#COYER Review: Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

Posted 16 March, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 26 Comments

#COYER Review: Maybe Someday – Colleen HooverMaybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on 18 March 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

4 Stars

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has 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 Hunter's cheating on her—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to his playing his guitar every day out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

*I received a free ARC of Maybe Someday from Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Maybe Someday is a beautifully written contemporary New Adult romance, and, as usual the prose and the music are big parts of the story. Sydney thinks she knows all about heartache when she finds herself outside in the rain, on her birthday, after confronting her best friend and her boyfriend about their sneaking around behind her back. I truly loved how Sydney dealt with her back-stabbing friends before she packed her bags and left. Luckily for her, Ridge from across the courtyard has one of his roommates bring her up to his apartment and lets her stay until she gets her feet back under her.

Little by little, Maybe Someday reveals its story, the characters and the way it all could work together. Between Sydney thinking up lyrics to Ridge’s guitar, and the way they get along on every level, there really should be only happiness for them, right? Unfortunately for both of them, that’s not how the real world works. Sydney is still dealing with the betrayal of her boyfriend and her roommate, and Ridge has a girlfriend whom he loves very much.

I loved that Maybe Someday is written in dual point of view, so that I could see both what Ridge was thinking and feeling, and everything that happened in Sydney’s mind as well. Both of them are extremely loyal people, and they are also very passionate – both about music and the ones they care about. As the story moves on, it is clear both to the readers and to the main characters that they have strong feelings for each other, and they are both working very hard to not act on those feelings. And while that is admirable in a way, it also kind of bothered me a little. I think it’s because they weren’t completely honest with themselves – and it is difficult to stay loyal when honesty is an issue at all.

However, the character growth, and how lovable they both are made me still enjoy and love Maybe Someday. It is so bitter-sweet, so full of hope, and also mixed emotions and guilt. And in the center of it all is an all-compassing love of music. I actually went and pre-ordered the audio book as soon as I finished reading, because to hear two narrators tell me the story and sing the songs for me will make the experience even better!

As Maybe Someday continues, we also learn that there is much more to the characters than what they seem at the beginning, and the relationships they have built are more intricate because of that. And I both smiled and cried, cursed and swooned, and by the end, I had no idea what exactly it was I wanted to happen!

 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.

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.

I think the fact that I misjudged him pisses me off more than the fact that he cheated on me. If I can’t even accurately judge the people closest to me, then I can’t trust anyone. Ever. I hate them for taking that away from me. Now, no matter who comes into my life after this, I’ll always be skeptical.

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.

Although I wasn’t ready for anything right now, I thought the possibility would be there. I assumed that maybe someday, when I was ready, things could have developed between us.

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26 responses to “#COYER Review: Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

    • That sucks, Stormi! But you know the links are open until April 5th, right? So don’t fret. Even if you don’t do as well as you had planned in the challenge, that’s OK, too. We all have busy lives, right?
      I seem to run away from my homework and rather bury myself in ARCs… not sure that is better than your reading slump 😉

  1. I plan to read a Colleen Hoover book during COYER. It’s between Hopeless and Slammed. The music aspect in Maybe Someday sounds wonderful. I hope the audio adds that bit you’re looking for. My favorite story with music practically another main character was Guitar Notes by Mary Amato. You’re rocking this challenge! Not me with one book down, but it was a great book…Panic by J.A. Huss. Happy reading, Lexxie!

    • WooHoo Robyn, I’m so happy you got to read Panic. I need to hunt down your review *grisn*

      I love both Hopeless and Slammed, and last week, I listened to the audiobook of Slammed and Point of Retreat. It was so good, because the narrator actually performed the poetry, and I laughed and cried, smiled and cringed.

      I have only read one book in March that doesn’t count towards the COYER challenge, so I have actually been a little disciplined for once 😉

      Thanks for stopping by, Robyn! *HUGS*

  2. I loved Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series, so I’m sure I’ll check this one out too. I might, however, wait until the books are further along b/c the idea of having no idea what I want to happen at the end of a book . . . I don’t know, maybe. I’m glad you liked it though, and I bet the audio version with dual narrators will be really good as well 🙂 Great review!

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads recently posted: Review: Bloodfire by Helen Harper
    • I loved the Slammed and Hopeless series, both. I’m not sure Maybe Someday is supposed to be a series, though, the story is pretty much contained in this one book, too.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jessica.

    • I have loved all of her stories so far! I have even listened to three of them as audiobooks, and right now, I’m listening to Maybe Someday. It’s awesome 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Michelle.

    • Me, too, and seeing each character and their point of view also brings more to the story as a whole.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I have loved her other books, but if you didn’t you might still enjoy this one, Angie. The cheating isn’t the most important part of the story, it’s rather how it’s dealt with, and how it impacts Sydney in her decisions later.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    • Yes, there usually is quite a lot of hype surrounding Hoover’s books. But I think it’s quite justified, as I love both her style and her stories.

      Like you, I love the music part, and the lyrics are truly beautiful. After reading the book, I went to iTunes to listen to the previews of the songs, and it’s not really the kind of music I enjoy listening to, it’s very folk/country like.

      And, I actually enjoyed the audiobook more than the actual book!

      Thanks for stopping by, Naomi.

  4. I’m excited to start my goal of reading every book written by Colleen Hoover and even more so now! Your review of Finding Cinderella was the first time I found out there was a novella in the Hopeless series.

    I’m looking forward to the dual POV. I like seeing the story from both perspectives. Can’t resist a guy with a guitar. 🙂

    Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl recently posted: Frenched by Melanie Harlow ~ Release Event: Giveaway & Guest Post
    • There really is something about a guy with a guitar, right? And the dual POV is always awesome.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer.

  5. Beautiful review, Lexxie! I can tell that Maybe Someday really touched you. I love how Ms. Hoover uses her words to convey such incredible emotion. I can’t wait to read this one, too.

    Happy Thursday! *hugs*

  6. Excellent Review Lexx! I enjoyed this one as well. It was such an emotional read for me, but then again all of Colleen Hoover books are. My heart broke in this story as well! I loved Ridge, Maggie, and Sydney! They were all such awesome characters 🙂

  7. Jennifer K

    I love love love Colleen Hoover. I absolutely cannot wait to read this book. Yep I agree, all her books are super emotional. But i love them all. Cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

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