So, I’m trying to be more writerly on the blog these days, focusing more on myself as a writer, posting book reviews more on Goodreads and linking to them HERE. But, when I get a unique opportunity to read an advanced copy of a book, and I love said book, I’m of course going to let you all know because then YOU can read the book, and we can gush together!
Six days ago, Colleen Hoover tweeted that Losing Hope, her follow-up to her NYT bestseller, Hopeless, was up on NetGalley. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ HOPELESS, PAUSE NOW. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE. AND TAKE A DAY OR TWO AND DO IT. You’ll devour Hopeless like I did, fall in love with Sky and Holder, and then you can come back to Losing Hope and fall in love with them all over again, even more than you did the first time.
It is a huge undertaking to rewrite a story from a different character’s perspective, to stay true to the intricate details of the first book while also putting the story in the hands of a new narrator and somehow watching it morph into something all its own. And to get readers to greedily consume the story again, you need characters that stay with you long after that last page (which for me is the acknowledgments because I just don’t want it to end). Colleen Hoover did it already with This Girl (Slammed from Will’s perspective) and now with Losing Hope (Hopeless from Holder’s perspective).
I fell in love with Dean Holder in Hopeless, and knew that I would read anything else Colleen Hoover did with him. Then when she tweeted that Losing Hope was on NetGalley, I downloaded it immediately. I had a busy weekend, so it took me a few days to read, but it was everything I wanted it to be!
We know how broken Holder is in Hopeless and how much he and Sky need each other to somehow become whole again. But Losing Hope goes back a little further, do just before Holder loses Les, and (to use Holder’s word), it’s devastating to experience this with him along with going back to him losing Hope.
Loved everything, starting with Holder’s interior monologue, to his interactions with Les via journal, to his slow realization of who he has found in meeting Sky. My favorite scene from both books is still that best first kiss that isn’t actually a kiss. Holy hell. It’s just as spectacular if not more so from Holder’s perspective, especially understanding his motivation for needing to take it slow with Sky.
There aren’t a lot of books I’d read twice, but Hopeless is one of them. With Losing Hope I got to do it by reading through a whole new lens. This is more than a retelling of the same story. It’s a new story because it’s Holder’s story, and we learn so much of him that we didn’t know in Hopeless. We grieve with him for all that he loses and feel his redemption when falling in love with Sky saves him. Well done, Colleen Hoover. You’ve got a fangirl for life in me.
By the way, readers. How about that cover??? That’s Griffin Peterson from American Idol! How cool that he did the cover for Hoover!
*Hopeless and Losing Hope are YA/NA crossover titles. The characters are in high school, but the subject matter is for mature audiences.
**LOSING HOPE releases on eBook July 8th and in paperback October 15th.