Thursday, January 24, 2013

Brain-Breaking-Books: EMPTY and HOPELESS

You guys. YOU GUYS. *taps screen*

Two new books I've recently read are stuck, trapped, WEDGED in my brain, I tell you.

I HIGHLY recommend both of them.


PREMISE: Dell is used to disappointment. Ever since her dad left, it’s been one let down after another. But no one—not even her best friend—gets all the pain she’s going through. So Dell hides behind self-deprecating jokes and forced smiles.

Then the one person she trusts betrays her. Dell is beyond devastated. Without anyone to turn to for comfort, her depression and self-loathing spin out of control. But just how far will she go to make all of the heartbreak and name-calling stop?

FIRST LINE: I like the idea of making things disappear.

This book knocked my socks off.  And that ending (oh, that ending) left me breathless. This story is gritty and dark and raw. And K.M. doesn't tie up loose ends for you in a neat little package--just like real life. 

I know K.M. personally. So, I also know that she wrote this book from a very intimate place. From her own experiences with weight-gain and bullying. And knowing that, makes this book even more SIGNIFICANT.


HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

PREMISE: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn't at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

FIRST LINE: I stand up and look down at the bed, holding my breath in fear of the sounds that are escalating from deep within my throat.

Not only was this one of the most intensely romantic books I have EVER read (the first kiss that wasn't even a first kiss--WHOA. Those who've read it will understand), the issues uncovered were profound and agonizing and heart-stopping. Hoover handled them expertly. This book was BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!

What about you--read any brain-breaking-books lately?


Matthew MacNish said...

EMPTY showed up in my mailbox just the other day. It's next in line!

Christine Danek said...

I have EMPTY, of course. :) I will be checking out HOPELESS. Thanks.

Tara Tyler said...

those are intense reviews! passionate! love it! writing these down!

Stina said...

Okay, Hopeless is next to be read. I'm almost finished my current read (LOVE!). I was going to read something else first, but after reading this review, I HAVE to read Hopeless next.

Empty is on my TBR list, but I'm still working through my NA obsession. For research, you know. :)

Meredith said...

They both sound so intense! I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the recommendation!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing these Christina. I'll have to check them out.

Christina Lee said...

Meredith, be warned, they ARE very intense. But I'm so glad I read them both!

Slamdunk said...

With direct experiences in victimization via bullying, I can see how it can certainly translate into intense writing. Good for KM and thanks for the heads-up Christina.

elzimmy said...

I'm almost ashamed to admit this but when I read, it's usually a form of escapism for me so I tend to stay away from books that make me think too much. I belonged to a book club once and I quit because the books they read all depressed me.