Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. I love this author and the depths of her writing. She’s not afraid to expose difficult topics in a meaningful way and make you feel a full range of emotions. The abuse that the book contained was revealed in a beautifully subtle, dropping hints kind of way that didn’t sucker punch you all at once, but instead drew you in with compassion and anger and curiosity and despair and even hope.
(I did say it evoked lots of emotions).
Going into the book, I had already made certain assumptions about the nature of the abuse and abuser, and was waiting for those to play out as I got deeper into the story—but I was wayyyyy off base. And am so glad I was, because the story that was told was much richer than what I was waiting for in my head.
The main character, Sky, clearly had issues and was struggling with some sort of trauma that wasn’t evident in the beginning. In fact, I though the trauma was yet to come. But as more and more information about her past came to light, you understood some of her personality traits and mannerisms and reasons for being a certain way in certain situations.
It was this layered effect of a-ha moments that kept unraveling, like a particular child who diligently unwraps a present instead of tearing it open.
Little by little, you got to see and understand what was going on—inside and out. The lightbulbs went off, and then when you got to the part where it validated what you suspected—smack! An unexpected piece of information comes out that you don’t see coming.
I think what I loved most was the carefully crafted psychological connections, reactions, and realities that were revealed as ramifications of the abuse the main character endured, and I was absolutely fascinated by the intricacy of it all. Every little detail was connected, and how it ended? Suspenseful surprises and an absolutely beautiful scene where healing began to take place. I was in awe of how well the story pulled together every nuance.
It was heartbreaking, emotionally gripping, and tenderly satisfying.
To learn more about the author and her book: https://www.colleenhoover.com/
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