Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Description (Source: Amazon):
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…”
When I picked up Maybe Someday I didn’t realize that one of the characters (Ridge) was already in a relationship. To be honest, I probably would not have read it because I loathe love triangles and I am a fiercely loyal person so I have a hard time reading books about infidelity. I realized just a couple chapters in that Ridge was in a relationship and almost put the book down then, but I decided to press on despite my reservations. I am so glad that I did! The love triangle didn’t really feel like one at all, and was written in a way that you empathized with every single one of the characters involved. The resolution to this part of the story was satisfying and clean.
The love between Sydney and Ridge was slow burning, reluctant, and consuming. Their story is journey, and there is a lot of messy heartbreak on the way.
One of my favorite things about Hoover’s Confess Novel (read my review here) was the integration of real art into the story. She goes step further in this book because there is an actual soundtrack for it! The songs written in the book are real, and can be found here. I highly recommend listening to the songs as you come across them in the book, as I think it really hit the emotions home. I closed my eyes and pictured Sydney sitting on Ridge’s bed listening to the songs her and Ridge painstakingly wrote together for the first time. It made Sydney’s pain even more real.
What I liked:
– Sydney was likable enough, but Ridge. Sweet Moses, Ridge. He was thoughtful, selfless, and funny. He’s not without his flaws, but it just makes him even more endearing. Ridge is now in my top 5 “book boyfriends”.
– Hoover’s writing is almost flawless. I’m convinced that she cannot write a bad book. The extras that she adds (like music and paintings) make reading her books even more enjoyable than they already are without them.
– Like her other books, Maybe Someday is written from both protagonist’s perspective. This is my favorite style in these kinds of books.
What I didn’t like:
– I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like!
– First, read this book!
– Second, go here to read a super short “extra” that takes place after Maybe Someday.
– Third, read the Novella, Maybe Not. It’s written from Warren’s POV about how him and Bridgette got together. It’s a little less fluffy love story and has a lot of sex, but it’s really good and worth the read.
– Finally, go here and read Maggie’s Epilogue (the password is “everything“). I LOVED that Colleen wrote this. I really liked Maggie’s character and wanted to know how she fared after Maybe Someday.