Monday, March 17, 2014

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover ~ Review

Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover


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...

Includes an original soundtrack created by musician Griffin Peterson. 

The English alphabet is composed of twenty-six letters. Colleen Hoover manages to write a literary masterpiece the way Beethoven composed a symphony. It’s beautiful, touching, and will resonate with you for a long time to come. There are very few books that I will say I loved from start to finish. I can absolutely guarantee that Maybe Someday will be in my top book for 2014—not so far in 2014, ALL of 2014, probably all of time.

I’m not a fan of cheating books, especially books that pretty it up and make it seem like it’s okay. But, and it’s a really big BUT, I found myself thinking it might be okay, just this once. Just thinking it was even hard, because Colleen has managed to write every character so you will love them. Well, except for Hunter and Tori, but they are done away with pretty soon. There’s no bad guy in this story, it’s just the story of what it feels like to fall in love with someone while you are still in love with someone else. The trick is Colleen tells the story without it being sordid or turning into Peyton Place, or for those of you born in the last twenty years Melrose Place.

Ridge is a songwriter with a bad case of writer’s block. He and Sydney strike up a tentative friendship when he asks her to send him some of the lyrics he’s noticed she sings while he plays. When Sydney discovers that her boyfriend and best friend have been playing her for a fool, she accepts Ridge’s offer of a place to stay in exchange for writing songs for his band.

Everything starts out innocently enough. Ridge and Sydney have morals, and neither wants to be a cheater. However, when their emotions start playing out through their lyrics, situations have a tendency to get out of hand. Griffin wrote songs that capture the essence of their love and their struggle against it perfectly.
Maybe Someday is a story about love—falling in love and staying in love. I won’t tell you how it ends, but after being worried that I would die of a heart attack from shock at the tender age of twenty-nine (huhhmm), I’m okay with the ending. Ridge and Sydney know what it’s like to fall in love, but sometimes you have to walk away, and in the end it’s worth it.
I can guarantee you will love Ridge, and Sydney, and Warren, and Maggie. And I can also guarantee you will want to curse Colleen Hoover to the depths of hell. And then after all of that, I can guarantee you will love the story of a love that Maybe Someday gets its chance.
P.S. And other than one really awkward scene, where I would have felt like I violated him by imagining him as Ridge, Griffin is the perfect Ridge.
Reviewed by Liz

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