Tuesday, May 7, 2013

4.5 stars: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

"Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever."

Published May 7, 2013 by Atria Books. I received a digital ARC of this story.

This was one of those stories where I was already telling people to read it before I had finished reading half of the book (yes, bad Becca! I know that's terrible, and I don't do it too often, and I'll never do it here!). 

I loved the breezy, light and funny beginning of this book, and I was surprised by how that so quickly came to a halt. It was nice while it lasted though. So readers, go into this knowing that it's not a light and funny read even if you're surprised that it seems like it is while reading. 

I was really impressed with how all the puzzle pieces fit together; there was a very clear and logical motivation for every action in this story, which is unusual for many books. Usually I think that someone's motivation isn't strong enough (I'm an actress, so motivation is important!), but not this time!

I really loved the love story and it's a bit unique because it's not the cringe-worthy insta-love that you see in so many YA books. It's a lot more realistic, and the female lead, luckily, can tell when a guy's behavior is bad or dangerous, even if she likes him. That is also unique for many YA love stories.

I will repeat an aforementioned adjective and say that I was really impressed with this one.

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