Need I say more?
Dean Holder owned my heart in Hopeless and its no surprise that he still owned it and owned it more with Losing Hope.
It's been awhile since I've read Hopeless (not really coz I did a bit of review of it before proceeding with Losing Hope ;)) - anyhow, I just find Losing Hope like a different story than Hopeless. Yes, it was simply retelling the story of Hopeless and bits and pieces are there but seeing things in Holders view makes this story like another different adventure.
We all know how Dean and Hope's story ended, but I was still in awe with the author as to how she could retell the same exact story but still making its reader fall in love with it all over again and makes the reading like a new one. All pent up emotions and feeling in reading Hopeless opens up while you read Losing Hope.
Losing Hope lets us see a lot of different sides of Dean Holder. Dean Holder as a brother, a broken and lost child, a mushy in love teenage guy, a pissed-of teenage guy and a person who has so much guilt and emotions kept up inside.
We realized that day that even adults do horrible things. Children disappear. Best friends get taken from you and you have no idea if they’re even alive anymore.
He continue to live his life but his letters to Les just gives us a lot more about him. I think those letters gives us the biggest picture as to what he really feels and how he lives his daily life from the time he also loses Les. His thoughts are so much more different as to what I imagined. Although I know where the story was heading, I still can’t help but feel my heart clench and strikes a little. I clearly see his depth as a character.
Aside from Holder, I really appreciate his friend Daniel's participation in the story. He's the comic relief that Dean definitely needed here. He's the exact equivalent of Six to Sky and he's insults to Dean doesn’t hit a bad bone to me in fact it hits those tickle bones and I can’t help but grew on him.
Losing Hope is more than just Dean Holder telling Hopeless in his view. It was more on knowing him and where he's really coming from. The love and romance is all so worth it to read and I'm still caught as to whose view I love more to read, but despite that one thing I'm certain is that Dean and Hope's story was phenomenal.
Colleen Hoover, you definitely ruined me. I love you for making characters that are all vulnerable and broken and making us believe that in due time it all could be fixed. Hopeless and Losing Hope will be kept forever on my favorite shelf.*Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley for kindly providing advance copy for review.*