Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Barnes & Noble

In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

My Review

Even if it was a box of tampons.....

Because I can't keep my honesty to myself, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I really wasn't that excited about a book from Holder's POV!! And the acapella choir sang, "WHAT!!?" True story. Don't get me wrong I was excited, but not for the right reasons. I was more excited about getting to read something else written by Colleen Hoover and less excited about what it actually was. If the woman wrote the insert directions on a box of tampons, I don't care what point of view it was written in; I'd just have my period all the time!!

My apprehension sprung from my doubt. Do I need more from Hopeless? Do I even want more from Hopeless?

Leave it to Colleen Hoover to give me something I didn't even know I wanted. She gave me more.

More experiences. More characters. More story.

Yes, you are reading a story you already know, but in Losing Hope Colleen Hoover gives us additional pieces we didn't get before. Pieces that make the story whole. Pieces that will shock your heart and cause your emotions to bleed. Stuff I seriously didn't see coming.

The new parts of the story are what I loved the most, and Daniel. Sweet weened baby Jesus, Daniel. He needs his own book! I loved all things him. I also loved the scene with him, Holder, and Breckin. Daniel brought the more, and I couldn't get enough. But when it comes to Colleen Hoover, will I ever?

The reason I didn't rate this as high as Hopeless is actually more about my emotions and less about the writing. I couldn't pretend not to know what I already knew, and though having those experiences from another perspective was amazing, they weren't as strong as they were the first time around. Not because of anything Colleen did. Only because I'd already had those experiences and emotions once, and it didn't hit me as hard the second time around. However, she did find away to create new emotions and allowed me to experience things in a new way. There were also moments where I wished I was feeling more of what Holder was feeling instead of just seeing what he was seeing.

You know from the start that this is Hopeless from Holder's POV. So yes, there will be repetition. Yes, you will know what's going to happen. But...we gave our hearts to Hope and Holder along time ago. This is a way to relive a beloved story from a different angle, a different perspective. We get extra story, extra characters, and things we didn't know before. If you don't want that, then don't read it...but Colleen Hoover wrote this book for us, her readers. For every fan that wanted more Holder, for every fan that wanted to experience the story from his point of view. A story through his eyes. It isn't about capitalizing or making money; it's about giving something back to her readers. This book is a gift, and I just want to say thank you!!


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