Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
Published: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Synopsis: Sometimes in life, in order to move forward you must face the past…#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover held readers spellbound with her novel Hopeless, the story of what happened when a troubled girl named Sky encountered a long-lost childhood friend, Dean Holder. With Holder’s help, Sky uncovered shocking family secrets and came to terms with memories and emotions that had left deep scars.Hopeless was Sky’s story. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder.
Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.
My Thoughts: When I first got this book I was excited and a little hesitant. I have never read a book before that is a retelling of another book from another point of view. I wanted to see what Holder was thinking throughout the book, but did not want to just reread every event of Hopeless through his eyes, and have nothing really added on to it. This book definitely did not do that.
Although this is a retelling of Hopeless, it takes place before that book starts, and there are also a ton of scenes in this book that did not happen in that one. I really got to know Holder a lot better, and I loved him so much after reading this. He is truly such an amazing guy that has been through an amazing amount of horrible events. The book also made me love Holder and Sky’s relationship more. Being able to see both of them from the other’s eyes made me appreciate and love them together even more than I did before, and I already really loved them.
The way that the author had Holder write in a journal to his sister Les was also really nice. Some of the scenes from Hopeless are taken out or shortened, and instead Holder would write a journal entry just briefly describing it. That way it was not too redundant, but I also got to view how Holder felt about those events, which I really liked. It also was a chance for the reader to see how much he loved his sister and misses her since he constantly talks to and about her and the memories he has of them together in the journal.
As a whole, the book is defiantly not redundant. I just read Hopeless a couple of months ago and had problem reading this even with remembering most of what happened. There was just so much added to the story that makes it very different. It really is not just a retelling of Sky’s story. This book is Holder’s story. You get to know and love him so much that even if you have not read Hopeless, you will completely understand what is going on.
I loved this book so much. Reading the story a second time was just as amazing as the first. I would recommend reading Hopeless before reading this book, though. Although the main story is the same, if you read this book first it will ruin a lot of the revelations that happen in the first book. If you have read Hopeless, I highly recommend reading Losing Hope. It was just as amazing, and there is a lot of new information in this book.
Rating: 5 Stars / 5 Stars
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