I think it's the latter! I received this book for FREE from Atria Books, the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html
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Recommended for age 18+.

Hopeless - Book 1 by +Colleen Hoover 
Print Book: $12.25
Ebook:       $  7.59 ONLY #99cents for a limited time

Losing Hope: A Novel Book 2 by +Colleen Hoover 
Print Book - Pre-Order ONLY. Paperback releases on October 15th, 2013!
Ebook is the only available method to read this as at this current time.

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