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.
Wow. Just…wow. That was all that I could say after I flipped to the last page of Hopeless. There’s so much more to this supposedly light and fluffy contemporary novel I first assummed it was when I began reading it. But as I went along, it practically shattered my heart into a million pieces, and put it back together again. I felt like I was riding a rollercoaster—wanting to laugh, cry, be confused or furious all at the same time. On top of that, I could never tell when the drop would come.
It’s so difficult to define love, much less to be able to experience it. Sadly, those wise words did not come from me, but rather, from this book. But I found myself being able to relate to it—which is probably why I hate insta-love so much. (Come on, I-love-yous a day after you met him?) What I especially liked was how the characters felt that their feelings were more than just like, but not exactly to the point of love yet. So they come up with a new term by taking the first two letters of like and last two letters of love: Live.
I believe I’ve already started hinting—not exactly subtly—how much I adored the characters. Holder definitely isn’t your cliched handsome, popular, leading male character that is oh-so-perfect in every single way possible. He is boy surrounded by this mystique—brooding one moment, and then a completely different person the next. I wouldn’t describe him as bipolar, per say, because there’s something so much deeper in his past that makes him act that way. What I love about Holder so much was his protectiveness of Sky, and how he is the only one who knows exactly what she wanted. Sarcastic, kind and handsome, I think this imperfect-perfect character just became one of my favorites.
Sky, on the other hand, is the hermit of the digital age. There are no electronics in her house. Yes, you heard me correctly. No TV, computer, cellphone or even a phone—I can’t fathom how she managed to survive all these years without any connection to civilization. You’re probably wondering about school, but she was home schooled her whole life, until the beginning of this novel, when she opts finish her senior year in an actual public school for the first time. She applied because she was suppposed to go with her best friend, Six, but then Six suddenly had to go to Italy to be an exchange student. Still, Sky decided to continue with public school because she stubborn to admit to her adoptive mother that she wanted to back out.
Then she met Holder.
At first, she only knew him based on assumptions and rumors flying around. But then, she realized that she shouldn’t be judgmental, seeing that nothing is true unless she sees it for herself. That’s when they get to know each other. (And the part when I got all fan-girly.) Sky barely remembers her past and how she came to be adopted, but that’s part of the mystery and thrill of the story. With Holder’s help, she begins to find out who she really is, and who he really is as well.
Hopeless is truly one of those rare, spectacular stories. Though simple, it enables the reader to delve into the mysteries and wonders that life can bring to you. And like how the saying goes, there’s always more than what meets the eye.