Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Monday, August 11, 2014
Why I chose this book:
Immediately after finishing Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, I had to get another one of her books, and that damn “Buy Now with 1 Click” button that Amazon puts on just the most tempting books (which happens to be all the books) just called my name… and loved every second of draining my already depleted bank account.


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: March 18th, 2014
Format: Kindle
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
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Synopsis:
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... (Goodreads)

My Bookish Dislikes:
I felt like there were some characters that weren’t fleshed out completely. Namely Bridgette. She was rude, mean, and well… a bitch, but there was no reason for it. I didn’t understand why she was the way she was or why Warren was so head over heals for her. That’s an extremely minor complaint, but she was in the book enough for me to question the lack of background I knew about her.

My Bookish Likes:
The love story. God that love story. I liked how it evolved. It didn’t feel like insta-love at all. It was gradual even though the attraction was always there. I found Sydney’s character so genuine and kind. There really wasn’t an ounce of cruelty or meanness in her body even though many of the people around her expected that to come out. I really liked that about her character, and she never strayed from it, which I appreciated.

My Bookish Loves:
Ridge. Oh, be still, my heart! Ridge! He was utterly my favorite part about this book! Not only was he just an absolute sweetheart, but I think what made him stand out so beautifully in this story is the fact that he was deaf. 

My mother works in Disability Services at a college where a large percentage of the students are deaf or have some form of hearing disabilities which require interpreters. Even her boss is deaf, so being familiar with her job and coworkers, I loved the fact that Ridge was deaf. Even though I know a bit about the deaf community and have interacted and know a bit of ASL, reading about Ridge and how he never let it keep him from doing what he wanted really just touched my soul in a profound way. I loved how Hoover didn’t let it deter from the story and explain away being deaf as a not so bad thing. She showed the times that Ridge got frustrated with communication challenges and miscommunication, but it was never negative; it was just neutral and what life dealt him.

Final Thoughts:
I absolutely adored this story. It was endearing and very heart felt. Along with all the music by Griffin Peterson, the comparison of book and music brings it to a completely new kind of interaction between novel and reader. You can check out his music here. I would highly recommend this book, especially for lovers of the contemporary genre, but even people who don’t really like contemporary. I generally don’t count myself as a contemporary genre lover, but Colleen Hoover may have just made me a convert with her work.

*Also there as an absolutely beautiful written epilogue online by Colleen Hoover that you should read if/when you finish this book. You can check it out here.

I gave this book 4.5 stars on my Goodreads.

4 comments:

  1. Ah... I need to find the right Colleen Hoover book for me, since she's so beloved. Slammed was not it. And I think I saw that Maybe Someday had cheating, which is kind of a dealbreaker for me. I'm wondering about Ugly Love?? I will keep looking :)

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    1. I just recently fell in love with Colleen Hoover, and I've only read Maybe Someday and Ugly Love. Maybe Someday does have a bit of cheating, but it really isn't your generic/dirty cheating, and it's so much more. The characters are rich and beautiful and I loved the story even though I don't condone cheating at all.

      I also wrote a review over Ugly Love last week. I loved that one the most. I felt like somebody ripped my heart out, a thousand elephants trampled on it, and then someone shoved it back in my chest expecting it to beat the same after something so beautiful and traumatic. I would highly recommend both of these books and especially so with Ugly Love. I hope you try them and enjoy them as much as I did. If you end up reading them, I would be eager to know your thoughts! :)

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  2. I basically want to say what Jen said above but I so want to try a Colleen Hoover book! Would you suggest reading Ugly Love or Maybe Someday first?

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    1. Ugly Love was absolutely beautiful. That has easily become one of my favorite books to this date. It's a hard read at times because it deals with some really dark inner-demon stuff and letting go of the past so you can heal. One of my favorites though. I also love Maybe Someday. It did have a bit of cheating in it, but it's not exactly what you think. I would recommend Maybe Someday first and then Ugly Love, but I read it the exact opposite and still loved them both. I think whichever one speaks to you most, you should pick up first, and maybe that is Ugly Love. Either way, I would be eager to know your thoughts once you finish them! :)

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