Review: Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Amazon freebie (!!!)
Publication Date: December 19th 2012
Publisher: indie
Pacing: very slow
POV: 1st person & female
Genres & Themes: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Abuse, Love, Secrets, Family, Friendship, Trust.


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.


What a story!

I’m stunned.  Did I really read what I just read? Did the author really create such an impressive plot? While I didn’t know who Colleen Hoover truly was before picking one of her works up (so glad I chose Hopeless!), now I do know; she’s a brilliant contemporary romance author.

This is such a heartbreaking story. Yet, it does contain some beautiful moments of joy, swoony love and real honesty. That’s what I preferred the most actually; how honest the main character was with us. She isn’t that kind of NA main character that lies to herself all the time and makes us roll our eyes because we obviously know that she loves the guy and, even though she says she doesn’t want him, everyone else knows she does as well.

It was a breath of fresh air. A heavy one though and provoking some many emotions inside of us but it was so incredible.

Sky may have become my favorite contemporary romance heroine of all time. Now I know that I haven’t read that many contemporaries in my life, since my favorite genre is fantasy, but you can believe me when I say that that girl is everything you will look for in a main character; she’s strong, stubborn, kind, brave, loving, caring, a good girl, , beautiful. A very beautiful person.

To be honest, I found the romance a bit too overwhelming by moments, especially right before Sky and Holder became officially a couple and mainly because the secondary characters started to ‘disappear.’ It’s like the author did want to only focus on Sky and Holder’s relationship but it started to, sometimes, feel cheesy and cheesy romance is not of my favorite sorts.

How can a normal human being not like—love, admire, swoon over, sigh when seeing, live—Holder? Because, yeah, even though I stated above that there were cheesy moments (and Holder was the main reason of those), you can’t help but mark that character in your ‘best-book-boyfriends’ list because who wouldn’t want to be loved by someone the way he loves Sky?

I know I do…

The second reason why I dropped a star is that the writing seemed to me a bit simplistic as in many words were repeated and that usually in the same paragraph. Maybe the author was aware of it. Maybe she did it on purpose but word repetitiveness is (and will always be) one of my pet peeves.

Finally, oh guys, you need to read this one. It will surprise, shock, impress, grip and absorb you into its story. And those wonderful characters, how happy I am for having ‘met’ them! They will stick with me for a good while. And so I hope the same thing will happen for you…

My review on Goodreads.


65 thoughts on “Review: Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover

  1. I’ve never read a Hoover book but a friend of mine told me her books are awesome. I guess, you’re proving her right. Now, let me list that one to my TBR. 🙂


  2. Oh god. THIS BOOK. I remember it affecting me so much. The story, the romance, the sadness, the ending… I’m sort of getting chocked up just thinking about it *sigh* it was just so beautiful and painful! Lovely review!


  3. Hopeless sounds wonderful and I need to pick this one up for sure. I love swoony romance, and you have to spread-it on very thick before I mind – so no worries there lol. But seriously, it sounds beautifully written with great characters. Glad you enjoyed it and I’m making sure I have this on my read list. Happy Friday and have a great weekend Lola 🙂


  4. That’s a pretty bold statement: “Sky may have become my favorite contemporary romance heroine of all time.” But, I’m super excited about the prospect of it proving to be true in my case as well. Other than your minor issues with the writing and cheese factor, this sounds like a very worthwhile read. Lovely review my dear!


  5. Ahhhhhh it was an Amazon freebie!!! I should’ve gotten it! (Also, do you know where I can get a list of all these freebies, like the link? Or is there none?) Anyways, I’ve never tried anything by Colleen Hoover, but I think this is the place to start!!! Thanks for the review Lola! Definitely adding this to my TBR!


  6. Oh I keep hearing amazing things about this author for all her books and we have one in French, it’s everywhere!!!! I know I need to try her, I really should! I’m glad you had a good time.


  7. Oh well this is just a reason more to finally read this series. I really loved Slammed (I hope that you’ll read that one) but I also know how good Colleen is at writing contemporary! She really knows how to create amazing characters that you cry your heart out for. Holder seems like someone I’ll swoon after 😀 Great review, Lola 🙂


  8. I can’t believe that it was a freebie on Amazon, ahhhh I missed out. But I have quite a high tolerance for cheesy so I’d probably get all gushy reading Holder’s dialogue I’m guessing haha. I’m hesitant about the slow pacing though T__T I’ve been told this ones a real tear-jearker for the emotional ones (aka me). I really do love Colleen Hoover’s writing though, it’s incredibly lyrical sometimes. Lovely review, Lola!


  9. I’ve been meaning to read any book by Colleen Hoover since a lot of the bloggy friends are raving about her works but yeah, a lot of books are still getting in the way. I am planning to read the Slammed series first and see for myself if it actually deserves the hype train. 😀

    Wow! I always always love heroines like Sky. And Holder also seems like an amazing person. ROFLOL to what you said about the romance, being extremely cheesy at times. I can handle cheesy as long as I feel connected to both characters.

    Repetitiveness of words? Errr~ that would also annoy me.

    Lovely review, Lola!


    • I hope you enjoy Slammed! I’ll read it one day or another but next by this author’ll be Maybe Someday. 🙂

      Then the cheesy won’t be a problem for you I guess. 🙂 Sky was amazing and Holder perfect!

      A LOT of repetitiveness but maybe it’s her style, I donno.

      Thank you! 😀


  10. I sort of overlooked this books, thinking I wouldn’t like it, but you just completely changed my mind! I’ve heard good things from Hoover, though, so I’m not surprised! 😀 It’s a bummer it came across as cheesy at points, though. Still sounds like an amazing read! Adding to my TBR!


  11. I still need to read this one. I’ve heard good things and my sister in law says it’s great. I’ve read Slammed by Colleen Hoover which is one of my top Contemporary Romances.

    Great review!
    -Amanda @ Escaping Reality Within Pages


  12. I need to read a Colleen Hoover book. I get told every other day that her books are brilliant!

    I am really glad you liked this one! I can’t believe that it was an amazon freebie! I have just checked it now and it has gone up to normal price!

    I love the sound of the main character. I think to read about someone who is a genuinely beautiful person is something that is hard to find lately!

    Thanks for sharing & great review! 🙂 xxx

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries


    • Hahaha, I get told that every day as well. XD And so many of my GR friends are reading her works.

      Thank you! I know! I was so surprised when I saw that! It was like 4 months ago though when I took it.

      You will definitely love Sky, I have a good feeling. 😉

      Thank you!!


  13. It’s funny because word repetitiveness is one of my biggest pet peeves too! I can forgive it two times but it’s like 3+ times… how do they miss that? There are things called synonyms. Anyways 😛 I’m glad you liked this one overall! I can’t believe I missed it on Amazon :c I haven’t read anything by her yet but it seems like everyone loves her work.


  14. So glad you loved this one. I got it as a freebie too, so I really can’t wait to dive into this. I’ve read her Slammed series but wasn’t all that blown away. Hope this book is better! 🙂


  15. Wonderful review & so glad you liked this one so much! I read it not long ago & I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I think I had some of the same problems that you did — the romance was kind of cheesy sometimes. But I’d still like to read some more of her books — I’ve heard great things! Anyway, thanks for sharing!!


    • Aww, I’m glad to know you enjoyed it as well, Tricia! I’m currently reading Maybe Someday and I like it much much more. The writing is much better in my opinion and the pacing faster (coz in Hopeless it was so slow. :O) Also love the heroine. Welcome 😉


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