18 Feb 2015

WARNING: Excessive fangirling... OH, and a Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover review

Title: Maybe Someday (Maybe #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary.
Publication Date: March 18th 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 367
Challenges: Around the World, #ProjectTBR
Rating: 5/5

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

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 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. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.

So people I talked to about this book…Remember how I was all like ‘I don’t know if I’m going to like New Adult, you know’? HA. HAHA. Guys. I can’t even.

For those of you who I didn’t talk about this book with, well, I was a little apprehensive to start it. I feel comfortable in my little YA-sometimes-classics-sphere so branching into a new genre was terrifying for me. But oh my god. Just oh my god.

I don’t know if this review is going to make sense at all so if it doesn’t, I’m really, really sorry but I feel like it’ll speak volumes for this book.

It started off kind of strangely and for the first, maybe, 40 pages or so I wasn’t sure about this. I felt like I’d read the story before – girl breaks up with boyfriend, girl is heartbroken, girl meets new boys, the usual. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere, I was completely invested in the story. I’m sorry, what do you mean this book was 367 pages? I’m pretty sure it was only like 50.

Let’s talk about our main character Sydney. At first, I didn’t like her – she was boring and cliché and I just couldn’t have cared less. By the end? I loved her. I don’t know about anyone else, but I thought she was just a really great character. She wasn’t judgmental or whiney or anything else that would make her just like all those others. She was awesome, she had a passion other than boys, she could be witty and sarcastic.

I think my favourite thing was the relationship between her and Ridge, and I don’t mean the feels (although, there were a lot of those.) I liked how the characters grew because of one another and I liked that you could see that in the way they acted. I loved the banter between the two of them but also the deep trust and understanding. They’re basically the definition of my idea of love. No other characters have ever personified that in any book I’ve ever read.

Ridge was perfect. Well, not perfect but seriously amazing. I wish I could talk about why I think he was so brilliant but unfortunately that’s a spoiler. I don’t know if I’ve seen anyone else gush about Ridge, but wow. He’s honestly become one of my new favourite book boyfriends. I mean, he’s up there with James Mycroft and Sirius Black and I’m sure you all know how I feel about those two. Could he maybe move Warner out of the top three? Welllll, don’t tell anyone (especially not Chami) but maybe…someday. I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!

Before I move onto the biggest part of the book and this review, I just want to quickly talk about Colleen Hoover’s writing. Usually when it comes to contemporaries, I find you get a really mix – you get the good writing and then the OMG-what-have-you-done-to-my-heart? kind of writing. This was definitely the second. I think the reason this story is so beautiful is because the writing is absolutely gorgeous, it’s honest and it’s a little bit heartbreaking but it’s funny too. It’s just a whole lot of feels.

Now let’s move onto the big thing. The music element to the book. I’m going to start of by saying that I love music, really I do but the idea of writing completely baffles me. I know a bit of guitar and piano but I’m definitely more of a listener rather than a maker. It’s always interested me though so the fact that this book is about musicians was very exciting when I started reading. Oh but wait, it got better! First page, before the book even starts, there’s a little note from Colleen Hoover saying that you can actually find the soundtrack on her website. That’s cool right? *insert me buying the album off iTunes and then sobbing at the beauty* Anyway, I love the fact that we don’t only get to see the lyrics within the book, but we also get the chance to listen to the songs but even more than that, we see them being written. Please excuse me while I fangirl over that. If you’re even a little bit interested in music then you absolutely have to read this. (Especially you Ebony, if you’re reading this.)

Random little extra note here, I actually had to put this down with 20 or so pages left because my heart couldn’t take it. Obviously, I had to pick it back up 30 seconds later because RIDGE.

Okay, so to summarise – Maybe Someday is now being referred to as the book of ‘oh my god, no, stop, I just can’t, nope, MY HEART!!!’

Yes, I’m warning you now. And yes, we have a massive graphic budget here on A Book So Fathomless.