[Some Spoilers, For Mature Audiences]
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have been thinking and ruminating and trying to put together a review that is worthy of this unbelievable book.
Hopeless is the best book I’ve read so far this year, and I already know that this review will look nothing like those I’ve done for others. Because Colleen Hoover’s words are PERFECT. And, in and of themselves, her words are more convincing than anything I could ever say. I truly don’t want to comment on the plot or give away spoilers because this book *NEEDS* to be experienced first hand…you have to immerse yourself in the characters…the twists and turns and surprises. This won’t be difficult because from the beginning, Hopeless draws you in and compels you to fall in love. I feel so deeply for Sky and Holder and their relationship and experiences. Truly, these two are the bravest characters I think I’ve ever read. And goodness gracious, Dean Holder is the book boyfriend to end ALL book boyfriends. He is so open, so generous with himself.
“He isn’t the kind of guy a girl gets a simple crush on. He’s the kind of guy you fall hard for…”
And you will fall hard, quickly, and irrevocably.
Rather than offer a commentary, I’m just going to present some of my favorite quotes from the book:
-“I need to know for sure that you’re feeling every single thing that I’m feeling the moment my lips touch yours. Because I want your first kiss you be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses…The moment my lips you have yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. That’s the way I plan on kissing you.”
-“We won’t go any further than this, I promise. But please don’t ask me to stop where we already are. I need to watch you and I need to hear you because the fact that I know you’re actually feeling this right now is so fucking amazing you. You feel incredible and this feels incredible and please. Just…. please.”
-“It’s incredible and flawless… our lips move passionately together as we struggle to pull ourselves closer… And that’s exactly how we fall asleep–forehead to forehead, wrapped silently together.”
-“I’m not ready to tell you I’m in love with you because I’m not. Not yet. But whatever this is I’m feeling– it’s so much more than just like. It’s so much more…I want to tell you exactly how I feel but there isn’t a single goddamned word in the entire dictionary that can describe this point between liking you and loving you, but I need that word. I need it because I need you to hear me say it…I live you sky. I live you so much.”
-“You don’t deserve words, Sky. You deserve actions.”
-“Whether it’s tomorrow night of next year, I can promise you it’ll be the best damn night of your life. You just make sure you’r making that decision for yourself and no one else, okay? I’ll always want you, but I’m not going to let myself have you until you’re one hundred percent sure you want me just as much.”
-“I should have never started without telling you first how much I love you. I love you so much, baby. I don’t deserve to touch you until you know for a fact that I’m touching you because I love you and for no other reason…When I touch you, I’m touching you because I want to make you happy. When I kiss you, I’m kissing you because you have the most incredible mouth I’ve ever seen and you know I can’t not kiss it. And when I make love to you–I’m doing exactly that. I’m making love to you because I’m in love with you. The negative connotation you’ve been associating with physical touch your whole like doesn’t apply to me. It doesn’t apply to us. I’m touching you because I’m in love with you and for no other reason.”
-“He immediately covers my mouth with him and the familiar, sweet mixture of him seeps into my mouth at the same moment he pushes inside of me, filling me with so much more than just himself. He fills me with his honesty, his love for me, and for a moment…he fills me with a piece of out forevers.”
-“Someday in the far, far, far away future…like post-college future…when I propose to you…which I will be doing one day because you aren’t getting rid of me…I won’t be marrying you with the hope that our marriage will work out. When you become mine, it’ll be a forever thing. I’ve told you before that the only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers, and I mean that.”
-“While I could sit here and feel sorry for myself, wondering why all of this happened to me…I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to wish for a perfect life. The things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dust off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I’m choosing to stand up taller. I’ll probably get knocked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I’ll never stay on the ground.”
I’ve said this already, yet I cannot say it enough: Sky and Holder are perfection. They are the kindest, most generous and selfless and brave people I know.
So, if you’ve ever felt even a modicum of affection for me, please read this book…PLEASE.
Read the Goodreads summary, but know that you’re about to embark on a journey so much deeper, complex, fascinating, and life-altering. Then please come find me so we can cry and rejoice together. 🙂