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Genre: Young Adult, New Adult
In keeping with the recent POV-switch trend in new adult, Dean tells his side of the story in the follow-up to Hopeless. Alternate retellings can be a regurgitation of the same story, but Hoover surmounts all those obstacles. Fans will be thrilled to see more of Holder’s past and how it shaped him, while getting to see beyond the ending from Hopeless. The core of the story, though, will have readers scrambling for tissues as they learn of Holder’s guilt and redemption, cinching the emotional arc of this retelling.
Dean Holder is haunted by guilt. He blames himself for the loss of a childhood friend, and for how he’s dealing with the fallout of losing his twin sister. Enter Sky, who intrigues him at first sight. Then one day everything falls into place: his past, his present and his future. The one person he’s never stopped looking for is now the one person who just might be able to help heal him. (ATRIA, Oct., 336 pp., $15.00, ISBN: 9781476746555, PB, 18 & Up)
Reviewed By: Susannah Balch
Published: October 2013