Book Review: Hopeless

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
My Rating: 6 Stars
TBH Verdict: SuperAwesome
Recommended for: Anyone who can read

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I’m speechless. Of all the things I had expected… Oh my God, OH MY GOD.

It was beautiful. Heartbreaking. So so beautiful. Hopeless exceeded all my hopes and expectations, after I got the message that this wasn’t going to be another Slammed/Point of Retreat.

Here’s the deal: don’t start reading Hopeless with Will and Lake in your mind. Think Jennifer Echols, think Elizabeth Scott. Think Intense.

Intense is exactly the word Sky uses for Holder, the guy who suddenly enters her life and turns everything upside down. She’s a simple girl (Sky’s as complex as one can be). Sky is a girl who barely knows the outside world. Her adopted mother Karen doesn’t care about technology, public school and many other random vices. Sky is home-schooled, and the only friend she has is her neighbour Six. That’s not where the story starts though.

There is something wrong with Sky: though even she doesn’t realises it. And then Holder enters her life and everything turns upside down. Holder himself has lots of issues, but he makes her come alive. But then there are times when it feels like he’s hiding something. And is the truth worth everything? When there are potential hurts and betrayals lying in that very past, is digging up the truth prudent?

See? Intense.

I’m not sure I put the essence of the book in those words, but I’m still gasping over this one. This isn’t a book about a girl going gaga over a boy. This isn’t a book where a white knight comes to rescue the princess. This story will stab you in the heart, bleed you, and remind you what love is about. I’ll have to give it to you, Ms Hoover, you sure do know how to throw curve-balls. I had a feeling where the plot was going but I thought I was wrong… I could never have the courage to write something like this. You are just amazing, [author:Colleen Hoover|5430144]… And I’m now a big big fan.

I still can’t stop crying though… out of pain for the loss of Hope, out of happiness for the future. This book is worth skipping a night’s sleep, and I’m so glad I stayed up for this…

Updated after an hour or so:

P.S. I just went to stalk Collen’s blog, and boy oh boy, what a gift I found there. ***ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THE BOOK… MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!*** 

The “best first kiss” from Holder’s point of view.

Book Review : Violins of Autumn

Continuing my dig-up-the-old-Goodreads-reviews series, here’s a review of a book I loved 🙂
Violins of AutumnViolins of Autumn by Amy McAuley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isn’t that just a beautiful name? And such a beautiful cover. I picked up the book praying – really very hard – that I’ll love the book too. Well, guess what?

Loved the book too!

I can’t say why, exactly, I fell in love with this book. I have read many accounts of the Nazi invasion – both fictional and non fictional. I can’t even say this book really stood out from among them – that honour remains with ‘The Diary of Anne Frank‘. But the glimpse this book offered into young people drafted and expected to serve as spies… was laudable and very convincing. Some joining the war despite a protesting, caring family, some to escape their past. None of them, however, escaping the fact that they WERE, indeed, young. I said I can’t decide why I fell in love with the book, but I can say where:
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[But nothing happens. Minutes pass, and still nothing. My relief, pacing in confinement like some caged animal, breaks free. Barely able to think straight, I leave the roadside. My suitcase falls from my hands into the shade of a gnarled apple tree. I crouch with my back against the tree and burst into tears.
I stay several minutes longer than I should. I have to get up. I have to keep going.
I dry my face with a handkerchief, knocking tiny blossom petals free from my hair. Then I continue my journey to Paris, on foot and alone.]

There are no cocky spies running around dodging bullets. There are no feisty protagonists forgetting everything in heat of passion. Adele (She can never be Betty to me) is a beautiful character… So yes, now I have the reason I loved the book – the brilliant characterization and depiction of life then. It must have taken a lot of research…

Fabulous job , Amy McAuley 🙂

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Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you think about it, The Sea of Tranquility isn’t actually a sea; just a long stretch of barren land named so with great hopes of hospitality. Just like the Cape of Good Hope is. What you are called isn’t what that matters… It’s what you really are that’s important. The Shakespeare quote about names, and roses, is inevitable but yet so clichéd, I’d rather not use it. So you, my friend, just say it in your mind, and pretend I really typed it here:

“…………………………………” 😀 Tada!

So, back to the point. Nastya’s story is so like the misleadingly named Lunar landform, that the book’s title was perfect.

Her name was Nastya. Does that mean she’s Russian? Does her nationality make any difference? Nastya was a girl broken; she left behind everyone to escape her past. Josh was a boy always left behind; and left broken. When they did meet, of course it wasn’t love at first sight. But they let the other be. And in the process, were for them in return.

Reading about them was like watching someone bake a cake (and I say WATCH because I do not bake…that are tasty. They just turn out to be edible but that’s not the point). It was slow, sometimes arduous, but interesting. A dash thrilling too. You know, a really nice cake on the way – given the whole lot of issues they have, a bittersweet one. It was a ride topsy and turvy, a bundle of emotional turmoil. And I loved every moment of all. What started as a girl’s silent scream and a boy’s deadzone led to an ascent and at the cresceno, the pain was acknowledged… and released.

Emotionally charged and beautifully written, it gets a wholly deserved 5 star rating 🙂

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