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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Losing Hope ~Review

"I wonder if it's possible for people to
 fall in love with a person one characteristic 
at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once"

"But I'm not falling in love with her p
iece by piece anymore. I'm in love with the whole girl. 
Every single piece of her." 

Back of book:
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 built 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. 

  As much as I love Colleen Hoover, the Hopeless series wasn't my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I love the books, the plots, the characters! I love them so much! I just really enjoy her newer books with the dual perspective in the same book. I loved Hopeless from Sky's perspective and I loved Losing Hope from Holder's, I just wish that they were put together in one book. My favorite thing about dual perspective is that I get to know what's going in the minds of both characters at the SAME TIME. Something I struggle with in full books that are told from a different perspective, is that I already know the story. I know how it ends and there is a ton of the same dialog. Reading the same dialogue and having the same events just loses my interest a little bit. Whereas in a dual perspective book, it has both character's stories individually and then their interaction with each other from one or the other. It's just a lot easier to read with the dual perspective in one book.  I loved Hopeless and I loved Losing Hope. I really did! I loved the story and I especially loved how different the individual stories of Sky and Holder were. 

   My favorite part about Losing Hope was the letters Holder was writing to Les. They made me want to cry. I loved each individual letter and how much Holder loves his sister. It was such a bummer that I didn't get to see Les's life more. Although she wasn't a physical entity in the book, her character was a strong supporting character. The letters breathed life into the story. It was fantastic! I also enjoyed Holder's struggle with wanting Sky to be Hope and not wanting Sky to be Hope. It was a very visible line that he was walking on. Hoover did a great job of showing it. 

   As much as I loved this story and,of course, Colleen Hoover..... I felt like the Hopeless series were better as stand alones. I like both Hopeless and Losing Hope as individual novels. If I hadn't read  Hopeless I would have just read Losing Hope and gotten the same effect. I know the point was for them to be the same story because it was the same story just from different perspectives. But it was just too much of the exact same thing for me. 

  At the end of the day, my only problem with the Hopeless series was the lack of dual perspective on a singular book. I still loved the book and I loved Holder's relationship with Les, and I of course will still recommend this. I know most people don't have the same problem that I did with this book duo. Really it just comes down to preference. Still a fantastic novel and the writing is superb. Definitely look into the Hopeless series regardless and worth reading.  

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