Monday, July 14, 2014

Losing Hope

Book: Losing Hope
Series: Hopeless #2
Author: Colleen Hoover

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.-Goodreads

Review: This was an emotional read. It was absolutely heartbreaking reliving Holder's sister's suicide and the devastation left in her wake. His perceived role in her death and the unresolved feelings of guilt and anger are tangible. He writes his sister journal entries throughout the book and I think this is where the book shines brightest. It was heartfelt and felt very real. The book was weakest when scenes from the first book were re-written from Holder's perspective. I don't think they added too much to the story and I found myself skimming them. The only exception would be when he sees Sky wearing Lesslie's bracelet and he has a breakdown of sorts-that was well written and provided a good explanation for his actions. 

If you liked the first book, definitely give this one a try. Warning-this is a more emotional read (I cried several times). 

Grade: 3.5/5

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