Monday, March 17, 2014

[Early Review] Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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…

Maybe Someday is new adult gold, destined to become a classic in the genre.  It has everything I look for in a romance novel:  smart, personable characters, an intricate plot, heart pounding moments and an undeniable magneticism.  Colleen Hoover has yet another winner with this new adult book about love that questions whether two people have the "right" kind of love.

I'm not going to get into any plot development for this book because almost anything I say would be a spoiler.  I will say that Hoover drops twists and turns throughout this novel.  One big bombshell about a main character is revealed fairly early on that I never for a minute saw coming.  As we are introduced to the characters in Maybe Someday, we learn more and more about them.  I can think of several things I learned that blindsided me as I was reading.  This is very intense and excellent story telling.  It kept me engaged from page one until The End.  Instead of plot points, I'm going to talk about the characters, which were the real gem of this book.

Ridge:  Loyal.  This is Ridge's most obvious character trait.  He's kind and compassionate, yet loyal to a fault.  Ridge has grown up acting as a father figure to his younger brother, and developed a long lasting relationship with another when he was only 19.  Ridge thinks he has everything figured out and is happy living in his little bubble.  He is seen as a best friend to different people, and he is also seen by his friends as someone who needs their protection.  He brings forth loyalty from his other friends, just as he defines the term to others.

Sydney:  Selfless.  Sydney has her own problems.  Her parents aren't terrible people; they just don't understand her.  She has had her heart trampled on and has been betrayed by people who were supposed to be close to her.  She's never had a friend as loyal as Ridge.  Sydney is a tough cookie, though.  When she seems out of options, she figures out what to do with her life.  She does everything in her power to be the "good girl" - to remember that other peoples' feelings are affected by her actions.  She is the consummate sweet, yet strong, heroine that I have come to expect from Hoover.

Warren:  Complicated.  Warren is a best friend and roommate of Ridge.  He is a supporting character in this book, although I wouldn't be surprised to see him featured in a novella sometime in the future.  Although Warren can act like a pig, he is extremely loyal to Ridge, to the point of making Sydney uncomfortable for no good reason.  Warren talks a big game, but when it comes down to it, he only wants the best for his friends.  He has a different and confusing relationship with a girl in this novel that I saw as quite complicated.  He is also the type of character that reacts to a situation based on his past experiences or feelings and often misses what's "really" going on.  When he is wrong, he is the first to admit it.  I really warmed up to Warren by the end of this story.

Maggie:  Strong.  Maggie is another close friend of Ridge.  He has known her for a very long time and there are commonalities between her and Ridge.  She "gets" Ridge on a different level than his other friends.  Maggie doesn't have a mean bone in her body.  She is fiercely independent and often turns away help, even if it would make her life easier.  Maggie and Sydney develop a friendship that I enjoyed very much.  We learn things about Maggie as the story progresses that shines a new light on the characters' relationships.

There are your main and supporting characters in a nut shell.  I loved the intricacies of the ties that bound these people together.  There were times that I wanted to throw a Sydney-esque punch (yes, Sydney throws a few in this book) at both Ridge and Warren.  Although they had their reasons, they both at different times made Sydney feel so completely insignificant for absolutely no reason.  But in the end, I loved both Warren and Ridge and was able to forgive them.  

One of the main themes of this book is how and why you love someone for the wrong reasons.  There are several different romantic relationships explored in this book.  Some of these characters were in love more with the idea of being in love.  Some were in love because they wanted to protect their loved one.  And some were in love because it was comfortable for them.  Did any of this lessen the love one character felt for another?  No.  But the characters are forced to take a step back and analyze if they are in love for the right reasons, and if those reasons are enough to stay in love.

Ridge, Sydney and Maggie have to make major, life changing choices in this book.  It was all written so well, I couldn't even begin to put it in words.  I will say that I love how Ridge showed his feelings for the woman he truly loved with actions and with what he reveals about himself and his past.  The ending of this book had me in goose bumps.  Ridge acts in a way that is totally appropriate for his character and left me swooning.  Yes, ladies.  Ridge is very swoon worthy, and once you read this book, I'm sure you'll all agree with me!

Colleen Hoover wrote an intricate, subtle and heart wrenching story that will stay with me for a long time.  She masterfully uses alternate forms of communication between her characters that I just ate up.  The texting, writing notes, writing on body parts, and Facebook messages all add to the richness of the dialogue and was a genius way to move the story along.  However, my favorite part has to be how Hoover wove the hopeful song, Maybe Someday, throughout this entire book.  It beautifully touched on every character at one point or another and really was the theme that help this book together.  

If you are a fan of extraordinarily well written books, contemporary romances, or of the New Adult genre, then I highly recommend this book to you.  Colleen Hoover delivers in a big way with Maybe Someday.  I can't wait to see what she has for us next!


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