February 16, 2018

Ah at last, my first book review of 2018. I'll be honest with you guys, 2018 started horrible in regards to my reading goal. I started 2 books this year with the hopes of doing better than last year, but unfortunately, I couldn't get passed the first 30 pages of either book without getting frustrated with how disconnected I felt. Neither book had a strong plot line or characters that made me want to keep reading on. I become discouraged that maybe I just lost my love for reading, a little dramatic I know, but at the time, all I could think about was that it had 3 months since I last read a book, which is not good. At all.

Long and behold though, I decided to pick up Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover because I was tired of moping around, and realized that the right book will come eventually. Maybe Someday was more than just the right book. It's one of those books that make you remember why you love reading. It's one of those books that have the capability to drag you out of any reading slump. It's one of those books that take hold of your heart, and not let it go.

*Disclaimer: This book review does contain spoilers. I would advise those who haven't yet read Maybe Someday to read it, then come back and read this.

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… 

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal… -Goodreads

I'm not going to lie, when I initially read the synopsis, this is what I got: a girl gets screwed over by her roommate and boyfriend, girl meets boy next door, and they fall in love, end of story. I assumed it would be like any other college romance story, nothing special. Boy, was I wrong. Yes, at a micro view, that's basically what the story is about, but it is so much more complex than that. Maybe Someday is an emotional roller coaster because our main characters, Sydney and Ridge, are so dynamic. They have layers and layers to their characters, and their relationship is just so conflicting, yet it somehow works out perfectly.

The pacing was also perfect. I never felt like things were rushed or dragged out for too long. Everything about this story felt realistic, and I appreciate that so much. Probably my favorite aspect of the book is the musical elements. Maybe Someday is an experience. Colleen Hoover collaborated with musician, Griffin Peterson to provide us the chance to have the music made between Ridge and Sydney come alive. Each song should be listened to as they appear in the novel, and my goodness, did this cause some tears. This is the first time I ever got to experience something like this while reading, and I loved it so much.

Sydney. I love the way Sydney was portrayed. Her character was so real and natural that I shamelessly couldn't help but see parts of her in myself. I loved her witty remarks just as much as I loved her internal conflicts. From having her boyfriend of 2 years cheat on her with her roommate to meeting this amazing guy next door, Sydney's journey was not an easy one. Yes, there were a few moments where I got frustrated with her, but nothing that made me dislike her character in anyway. I saw Sydney as a strong female character, and someone that deserved her happy ending. 

Ridge. Alright, Colleen Hoover is the queen of making the perfect male characters. Ridge is absolutely amazing. My heart soared for him at the same time it broke for him. The main thing I loved about the way Hoover approached Ridge's deafness was the fact that she didn't make it a huge deal. When he told Sydney he was deaf, I didn't even believe it at first because he'd been acting so "normal," so the thought that he was different in someway never crossed my mind. Ridge's deafness is a huge part of his character, but it's not something that was a disadvantage to him. Other than in the obvious ways, I never once felt that his disability got in the way of how he lived his everyday life. He was just another guy going through a difficult situation. However, I would be lying if I didn't say that him being deaf didn't make me fall in love with him a little bit more. I'm a sucker for characters that aren't perfect, and Ridge's flaws are what made him a deal breaker for me.

Maggie. Why why why why did she have to be so perfect. I wanted to hate Maggie so much because she was the reason why Ridge couldn't be with Sydney, and I wanted them together soooo bad. But Maggie was just so sweet and perfect, that I almost didn't mind if her and Ridge stayed together. At one point, I was rooting for them instead of Sydney lol. When she found out about Ridge and Sydney, my heart broke for her (but I was a little joyful not gonna lie). Yes, her disease made me feel bad, but I think it made everyone feel bad, which is not what she wanted. She didn't want people shielding her from things because of her disease. I loved the way she handled the situation, and I loved that she broke things off with Ridge, but in a way that was more powerful for her than heartbreaking. My favorite line from the entire book is this:
She has someone so much stronger than I'll ever be for her. She has herself.

Warren. The asshole that we all secretly love. At first, I didn't think too much about Warren, but as the story progressed, the more active the role of his character played. Warren is not my favorite person, but he has good intentions and I respect how much her cares about Ridge and Maggie. I love how he treats Ridge as if his disability is not something that he should be ashamed or embarrassed of. That yes his friend is deaf, but that doesn't mean he's going to treat him any different that he would treat any of his friends that can hear.

Colleen Hoover is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her words are so captivating that by the first sentence, I'm hooked. She not only knows how to draw the reader in, but she can keep the reader engaged until the very end, where they beg for more. Maybe Someday is written beautifully. Nothing about this novel was difficult, except for how I felt throughout it all. The queen of contemporary romance is here for her crown!

Final Thoughts
I've mentioned this before, but one of my top reasons for why I love reading so much is that it always allows me to learn something from a different perspective. Prior to reading Maybe Someday, I was opposed to cheating. Being unfaithful is one of the most terrible things you can do to someone's heart, and this book did not challenge that. I still think cheating is horrible, but I don't think Hoover was trying to say it wasn't. What I found interesting was the difference between Tori and Hunter's situation, and Sydney and Ridge's situation. Both situations involved some kind of cheating, but their different, and in a way, one is understandable. What Tori and Hunter did was physical and meaningless. They were just shitty people, point blank. On the other hand, although Ridge and Sydney kissed and got close once, they were constantly battling their feelings for each other, for the sake of Maggie. Now, in no way does that excuse what they did, but what I learned was that cheating is not always black and white. Unlike Tori and Hunter, Ridge and Sydney were emotionally involved with each other. To me, the actual cheating was them falling in love, not the one kiss that they shared. The fact that I am opposed to cheating, yet was rooting for Ridge and Sydney has to say something, right? If it's love, can cheating be justified? Can you love two people at once?

This book was not what I expected at all. I laughed when Bridgette thought Sydney was deaf. I cried when Ridge spoke after 15 years of being silent. And I loved every second of it. Maybe Someday is going down as one of the best books I've ever read.

5 out of 5 STARS

My Favorite Songs
Living a Lie
A Little Bit More
Maybe Someday
Let It Begin 

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