Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: April 2, 2013 by Atria Books
Source: Bought from Fullybooked Fort
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying 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 that Hunter is cheating on her and she's forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. 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. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney's tumultuous world from the very first page.
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Hopeless wouldn't suffice to do the book justice. It is full of so much feels that no words could ever explain. Then Hoover decided to write another one. I wasn't even fully recovered from Hopeless yet even though I've read it last year. Oh well, here's my heart, shattered again to pieces after reading Maybe Someday.
Yes. It is true. I wasn't prepared for Maybe Someday. I didn't read reviews but just looked at ratings. I don't want to have my hopes up just like what happened to me with The Fault in Our Stars and I don't want to be 'influenced' by others' thoughts about it. All I wanted is for Maybe Someday to surprise me and here's what I got, GAZILLION MESSY FEELS. This is my second Hoover novel and so far, disappointment is too far from me.
The story is told in an alternating point of view. Sydney lives in an apartment with her best friend, Tori. She chose to be on her own and pursued music as opposed to what her parents wanted for her, Pre-law. Every eight in the evening though, she finds herself listening to a guy play his guitar on the other balcony. For some weird reason, she's drawn to the music this guy makes and she can't help but be attracted to his talent. Then we have Ridge, a song writer. He lives across this girl's apartment and he's with his best friend, Warren. He plays his guitar and tries to write songs for his band then makes it exactly eight in the evening to also see the girl. He notices how she listens to his songs. He also knows that her boyfriend and best friend are cheating on her. One night, in the middle of a writer's block, he noticed the girl singing to his song. He's shocked she put some lyrics to it that his need for lyrics pushed him to communicate with the girl. So from the balcony, their conversation started and he eventually told her about how she's being cheated on. After Sydney confronted her boyfriend and best friend, she left their apartment though she has nowhere to go. Ridge saw this and took her in. They started writing songs together and their friendship blossomed in a different way. And Sydney's mesmerized by how talented Ridge is despite his disability and hurt at the same time that he has a very beautiful girlfriend.
I would have rated this novel in a different way if the part of me that has been cheated on in the past would do the reviewing. I would say everything they've done and felt were unfair, that no matter where you look, the foundation is wrong, this ending doesn't happen in real life and that no matter how they justified their actions, this is just WRONG in a lot of sense. Basically, I wouldn't like this, I wouldn't have agreed to any part of it, I wouldn't have felt this strong feels for it. Because I know how painful it is to be deceived by those people you love and trust. However, I am rating and reviewing it this way because I fully understand the wrongness and rightness of it. Hoover wrote another ordinary story in an extraordinary way. She puts unexpected twists in her story which seriously floored me. I never expected THIS twist in Maybe Someday. She made it so spectacular that I started seeing things differently.
The alternating POV narration started off for me. I felt like there is really no distinction when it comes to the character's voices. But I was so wrong. I wasn't really listening very closely at first and when I started to hear it, I was stunned. Sydney and Ridge's voice kind of blended together. They think the same way and feel the same way for each other that their voices are one. I never thought I wouldn't be able to differentiate it but holy guacamole! This was another surprise from Maybe Someday! Aside from that, Ridge's "disability" majorly shocked the human out of me because seriously? He's the best person to appreciate melodies! I was also having issues grasping the thought that Ridge could play so well despite everything but I eventually accepted it because yes, everything is possible. With the "training" he got during his childhood up and his perseverance to be the best he can be, I shouldn't doubt his talents. I loved how humbling his character is. I never saw any other flaw in him. He isn't perfect but he's got everything a person could ever hope for. He's loyal, loving, funny, talented, smart and his good looks come as a bonus. I really think he's the best for Sydney.
Sydney. Sydney. Sydney. She's definitely one of the characters I could ever relate to. The way she handled herself in amid deceit and temptation is remarkable. I know that the stronger her feelings develop, the harder it is to ignore. And she actually did it. She tried so so hard to resist and I could say at some point, she did resist. She has every possible affirmation that she has the chance to be with Ridge but she held on so tight to stay away and keep her feelings contained. I would have made a move if I were in her shoes but she's just strong. It is another trait I admire about her that not everyone can pull off.
Maybe Someday may have ended too perfectly but it ended the way it should. The idea of this story isn't totally applicable in real life but it gives a little spark of hope that the heart could wait and could find the one that beats the same way. Wrong as it may sound, but love will always take its own course to the right person no matter how wrong circumstances may be and it will take as long as it could until the time is right. Maybe Someday made cry ocean and seriously tore my heart apart. Hoover did it again. The story she created rendered my entire existence speechless and my heart shattered. Maybe Someday is absolutely a tear-inducing novel that will mess your feelings up but will plant love deeply to your heart. Then rip it.
"I want to know how you're singing lyrics to my songs when I haven't even added lyrics to them yet."
"I spend the next half hour reminding myself how much I've missed her. I remind myself how much I love her. I remind myself how good it feels when we're together. I keep reminding myself over and over, because for the past week, it felt as if I was starting to forget."
"Oh, my God, I can't. I didn't ask for this. I don't want this. But if feels so good. His words feel so good, his closeness feels good, his eyes searching mine make my heart go haywire, and for the life of me, I can't figure out HOW SOMETHING THAT FEELS LIKE THIS CAN BE SO WRONG."
"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?"
"The way he's holding me gives me a glimpse of what things could be like between us. I try to push those two little words into the back of my head, the two words that always inch their way forward when we're together. Maybe someday."
"There isn't any doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each other's life. It's our lives that aren't perfect for us."
"I'm crying tears over the death of something that never even had the chance to live. The death of US."