GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: 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.
Theme & Plot:
This novel has many mature themes that are slowly and painfully unraveled when Sky Davis meets Dean Holder. Sky is a seventeen year old, homeschooled teenager, being raised by her adoptive mother, Karen. Karen does not believe in any sweets or electronics. So, Sky is–as Holder puts it–“technologically challenged”. She spent most of her life hanging out with her next door neighbor/best friend, Six, and running for fun. The title of this book plays a significant role in the major theme. It has more meaning than you would expect. There were a few twists, a little more than halfway through the book that I was not expecting, and I ended up finishing the whole novel all in one setting. Hopeless is set in first point of view, with Sky as the narrator, and the chapters are organized by dates.
The characters were realistic and well-developed. I was loving the friendship that was blossoming between Sky and Holder at the beginning of the novel, but I felt they rushed into a relationship too fast and too soon. Once they were together, there wasn’t anything special to read besides the secrets that were being revealed.
Sky→ At the beginning of the novel, Sky was a bit of a strange and boring character. I was not sure where the story was going to take me when I read the first chapter. But as I began to read the thoughts of Sky throughout the book, I began to understand her better and better. She is a strong person who has been through way more stuff than any teenage girl should be worrying about and going through at her age.
Holder→ Holder does not sugar coat anything. He tells you how he is feeling point-blank. He is a passionate character that believes in trying to do what is right. I wasn’t sure if he was going to be a good or bad character, because at the beginning his moods would change so suddenly, I was confused about him just like Sky.
Style & Setting:
The writing was simple to read and hilarious. The relationship Sky and Holder had and the way they banter with one another made the story feel real and true. Besides the humor, I am sad to say that I did not feel any other emotions for these characters. I really wanted to, but I could not connect with them. There was one particular part I found heartwarming and another where I was being to feel sympathy for both Holder and Sky. But other than that, I could not relate.
**Recommended for 17+ for language and sexual content
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 2.6 out of 3
Interest: .8 out of 1
Imagery: .8 out of 1
Total: 4.7 stars