Sometimes in life, in order to move forward you must face the past...
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Colleen Hoover held listeners 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.
©2013 Colleen Hoover (P)2013 Simon and Schuster Audio
"This book was an example of pure perfection!"
Losing Hope is Dean Holder's POV of the story Hopeless. It was one of the best rewritten books I've ever encountered. Learning about Holder, his family and friends added a wonderful dimension to this story. Losing Hope was utterly heartbreaking, compelling, and beautiful. It makes you fall even harder for Holder! This book helps us to know Holder better. He might have been enigmatic before in the first book Hopeless but here, you can see his heart, his true feelings. He's an amazing person. His life was tragic. It wasn't a normal, happy one. He found a way to deal with all the bad stuff life was offering him. He wrote letters that gave us more insight into the dynamics of their relationship and Sky's relationship with Holder. Hopeless written from Holder's POV was fantastic, and it allowed us a look at this beautiful story from such a different perspective. I highly recommend any books by Colleen Hoover!
"Great complement to Hopeless, narration less so."
This story, Hopeless from Holder's point of view, was a particularly poignant and satisfying retelling of the original which is rare. I often find that in trying to retell a story an author misses the mark or parodies themselves unintentionally, this doesn't.
The big However here is this:
However, the choice of this particular narrator with this character, a boy who in my mind is more masculine, more settled/brooding, and more pensive than this narrator made him out to be significantly impeded the flow and the enjoyment of the story for me. I found myself trying to think of the narrator as a third person limited omniscient narrator rather than the first person narration intended by the author in order to make up for the mismatch.
In the end, if you loved hopeless, this is worth it, but still, the criticism needs to be said.
"Not the Right Voice for Holder"
I loved Hopeless and was excited to listen to Holders POV, right off the bat I was disappointed... The narrator is good, but not the right voice for Holder at all... I am always disappointed when narrators are chosen and their voice doesn't match the character they are reading for...
A narrator that has a more sexy, masculine voice to match the personality given to Holder's character
"Didn't want it to end!!"
Yes! This is a audible that a non reader/listener could get into. I like to listen to books again with friends and family that they wouldn't normally read.
Even though this was Hopeless from Holder's point of view, I didn't feel like it was redundant story line. I really loved that the story starts a year ahead of Hopeless and I totally enjoyed the short epilogue a year later
I savored the emotional heart tugging of the book by listening to Kirby's easy cadence. I read Hopeless very fast but after listening to Losing Hope I think I will listen to Hopeless. Kirby put a lot of emotions into some parts of the book that I don't think I would have put as much emphasis on.
The whole book/audio moved me but I really felt moved by the pinky finger hold at the end of the book and Holder's definition of the word devastated in the beginning and the end of the book.
Sorry I just didn't care much for the story or the series.
There were like 1 or 2 excellent chapters. The rest was just like Hopeless retold...almost word for word but in Holder's voice. Without new insight it just makes me feel scammed.
"UTTERLY AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL "
I can't spoil this for anyone but it is heartbreaking and beautiful and funny and lovely and amazing. I laughed I cried I hurt and after reading hopeless I was so excited to begin this book and it was so worth it. I highly recommend this book, Buy It Now and you will not regret it. It is so wonderful. I have added author to my "just buy it' list because Maybe someday and Maybe not are one of my top ten series as is this series now. I cannot find the words for how deeply in love I am with Dean Holder and how he loves. He loves his sister, his family, his friends... And Sky/Hope. Wow. What a love and honor it was to "know' their love with this book. now, onto the novella Finding Cinderella... Excited!!!!
"Not a good as Hopeless"
Not as good as the first but good to hear Holder's side of the story.
"I really liked this book"
Although I didn't like the constant profanity and the in-depth sexual content. I really felt the story was good enough and the characters were well rounded enough that it still would have been a great story without that.
"Not much of a sequel just a different perspective"
Not a fan of repeats and holder doesn't bring much insight that we don't already know
While this book gives you a little more information on Sky and Holder, it is the exact same story as Hopeless.
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