Title: MAYBE SOMEDAY
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication 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…
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.
From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.
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Ramblings. Maybe Someday is included in my most anticipated books for 2014 list, so I’ve been literally counting down the days till the release of this book. Ha especially when we already hit the month of March. It doesn’t help that Maybe Someday appeals to me (twice or) MORE than any other books out there.
1) I love Colleen Hoover.
2) I love books written by Colleen Hoover. Me thinks, that I haven’t given a book written by her a rating lower than 5 stars. That’s how much I love her and her books. SHE’s that amazing. Aha! And I think it has already been established in my system that I would read anything she writes … even her blog and Facebook posts!
3) I love music that I certainly can’t live without a day listening to any kind of music. Then Hoover pulls out a trick up her sleeve and tells us that there’s a soundtrack for this particular book. I wish you heard me screaming when she revealed that
With a blurb like that and the knowledge of a soundtrack coming our way it’s just too much. I can’t get the thought of it out of my mind and the feels invading my heart and body. So, as soon as Maybe Someday hit the stores and saw that it was already available in my Kobo device … I feels like a three-month late Christmas present appeared right in front of my very eyes. I DROPPED EVERYTHING THAT I WAS DOING. There was this huge need to … I. NEED. TO. READ. IT. RIGHT NOW!
Enough with my ramblings, let’s get this review started…
Seriously, I just want to cry right now because of how beautiful this book is! I don’t even know what to say. Breathless. Speechless. *runs to the corner of my room and sobs* Maybe Someday is certainly another Colleen Hoover masterpiece! She did it again, everyone! I tell you, this is one of those books that has a story and concept you won’t be able to forget. . Reading this book was truly a UNIQUE and UNFORGETTABLE experience! Thank you so much, Colleen for sharing this story with us!
I think, Maybe Someday is Colleen Hoover’s best book so far! Not that her other books weren’t great, but she just took writing a novel into a whole new superb level with this book. This book is unique, original, genius, fascinating, surprising, beautiful, real, heart wrenching, emotionally packed and huff *showers this book with all kinds of positive adjectives*.
I shouldn’t even be surprised by how beautiful this book turned out to be because time and time again, Hoover proved to us how talented, passionate she is into writing her books and how her books turn out to be carved into sheer perfection. Comparing it to her previous books (Slammed and Hopeless Series), I think this one is the most complicated book she’s ever written yet she still managed to weave everything seamlessly. Just writing this makes me want to cry again!
Concept. Hands down! You already, Colleen Hoover! This is why I said reading this book is a unique and unforgettable experience earlier, because I haven’t read any book with a similar concept as to this one, like not even close. Or I think, there really isn’t any book out there that exists with a storyline like this. Maybe Someday is definitely an original. I honestly believe she is the perfect and fitting author to deliver us readers a book with a premise like this. It was that obvious right from the start when she gave us Slammed series and just by plainly staring at her words. Her writing is immensely beautiful and gripping, wherein right off the bat sucks you into her story. She’s also this great of a writer, who gives us this well-fleshed out characters and presents their fine qualities and flaws.
Story. Maybe Someday focuses on Sydney Blake’s character, who’s pretty much having a steady life as a student, aspiring musician, living together with her friend – Tori, has a great boyfriend – Hunter and an awesome guitar strumming neighbour. Captivated by the talent of her neighbour, Sydney always sees to it that she’s present at their apartment’s patio whenever her neighbour decides for another round of free listening acoustic session. With her almost being familiar with all the melodies of his songs, Sydney unknowingly adds her own lyrics and sings it while her neighbour was playing. Ridge Lawson, THE guitar strumming neighbour, is currently on a writer’s block and is that desperate for any kind of lyrics (even stupid ones LOL). Then and there, he decides to communicate and begs Sydney into giving him a piece of the lyrics she’s singing. And that’s what starts off them conversing with each other.
But everything in her steady life comes crushing down during her 22nd birthday, when she found out that her “great” boyfriend and roommate is cheating on her! That’s where Ridge saves her butt; he offers her a proposition to stay at his apartment complex along with his buddy – Warren and Bridgette, for the time being in exchange for more lyrics. Heartbroken and on top of that homeless, Sydney accepts it.
“And if I can’t be your now / I’ll wait here on this ground / Till you come, till you take me away / Maybe Someday / Maybe Someday” – Maybe Someday lyrics
Together, Ridge and Sydney makes sweet and beautiful music which forms an instant musical connection between. But as time goes by and with every lyric written down, a more personal connection begins to build between them. You think you know what happens next to this story? No? Yes? Well then, I can tell you that you need to stop with all those theories of yours because Hoover will just squash it with the twists and turns this book has.
Maybe Someday is written in an alternating dual POV from Sydney and Ridge. Books in dual POVs are interesting and exciting to read! And considering that this book is just a standalone novel it really aids us in getting to know more about these characters, their thoughts and feelings, during these limited number of pages.
It made me giggle, laugh out loud, swoon, it shocked the hell out of me (even thought that I was just being pranked right alongside Sydney’s character), made me Awwww, gave me a number of heartaches and obviously made me cry bucket after buckets of tears. It was such an emotional roller coaster ride that I would willingly ride on, just to reread this book.
The book also touched a kind of a NO NO topic for me wherein I was really uncomfortable with the situation the characters were in. But then Hoover just eases me out of it with the next few pages of her book and how her characters deal with that dilemma.
Characters. I love all of them. Sydney and Ridge, even Warren and all the Maybe Someday crew will definitely be very dear to my heart. There isn’t any character in this book that was put to waste because everybody (even the secondary characters) played huge roles in various parts of the book.
“How can two good people who both have such good intentions end up with feelings, derived from all the goodness, that are so incredibly bad?” - Sydney
Sydney Blake. Sydney definitely tops my list of favourite female leads. She’s very likable, strong, talented, and most of all selfless. I love her character even more because of the situation she was in. It isn’t just a situation that is very easy to navigate in and for her to handle it like that and come out in such a way her moral is quite intact, just wow. You can really see how hard she battled against with her heart, to the point that you yourself is aching to see her struggling like that.
“Nothing in my life has ever felt so good yet hurt so achingly bad?” - Ridge
Ridge Lawson. Hoover adds another swoon worthy character in every reader’s list. I just want to hug him first because he experienced such terrible things in life already. He has incredibly terrible people as his parents and an unbearable childhood that comes along with it. *hugs Ridge* Just like, Sydney, he’s also have those traits but I think, his most remarkable trait is loyalty and you’ll see how deep his loyalty to someone run in this book.
Ridge and Sydney. There isn’t a thing NOT to love about these two characters. They are both amazing in their own ways and I believe that they are the most honest characters that I’ve ever met in a novel. Communication has never been a problem for them, and it’s refreshing because it has been quite some time since I’ve read where characters are talking, trying to resolve their dilemma and not just shooting off to somewhere else.
Right off the bat, you’ll already feel the tension and their connection with each other. But this isn’t a case of insta-love, theirs was powerful build up of connection and it was pleasure witnessing it. I love every single bit where they converse and write music together. Even those scenes which made me cry. Yep. Everything in their relationship was just beautiful.
“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.” - Warren
Warren. Oh how I love, Warren! He may have acted kind of a douchebag in a certain part of this book but he’s definitely a voice of reason and someone who sheds us some light in areas Sydney and Ridge haven’t quite given us. And a plus is that he’s funny!
There are other characters in the book, but I just thought that I wouldn’t mention it here.
Music & Soundtrack. *Now playing: Maybe Someday by Griffin Peterson* Yep, I’m listening to the novel soundtrack while I’m typing this whole thing down and the songs are just on a loop because it’s freaking wonderful! It has been my jam for the past few days already and seriously, these songs are stuck inside my head and they just won’t go away. Not that, I would love for them to just go … poof!
You may be wondering why there is a need for music to be involved here in this book or maybe you’re thinking that it’s just because the characters are musician and all but that’s not it. I won’t even answer your query because I don’t to ruin your reading experience. But believe me when I say that there’s a greater reason behind it and Hoover’s move in including music is pretty clever because of how the story flows and how it brings in the element of surprise concerning a certain character. It pretty much turns the story into 360 degrees and makes this book profound.
So yeah, music plays a VITAL role in the story and the relationship of Sydney and Ridge. There are eight tracks included in the soundtrack and I can definitely say that it perfectly captured the essence of the story and the feelings of the characters. These songs will certainly mean more to me than any other set of song out there. Not only the songs are rich with meaning and lovely melodies, but with every set of lyrics is a story encompassed in it and it just extracts the feels that you’ll feel while reading Maybe Someday. It was such an enthralling experience reading the lyrics and at the same time listening to the actual songs Sydney and Ridge wrote. Add the fact that Griffin Peterson’s voice is like heaven sent. Don’t mind me, I’m just swaying and swooning over here. Though, listening to it every single day will also be a constant reminder of how much I cried and how my emotions run high reading this book. But it’ll be definitely worth it.
The Aftermath. With a perfect ending is a corresponding … Book hangover and I definitely have one of that right now. Maybe Someday is a book that I would definitely recommend to anyone, like even to people that I would randomly meet in a bookstore or anywhere else. I even recommended this book to my friends who are not that much of reader and I’m just hoping that they would love it as much as I do. A book like these deserves that much dedication and appreciation from readers. So yeah, *mentally screaming at you* if you haven’t read this book yet, well then run to the bookstore nearest you and purchase this one! And to those who’ve read this book already, have you read the MAYBE SOMEDAY EPILOGUE on the soundtrack website? Do you think Colleen will consider writing a book about those two characters? I hope she does because the characters and their current situation already screams great idea for a plot.
What if Maybe Someday gets adapted into a movie? LOL to myself because I can’t stop imagining it being turned in to that but the book doesn’t really help me to stop imagining it. You have to admit it that while reading this book, you’ve also felt that you’re like watching a movie because of the pacing of the story, how powerful the imagery and the emotions involved here are. So, movie making peeps out there. Yuhoo, Maybe Someday’s a breath-taking book and you might want to check this one out! Well, consider me in pure bliss when that happens.
Anyways, this has been a very LENGHTY post so it’s time for me to scoot. Bye and oh oh can I just say that I’m so stoked for the next Colleen Hoover book, which is Ugly Love. I’m starting to store tissues in my cabinet for that book … because things are bound to get ugly in that book.
I’m leaving this post with a question. How about you, what’s your maybe someday?
Rating on Goodreads: 5 out of 5 starsThis review is also posted on my account on Goodreads.