Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review: Maybe Someday, by Colleen Hoover


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.

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 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.

5 out of 5 stars

Simply put...another AMAZING book by Colleen Hoover.  Every time I read one of Colleen's books I find myself saying things like, "wow, what an original story" or "I didn't see that coming."  Her books take me on an emotional roller coaster with twists and turns I didn't know a book could even manage to evoke.  When the ride is over I walk away ruined, but always in the best way possible.

Maybe Someday is a beautiful, emotional, heart wrenching story full of desire, music and most importantly love.  Things in Sydney Blake's life are as good as she can imagine.  She's living with her best friend, in love with a guy she almost believes is her forever and perusing the college degree she wants all without the help of her disapproving parents.  She finds contentment in the pieces of her life falling perfectly into place and a sense of happiness every night around 8:00 when she slips outside onto her balcony where she listens to the powerful, harmonious guitar music coming across the courtyard from one of her obviously talented neighbors.  Then on her 22nd birthday Sydney's seemingly perfect world crashes when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with Tori, her roommate and best friend.  

Ridge is talented beyond words, gorgeous, with a heart of gold and a secret I never quite expected.  As I was reading the words I honestly thought it was just another elaborate prank but the more I read, the more I realized I couldn't have been more wrong!  Ridge's passion is music, specifically writing.  However, as the story begins he in kind of a slump, plagued with writer's block.

Ridge and Sydney initially connect through music, slowly building a friendship, but when Ridge makes Sydney an offer she cannot refuse you just know its going to be the catalyst that changes both of their lives.  Watching the natural progression of the relationship between these two grow and blur was just beautiful.  Their desire, struggle, frustration, passion and respect for one another as well as the other people in their lives makes up the heart and soul of this story.  Told any other way it probably wouldn't have worked.  

I laughed, I cried and with every ounce of my heart I could literally feel the side effects of the war waging between their heart and mind.  I understood not only how they found themselves in an uncomfortable predicament but also the feelings behind every decision and action either one of them made.  It wasn't as if either of them could control what was happening.  They were caught off guard, struggling for their hearts to catch up to what they knew they wanted and needed in their minds.  Yes, some decisions could have been made differently or even sooner but in the end I believe they would have eventually found themselves at the same crossroads, it may have just taken longer to get there.  

When that perpetual crossroads finally emerged I knew know matter what direction Colleen chose to take these characters on was going to be both hard and painful.  Love is never easy and after reading this book I can appreciate the complications that accompany this feeling even more.  The further I got involved with all the characters and the more I learned about each of their stories the more worried I found myself.  I was at a loss a to how to prepare myself for the ending, what would happen?  What did I want to happen?  Would I be ok with the ending if things didn't go the direction I wanted them to go?

The ending was perfect, better than I could have even begun to imagine!  Maybe Someday is a true testament to just how masterful of a story teller Colleen Hoover truly is.  She expertly weaves magic into her stories ensuring that even though the last page has been turned you're still going to be thinking about the story while creating characters you won't ever be able to forget.  I guess the only thing I haven't mention is the element of Griffin Peterson's music throughout the book --- it completely enriched the entire experience for me.  Even now, with the book finished, when I listen to him sing those songs I cannot help but find myself transported back into the pages of the story.  It's like getting to re-live it over and over agin.  Buy this book, read this book, move Maybe Someday to the top of your list.  It's unlike anything I've ever read before, there isn't even another book I can compare this one to.  Maybe Someday is one of those books you absolutely need make time for and experience firsthand.

*I was gifted an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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