Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover | Spoiler-Free Review

Published by Simon & Schuster 
Source: Audiobook via Audible. This is not a sponsored review
Genre: New Adult 
Themes: love, adoption, abuse, suicide 
My Age Rating: 18+

Synopsis: 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 uncanny ability to invoke feelings 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 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 out that Holder isn't all 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. 

I’m so late to the Colleen Hoover party but boy am I making up for lost time. After already devouring two of her other novels, I sunk my teeth into the raw and raunchy Hopeless. I opted for the audiobook for a more immersive experience.

Hopeless juggles hard-to-stomach topics in a consciously sympathetic way; Colleen often skirts around issues such as suicide and abuse to avoid spelling out horrific details, showing sensitivity to real-life victims. Without personal experience, it’s hard to judge how appropriately these issues have been dealt with, but the right intentions are definitely there.

We are presented with an incredibly flawed and troubled cast, who you can’t help but love. Their feelings are a tangible, palpable thing dragging you in by the gut. There is no denying the unhealthy aspects to Sky and Holder’s relationship - yes, there’s problems, yes it’s messy but it’s REAL.

The ferocious intensity of Hopeless is certainly gripping but sometimes verges on self-indulgent with repetitive phrases, melodrama and exhaustive dialogue, in places. Nevertheless, none of this detracts from the artful narrative structure. Colleen repeatedly blindsides you with jaw-dropping plot twists that both satisfy and shatter your theories. She certainly knows how to tell a story and this one will leave you gasping for air.

An intensely moving, mature read - Hopeless gains 4.5 stars from me.

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