Today’s discussion is the last for Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. The ending chapters of the book are both intense and beautiful. They left me with a sense of hope for survivors of abuse.
The shower scene when Holder and Sky return to the motel room…Discuss? What were your thoughts about how Holder handled Sky and himself?
Tamie: Every time I think it isn’t possible to love Holder more…he proves me wrong. The strength and love they both show each other is so phenomenal, and I think the expression of sharing their grief and love at the same time was written so powerfully well.
Elena: This was such an intense scene! I’d dare say the most intense scene in the whole book. Despite the circumstances, I find it to be a beautiful moment between Holder and Sky. The connection they share is so deep. I think they both needed that in those moments, after what they’d just been through…
In these chapters both Holder and Sky come to understand that they don’t have to blame themselves for what happened to them and to their loved ones. Discuss…
Elena: I love this, especially because it kind of hits close to home. I’m a person who tends to blame herself for a lot of things, and so the “it’s not your fault” message is beautiful and encouraging. It gives you hope to face up to any kind of challenges.
Tamie: So many of us blame ourselves for things we had no control over and it’s truly refreshing to see both of them let go of guilt they don’t own in any way.
Holder and Sky are ready to talk to Karen about what she did and Holder says “Maybe you’ll never forgive her for what she did, but you can appreciate the life she gave you after she did it.” Do you agree?
Tamie: I absolutely agree. It must be so difficult for Sky not having answers that Karen can give to her, so I think it’s important that she get them before making any decisions. Karen has been a real mother to her and she needs to find out why Karen did what she did.
Elena: Yes, I do. I admit that it may be difficult to accept the situation Sky finds herself in, but Karen gave her a great life, full of love and affection. This is something to be grateful for.
Karen reveals to Sky the real reason why she took her from her father…What was your reaction? Did your opinion of her change and what do you think of Sky’s decision?
Elena: I’d never had expected these revelations. I was so relieved when she revealed the truth and not only that — I saw a completely new Karen. A brave and loving woman, who decided to give her niece a life full of hope, taking her away from the monster. She took the best decision she could, and I admire her a lot for that. And of course I couldn’t be happier about Sky’s decision. Karen might not be her biological mother, but she’s her Mom in all senses of the word.
Tamie: It was heartbreaking to read Karen’s telling of what happened. Why she did what she did, and I have nothing but respect for her. What a courageous and selfless thing to do. Elena, I agree…she is Sky’s mother in every sense of the word, and I’m so happy with the choice Sky has made.
Your final thoughts on this beautiful and moving story. What will you take with you?
Elena: This book gave me so much and thank you again, Tamie, for recommending it to me. There are so many things I’ll carry with me — Sky and Holder’s beautiful love story, their strength, their courage, their willingness to support one another even when things were getting rough. The messages in this book are beautiful — stay strong, be yourself, have faith, don’t give up, love with all your heart… A book that turns hopelessness into hope. Everyone should read this.
Tamie: This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s absolute book perfection as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll keep recommending it over and over again. I agree with everything that Elena said…those same things are what I take from Hopeless as well.
Your favorite sentence:
Elena: “I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”
“I will spend every last breath thanking you for allowing yourself to love me.”
Tamie: “I will spend every last breath thanking you for allowing yourself to love me.”
Your favorite paragraph:
Tamie: “I wanted to cry because I needed you there with me so bad. I knew in that moment that I was in love with you. I was in love with the way you loved me. When you wrapped your arms around me and held me, I knew that no matter what happened with my life, you were my home. You stole the biggest piece of my heart that night.”
Elena: “I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to wish for a perfect life. 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’m choosing to stand up taller. I’ll probably get knocked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I’ll never stay on the ground.”
“That’s all I need,” I say. “Well…I need the lamp. And the ashtray. And the remote control. And the paddleball game. And you, Dean Holder. But that’s all I need.”
Your favorite scene:
Tamie: The shower scene and the ending.
Elena: The ending…
Thanks to all of you for reading along with us. Tomorrow we’ll be announcing our next book along with the schedule.
Tamie and Elena