Author: Colleen Hoover
“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… ”
I loved this book. Of course, there were parts that I naturally didn’t like as much as others, but I loved this book. It was funny and real and sad and a breath of fresh air. It helped that the songs were lovely, as well. Maybe Someday just became my second-favourite Colleen Hoover book, not exactly an easy feat.
First of all, it starts out lighter than any of Colleen Hoover’s other books. Okay, yes, Sydney’s douchebag boyfriend cheats on her with her roommate, but it was such a relief not to be reading about abuse again. Not that I have anything against reading stories about people who have suffered through harrowing things throughout their childhood, but to have this kind of gem from Colleen Hoover is very rare. I’m used to feeling heavy and weighted down and just tense from the tips of my toes to the top of my head.
Colleen Hoover is a master of the slow burn. Sydney and Ridge’s relationship develops naturally, despite their method of doing so through the music they make together. Their emotions were so real and passionate, and Ridge’s own journey while combating his feelings is beautiful.
Another really good thing about this book is how all the characters deal with deafness. I love Sydney because she never treats Ridge like he’s less than he is, and for a musician who can make music without hearing it? That is some Beethoven stuff. Ridge is such a strong person, and I strive to have half the strength he does.
The lyrics to all of the songs in the book are so…elegant? Lyrical? Beautiful? Poetic? If you do end up reading this book, please listen to the songs as you do. The book was written for reading it while listening to it, too.
Maggie. Maggie. Maggie. I actually loved Maggie. She was so pretty and honest and wonderful, honestly. I’m so, so, so glad Colleen Hoover didn’t make Maggie a stuck-up snob or anything like that, because that would take away from who Ridge is as a person and it would also take away from Ridge and Syndey’s relationship.
I did have one reaaaally minor issue, however. Ridge and Sydney are both three-dimensional, dynamic characters, and that’s great. But I didn’t connect with Sydney as easily as I connected with Ridge. When I use the word ‘connect’, I don’t exactly mean she’s not relatable, but I couldn’t feel her. Does that make any sense? I couldn’t feel what she was feeling. I couldn’t see things the way she would. I just couldn’t put myself in her shoes. I felt…detached from her.
Still, a very minor thing. I did not take points away for that because it’s such a small thing and I don’t think everyone would feel the same way.
I don’t have a lot of thoughts on this book by way of spoilers, but I do suggest that any lover of contemporary give this one a try. It’s worth it.
If you’ve stuck with me so far, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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