Tuesday, August 6, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover (Hopeless #2)

Publication Date: July 8, 2013
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.



Losing hope brought me to Holder’s side of the story. In hopeless, I have witnessed how Sky struggled when she remembered her past life. I may have focused more on Sky’s pain rather than Holder’s. But after I read this book, I realized how Holder experienced the same pain as Sky’s or even more.

When he lost Hope, he blamed himself for not staying with her when she needed him. And this burden stayed in him for years. Then sometime after, another important person in his life killed herself. She’s his sister and bestfriend, Leslie. He felt like he let them down because he wasn’t able to save them.

“What are the chances that the only two girls in my life I’ve ever loved… I’ve lost? It’s killing me piece by piece every single day.”

The book made me appreciate Holder more. There were a lot of actions he made in the first book that I really didn’t understand. But with this book, it helped me understand where he’s coming from. I just want to hug him and say sorry for what he’s gone through.

The first chapters of the book were before his meeting with Sky so a lot had happened. This book isn’t just about knowing Holder’s POV since he met Sky but how he coped with Hope’s absence, being there for Les, his parent’s divorce, his struggles to let go of the past, live in the now and be hopeful of the future. I also learned more about his best friend Daniel. I really like him. He’s a very dependable friend to Holder. Since Les took her own life, people in school were talking all about it and that just sucks for Holder. It’s great to have a friend like Daniel to make some scenes and confront people about it.

If you haven’t read Hopeless yet, what are you waiting for? Read Hopeless then read this! Definitely worth reading!


Memorable Quotes:

“In order to miss someone, that means you were privileged enough to have them in your life to begin with.” 

“I used to think the best part of me died with Les, but the best part of me is standing right here in front of me.” 

“You would think a person could only die once. You would think you would only find you sister's lifeless body once. You would think you would only have to watch your mother's reaction once after finding out her only daughter is dead.

Once is so far from accurate.
It happens repeatedly.
Every single time I close my eyes I see Les's eyes. Every time my mother looks at me, she's watching me tell her that her daughter is dead for the second time. For the third time. For the thousandth time. Every time I take a breath or blink or speak, I experience her death all over again. I don't sit here and wonder if the fact that she's dead will ever sink in. I sit here and wonder when I'll stop having to watch her die.” 

“It seems easier for her to just close the doors and not think about the stillness of the rooms behind them.” 

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