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From the New Adult Queen | Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday was my first Colleen Hoover book and ventured into the new-to-me world of new adult lit.

Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Title & Author: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult – Contemporary

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Atria Books

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

Get a Second Opinion

Maybe Someday was my first Colleen Hoover book and still one of a handful of new adult books that I’ve read. My review will be 100 percent a reflection of the book’s content and not my opinions about new adult literature or Colleen Hoover as an author.

For those of you also just getting acquainted with new adult – the genre is mainly defined as being very similar to YA, only intended for a slighter older audience (think college-aged), tackling issues like leaving home, deciding a career and exploring sexuality.

Maybe Someday begins with drama and pain. College junior Sydney discovers her long-time boyfriend Hunter has been cheating on her…for quite some time. Her neighbor Ridge helps Sydney in her time of need, and she moves into his apartment with his two other roommates.

In order for me to share my honest opinion about the book, I will have to reveal a slight spoiler. Read it below or skip ahead.

Slight Spoiler Info Here

Slight Spoiler Info Here

Basically, emotional cheating takes place in the book. For me, this is a huge anti-enjoyment factor, and I couldn’t really get past that a whole very real and very deep relationship was forming when one of those people was already in a serious, committed relationship.

I didn’t find it romantic or swoonworthy in any sense, and for me, this was a HUGE buzzkill the entirety of the book.

The book is 100 percent romance-focused. There is no sub-plot or deeper connection. It is straight up about a relationship and the twists and turns that prevent the couple from being together.

While I enjoy a fun, light romance every once and awhile, for my aforementioned spoilery reason that didn’t work for me this time. In fact, I could have used a distraction.

Again, because the focus of Maybe Someday was a budding romance and its trials, it feels very back and forth-ish. The plot is will-they-won’t-they, and by the end I was irritated with everyone involved.

One of the things I did very much enjoy about the story was the songs and songwriting. I loved seeing that type of art take place, and the coolest thing is that THEY’RE ACTUALLY REAL SONGS!!!

Check out www.maybesomedaysoundtrack.com to listen to all of the songs listed in the book! HOW COOL IS THAT??!? And guess what? They’re actually really, really good!

You guys, I was very much in the minority with my feelings about this book. Everyone else I know and trust adored this book. So if you get a second opinion, I totally understand.

I plan on reading more new adult titles and a different Colleen Hoover book. I’m open to suggestions!


While this particular book wasn’t my cup of tea, I understand this book’s raw appeal. It has that unputdownable quality to it and passion that many found enticing and sweet (I did not). This story is ideal for fans of romance-centered stories and books complete with real-live playlists.

Maybe Someday was not a book I enjoyed overall due to some personal tastes and is not a title I would recommend, but please get a second opinion, as my feelings were very much in the minority.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Brittany Welsh

    I don’t plan on hiding spoilery things so don’t look below if you are gonna be reading this book! 🙂

    I definitely get where you are coming from with the hot-cold thing. The things I liked a lot were: a deaf main character, the musical aspect, and I am a sucker for longing in romance so at times I was for it. The things I super didn’t like were: how it was one big cheater book (gross), no other story-lines going (as mentioned), and to be honest–One reason I like YA is because I like to avoid certain graphic things in books. Hahaha! Sometimes things really matter in a story and sometimes they are just thrown in for no apparent reason with too much unnecessary detail and this one had that going on.

  • rektron89

    I felt the exact same way about this book. Whenever the only thing going on is romance, it just feels completely unbelievable and I don’t connect with the characters. If you want to try more New Adult, I’d suggest Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years series or Elle Kennedy’s The Deal. Those are books with a lot more going on and I found them hard to put down.

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I’ve only read one other Hoover book besides this one, but it was AMAZING. Ugly Love is all about a friends-with-benefits sort of relationship, but of course feelings and the characters’ pasts get in the way and it’s all sorts of fabulous angst 😉

  • Fallon C

    I love almost all of her books but this is not one I would have recommended someone start with. Nor Confess. Slammed and Hopeless are my favorites but Hopeless is darker then any of her other books as well.