Review: Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday

maybe somedayTitle: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: 
New Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Pages: 
367
Publisher:
 Atria Books
Rating: 

blue3.5

Sydney is about to turn twenty-two and life seems great; she has a boyfriend, lives with her best friend, and there’s a cute guitar player who practices on the balcony opposite hers. But then, Sydney finds out her boyfriend and best friend are hooking up behind her back and the bubble is burst.

She finds herself without an apartment and unwilling to give up her freedom and go home. Her only option is Ridge, the cute guitar player from across the way, who offers her a room no-charge if she helps him get through his lyric-writing block. Moving on is hard, but Sydney can only hope for that someday.

This is the first Colleen Hoover book I’ve read. I’ve heard a lot of hype about her on BookTube so I had pretty high expectations. I also was really interested in reading some new adult fiction, as it’s not a genre I’ve had a lot of experience with. The cover is super cute and perfect for a contemporary. I like just noticed as I was writing this—like a couple days after finishing the book—that the two characters are kissing in the title and I just like oh my god, so cute, love it.

Maybe Someday is told in the dual perspectives of Sydney and Ridge. I really liked Sydney, she went through a shitty experience and while she grieves appropriately she also doesn’t let it overtake her life. She’s just really easy going, fun, and relatable.

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

Ridge was so interesting and unexpected. I don’t know if this is a spoiler or not—I mean you figure it out pretty quick—but Ridge is deaf. So it makes the fact that he plays guitar and writes music even more amazing. I haven’t really read any books with a deaf character—or if I have they weren’t the main character—and I liked seeing him interact with Sydney and that relationship play out. They mostly communicate through texts or computer messages. Ridge is also very loyal and caring, we see this play out right away when the takes in Sydney.

The song writing aspect of the book was something I was totally into. It was super awkward because Ridge and Sydney are writing these lyrics about each other and they’re each reading them because they’re writing the songs together. They were such great displays of honest emotion. That’s kind of Sydney and Ridge’s thing, being honest with each other. Plus, there were some really cool and hard to picture moments of Ridge trying to hear Sydney’s singing through the vibrations and her movement. It’s all very intimate.

As much as I liked Ridge as a deaf character, I thought there were a lot of other big problems and complications thrown in kind of needlessly. I felt like the stakes were upped higher than they needed to be for at some points—especially for a new adult contemporary. I can’t say more without spoilers, but this is the main reason I deducted one-and-a-half stars.

 One last note I’m going to make is about the secondary characters, or should I say character. Warren is Ridge’s best friend and lives in the apartment with them. I really enjoyed him, he had a really strange relationship with their other roommate Bridgette, but he’s super loyal to Ridge and also to Sydney as they get to know each other. He really has everyone’s best interest in mind while also providing a bit of comic relief.

Maybe Someday is a fun introduction to the new adult genre, and even thought I didn’t like five-star love it I’m going to pick up another Colleen Hoover. You can find Maybe Someday on Amazon and the author at colleenhoover.com. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!

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