Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Rating: 3/5 stars
I was in the mood for a quick romance, and having heard so many great things about Colleen Hoover, I decided to check this out. While I did enjoy it for the most part, the plot revolves around a lot of cheating which is a big NO in my book. I am so conflicted about this!
1. A Connection Deeper Than Words
“There isn’t a 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.”
Barring the whole uncomfortable cheating thing aside, I did think the relationship between Sydney and Ridge were well written. I could feel their physical attraction, and even their deeper bond. I enjoyed seeing their mutual passion for his music. Ridge is also deaf, and it was interesting to see how he coped with it, along with glimpsing at how Sydney made him yearn for more. They did have very good chemistry, if it weren’t for the tiny little fact that Rhys had a completely awesome girlfriend in Maggie, I think I would have enjoyed this pairing. However, my knee jerk reaction to his infidelity meant I could never fully immerse in this story.
2. Compulsively Readable
“Never in all my life and in all my years of living in a world of silence have I wanted to hear something as much as I want to hear her sing right now. I want to hear her so bad it physically hurts.”
While I should have quit this book as soon as I realised where the story was going, I found myself unable to tear away from the story due to the great pacing and accessible writing. Colleen Hoover writes in direct, straight forward proses – yet she still manages to effectively tug at your heartstring. The numerous ups and downs that Sydney had to face through the stories kept momentum constant, and while I was at times frustrated, I was never bored.
3. A Musical Experience
“For her I bend, for you I break.”
Reading this book is quite the experience due to the accompanying soundtrack by Griffin Peterson. As we watch Sydney and Ridge write their songs together, we can put those earplugs in and amplify the feels. I hereby demand that ALL books come with their own designated playlist from now on. I read this book on a lazy Sunday afternoon while watching the parents fishing, and it was magical!
Don’t know whether you want to read the book? Go ahead and listen to the soundtrack HERE!
Just… NO. The author did make a valiant attempt at portraying Sydney and Ridge as well meaning, honest people who got caught in a shitty situation. To some degree, this is exactly what they are, but I can’t help thinking of all the things they could have done to avoid it:
- Not living in the same house while knowing that their attraction was so instantaneous?
- Don’t get all handsy with one another. In what WORLD is it OK for an attached dude to put his hands and head against some other girl’s body, even if it’s to ‘feel her voice’ or whatever?
- Want to be to be together? Go ahead, have the decency and courage to break off your previous relationship first. People who screws around with other people’s feelings, lie, and deceive in the name of being kind are the worst.
- Sydney knows exactly what it feels like to be cheated on, and though she says she feels guilty, she never does anything to try to mitigate or stop the situation.
- Cheating, even between people with genuine feelings, is freaking spineless and I can’t abide by it.
/rant. Can you tell I have personal beef against this? 😄
Although I enjoyed the writing for the most part, there’s some truly awful lines and dialogue here that made me shudder a little. I LOVE romance, what I don’t love is awkward line like:
“Hey, heart. Are you listening? You and I are officially at war.”
“I failed miserably at trying not to fall in love with you.
I failed first.”
“Kisses like his should come with a warning label. They can’t be good for the heart.”
Am I just getting too old for this? I could barely contain my eye rolling sometimes.
Also the ending? Totally undeserved and unsatisfying. Our leads never grows a spine, their choices are effectively made for them. Give Maggie a spin off stat, please, I would MUCH rather be reading a story about her.
I know lots of my friends loved this book, I AM SORRY GUYS. I should have known I wouldn’t be able to handle reading about cheaters, especially with my past experience. I liked enough of what I read to attempt another Colleen Hoover book? Maybe Slammed? Ugly Love? Any recs?