Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Whenever I read a Colleen Hoover book I know that I am going to be experiencing just about every emotion and Maybe Someday is no exception. From the first page, Hoover grabs the reader and yanks you into Sydney and Ridge’s stories without letting you go until the last page is turned.
Sydney has just turned 22 and is having the worst birthday…ever. She just found out that her boyfriend (Hunter) of two years and her best friend (Tori) have been hooking up behind her back…for quite a while. After confronting them, Sydney decides to move out of the apartment she shares with Tori but unfortunately she doesn’t really have anywhere to go. This is where Ridge comes in.
Ridge lives in the apartment across the courtyard and for the last two weeks has been trying to talk Sydney into writing the lyrics to the music he creates for his band – from across the courtyard via text and signs. They don’t really know each other but what Ridge knows is that Sydney is the answer to the writer’s block he has been experiencing. He also knew that Hunter was cheating on Sydney and happens to be the one that tells Sydney about it….which leads to her confronting them and moving out.
As Sydney sits outside in the rain trying to figure out what the heck she is going to do, Ridge has his roommate go get her and tells her she can stay in their spare room. As they come to an agreement, Sydney offers to sign over the music she writes with Ridge in exchange for a place to stay.
I thought Hoover did a wonderful job of developing the friendship between these characters and while Sydney is pretty much an open book, Ridge definitely has some secrets. One of which was completely unexpected (and I won’t say what it is because I don’t want to ruin anything). There is a lot of background story that plays a role in the current situation and I know I’m being vague but I think it is important to learn everything right along with Sydney.
What I really liked was how these two characters were able to communicate through the music to one another. The things they couldn’t talk about were the things that came out through the lyrics and music they wrote together and they both know things could get messy really quickly…and they do. Through the creation of their music, both Ridge and Sydney begin to realize they are becoming more than just friends to one another. The problem with this is that Ridge has a girlfriend (Maggie) who he loves absolutely and although he admits to developing these feelings for Sydney, he admits he will never leave Maggie.
I felt for Ridge – he was being pulled in half and it was clear he loved both characters. Because of his sense of loyalty and some other things tied to his relationship with Maggie, he wasn’t going to leave her but he also couldn’t help being drawn to and developing the feelings he has for Sydney. Yes, he probably should have asked her to move out sooner than he did but that didn’t happen. Now, facing the decision, everyone knew what he was going to choose.
I loved the secondary characters in this story. Although Maggie is the girlfriend, she is definitely likable and that is what makes it so tough to root against her. She has been faced with challenge after challenge and Ridge is the person that has been there for her and has loved her no matter what. She is kind to Sydney and this is what makes it hard for Sydney to do anything that would hurt her.
I loved Warren. He is Ridge’s best friend and is almost like a brother to him. He is in a tough situation because he sees what is going on but he also knows what Ridge will do if faced with having to make a choice. He has known both Ridge and Maggie too long and knows their stories enough to try to warn Sydney. The scene where Warren and Sydney come back to the apartment after being at the hospital was great because is showed his depth as a character as well as how much he really cared – not just about Ridge and Maggie. Yes, he was angry but when he finally calmed down and talked to Sydney, it was obvious he knew no one was really to blame, they just needed to do something about moving forward. He definitely viewed himself as Sydney’s friend as well and I think what I liked most about him was the fact that he continued to help her and be her friend even after she moved out of the apartment.
So – no spoilers here. I’m not going to say how this all ends but I will say I though Hoover did a wonderful job. Not only are there great characters and a lovely story but the tie in with the music also helps drive the story forward. I can’t wait to experience it with the music that was done by Griffin Peterson as I have a feeling the vocals will have a bit more impact on me when I can hear the songs. As I mentioned, I always expect to experience a million emotions when reading a story by Colleen Hoover and this book is no exception. If you enjoyed any of Hoover’s other books, definitely check this one out as well because I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover