Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: March 18 2014
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
I’m going to confess something shocking to you all to start off this review and you’re going to think I’ve been hiding under a rock the last couple of years but I have never ever read a Colleen Hoover novel. I can hear your gasps of shock from here and, believe me, I’m right there with you. My failure to read a book by, arguably, the biggest author in the new adult genre really felt like a gaping chasm in my reading experience so I was determined to put this right with her next release and I duly bought Maybe Someday on release day and I was off.
Straight away I knew I was in the hands of an accomplished author - the writing is really tight and we’re plunged immediately into a scene of high drama and the story is allowed to gradually spread out from this moment in time. It’s masterfully told. The book begins with Sydney standing sobbing in the rain, her life in ruins not knowing what to do next. It’s a wonderful scene and my first ever from Colleen Hoover – it’s instantly so compelling that I found myself immediately sucked into the story, dying to know what had happened.
Now, I’m a strong believer that you really shouldn’t know much more than the blurb before you embark on a book – I firmly believe that to get full value from a book, you really need to experience it just as the author intends so each new reveal, each and every shock can have the full impact on you and, with that in mind, I can only be vague about the synopsis because there is so much you shouldn’t know but bear with me because it’s so worth the journey into the unknown.
So, as the blurb says, Sydney discovers that her roommate and best friend, Tori, has been doing the old horizontal shuffle with her boyfriend and this is how we begin. We jump back two weeks to fill in the gaps and catch Sydney sitting on her balcony listening to the guy who lives opposite, Ridge,playing his guitar on his balcony while she makes up lyrics to his songs. At this point, Sydney and Ridge really gave me a Rear Window, Grace Kelly and James Stewart kind of vibe and the scene painted itself vividly on the blank canvas of my imagination. Ridge and Sydney slowly get to know one another as she shares her lyrics with him and it is Ridge who invites Sydney up to his apartment that day he sees her sobbing in the rain as her world comes cashing down and it is these two who are at the centre of this romance but there are very good reasons why they should never be together and that it is the heart of the novel.
Their love, their very painful love, can never be – everything about their growing feelings for one another is so very wrong and yet feels more right to them than anything else has ever felt before. It’s such an emotional and heartfelt story. There’s an unrelenting chemistry between Sydney and Ridge which I found so addictive – they resist so hard but they find themselves falling in love despite their better judgement and it’s just so painful. Their growing feelings for one another were so palpable and yet tinged with an awful guilt and an ever increasing sense of despair.
There’s so much that we don’t know about these central characters and, having studiously avoided all reviews and spoilers, I knew nothing and every new bit of information genuinely came as a surprise to me and I really think every reader should experience this book in this way. There are things we don’t know about Ridge at first and each discovery should come unexpectedly out of the blue – just as it did for me.
Ridge is one of life’s good guys – he’s desperately trying to do the right thing by everyone, trying to not hurt anyone but his heart is slowly being torn in two and I felt his emotional turmoil so keenly. He’s constantly trying to do the right thing but his heart is betraying him as he finds himself falling in love with Sydney however hard he tries to resist and those pent-up, denied feelings are fighting hard to be released and it’s obvious that only heartache lies ahead.
I completely lost myself in Ridge and Sydney’s story – it’s full of intense angst, deep emotions, richly drawn characters and a forbidden love. It took me a few days to read this which is fairly unusual for me and those days I spent with those book were consumed by these two star-crossed lovers. There’s just so much heartache, regret and undeniable love packed into these pages. The characters are given such incredible depth that they came vividly to life as I read the book and I grew to love them all, despite their obvious faults and I cared deeply for them all and really didn’t want anyone to end up getting hurt although clearly this was inevitable.
Maybe Someday is a soul-searching, heartfelt and very intense romance from Colleen Hoover that packs a weighty emotional punch - it deftly combines a very sensual relationship of songwriter and lyricist working together with a forbidden love story which really will have your heart melting for everyone involved. I often felt like Colleen Hoover had reached out and ripped my heart from my chest, tore it in two and threw it on the floor in front of me – to say I was emotionally invested in all of these characters is a big understatement.
I do wish there had been an epilogue to this story – there was one character that I felt desperately needed some closure and I don’t know if this was left with the intention of writing another novel featuring this person but, even now, I’m worrying about them. I can’t bear to think of them out there alone and heartbroken and that’s how things were left and I wanted, no needed, to see this character find a little happiness.
I don’t know how Maybe Someday compares to Colleen Hoover’s earlier novels and I don’t know how her legions of fans feel about this one but I do know how I feel. I do know that I felt every heartbeat, every single tear and every soul-searching, emotional moment - I laughed with the characters and I also cried with them. I do know that I’ve read a beautiful, deeply romantic love story and I do know that I’ve been in the presence of greatness.
5 deeply heartfelt stars
The cover I’ve used in this post is the US design but the copy I bought from Amazon UK has a different look. I used the US one for the post because I much prefer it but I thought I’d show you them both side by side.
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