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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

hopless $15.00, 416 pages, Romance

As two people begin a relationship, their past raises questions, lies and eventually…answers. 

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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

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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 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.

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