Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Maybe Someday  
Author: Colleen Hoover 
Series: Maybe #1 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: March 18, 2014 
Rating: ★★★ 

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. Maybe someday…

Thruths are written, never said.

This book has been recommended to me time and time again so when I finally picked it up, I was really excited. As usual, I dove in without a clue as to what the story would be about. I guessed it would involve romance. *rolls eyes a million times* But hey, exactly what I needed yesterday evening when I began reading Maybe Someday.

Anyway, I started it and rushed through the first couple of chapters. The writing is very simple, but engaging and down-to-earth in a compelling way. It gets you into the story very fast. The pages suck you in and don’t let go. It makes the book a very fast read with often a very relatable train of thought and some nice every-day-life metaphors.

How ever, I've learned that the heart can't be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.

The book starts out with Sydney finding out her boyfriend of two years is cheating on her with her best friend/roommate and likely has been at it for a while. This leaves her devastated, heartbroken and without a place to stay. In her desperation, she turns to Ridge, a guy she met not so very long ago. He helps her out of her precarious situation and offers her a room in his shared apartment. While she has been talking to Ridge for a while through text messages it comes as a complete shock to her when Ridge turns out to have a hearing disability. He has been born deaf and therefore only communicates through text messages and sign language. It intrigues Sydney, because she knew hem as a very talented musician. A very talented musician stuck with writer’s block who needs her help to write lyrics to his songs. Something she gladly offers in return for his hospitality and friendship. Before long however, there seems to be more than friendship in the air, even though Ridge is in a serious relationship… 

Hurts to see you everyday
Cupid shuts his eyes and shot me twice
Smell your perfume on my bed
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
Maybe someday

I liked Sydney Blake and she deserved a lot better than what she got. She was kind, caring and more selfless than she should have been. But even as she tries to fight her own nature for the sake of others, she stayed remarkably true to herself. I wished she’d tried harder to stand her ground. She was a strong person who deserved to make her own destiny.

My feelings towards Ridge Lawson where conflicted at best. There were times I definitely liked him and he is an interesting character. The fact that he’s deaf gave the story a special dimension. Especially since it was the ‘hot, sexy’ love interest who had the disability this time around. Ridge was sweet, thoughtful honest, funny and loyal unlike any other. BUT (and that’s a pretty big but) the way he acted at times made my skin crawl. Yes, he was really honest to Sydney - but at the same time he was completely dishonest with Maggie. He’s loyal to Maggie, but not loyal enough to Sydney. He was jealous and very possessive of Sydney even if he didn’t have any right to be. He sometimes treated Sydney real shitty and while he made up for it later, it doesn’t change the fact that he did what he did. But most of all I couldn’t stand the way he kept dragging both Maggie and Sydney along. He was incredibly selfish. He fell for Sydney while he was in a relationship with someone else. It happens. But it’s the way you deal with it that defines what kind of person you are. And Ridge did not do it well. He kept telling himself that he wasn’t acting on his feelings for Sydney, but that he didn’t have sex with Sydney doesn’t mean he didn’t betray Maggie all the same. The way he and Sydney talked, shared things, were brutally honest with each other, kept expressing their love for each other.. Except for the physical part they were every bit a couple. It was not a healthy thing and they both knew it. I can’t help but feel he was playing her. He should have just made a decision instead of indulging himself and trying to get the best of both worlds. Especially since he never planned on leaving Maggie anyway.

I didn’t object to the cheating part per se. Hell, I’ve written stories myself that are infinitely worse - it’s just the way that Ridged dealt with it that I didn’t like. Sydney was more mature and more honest about it in my opinion. At least she felt genuinely guilty. He didn’t seem like a very healthy guy to be in a relationship with.

For her I bend, for you I break.

Which brings me to my next issue. The ending is hopelessly romantic, to the point where it even gets insufferably cheesy. Granted, I’m not big for ‘grand love declarations’ in general, but I never felt like Ridge really chose being with Sydney. To me it felt more like a combination of circumstances that worked out pretty well for him than a choice. I’m not doubting he loved her. It’s just.. you know. He mentioned like a million times that he was never going to leave Maggie.

I missed background. A lot. Sydney has a cheating boyfriend and a backstabbing best friend, but apart from a couple of terrible parents mentioned there is absolutely no one else in her life. She is not socially awkward, she hasn’t just moved… Why isn’t there anyone? Friends? Class mates? Also, she seems to be doing a master in college that has to do with music, but while she and Ridge talk music all the time - it never comes up. Doesn't she learn anything there? She was also never in school. In fact, she hardly ever left Ridge’s apartment at all since she first moved in there. I’m also really skeptical about everything Hoover did with the hearing impairment. Some things seemed very unrealistic, but I don’t actually know a lot about that disability so I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt on that one.

What I did like very much was the music aspect! The song writing that made for intense, emotional bonding, lovely lyrics and the beginning of the attraction between Sydney and Ridge. And their attraction was something to swoon over. I liked them together. Everything about that was done the right wayThe scenes where they were making music together were the most honest and the best parts of the book! I mean, it’s not as if I was completely opposed to Ridge. There were times when he made my heart beat a little faster. I’m not like, completely made out of stone or anything. 

We try so hard to hide everything we're really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.

So yeah, I don’t really know how to rate this book. There were parts I really loved and others I kept rolling my eyes at. I didn’t love it, I didn’t exactly hate it. Mostly I feel regret. Because there is tons of potential and I feel like it could have been a lot better than it was.

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  1. Great review! I've only read two Colleen Hoover books so far and this is one I still need to read. Too bad you didn't completely enjoy it.

    1. I know! I really wanted to. And now I'm a bit.. less excited to read anything else?

  2. Oh man, I feel like I shouldn't even comment on this review because I'm so biased. I absolutely adored this book but back then I think I didn't give it much thought? The things you mentioned are definitely true and looking back at it now ... I agree with you. There were certain things that are not okay (although that happens in most of CoHo's books) but ... I just can't look at this book any other way. It's been one of my favorites for forever. Ridge and Sydney are ... UGH! I DON'T KNOW. I just had so many feels for them. ♥

    Too bad it didn't work out for you but I'm glad you gave it a chance & didn't hate it at least, haha. Great review! <3

    1. Don't feel bad for liking it! I'm completely outnumbered in not liking it, so there is really no need. I wish I had fallen as in love with it as you obviously did.


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