Losing Hope

- Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Book Blurb:

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.

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My Review:

meh, nothing special:
I think I made my thoughts pretty clear in my review of This Girl – I don’t enjoy books that rehash the same story from a different perspective.

To be fair, though, with Les’ suicide before Sky comes into the picture, Holder actually does have some depth to contribute to the original story. I know his perspective wasn’t included in Hopeless to preserve the ‘surprise’ element, but a good author would have been able to combine these two books into one.

In the first book, Sky’s perspective is about this ‘intense, passionate‘ (the words used to dismiss the red flags of his abusive tendencies) guy, while in this one, Holder is constantly questioning everything: is it Hope, could it be her, what if it’s her, what do I tell her and when? Then the ‘surprise’ in both of them is the abusive father that Sky is repressing and that Holder didn’t know about.

I’m no book editor, but c’mon – tell me you wouldn’t have preferred one book with this combined narrative weaving depth and complexity rather than two shallow books we have to put together – wasted opportunity.

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