Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to admit I was a little bit worried about reading Losing Hope. I had loved Hopeless and was afraid re-reading this would ruin the story for me (the way reading Walking Disaster ruined Beautiful Disaster for me). Re-writing the same story but telling it differently takes some skill. Using the BD/WD example, I ultimately didn't feel there was anything new brought to the story and I was bored with it. However, back to Losing Hope, I didn't get that at all. In fact, I really loved being in Holder's head and hearing his take on everything. The very first chapter was so freaking sad! But that really set up his mind frame for the rest of the story. I loved, loved, loved the letters to Les. Those alone made his personality shine through and made the story worth reading. So while this was the retelling of Hopeless, it was done quite well and provided even more to the story that I had already loved.
My reasoning for 4 stars instead of 5? I felt Daniel's memories as a child were not portrayed well. I seriously don't remember much from when I was 5 years old, but he remembered everything in exquisite detail. I just thought it was really unrealistic and unbelievable. Other than that, great story and worth reading if you loved Hopeless.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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