Hopeless: Book Review

It was good, but…

Author: Colleen Hoover

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads 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 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.”

I was supposed to write a review of this a long time ago. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been putting it off because writing reviews takes quite a bit of time for me, if only because I have to put myself back to the me that was reading it. I went on a CoHo (Colleen Hoover) binge last month, and I haven’t been up to writing four reviews just yet. One at a time, one at a time.

Anyway. Let’s get down to business.

I was not expecting the book to take the turn it did. I’ll admit I docked a few points off because I couldn’t really relate to Sky, and I couldn’t relate to her emotions. I couldn’t feel her through the words on the page.

Holder was a little bit creepy for me, even though he was yes, of course, hella hot and broody and funny and has a little bit of a personality issue. Just a little bit creepy. Nothing too worrying.

I don’t like books with a lot of flashbacks, and I thought that there were a tad too many in Hopeless. I understand that, of course, flashbacks are needed to truly explain what happened to Sky and Holder when they were both younger, and though I wasn’t quite expecting that, I thought it could’ve been more condensed? It’s just annoying (to me) to go back and forth between time periods.

Also, I do have to say that this book is really…sad. Only a fraction of it is lighthearted, and even when it is, I’m expecting something horrible to happen. It stays happy for about 20 pages, and then it gets sad again. Not very nice for my emotions when I’m reading at school, but it was emotive in that way.

I give this book a 4/5. Definitely not one of my Colleen Hoover favourites.


I started to understand what happened to Sky about halfway through the book. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be sexually abused by someone, much less your own father. But because of that, I felt like the part at the end where she finally confronts her dad is way too short. It was too brief. It was like all these things had happened to lead up to this point, and the climax ended up being a bit anticlimactic.

Because of how the book starts, I was waiting for Holder to be really evil or something. I was waiting for him to reveal that he had a hand in the negativity of her past. I suppose that is what Hoover was trying to do. Distracting me from the true issue.

I was disappointed with the ending. It was too abrupt. Too…incomplete.

If you’ve stuck with me this long, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments!

I’ll be back soon with another review of Maybe Someday. 


Ms. Abigail


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