"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…" - Goodreads
~warning you guys, pinch of spoilers ahead, can't help it deym~
If you happen to read my Hopeless Review, y'all know how antsy and exhilarated I was after finishing it (together of course with Losing Hope) So far, I loved all of the Colleen Hoover books I've read and as of the moment, Hopeless is at the top of my contemporary romance faves list. I was like an apeman crazy raving about how good of a writer Hoover is on twitter as soon as I was through with Hopeless that a friend of mine highly recommended Maybe Someday, another CoHo novel. I expected a lot (as in A LOT) from this book considering the ballyhoo, good reviews and its insanely far-fetched rating on goodreads. Sadly, it didn't live up to my expectation. I guess, that happens when you just came across a superb work of one particular author. Standards and expectations from another book of the same writer tend to go way up.
Don't get me wrong, Maybe Someday is a good read. It's actually very original and kind of unique. Colleen Hoover writes beautifully that she gets you hooked to it. Her writing and storytelling capability and creativity are exquisite and impressive. I love how she plays with words. I literally finished the book in just one sitting, ignoring all internet distractions, and that is a very rare thing to happen. There is something with how Colleen Hoover weaves words together that disabled me from putting down the book (all her books actually.)
There's nothing much to the plot, it's quite simple, monotonous and uneventful, not many twists but it was hella consuming. The story is narrated in alternating POVs of Sydney and Ridge, a good thing because you'll know and understand fully their thoughts, conflicting actions and inside battles in fighting their developing attraction and feelings towards one another. Hoover allows you to put yourself in their shoes in order to comprehend and grasp everything that's going on in their minds. The love story is definitely not forgettable as well as the characters.
You wouldn't find it in you to hate any single character in this book. Ridge was such a mystery during the first chapters, playing beautiful music in his balcony, that I was crushing on him too just like Sydney. He's loyal, righteous, good-looking, sexy and everything nice. And the fact that he's deaf is absolutely original. I cringed at the thought and doubted whether Ridge will be able to fully express himself since communication will surely be a pain in the ass. Thanks to CoHo's good writing and creative mind, she made that possible.Warren, Ridge's bestfriend is totally outrageous and at the same time touching. Behind all his atrociousness, prank games and porn-watching TV schedules (bet you, i had a good laugh), is one caring and thoughtful friend. Ridge's girlfriend Maggie (so yea this explains Ridge and Syd's inside battles), is indeed lovely. She's funny and understanding I'm afraid, I liked her character more than Sydney.
Music plays a crucial role since it is what drew Ridge and Sydney together. All the songs were beautiful and they make the characters and the story itself seem so real, palpable and existing. You ought to check them out for a complete feel. To listen to the songs, click HERE. The songs, as a matter of fact were from a real artist and musician, Griffin Peterson.
Ironically, despite the engaging narration and everything else, there's one thing this book failed to do (and which is whyy it falls short to my expectation.): to elicit actual and overpowering emotions from me. I know this is supposed to be heart-crushing since it involves betrayal, broken hearts and broken trust between three good people but I wasn't moved. My heart wasn't shattered at all even if all three were already having their hearts and souls broken into pieces right before my eyes. Their ought-to-be-kilig moments weren't that nakakakilig. Concomitantly, the love scenes even, weren't that great. I had this feeling that something's missing in this book and that I reckon, is its inability to let me feel the sentiments that I was supposed to feel. If I were to rate this in a scale of 5 stars, I'd probably give it a 3.5.
Favorite Maybe Someday Quote:
""People don't get to choose who they fell in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with."