My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre(s): New adult; contemporary romance
Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] 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.
- I thought I couldn’t love Holder more than I already did
- I was wrong about that
- Knowing the plot going into this made it so much harder to read because I knew what was coming
- No one writes male POV like Colleen Hoover
- There were some things in Hopeless that weren’t really addressed until Losing Hope, like Leslie, so it wasn’t like reading an exact copy
- The letters wrecked me
- I wanted this to be a happy story, even though I obviously knew what was happening
Quotes [Only listing a few here because I loved the whole book]:
- “I wonder if it’s possible for people to fall in love with a person one characteristic at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once.”
- “I’ve loved Hope since we were kids. But tonight? Tonight I fell in love with Sky.”
- “I don’t want her to feel nothing when I kiss her. I want her to feel everything.”
- “I can’t explain to you how perfect this girl is. And when I say perfect, I mean imperfect, because there’s just too much wrong with her. But everything wrong with her is everything that draws me in and makes her perfect.”
- “I didn’t just live her. I love her. I’ve loved her since we were kids.”
- “My attention is constantly homed in on her like I’m a compass and she’s my North.”
My Thoughts: I wasn’t too sure about reading the same story from a different point of view, but I quickly realized — it is so not the same story. At all. In Hopeless, you’re only getting Sky’s POV and Sky’s memories. In Losing Hope, you’re getting Holder’s POV and so many things about his past are revealed. You’re in his head in moments when Sky was wondering what the fk he was thinking. You understand him as more than just the brooding, mysterious guy she fell for.
This book may have even been harder to read than Hopeless, because I knew what was coming and Holder’s thoughts were my thoughts and it was just so hard because I really wanted them to just be happy and to protect Sky from what I knew was coming.
No one, not one single person, writes male POV quite like Colleen, and this book — like all of her others — did not disappoint.