2016 is going to be the year I read all the Colleen Hoover books. Colleen Hoover’s signature on every book she’s written (at least the ones I’ve read that she’s written) is always a tragic twist to some of the characters who least deserve it. There are never happy endings to her stories–there will always be someone for whom it didn’t work out. This book is the same, but I’m not complaining, I really enjoyed it.
4 stars out of 5
At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying 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 that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. 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. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.
What I Liked:
Cast and Characters
They were quirky and fun, and everyone got along quite well. I loved the friendships and how they evolved.
I loved Ridge so much. I had no idea he was deaf until he admitted it via text to Sydney. He was so nice and open and accepting of his feelings. He kind of led Sydney on, but he was so clear about how he couldn’t be with her from the start.
I love books which have music as a major element to the story. A big part of Sydney and Ridge’s relationship was through the love for music they both shared and how they conveyed their feelings for each other, unknowingly, with the lyrics they wrote. Ridge “listening” to her sing was such an intimate experience. I just loved how they connected through music.
The back stories
The story behind Maggie and Ridge was just so, so beautiful and knowing how much Ridge gave up, willingly, to be with her was so lovely. The reason behind the band’s name and the reason he doesn’t talk were so beautiful.
I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS TILL I FINISHED THE BOOK! But all the songs in the book are actual, legitimate songs??!! What?
Ridge and Sydney mostly communicated over text and their long in depth messages of them accepting everything between them were so nice to read.
The dialogue and the writing
Colleen Hoover writes the best dialogue and everything any of the characters said was so on point. The occasional deaf jokes were funny. I love how each chapter was told in both their points of views and how they both had very different distinctive voices.
It was beautiful and perfectly done.
What I Didn’t Like:
In the start, I felt for her: her boyfriend and best friend cheated on her, she had no place to go, but she never seemed to accept that what she was doing with Ridge was wrong. Anytime they did anything, she’d always remind herself that it wasn’t entirely her fault and that he was also to blame.
She was so insistent in wanting to know things about Ridge that he was clearly uncomfortable talking about: why he doesn’t talk, the name of his band etc. Sydney was a little bit annoying.
Ridge was clear on never leaving Maggie, Sydney had just experienced firsthand what it feels like to be cheated on–yet neither of them had any problem getting together any time they were alone.
Tori and Sydney
They were best friends, as we are reminded far too many times by Sydney’s whining but they never sorted everything out. Even Hunter, her cheating boyfriend came to apologize. I would have liked to see some resolution there.
There’s nothing that I really strongly dislike about the book; everything was mostly well resolved by the end. I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to read more by her.
You can find Maybe Someday here.
Guest review contributed by Confessions of a Bibliophile. This blogger is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and has been blogging since the 5th grade. In her bio she has recently quit quitting.