Parents' Guide to

Hopeless, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

So-so sexy teen romance takes on healing from past trauma.

Orange and yellow sparks of light fan out against a red background.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Unhealthy relationships and erotic.

This author includes masturbation, degrading language for genitalia and the marital act, and erotic and explicit sexual encounters. The female protagonist (through whose perspective the story is told) is very willing to be objectified and used in sexual encounters. The male character is in control. He is unfaithful to his wife and disposes of her. He is given consent sexually use the unmarried women hired and residing in his home. He impregnates her and makes a lovely new family. There is nothing positive about this book. A book that goes against all of the work females have done for women to be respected and not treated as a sexual play thing.

Is It Any Good?

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Although it isn't marketed to teens, there's plenty of teen appeal, which romance fans will enjoy, in this sexy romance between two 18-year-old high schoolers. Hopeless also has its share of cliches, stereotypes, and some problematic behavior like stalking and a violent temper that could be a good starting point for talking about these issues.

Intertwining passages in italics of memories as they're slowly uncovered with the rest of the story about first love keep the pages turning. Although the past trauma is hinted at enough that it's not a surprise, there are still a lot of surprises to come as the whole truth is revealed. Best for mature teen fans of romance who can handle the potentially triggering themes of sexual abuse and suicide.

Book Details

  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Genre: Romance
  • Character Strengths: Courage
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atria
  • Publication date: May 7, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 18 - 18
  • Number of pages: 408
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Kindle
  • Last updated: December 1, 2022

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