Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria
Published on March 18th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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 failed miserably at trying not to fall in love with you.”
“I failed first.”
OMG, Colleen Hoover! Once again you have taken my emotions on an epic ride, using my heart like a chew toy only to mend it in sensational style, and once again I loved every minute of it!
I went in to this book not knowing much about the story, and it completely took me by surprise – as did my reaction to it. Heart pounding, my emotions were all over the place and I honestly had no clue how I wanted to book to end. Sydney and Ridge’s story captivated the whole way through and I’m keeping my review vague in order to avoid spoilers, because I think you really need to dive in and just experience this one as it all unfolds.
Sydney first sees Ridge when they are sitting on their balconies across a courtyard from each other, and she sees him playing his guitar. The sight hypnotizes her, and it ends up becoming a nightly ritual for the two of them – Ridge practicing his guitar he can see Sydney, and Sydney losing herself in his beautiful music and making up lyrics to go along with his compositions. Contact is eventually made when Ridge realises that she is singing along to his music and, having lost his lyric writing mojo, asks for Sydney’s help. I love these early interactions. It’s absolutely perfect, and a fantastically original way for them to start a friendship.
Sydney’s life is thrown into disarray when she discovers her boyfriend cheating on her with her roommate, and it is Ridge that comes to her rescue, offering her a room in his apartment where he lives with his best friend, Warren, and snarky but hilarious Bridgette. Being in such close proximity to each other, the two of them spend a lot more time together and get to know each other closely as they become quite the songwriting duo.
Music is a huge part of this book, and LOVE that there is a soundtrack to go along with it! Reading this book is like sensory overload when the words alone make you feel so much, and then you get to listen to it as well. It adds so much to the story, and makes the whole thing kinda magical!
The music and lyrics that Sydney and Ridge compose are heartfelt, and beautifully reflect the growing emotion between them. Being in a position which doesn’t allow them to act on their feelings, they use music as a way of communicating their attraction, and it’s just amazing.
Thoughts of you invade my head
Truths are written, never said
And if I can’t be yours now
I’ll wait here on this ground
Till you come, till you take me away
That’s not to say that they don’t talk to each other, because they do. In fact they talk to each other more than most couples, never holding anything back, and the honesty between them is incredible! I love the way that they open up and share everything, even the bad stuff. It makes the relationship between them so intense when they know how they are feeling, and what they want from each other, but they aren’t able to have it.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each other’s life, Sydney. It’s our lives that aren’t perfect for us.”
Yes, there are some pretty big things in the way of a possible relationship for these two. But in a very surprising outcome, when the full picture finally becomes clear, I had no idea where I wanted the story to go. There were a number of possible outcomes, and I honestly didn’t know which one I wanted. I just wanted a happy ending for everybody, and there was no way that could happen… or is there?
“If there are two people in this world capable of finding a way to love each other, it’s us.”
I love these characters! LOVE THEM! The story is told in dual POV, and I could understand and appreciate everything that they went through. There is no stupid, and there is nothing that frustrated me as a reader. Their openness with each other, and the way that they accept each other and the way that things are between them, is absolutely fantastic. And, as always, Colleen brings in amazing side characters that add so much to the story. Maggie, Warren, and even Bridgette each bring something very special. I particularly loved Maggie, she is an incredible character, and her strength and wisdom absolutely blew me away.
From the banter, teasing and pranks which had me laughing out loud, through the tingles of attraction, the breathlessness of falling in love, to the threat of losing everything. There are so many beautiful moments in this story View Spoiler »Ridge ‘listening’ to Sydney sing, the first kiss, his words to her… just… wow « Hide Spoiler. And OMG, the feels! I could feel absolutely everything right alongside them! From happiness to heartache and back again, it’s an emotional ride and my heart was pounding the whole time.
I absolutely loved it – 5 stars.
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