As two people begin a relationship, their past raises questions, lies and eventually…answers.
This is a romantic story about two highschoolers….and yet, it is not a young adult book. Written as a romance for adults, Colleen Hoover captures a myriad of issues in the story of Sky and Dean. Glimpses of the past are smattered throughout this love story as Dean keeps a powerful secret from Sky. As their friendship and relationship develops, Sky begins to question everything around her. A road trip for the two young lovers leads to answers….and even more questions. A story that leaves you questioning if hope is really an option for Sky or if she truly is Hopeless.
An easy-to-read title, the story was endearing and heartwarming. I loved the characters of Sky and Dean and was captivated as their story unfolded. Knowing something was not right with Sky’s story, I was left guessing the darkness of her childhood. The romance was a tad cheesy, in my opinion. And yet, I could not help but wonder the damage that was inflicted upon Sky and the impact it might have on her ability to openly love another.
Appeal Factors: Character-Driven, Compelling, Romantic
According to Novelist, read-alikes for this author include: William Wharton, Hyatt Bass, Katherine Min and Susanna Kaysen (accessed May 4, 2013).
#1 New York Times Bestseller
I chose this book after noticing one of my friends on Facebook discussing it with some of her other friends. I also noted the book’s popularity on Amazon.com under the Kindle sales.
Interesting to note: this book is an example of the power of self-published authors and digital sales. Hopeless catapulted to success as a digital title and was only recently published into an actual book.