Book Reviews

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

17788403[1]“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.

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

Releasing March 18, 2014

Colleen Hoover delivers yet another unique and emotionally charged novel about life, love, friendship and music. She is a fantastic storyteller engaging the reader with well developed characters, relatable humor and heartfelt moments creating strong connections.

A few years ago I was introduced to this ever growing NA genre with a book titled Easy by Tammara Webber. It was my first NA book and was so beautifully and honestly written that many books that came to follow left me feeling unsure about this newbie genre. Forced dialogue, overly sexual tones, gorgeous characters without flaws, insta-love, highly dramamatic for the sake of drama….this seemed to be the bandwagon every author was jumping on, so I took a break. But I came upon Colleen Hoover with Slammed and Hopeless and found another NA author who I could turn to when needing my NA fix. Not just an NA fix but when needing a thoughtful and engaging book.

 “Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

Each of Hoover’s books have new elements that haven’t been explored and Maybe Someday has several. One that I can touch upon is the added musical component. Ridge and Sydney are initially connected through music and Hoover has included the written lyrics but then the bonus is the actual finished song. Working with Griffin Peterson, they created musical magic. I can’t stress enough to listen to each song as it is introduced in the story. It takes the story, the moment, to a whole new level. I’m a music junkie (as you might already know) so I was thoroughly impressed and moved. Keep this link handy so you can play each song as it comes up in the book: Maybe Someday Music Site

“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most. People try to bottle up their emotions, as if it’s somehow wrong to have natural reactions to life.”

The part I can’t reveal is a secret that Ridge is keeping from Sydney. It’s not that he is intentionally keeping it from her like some devious act, but it never came up until necessary. All I can say is I had two friends in high school who had the same “secret” and spending those years with them were priceless. The connections and interactions we had were unlike the moments spent with other friends. Not better or worse. Just different. Engaging. Memorable. Charged. That’s all I can say! Nothing else! Clever and genius idea, Ms. Hoover.

*Thank you to NetGalley and to Atria Books: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. for this advance, uncorrected reader’s proof. Which means that it just ended without the author page and I am dying to know what inspired her for this book. Also, the quotes used above were taken off of Goodreads and might be changed in the final printed copy. I was not compensated or required to review this book.

To learn more about Colleen Hoover, her books and upcoming news and events please visit her site here.  And the talented Griffin Peterson here.

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