Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

maybe-someday

Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 18 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781476753164
Pages: 367
Read in: September 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to be another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.


 

This is the third Colleen Hoover book I’ve read, and again, it’s somehow wonderfully mesmerising and heartbreaking at the same time. The opening immediately captures your attention and the writing keeps you engaged, leading to page turn after page turn. This book was wonderfully addictive, and I’m very impressed with it overall.

I really liked this story because its about forbidden love, yet the two main characters, Sydney and Ridge, share this deep connection that neither can explain or ignore. It’s a very interesting and turbulent experience to read about, and hits you in all the unexpected places. The majority o the plot is just the emotional tension and growth both of them experienced, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

Sydney is a twenty-two year old music major who gets cheated on by her ex, and moves in with Ridge, the boy who plays guitar every night on the balcony facing hers. One aspect that drew me to the story was the fact that both of them are musicians – I love music, and anything music related definitely adds bonus points in my books. The best part about this book is the fact the songs written in this book are actual songs that are in the country style! Not only that, but they’re also one of the focal points of their relationships and actually drive the plot, instead of just existing for the sake of it.

Maybe Someday is my personal favourite of all the songs featured in this book. To find the rest of the audio, click here.

Additionally, while there is a fair amount of mature/semi-graphic content, the book also deals with prevalent issues in our society, making it very relatable and real. Each character has their own flaws and faults which they all fully embrace; something that I really admire. Ridge is deaf – he was born that way, and the fact he writes songs and plays guitar is highly commendable (although he’s not the first guy to compose music whilst deaf – Beethoven lost his hearing towards the end of his life and his late works are still impressive!). I’m not sure how accurate the portrayalof Ridge as a deaf guy in general is – but it does seem well researched, and the use of phones to communicate is something I’ve never thought about. There’s also mentions of other issues such as parental abuse, genetic disorders and others which I won’t go into detail about, but I think it does round out the story very well.

The only issue I had with this book was the ending. It felt a bit rushed, like they were trying to finish as quickly as possible. I would’ve also liked to see some more character development from some of the minor characters. For example, we hear a lot about Brennan, Ridge’s brother, but he only makes an appearance twice.

Overall, I don’t think the flaws detracted from the story, and honestly, it was a really enjoyable (and angst-filled) read. If you love YA contemporary and want to try something more mature, this is a really good place to start. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of romance in general, you should should read this because you don’t know what you’re missing out on. It’s very easy to get through, and it’s something that most people will enjoy immensely.

Rating: ★★★★

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