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Title: Hopeless
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Self Published (via Amazon)
Publication date: December 17th, 2012
Pages: 410
Series: Hopeless #1
Source: BOUGHT
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Before you begin reading this review, take into consideration that I've just read the most mind-numbing novel ever. Readers discretion is advised.

Stupid question but did anyone's' STRANGER DANGER ALARM RING IN THERE HEAD at all with this ridiculous relationship? For those who haven't read it, tell me your opinion on this: A guy who all of a sudden becomes stalker-like after seeing you at the grocery store, follows you to your car, bombards you with personal questions and then punches a car after you meet is consider dreamy? No? Well that's not what our leading lady thinks.

With the way the author gives voice to Sky, it makes it her sound shallow because, as she describes him, "he's totally hot" even though he goes crazy over the weirdest things. While it is explained further into the book why he acts this way, it still doesn't make sense that she can't see that the way he is acting is scary.

I'm worried about the message that comes across having such a brainless heroine as a lead in this novel. In no way should it condone a man being possessive, aggressive nor explosive towards a woman and her just be submissive. This is completely not okay.

The fact that Sky is suppose to be this strong girl who stands up to her tormentors but then faints like an idiot after a guy grins at her is just beyond me. Does it make sense that a girl who knows NOTHING about a guy, will allow him to not only treat her like his possession but also to turn into HULK mode and not be creeped out? For any girl reading this (or guy), this is not romance. This is not love. This isn't even respect, it's an unhealthy relationship and you deserve better.

I'm very disappointed with this because It had so much potential! There were moments in the book were I saw the potential of development, moments that were warm and fuzzy but ultimately got ruined. Hopeless is truly hopeless. Overall 2 Stars.


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