by Colleen Hoover
published March 18th 2014 by Atria Books
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.
“Hey, heart. Are you listening? You and I are officially at war.”
Colleen Hoover, YOU DID IT. Frankly, I've never thought I would give her book five full stars on Goodreads before Maybe Someday (sorry not sorry!) I mean, I enjoyed her previous books, especially Hopeless (Not one that stays with me for a long time but I remember that I quite loved that one!) it's just that most of the time I'm asking why she always feel the need to write unnecessary sequels. I dislike her sequels. I guess I'm pretty much indifference about her books.
But with Maybe Someday, I can't say the same thing. I love it so much, like, SO much. It's a wonder because this book contains topics that I usually avoid in stories: Infidelity and love triangle (UGH). When we first meet Sydney, she has just punched her bestfriend for cheating with Syd's boyfriend. Pages later, she's in love with a boy who already has a long-time girlfriend! Duh, right? I'm glad, though, because the story is SO much more than that. I love how Colleen tries to explore the whole 'nothing in this world is purely black or white' case in Maybe Someday. No character in the story is 'basically mean' or 'basically kind', Colleen Hoover fleshes them out beautifully. The dual point of views are done really well that I cannot help but to feel sympathy for both Sydney and Ridge. I don't think I will ever justify the act of infidelity in real life, ever, but with this book, I can't make myself hate them because it's just so confusing to pick a side! I mean, I want Syd to be with Ridge, but I hate her for not distancing herself right away when the feeling starts to bloom. I want Ridge to be with Syd, but I don't want that too because it means someone is going to be hurt! My delicate heart is so torn reading about the whole thing.
It's a bit surprising to learn about Ridge's..... condition, and it's quite hard to accept at first when he's described to be a great musician. Ridge's disability, actually, is the main reason why I quickly become interested in the story. It's still quite rare, I guess, for (YA) authors to explore a story when one of the main characters has disability, and it makes Ridge quite unique, different from other boy-main characters. To be honest, hearing impaired is one thing that I share with Ridge (not as bad as him, noooo, my left ear only functions at about 95% rate, but the other one is completely normal. I can still talk and hear and communicate well, no worries!) so I can empathize with this boy a lot. Ridge isn't just so kind, he's wonderful! He's capable of fully loving people the way they should be properly loved. You can feel how much love he has for the people in his life, not just through his words, but also through his actions. Unfortunately this later becomes a problem when he cannot stop feeling what he shouldn't feel.
"People can’t control matters of the heart, Warren. They can only control their actions, which is exactly what Ridge did. He lost control once for ten seconds, but after that, every single time temptation reared its ugly head, he walked in the other direction. The only thing Ridge has done wrong is fail to delete his messages, because by doing so, he failed to protect Maggie. He failed to protect her from the harsh truth that people don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with."
I love the way Colleen Hoover combines all the aspects in this book, she successfully mixed up things that could easily make me hate Maybe Someday into something so beautifully woven. Then there's music, which brings Sydney and Ridge together. I've always loved books that features music as a big part of it, so this point contributes another reason why I love Maybe Someday, aside from its characterizations and emotions that the story evokes from me. Maybe Someday is just so achingly good, it can easily make you laugh then cry within the same chapter. I can't stop reading it page by page until I reach the final conclusion.
Another refreshing thing is that eventhough Maybe Someday is categorized as New Adult, the story is safe from any 'graphic' scenes that usually present in other NA books. It's practically YA, I think, only with older characters. Fans of Colleen Hoover will no doubt feel satisfied with this one, but I can guarantee that most NA/YA readers will also find Maybe Someday as an enjoyable read, at least. The book is worth to try, just be sure to read it with an open mind. :)
Cupid shuts his eyes and shot me twice
Smell your perfume on my bed
Thoughts of you invade my head
Truths are written, never said
And if I can't be yours now
I'll wait here on this ground
Till you come, till you take me away
What do you think about Maybe Someday? Have you ever read anything by Colleen Hoover? If your answer is not, this book might be a good one to start!
What's your favorite book(s) from the NA genre? Any similar books like Maybe Someday? Books where the main character has disability, or books that combines music and romance (my fave kind!)?
Do not hesitate to share with me! :)
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