by Colleen Hoover
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Sky is a senior in high school who is attending public school for the first time after being home schooled her whole life. With her mom, she leads a very natural and tech-free lifestyle that has left Sky pretty sheltered and unprepared for the upcoming year. Without a cell phone, tv, or computer with internet, Sky has had to solely rely on her best friend and neighbor Six for all the information she needs to know about her upcoming year. Unfortunately, Six has been accepted into a study abroad program and has left Sky to fend for herself. One piece of advice Six gives Sky before leaving, is to avoid Dean Holder, a brooding senior who is rumored to have just returned to school after a year in juvie.
It ends up being too late for that warning though, because Sky and Holder have already met and have even set up a schedule so that can take their morning runs together. Although Sky is attracted to Holder she also wary of him and his intense moods. While he often seems angry and tense around others, when they hang out together she feels like she is spending time with an entirely different person. It is obvious Holder is hiding something from Sky. While he tries to figure out the best timing to reveal his past, Sky begins to learn the truth on her own and is surprised to find how closely their pasts are linked.
Review: I am usually a pretty big Colleen Hoover fan, however that just wasn’t the case with Hopeless. This has everything to do with Holder’s character and his role as Sky’s love interest. I totally get that he has some unresolved issues and that they might cause him to react negatively. Holder is definitely dealing with a lot, but this undeniable attraction that Sky has to Holder is just bonkers! The very first time they meet he is rude and really creepy, he follows Sky into a parking lot and then prevents her from driving away by forcing her door to stay open until he sees her ID. Then as she drives away she sees him punching the hood of his car. These are all things that realistically would have most people consider a restraining order, not encourage some instant crush. He then memorizes every detail on her ID down to whether she is an organ donor, definitely some stalker-type behavior. Although it doesn’t work with the plot, Holder clearly should be working through his own issues before trying to integrate himself into Sky’s life and solve her problems.
Sky’s past and repressed memories were an intriguing part of the plot, but this book lost me because of Holder’s behavior and Sky’s reaction to it.