1 July 2013

Losing Hope

Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)Reviewer: Kristen 
Author: Colleen Hoover
Pages: 256
Format: eBook (ARC)
My Rating: 9 out of 10

Summary (thanks GR): 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 Thoughts: Well, this surpasses every single companion novel I've read. This did not disappoint me at all, and after reading a pretty lame companion, I'm happy it didn't. (cough Walking Disaster cough). The danger with companions is the fact that they are inherently the same. Just from a different perspective. But what was so refreshing about this novel is that the plot allowed for both Sky and Holder to have completely different stories, but at the same time, have the same one. We got to see what Holder went through all those years ago, and we got to learn about all the turmoils he's had to face since. We learn more about his home life, and in this book, we're truly introduced to Les, his twin sister. A lot of what we learn about Holder comes from his letters to Les. They're heartbreaking, unflinching, and we get to experience a side of Holder that we didn't get to see in Hopeless. Not once did I remember that a man didn't write this. I felt that throughout the duration, what Holder was thinking was consistent with what was happening, and his "believeability" never shattered. Most often, I find that women romanticize what men think about in novels, but not once did I think this about Holder. Seriously, I almost think I like this better than Hopeless. What I know for sure is that this didn't disappoint, and that I love Holder a helluva lot more after reading it. 

Final Thoughts: If you read Hopeless, you need to read this too. It's amazing. 

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