Review: Perfectly Hopeless by Holly Hood
Title: Perfectly Hopeless
Author: Holly Hood
Publish Date: November 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis: Every summer, when the willow trees blow lazily in the breeze, Maven Wilder and her family go back to Portwood. At one time, she was sure she knew what love was. She thought she was in it, but not anymore.
Maven never expected to meet Henri Levitt that summer, the brown-haired, brown-eyed guy that keeps to himself and is always working odd jobs. Henri lives with his relatives, and to everyone, seems quiet and introverted. He’s happy to stay busy, and if that means little social life, that is fine by him.
Nobody in Portwood thinks twice about Henri, but after an embarrassing accident at The Yogurt Hut, Maven finally notices him. After meeting Henri that day, her life changes in ways she never counted on.
Spending the summer with Henri shows Maven there is more to life than heartbreak, and that some people do change you for the better. Maven learns a lot over that summer. And after meeting Henri, her life will never be the same.
I received a free copy of this book via a Booktrope publicist in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my decision in any way.
Characters: Maven and Henri are OTP! I loved their relationship. It was adorable. Their dates had my face stuck in a permanent cheesy grin.
Maven wasn’t a typical character. People disliked her, but she wasn’t a slut. She had no friends, but she wasn’t “ugly” or shy. She was different from all of the stereotypes.
Henri was such a nice guy! The world needs more of guys like him. He was sweet without being a pushover. He was very accepting which I found interesting given his position. I really liked his character.
Jake was a grade-a douche. I hated his guts which I hope was the point of the author. If I ever met him in person, I would probably hit him. He’s just that horrible of a person.
Plot: I hate sickness books. They are so sad and there’s never enough storyline to keep me satisfied. I get to liking the characters and then it’s over. End game. (Speaking of end game, has anyone ever read Ender’s Game? Is it good?)
Perfectly Hopeless was exactly like that. I really get into the story because of all of the great characters and great writing, and then it’s over. Hood writes suspense/sadness really well. You’ll read about it in the “ending” section, but my heart was on the line. My jaw dropped at a certain point, and I could just picture the scene happening before my eyes.
Ending: My heart dropped when I got about ¾ of the way through. It was so nerve wracking. I had a bad feeling. The suspense was terrible (not in a bad way). I just wanted to know what was going to happen, and I was yelling at Henri to run home. I was scared for him while cursing Felix for letting him out of the house.
So close yet so far away…
Overall: Perfectly Hopeless was beautifully written. It was sad at times, but completely ADORABLE at others. The characters were well flawed in a perfect balance of good qualities and bad. The storyline was captivating. I really enjoyed reading Perfectly Hopeless.
It may not be the next Fault in Our Stars (Will there ever be anything?), but it stands perfectly well on it’s own. It was a really good novel, and I’m happy to have read it.