I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 3/18/2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying 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 that Hunter is cheating on her and she's forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. 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. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney's tumultuous world from the very first page.
So pretty much Colleen Hoover is the best new adult author alive ever. That’s a pretty bold statement, but I think I can confidently back that up and keep the drooling at bay. Sydney has had basically THE WORST BIRTHDAY EVER. Thinking she was going to come home to something spectacular planned by her BFF/roomie Tori and her boyfriend of two years, Hunter, she instead comes home to find out Hunter is cheating on her – WITH Tori. So with bruised knuckles and a wounded ego, she packs her things and sits outside in the rain, contemplating exactly where she can go without having to call her overbearing parents. Colleen Hoover writes a very exciting opening scene and draws you right in to the story. You are immediately Team Sydney, because who is going to side with that cheater, Hunter anyway?! And while I did find Syd a little bit whiny (not just in that scene, but throughout the novel), her character flaws are tempered with a lot of humility and self-deprecating humor as she navigates a new life that doesn’t include the two who betrayed her. Can someone find me a Ridge?! Because he’s my new book boyfriend! Syd is saved by a knight on a white horse, otherwise known as her neighbor Ridge, who invites her to stay in his empty 4th bedroom until she can find a new place of her own and get her feet on the ground. Ridge is a sexy, guitar-playing graduate – oh and he’s taken by Maggie, ladies, so hands off. *sadface* Maggie is amazing in her own right: one would think someone’s girlfriend would be jealous when a cute, young thing is moving in and you don’t even know her, but not Maggie. Maggie is sweet, charming, friendly…the kind of person you think can’t possibly be real when you meet her in real life. But she is. Unfortunately for Sydney, she is drawn to Ridge’s sexy, guitar string-plucking ways; as is he drawn to her damaged sense of self. But she will not be made into a Tori, as she likes to say, so the defiance of their attraction to each other and all the ways they come up with to not disgrace Ridge’s relationship with Maggie is very sweet. It also shows that cheating doesn’t have to involve sex, because emotional cheating exists, too. The chemistry between them was sweet and achingly so. I spent the entire book yanking my hair in (good) frustration, willing them to work out a way to be together, despite the obstacles between them! This is a book that deals a little bit with infidelity on both sides, and yet somehow Colleen Hoover made me cheer for a team that shouldn’t ever have been playing ball, if you catch my drift. The general tone of the novel was also just awesome and in keeping with 20-somethings. Sometimes I find authors make their characters talk or do things that sound too grown up for their age, but not Hoover. She made Syd and Ridge (and Warren, Hunter, Tori, et al) all sound completely appropriate. I should mention that Ridge has a disability. I won’t say what it is, because that disability will make you look at him a little differently, and it is a major plot twist early on in the book, so you don’t need to wait long to find out what it is. But as someone with several family members who have this, I must say that Colleen Hoover did an excellent job writing it so realistically.
I do think there could have been more world-building. This is a contemporary novel, so it doesn’t need much, but the majority of the story exists in the bubble of Ridge’s apartment, so there wasn’t much detail outside of that given. I think Hoover could have explored their situation (and thus, his disability) outside of this confine in a broader space, which would have made it EVEN BETTER!
Overall, this is a story for all the new adult lovers out there!
Maybe Someday is told in dual POV, and it has two narrators, Zachary Webber & Angela Goethals. I LOVED Zachary Webber’s voice, it was so sexy and low. He did a great job with the narration and especially of Ridge’s disability. Amazing. Angela Goethals was pretty good. Her narration got a little high and whiny for me, but I will say that she did a fabulous job narrating Maggie’s disability. I mean FABULOUS. Overall, listeners of the audio will be more than satisfied.
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