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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 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.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 26mm | 346g
  • United States
  • English
  • 147674355X
  • 9781476743554
  • 13,719


Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-three novels, including It Ends with Us, All Your Perfects, Ugly Love, and Verity. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded a nonprofit called The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly book subscription service. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. For more information, please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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345,177 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 54% (185,367)
4 28% (98,042)
3 12% (41,916)
2 4% (12,825)
1 2% (7,027)

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Beautiful book…loved the characters , the way they talk, feel and deal with the difficulties if their lives and their broken hearts. Perfectly executed bookshow more
by mona abed algani
I wanted to read Hopeless because I love NA, and I have heard so many great reviews about it. So, when I saw it for free on amazon about a month ago, I knew that I had to get it, and my trip to NJ provided some time in my reading schedule that I could get to it. I was not disappointed. I loved Sky's character even though I was a bit confused by the opening. I was yearning to know what was going on and it took us back so that we could piece together what led her and Holder to that moment. Sky has some unique relationships all around and that kept things interesting. Her adoptive mom Karen is strict on no-technology and then very lenient in others, and I love the way they are together, just accepting but still Karen wanting the best for Sky. Sky and her best friend from next door have this friendship where they love and support each other even if they may not necessarily agree with the other's choices. Six, the above mentioned best friend, sleeps with a lot of guys and has gotten quite a negative name for herself, which makes me so infuriated--guys can do whatever and sleep or say they sleep with all kinds of girls and its okay, but women get judged and I think that its an important issue that they talk about. Holder is infuriating at times, and so sweet, thoughtful and considerate at others. Sky just doesn't blindly accept his mood swings though, she knows that he has a dark past and she knows part of it about his sister. They also share the bond of rumors about them both going around of which, not all of it or none of it is true. They feel this deep connection though and they talk about so much and try to always be honest with each other, but some things are hard to talk about and they cover that well. They have an undeniable chemistry and sexual tension between them, and I love every second of it. Knowing that Sky feels numb when kissing most boys, Holder really takes that aspect slowly. Especially kissing on the lips, kissing other places is def okay, and we see that he makes Sky feel things. Sexy things. Romantic things. Lustful things. But they never really get as explicit as most NA, so I think that makes a good transition if you've never read an NA before and used to just kisses or fade to black in YA. I really appreciate how they don't jump to saying I love you, and admit that they aren't there but still want to acknowledge that its deep and they haven't really felt that before. The more we learn about Holder though and see his actions at times, the more that I want to know about what he hasn't told yet. The secret that finally came out was def unique and shocking, but little clues and some of her dreams and the timing led me to believe something similar. I just couldn't piece together the details and man were they amazing and so well thought out. I can't imagine being in a similar situation for any of them or what I would have done. Bottom Line: Powerful and romantic NA.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Sky has had a bit of a sheltered upbringing, living with her mom who hates technology - no internet, no phones, no tv. She's also home-schooled, and her only true friend is the girl who lives next door - Six. This year Six will be off an a foreign exchange program though, and Sky will be attending school for the first time ever. Before school starts though, Sky meets Holder, a boy who is rumored to have been in a juvenile detention center for a year, and the only boy who has ever made Sky really feel anything. Holder is hiding something from Sky though, something that it seems Sky might even be hiding from herself. Either way, Sky is about to find out that her life is not exactly what she thought it was, and will never be the same again. I enjoyed this book, the mystery of what was really going on kept me hooked! Sky was a normal 17 year old girl, apart from the fact that she no clue when it came to anything technological. She had no idea what facebook was, or what 'lol' stood for, and although she had some experience with boys, she had never actually felt anything for anyone. She didn't mind the occasional make-out session, but nobody ever made her heart pound, or made her want to kiss them. Holder was an interesting character, and I liked the ideas behind his tattoo! I thought that he was really a bit of a tease to poor sky, especially with his 'firsts' conversation (he didn't want to kiss her, because that would be one 'first' out of the way for their relationship, and therefore their relationship would be closer to its end!). This whole 'firsts' thing was a little irritating to be honest, especially considering that a kiss counted as a 'first', but funnily enough, an orgasm didn't! I liked the storyline in this book, although I think it was the mystery element that kept me reading the most. I was really intrigued as to what Holder's issues were, and what the hell was really going on with Sky. This was one of those books that you really don't want to put down because you just want to know what happens next! I did like the ending of this story, even though part of it was a little difficult to believe in my opinion. I also liked the story that Sky's mom told her at the end, although I can't tell you what that is! Overall; I liked this book, even though Holder was a bit of a tease at times. I was kept hooked by the mystery element of the story, and I liked how the book came together at the end. 7.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
I thought of this quote more than once while reading Hopeless. From my initial expectations, over what this book started out to be, to what it turned out by the last page-we've gone a long way together and I'm glad to attest to the fact that it is a very good book. The first few chapters raised a red flag or two; I just don't like the brooding stalkerish emo hot guy character who, more often than not, doesn't have any reason to act the way he does besides being a a-hole. Not Dean Holder. His concern for Sky was sweet and genuine. It was incredible to watch him picking her up time after time as the past comes to catch up on them. There's this sentence in the summary that bothers me: " Sky soon finds that Holder isn't at all who he's been claiming to be." Misleading? It's the reason why I expected that the story would go in another direction. So glad it didn't. This book is carefully constructed so that it's impossible to see the full picture until the end, when all the pieces fall together. If you think you know what the big secret is (I assume, if you've read some reviews, you already know), I'm sure you're in for a few surprises. The full extent of it comes to show at the end. There are consequences for almost every character involved, and I suppose that is my favorite part of this book. Consequences, people. No cop-outs that drive me insane, but tackling the issue from every angle, with honesty and sincerity. (Source: Kindle purchase)show more
by Ivana
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