Title: Perfectly Hopeless
By: Holly Hood
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Published: January 8th, 2012
My Copy: Ebook provided by the Author
About the book:
Every summer, when the willow trees blow lazily in the breeze Maven Wilder goes 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. A brown-haired, brown-eyed guy that keeps to himself and is always working odd jobs, Henri lives with relatives and comes off a bit depressed. 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. And it’s only after an embarrassing accident happens at The Yogurt Hut that Maven even notices him. After meeting Henri that day, Maven’s 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 the summer. And after meeting Henri, her life will never be the same.
As an avid reader, I have become used to the highs and lows of emotion in my books. With that said it is very difficult to spark an emotion dark enough to make me cry, but Perfectly Hopeless reaches deep enough to touch that nerve. As I was blubbering I was shocked to realize this story have affected me so deeply. This was a terrible story about young love and loss. I was so caught up in the romance between Maven and Henri that I was blindsided we he began showing symptoms of being sick. Maven nor Henri really acknowledge the future they were desperate to live for today, and enjoy every minute. It is tragic that a young couple could find what many will search for for a lifetime; only to have it yanked back so quickly. Life can be so unfair, and this is an example of that reality when a simple dance and a scuffle with an ex-boyfriend would be the weight between life and death. This story will leave readers speechless, and overcome by the grief felt from within these pages.