Hopeless By Colleen Hoover Rating: 5 “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 dirt off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. ” I fell for this book - mind, heart and soul. With a deep well of emotion, contained within its pages, 'Hopeless' is the kind of novel that brings its readers a journey that will make you laugh, cry and most importantly, learn. Like a river, the emotion in this book was a constant flow - rushing over you, through you and filling you. Sky's journey is one that may start out light-hearted at best. I laughed over the jokes, rolled my eyes over the antics of men and will admit to drooling over Holder and their running rendezvouses. But I was completely unaware of the flood that was about to tear apart Sky's world and take over my own. The book covers some deep themes: so if you are of faint heart, or stomach - or not 17+ - I wouldn't recommend reading past the first six chapters or so. Because once the twist comes, you will be pulled into a whirlpool of scarring memories, conflicting emotions, secrets and raw, unbridled sorrow. Colleen is a goddess - bringing both philosophical depth and tender, heartwarming sentiments and combining them with a natural, an unedited, view of human nature, human chaos, human love and human bravery to create a masterpiece. When Sky cries, your heart bleeds for her. When Sky loves, you smile so wide your cheeks ache. When Sky feels numb, your eyes prickle with unshed tears. When Sky finds hope, your souls soars with hers. 'Hopeless' is a story that will echo through my mind long after I have turned the final page. A story of hope lost and found, of skies cloudy and blue, of love taken and given - it is a sure winner of hearts from the very first page.