Here is the official blurb from Goodreads:

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)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.

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I bought this book because of the sheer number of high ratings it had on Amazon. And I was seriously blown away.

The chemistry between Sky and Dean explodes off the page. Hoover captured the experience of falling in love in a way that broke my heart a little, patched it up, smashed it, and then put it together again. I loved these characters, and I loved how they interacted together. Dean’s a bit bad boy, and there’s a lot of mystery around him. At times, he veers into scary boyfriend land. But Sky had a back bone and stood her ground, and eventually we discovered the reasons for the way Dean acts.

I was also intrigued by Sky. From the outset of the book, she describes feeling disconnected from intimacy. Two people manage to smash through that – her best friend and Dean. Sky is focused. She’s a runner, but you wonder what she is running to or from in the book. When Sky begins public school for the first time, her reactions were real and honest.

My main complaint with the book would have to do with the fallout after the big mystery reveal. Without spoilers, I will say that once is solved, I felt like the teens stopped talking like teens. The dialogue became a little too perfect like a psychologist’s words had been put into the kids’ mouths. After a strikingly emotional novel, it took a turn into an after school special, and I found myself disappointed – like the author wanted to say the right things in a very sensitive situation, rather than letting the characters make mistakes and say the real things.

Overall, I loved HOPELESS, and I’ve already picked up Hoover’s other book, SLAMMED. I think contemp readers who like books about real teen problems mixed with romance will love HOPELESS.

Find it on Goodreads.

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