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…
Author: Colleen Hoover
Format: Trade Paperback
Part of a Series: No.
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books (Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
No. of Pages: 385 pages
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Music
The Cover: The U.S. cover featured a figure of both a man and a woman who both seems to be writing a song (top part of the cover). While a silhouette of a kissing couple can be plainly seen etched amidst the title. The font and color schemes caught my attention as well. I think they blend in great. Oh, and I love it! (5 out of 5 stars)
CONFESSION: I started reading this book because of two main reasons. 1, I’m quite aware that the author, Colleen Hoover, will be visiting the Philippines sometime this September along with 2 more authors for a book signing event during the Manila International Book Fair 2015. Now in order to prepare for said event, seeing that 3 authors combined for a single signing seems quite a lot, I decided to prepare rather early and start collecting, and reading their books to avoid binge reading and to actually savor the book, seeing that each Colleen Hoover book costs 599.00PhP. The 2nd reason why I started reading this book, is because of Peer Pressure. Some of my book friends, knowing that I love torturing myself with books with tragic stories and endings, told me that I need to read Hoover’s books. Being the obedient, not to mention curious, friend that I am, I started reading it. Little did I know that I was in for quite an emotional ride.
The Story: The story focuses on the life and struggles of a 22 year old college student, Sydney Blake, who just recently found out that her boyfriend and her best friend, was cheating on her. Later on, she resides with Ridge, a song writer who has some crazy revelations of his own. As the story progresses, we then find frustrated music writing partners who just can’t seem to get enough of each other. With that said, let me just get this next statement out. OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I think I just found my new favorite book and my new favorite author!! Reading a work of THE Colleen Hoover, was like eating a slice of cake while drinking a perfectly blended Frappucino from Starbucks on a hot summer day. It’s my definition of perfection! I mean come on. I’m a sucker for love stories with tragic endings and/or plots. And noticing the plot on the back of the book, the story really is my cup of tea. I just loved it. Now for the good and memorable points of the story. The list below contains spoilers, so you might as well read the book first before reading the rest of my review.
- The book started with a mainstream plot. A protagonist whose love interest cheated on her with her best friend. Yep, I get it. But what differentiated Sydney from the others out there is her courage and audacity to punch Tori because of her anger and disappointment. I liked that!
- Ridge being a song writer AND being deaf at the same time really shocked me. This was the first time I encountered something as ironic as this. I must commend Colleen’s creativity with this one. She was able to pull it off. I was in awe with the lead male character, even though he was limited.
- Maggie, Ridge’s girl friend, played a major role in the budding romance of the male and female protagonists. She is the most ironic and the most poignant plot twist that I have ever read about. She was the slap from reality to Sydney that what she was doing, falling in love with Ridge and all, was the exact same thing Tori did to her.
- Warren and Bridgette’s budding romance was also a good companion to the protagonists’ story. It’s a good thing that Colleen published an ebook about these two entitle Maybe Not which I might be reading sometime soon considering how hooked I am with this book.
- Ridge’s being deaf came with a lot of brilliant back story. Every little reason as to why Ridge chose not to speak, considering the fact that he can, was all because of the bad experiences he had in the past especially with his parents. Every little detail about Ridge’s past was all relevant and not a single detail was out of place. It made the story thrive together with the swoons and romances.
- Don’t get me started with the Soundtrack, you guys! If you haven’t figured it out yet or if this is news to you, let me be the first to inform you that there is a Maybe Someday soundtrack that was made for the readers to have a great experience while reading Maybe Someday. Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson worked hand in hand in order to present us with the most glorious book soundtrack ever. My personal favorites are Maybe Someday and Hold On To You. If you want to get a sample of the soundtrack, or if you’re curious, you may be able to fill yourself here.
The story was very easy to comprehend, and the twists and turns of events were just of sufficient amount. It made the story all the more interesting and just plain brilliant. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Can we all just take a moment to appreciate and celebrate this book? I mean, come on. I cried as I read the ending. The mini concert that Ridge and the rest of Sounds of Cedar organized was probably the sweetest thing I ever read about. I know they were on a break and Sydney was out trying to find herself again, but that mini concert was the slight push that Sydney needed to realize that she needs to say “when”. (If you read the book, you would understand). Oh, and the two songs that they sang for Sydney was nothing but sweetly heart-wrenching. Every lyric and every melody was all very sad, but sweet at the same time. I don’t know what to feel. I’m happy that they were back together but the emotional damage that they put me through was just… Oh my god. Writing this review is just bringing me all the feels again. I can’t. I just can’t… Oh, and the sex they do right after was sweet. All the realizations and all, was just so sweet and oh my god. Ridge is slowly learning how to speak again. GUYS JUST READ THE BOOK!! Oh my god. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: Reading Maybe Someday wasn’t just a normal experience. It was like a roller coaster ride of emotions and I would definitely give this book a high rating! With unexpected turns of events, shocking revelations, and just the sufficient amounts of swoon and romance, Maybe Someday will surely allure readers of different ages! (5 out of 5 stars)
“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.” – Warren
“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.” – Warren
“However, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.” – Maggie
“Words can sometimes have a far greater effect on a heart than a kiss.” – Sydney
“Kisses like his should come with a warning label. They can’t be good for the heart.” – Sydney
“She’s worth it all. She’s worth more.” – Ridge