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…
Date Published: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Read: January 2015
Number of Pages: 367
Source: I bought it, so glad I did!
Beautiful and Realistic. You can never go wrong with a Colleen Hoover book.
This is my second Colleen Hoover read, that first one being Hopeless, after reading Hopeless, I just knew I had to buy and read all of her works. So I followed Hopeless, with yet another stellar book – Maybe Someday. (I am actually staring at my screen for a good five minutes now concocting the perfect words fitting this beautiful book, hoping I could at least give it justice. I know saying I loved it a million times will not suffice, I hope whatever I put in this review can somehow influence another soul into reading this book.) Maybe Someday wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, I had this different story inside my head, thinking I have predicted everything after I have read the blurb, because, even if we admit it or not, most New Adults run through the same theme, that it becomes too predictable to a fault. I forgot that this is Colleen Hoover, and yes it may seem that this is yet another predictable book, but I am completely mistaken. I can say that it is somewhat unconventional, it presents a predicament that is, yes, we have seen too many times before, but there is something different presented by the author. Different flow to a once very familiar story, which to be honest, at first didn’t sit well with me, towards the middle of the book, I was kind of blinded where it was leading, I knew Sydney and Ridge will eventually end up together (well, this is not a spoiler, since hello this is their story) but the actual progress of the story or the events that transpired leading to the end was somewhat different. There was the element of newness to it, not the mediocre story we are all tired of hearing. This book actually presented believable characters, realistic events and even too spot-on predicaments, that the readers may relate to it one way or another. I found my heart breaking as I read the book, but as to who it was breaking for – it was that part that I was so confused about. It was insane. One moment I feel for Sydney, at another for Ridge and his pressing problem and then at one moment for Maggie, who had to go through all that. My emotions were all over the place, to say the least. And I love the fact that this book was able to draw out such unwarranted feelings from me. I keep pulling my hair out while blurting “why does it have to be this complicated” – then I am reminded, that all great love never comes without complication. And that is what makes it beautiful, the complexity of it all.
I also loved the fact that, Ridge is not portrayed as that one gorgeous hell of a guy, with perfect smile and to-die-for abs, that we are again too tired of seeing in New Adult books, he was imperfect, and that made the story even more appealing. The author find a way to bring a beautiful story despite the fact that there was this barrier, and she made it as if it is no barrier at all. It added that sense of uniqueness to it, it is what sets it apart from all the mediocre books. I also liked the fact that Sydney is not that whiny little brat, she was one hell of a woman, vulnerable yes, but stronger as opposed to what she lets on. I also commend the fact that the book is not one sided, it doesn’t demand a reader to pick a side. It presented the story as it is, no unnecessary drama, just what is required.
Few chapters left when I was so sure I will never get the ending I have hoped for, again I am mistaken, because I was beyond satisfied with that ending – ahhh it was just so beautiful. This book toyed with my emotions, it made me cry more than it made me laugh, but despite the emotional train-wreck I was having, I can say this is already a favorite book and I can see myself rereading it over and over and over.
And oh, I loved reading it whilst listening to the playlist. Griffin Peterson made the book alive, as if I was Sydney and I get to hear what Ridge and I had made, it was yet another amazing reading experience. I loved that this book, is not only just a book, it is a journey – an experience. All I can say now is, I wish I have read it sooner. I bought it a month after its release, and I can’t understand myself for waiting too long to finally get around to it.
So all I’m saying is please read this, include this book into you ever-growing to be read list, because, if you are a hopeless romantic like I am – you will never be disappointed with this one.Oh what a way to start my year! Colleen Hoover, never disappoints!
“How ever, 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.”