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
Title & Author: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
How I Got the Book: Bought
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.