In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.
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.
Overall Rating: 5/5 — For all of those who have read Hopeless, trust me, you’ll want to read Dean Holder’s story as well.
“I live you, Sky,” I say against her lips. “I live you so much.”
And as perfect as that word sounds, as perfectly as it describes the point we’re at, I know it’s a lie.
I don’t just live her. I love her. I’ve loved her since we were kids.
Nope, this is not a simple re-telling of Hopeless from Holder’s POV. What it is, is Dean Holder’s story. A story that needed to be told. A story that’s worth being told.
So we basically have an idea of what Dean Holder went through, but what we didn’t know was the depth of his suffering, agony, and the pain he had to endure before he found his Hope again. I honestly did not expect this story to begin with Les’ suicide. A few pages into this book and my heart is already being broken and crushed into tiny pieces. True to Colleen’s greatness, she manages to deliver so many emotions with her choice of words and the way she wrote it. I’m instantly transported into Dean’s thoughts and feelings and because of that, I got a pretty good grasp the depth of his grief when he lost Les. Possibly my favorite aspect of this book were his letters to Les. I liked how Dean really bared his soul in those pages that Les would never get to read. And seeing things from his perspective made some key scenes all the more heartwrenching and even more painful, if it’s even possible, because he was the “boy who lost Hope” and then having to endure the agony and guilt of that one fateful day only to end up thirteen years later discovering the lifeless body of his literally other half.
Aside from the heartwrenching moments in this story, there were also quite a lot of funny and light scenes as well such as Dean and Sky’s witty banter and Daniel’s crazy random quirks. It was also so very swoon-worthy and endearing knowing just exactly how deep his feelings for Hope/Sky are and how he cherished her every touch, look, smile, and word. And of course, there were also quite some huge revelations in this one as well—yes, new revelations that weren’t in Hopeless. I really, really don’t want to spoil any more than I did already so I’ll just say this: if Dean Holder managed to capture your heart in Hopeless, then you better prepare yourself in giving both your heart and soul to the hopeless guy in Losing Hope.
**ARC courtesy of Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**