Published by Simon and Schuster
Published on March 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, New Adult, Romance
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.
Words can sometimes have a far greater effect on a heart than a kiss.
You know that feeling when you suck in a breath, and then you slowly release it because of all the feelings you have contained inside of you? That’s exactly how I feel every freaking time I think about this book. After I finished reading it, I wanted to crawl inside it again. Okay, I’m really gushing over this book, because, oh my..my feelings, my heart. Be still, my heart.
Beat beat, pause.
Beat beat, pause.
I never realized how powerful desire could be. It consumes every part of you, enhancing your senses by a million. When you’re in the moment… all you can do is focus on the person in front of you.
Let me get this out of the way first, I love Colleen Hoover’s books! There I said it. I’d probably read her grocery list, but… (Colleen, is that available somewhere?)
Now, how to coherently review this book…my heart is all over the place!
The book was told in Sydney and Ridge’s perspectives. You can definitely feel the shift in the voices when the perspectives alternated. Some dual POVs sound the same, so this one was perfect. My favorite perspective is Ridge’s. His journey through music and experiencing lots of first times with it was so touching, even profound.
When I finished reading this book, like I mentioned when you started reading my rambling thoughts about the book, I was doing that sucking-in-my-breath-then-releasing-it-slowly. What is that called? The story started with Sydney sucker punching her roommate/best friend and her boyfriend-turned-ex because she found out what they were doing behind her back – cheating on her, that’s what! And this happened on her 22nd birthday.
I already hate being twenty-two, and I still have 364 more days to go. It sucks so bad that I’m… crying? Great. I’m crying now. I’m a purse less, crying, violent, homeless girl. And as much as I don’t want to admit it, I think I might also be heartbroken.
Imagine all things depressing when this happens to you. So yes, I felt so happy that she was able to punch Tori and Hunter. But we all know that the swelling of her fists wouldn’t make up for the swelling of her heart. I loved how Sydney dealt with that situation, I couldn’t have done it better myself. (I’ve been cheated on, and I should’ve punched him in the face! But I loved my hand too much.)
Ridge is her neighbor. They just got acquainted, but when he saw Sydney out in the rain with her suitcases, he took her in. Coincidentally, he was looking for another person to occupy the fourth room in his apartment.
So who’s Ridge, really?
Oh, he’s this musician who plays outside his balcony. The reason why Sydney goes out of her (previous) balcony to listen to him play. She loves music. She didn’t take prelaw even though his father saw that anything but is mediocre. She decided to get a music major and get a teaching job. Back to Ridge. He’s this musician who writes for his brother’s band “Sounds of Cedar” (technically, he’s part of the band), and two weeks prior to Sydney’s finding out about Tori and Hunter, asked her to write music for him. The back story for the band name was gut wrenching. Seriously, Colleen, why cut my heart into pieces?
This guy has it. He’s confident and talented. I’ve always been a sucker for musicians, but more in a fantasy way. They’re a different breed. A breed that rarely makes for good boyfriends.
So she moved in because she had no choice. Then she finds out something about Ridge that I never saw coming. I was in awe of how the author thought of this particular thing about Ridge (I don’t want to tell you, so read the book!), and still be able to make such good music. They started making music together, Ridge writing the notes, playing the guitar, and Sydney writing the lyrics. Then another few weeks later, she finds out another detail about him (that the readers were already aware of), and my heart broke for Sydney.
But what I loved about Sydney and Ridge was their level of maturity. They were able to get past the fact that they can’t be together. At least, not yet. Sydney still has to heal her broken heart, and Ridge is, well, he’s Ridge. (God, it’s hard to stop spilling all the spoilerish things here!) They continued to make beautiful music together, and let me tell you, they were really good music. I bought the album in iTunes and this made the reading experience of the book way better. You get to hear the songs that they wrote in the book. (I am really rambling here.) You can listen to them for free at maybesomedaysoundtrack.com while reading the book. (The epilogue can also be found there, so you have to check it out.)
There’s something about these moments when we’re writing music that I absolutely love. All my worries and thoughts about everything wrong in my life seem to go away for the short times we write together. It’s nice.
Both Sydney and Ridge fought so hard to be good people. They’re both loyal to a fault, they always chose to do the right thing. As much as you think you want to hate anyone in the book, you can’t. Do you know how hard that is? Even the side characters, Warren and Bridgette are lovely people, even though Bridgette was a bitch most of the time. (I loved Warren, he’s so funny! If Colleen wrote a book about him, I’ll read it.)
Desire is easy to fight. Especially when the only weapon desire possesses is attraction. It’s not so easy when you’re trying to win a war against the heart.
The chemistry was definitely there whenever they work on their music. They bonded over music, and built a solid friendship. The lyrics to the songs that Sydney wrote reflects her feelings. I couldn’t help but swoon over those moments, especially when Sydney heard the song she wrote for the first time.
They’re your words, Sydney. Words that came from you.
There were songs that definitely plucked the chords of my heart. At times, I had to put the book down to soak in the lyrics, and then I play the song on repeat. Some songs made me cry. You know how sound triggers? Without meaning to, you just feel a lot of emotions because of a certain song, a melody, a lyric.
Honestly, I never expected to feel this way after reading this book. I’ve never read anything like it, so I am marking this as a unique plot that will twist your heart into good and bad and sad ways, but overall, it leaves you feeling so hopeful about life and love.
Having her so close feels as though we’ve created our own personal space and nothing from outside our world can make its way in, and nothing from inside our world can make its way out.
Colleen Hoover definitely have superpowers when it comes to the New Adult genré. She knows how to intricately create characters that take root and grow inside of you. I don’t know how she does it, but she just delivered a solid story that will stay with me for a very long time.
Maybe Someday is a beautiful journey between two people who had to go through the hardest of heartbreaks. Individually, they had to find themselves again, to be whole, to love again. The story gave my heart a lot of hope that there are guys out there who are loyal, honest, and trustworthy.
Just say when.
When When When!
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