Saturday, 25 April 2015

#14 Hopeless

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

This story follows Sky and Holder as they discover more about themselves and each other. Sky is a 17 year old that has been deprived from normal teenage life with no TV or internet, she is even home schooled. When her mum Karen caves and lets her enroll for her final year of high school she meets Holder and chaos ensues. This is a whirlwind romance that will have you wanted more long after you turn the final page. 

I had very mixed feelings about this book. It started off really slowly and i didn't really become enraptured into the story. The first 100 pages or so are very plain, not what you would expect from the queen of NA. At the 150 page mark i became obsessed and proceeded to read the rest in one sitting. A book that started out as a two stars ended as a solid 4. Ive read many Colleen Hoover books now, she is definitely one of my favorite authors, although this book was good it wasn't better than Maybe Someday which remains in poll position.

There are many adult themes in this book that shouldn't be tackled by the younger reader so i would be careful before picking this one up. The back of the book leads you to believe that this is a story of boy meets girl, it is so much more than that and is definitely on the new adult/close to adult genre.

The main things i enjoyed about this story was the characters, they are all extremely relatable and likable. There is also a range of characters that bring different elements to the story. I was disappointing that Six didn't play a bigger part in the story as i really enjoyed her sassyness. Another thing i really enjoyed was the flashback memories of 13 years previous to the main story, these offered great insight into Sky's life before she was adopted although they were a little confusing at times. What is commendable is how Colleen writes realistic relationships, there was none of this prince charming that never does anything wrong bullshit, she ensured that Holder messed up as many times as possible which is exactly how relationships are in the real world. I was also pretty happy with the ending, i had a few different scenarios but wasn't sure which one it would turn out to be. 

This is a fantastic story, great for people that are new to the NA genre and would like something darker and with more mature themes than YA. 

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