ARC Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: March 18, 2014
Maybe Someday
Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover

5 AH-mayyyyyzing stars!

This was a whole new experience for me. Being a book with an accompanying soundtrack is just one thing. The story line is another. The synopsis tells readers everything and nothing. I started the story with certain expectations and was surprised that there's more to it--so much more to it than Colleen Hoover initially let on.

MAYBE SOMEDAY is the most thoughtful book I've read in a long while. It tells readers about the inevitability of certain things, love especially. On the other hand, we are ultimately responsible for our lives, and what we end up with are the things we choose to have and keep.

I love that the story emphasizes the importance of friendship, loyalty, fidelity, trust and forgiveness. I love that Colleen created such decent and good-hearted characters. Ridge and Sydney were by no means perfect but they made the best decisions they could have made most of the time.

I didn't really think much about the title, but I tell you: it's actually a huge deal in this story. No other title could have been better! I'm sure I'll remember these two words from now on, and the significance this combination can hold: maybe, someday.

The characters:

Ridge is a talented musician and composer who's unfortunately suffering from creative block. Sydney is new to their apartment building and lives across Ridge. Whenever he comes out on his balcony to play his guitar, she takes out her homework and listens to him play. They instantly become aware of each other, and one day, Ridge sees Sydney mouthing lyrics to his music. Lightbulb! He gets her to send him the lyrics she made up... and this is where their story begins.

Ridge and Syd have chemistry. I love how they connected. It wasn't just physical attraction. They had a melding of minds and heart. It felt so natural, I couldn't hate them at all and I even grew to appreciate their love story.

The music was a huge factor in their getting together. Writing music really makes people vulnerable, and to do it with someone creates a bond between those two people. That's what happened to Syd and Ridge.

At first the music just served as an outlet for their frustrations. Eventually it drew them closer. They got to know more about each other through their lyrics. Writing songs together also meant they had to spend time hours cooped up in one room. Naturally, they started to bond and share things that they haven't shared with anyone before, ever.

The music:

When Colleen Hoover raved about Griffin Peterson and the songs he wrote for this book, I just thought, okay. I didn't think it would be too different from other books wherein authors post accompanying playlists. Well, I must say, all the time and effort spent for this collaboration truly paid off! :) The music tied in perfectly with the story and the tone of the book. It's acoustic, just so everyone knows. The music enhanced the emotions I felt during specific moments in the book. The lyrics put into more words the emotions that Colleen had already penned wonderfully.

I danced in my seat, snapping my fingers along with the "I'm In Trouble". With "Maybe Someday", I hummed and swayed along with the song even as I felt a painful twinge in my heart. There were heartbreaking songs too, and I just... slumped like a hunchback in front of my laptop, staring at the words of "It's You" and "Hold On To You", which were blurred by me tears, wishing that some things could have been different. But of then there's also hope, and in "Let It Begin", I felt a sense of closure, and yes hope, that opened my mind to possibilities for all the beautiful characters in this story.

When you buy the book, I strongly urge you to buy the soundtrack as well. The music really enhances the experience of  MAYBE SOMEDAY. Colleen does an excellent job writing the thoughts and emotions of the characters, but with the music? It becomes even easier to understand and connect with the characters.

Now this is where the non-spoiler part of my review ends. If you haven't read the book yet, I beg of you, DO NOT PROCEED. This book really made an impression on me, and this is my way of letting out my thoughts. Unfortunately I have to share the most vital points of the storyline. If you have read the book, by all means, proceed! I'd love to hear about your thoughts too! :)

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MAYBE SOMEDAY challenged me and my steadfast dislike for books whose characters who are tempting attraction and temptation even though they are in a relationship and are supposedly in love with their boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife. The synopsis did not hint at this conflict at all, so I was surprised when I found myself reading a story from the point of view of the people whom I would normally love to hate.

Throughout the story, Sydney and Ridge fought to act on their growing attraction because of one lovely, kind, and overall beautiful person: Maggie. She became a mantra when things become too much, when even putting distance between the two of them is still not enough to conquer the urge.

Honestly, I sighed in relief each time they resisted. I really appreciated that. Ridge and Sydney were conscious of the fact that it is only too easy to become cheaters, to be a Hunter and a Tory (Syd's boyfriend and best friend who were fooling around each time her back was turned, literally). Sure, we may not be able to choose who we fall in love with, but we can choose who we "stay in love with". It won't be easy, it won't always be right, but nevertheless a choice will have to be made.

I can just imagine the discussions and debates that can arise among readers. Did they or did they not cheat? Personally, It think Ridge and Sydney did. Cheating is not just done through actions but also through thoughts and emotions. I also believe that it doesn't just happen spontaneously. Cheating is the result of an earlier choice, a conscious decision to do something. We can choose who we let into our lives. We can choose who to get to know better and who to show our real selves to. It's a person's choice to court temptation or to avoid it before it even begins, just like it's a choice to drink so much that you get drunk, to hang out in a bar with hookers or to bond with guys whom you know are attracted to you.

Surprisingly enough, it was Warren who made the two of them realize the gravity of their choices and actions.

Each decision comes with consequences, and when it enters the realm of relationships, that's when people's hearts really get hurt. It's up to you if you give importance to their feelings or not. In fairness to Ridge and Syd, they did give importance to Maggie's feelings and her relationship with Ridge.

Another thing that kept running through my mind were the what ifs.

What if..... what if... what if...

What if Ridge never made that first move to talk to Sydney?
What if Sydney found out about her boyfriend and best friend's betrayal way later?
What if Sydney didn't just experience getting cheated on? Would she have been as considerate about Maggie's feelings?
What if Maggie didn't have the condition that she had?
What if Warren interfered earlier and put more effort into stopping what was happening to Ridge and Sydney?
What if Ridge didn't offer Sydney to become their roommate?
What if writing music wasn't in the equation? Would they have still fallen in love?
What if Sydney and Ridge never met at all??

We can never be sure what the answers are to these questions now, can we? Just like if we ask these questions in real life, we can never know once certain decisions are already made.

Colleen explored the feelings of everyone involved even without shifting Maggie's POV or their friends', and I loved that. One reason why I really dislike other books with a similar theme is that they concentrate so much on the two people who are doing the wrong thing, it's like they tolerate the idea of cheating. As long as two people are in love then that's ok, is that it? Oh, hell no... because many times the person who's being cheated on doesn't deserve the hurt and betrayal. Plus, people should be responsible for their actions and apologize, grovel even, in some instances!

I love that Colleen didn't make up an easy cop-out and made Maggie a bitch or something like that. She was a genuinely good person who was genuinely loved, but is unfortunately eclipsed by another girl. :( My heart hurt for her. Colleen laid it on the table, all the consequences the characters had to face as a result of their actions. It was all real, and there was no cop-out, and that's the reason why I was convinced by the end.

OKAY, that's it for my introspection! Hahaha, I'm sorry, I just can't help but do this when a book makes me think. Colleen Hoover is one of those who does that to me almost every time. :)

MAYBE SOMEDAY is definitely a memorable story. I just love how good the characters are, how thoughtful the entire book is. It teaches us a lesson about love and choices. Colleen Hoover may or may not have intended for that to happen, but there it is. It is very emotional, the characters are likable and mature, and the music is just wonderful! This is a story worth experiencing.

Pre-Order Links: Amazon eBook | Amazon Paperback | Amazon UKiTunes


Maybe Someday Soundtrack on iTunes

**Thank you to Atria Books for the NetGalley copy, and to Ms. Ariele Fredman for the music!**


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…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

About the Author:

Colleen HooverI love music. LOVE music. Namely The Avett Brothers, Lumineers, Pink, Eminem. I have eclectic taste? If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

I'm addicted to diet pepsi and could tell you in a taste-test which restaurant it came from. It's a serious addiction, I tell you. 

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