Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover — Rant Ahead!

Maybe Someday - Colleen HooverSeries: N/A
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: March 18th 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
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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…

REVIEW

*This is more of a rant than a review. And rants call for GIFs. So, yes, this will be a very incoherent rant.

I am easily swayed by the hype, so of course I read this one despite my dislike for the new adult age group in general. Now, if you don’t mind cheating because of “true love” and whatnot, you’ll definitely think differently of this one–love it, even. I, on the other hand, cannot stand any form of cheating. Seriously–how hard is it to break up with someone if you like another person? Maybe you don’t want to hurt their feelings and stay loyal to them… then stay away from said person that is tempting you. If I’d only known how much cheating this book contained, I wouldn’t have read it, to be honest.

Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let’s get to the actual book. I want to justify my rating (it’s not all about the cheating!) so let’s get to each category and nitpick at everything.

“I failed miserably at trying not to fall in love with you.”

“I failed first.”

“Nothing in my life has ever felt so good yet hurt so achingly bad.”

Plot & Romance: As stated above. I guess it’s very biased of me, huh? Okay, fine. There was a plot, see. Sydney found out her boyfriend was cheating (more cheating!) on her with her roommate, so she moved out into Ridge’s apartment. The thing is, Ridge writes music and Sydney is obsessed with him his music. But! He’s deaf. *gasp* And he has a girlfriend. *double gasp* But oh no, he and Sydney just have to fall for each other and be like Sydney’s cheating boyfriend and bitchy roommate. Please, for everyone’s sake, STAY AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. Thank you. No matter how much “attraction” these two characters shared, I could not find any reason to justify their actions. Just no. And then Ridge’s girlfriend finds out and suddenly he wants her to leave! You should have asked her to do that ages ago. And don’t get me started on the slut-shaming.

Characters: Obviously, I have no love whatsoever for the two main characters, but I just adored the side characters! Ridge lives in his apartment with his friends Bridgette and Warren. These two characters were absolutely hilarious! I loved their interactions with the heroine. They pretty much were the only reason I didn’t hate the book completely! Bridgette was a bitch, but I didn’t mind since I’m pretty much a bitch too. At least she was a funny bitch. And Warren! Dear Lord, he was so sweet, charming, witty and I just loved him. If the book were about him and Bridgette, it would’ve been a hit with me! I also really liked Ridge’s girlfriend Maggie. She was sweet, nice and charming. Loved her much better than Sydney. Ah, Ridge, why’d you treat them both that way? I’ll hate you forever.

Writing, Pacing & Feels: Hoover’s writing style was very simple, easy to get into, but I did not feel any feels. It felt like mindless reading where nothing much will stick to my brain. I didn’t have problems with the dual POVs since Hoover made it pretty easy to distinguish who’s POV we were reading from. Pacing was also pretty okay, although sometimes their “attraction” felt too fast and forced.

Overall: I understand that people think differently of these kinds of novels as I do, but let’s be realists. If you see on television or on the news or something about people cheating, we get pissed off, right? I do. It’s the same way with books for me, or any other form of media. If you’re a fan of new adult/Colleen Hoover in general, I suggest giving this book a shot and I’m 99% sure you’ll love it. If you’re like me and are skeptical of these types of books, best stay away, my friend.

Rating Report
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Characters
Writing
Pacing
Romance
Impact
Ending
Overall: 1.6
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  1. says

    Hahahaha :D We are completely different Aimee :D Lol
    I actually liked the book (I rated it 4). Though not as much as I loved Slammed & Point of Retreat. I agree though, it always depends on what the reader prefers. And as much as I liked this book. Your reasons aren’t really unjustified. I kinda agree with you at some point. But I’m too in love with Ridge for my own good. XD

    Love your honesty Aimee! Though I hope you’ll read Colleen’s other books. I wonder if you’ll like those though XD
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    • Aimee says

      My friend has been trying to make me read Slammed for ages, haha! I still haven’t given it a go, though. Well, I did, but I think I stopped a few pages in? NA isn’t really my thing, obviously. xD

  2. says

    ..”if you don’t mind cheating because of “true love” and whatnot, you’ll definitely think differently of this one.” Nope. You can always breakup first if you really love that person.

    I wanted to read this because of *surprise, surprise!* the hype and most reviews I’ve read didn’t really highlight the cheating except for Sydney’s boyfriend but seeing two negative reviews about how awful Ridge was is making me take a few steps back. Colleen made me like Slammed even though a teacher/student relationship is one of those I stay away from so I’m still giving this a bit of a chance. I really hope I won’t regret this.
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    • Aimee says

      I hate STRs, but I’m glad you like how it was portrayed in Slammed. :) I’m not sure if I want to read anything else by this author in the near future, though. Ridge was horrible and I wanted to choke him to death, lol! I hope this works out better for you, Charlie!

  3. says

    I think this is the first bad review I’ve read of this book so thanks for sharing your perspective Christie! I know about the cheating with the heroine’s ex which led her to move in with the hero BUT I did not know that he has a girlfriend. That pisses me off because if you know the feeling on being cheated on why do this to another person? NO. So I was thinking about reading this but now I really don’t know…I’m with you on this one, I can’t stand cheating.
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  4. says

    I don’t really know how I feel about Colleen Hoover’s books. I don’t seem to ever really dislike them, but I always feel like I’m not seeing what everyone else sees. They don’t blow me away, though I can’t work out why either. Maybe it is just the NA part of it. I can count on one hand the number of NA books that I’ve loved, and the rest have been just okay, or haven’t worked for me at all. I guess there is something about the category – or what we’re getting in the category at the moment – that doesn’t rock my boat. Anyway, I’m sorry this was such a disappointment for you! I have a pretty low tolerance for cheating in books too (it is up there with love triangles for me), so I will avoid this for now. Thanks for the honest thoughts, Christie!
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    • Aimee says

      Right. I can’t say where I stand when it comes to Hoover’s books, though, since I only read this one. But I agree–there’s something about the current NA books that bothers me. Maybe it’s that I find them all to be kind of the same?

  5. says

    I’ve yet to read an NA that I actually enjoyed… >.< Bleh, so far I'm kind of sworn off them so I probably won't go for this one. But what really bugs me is that hugely awful double standards! I mean, hellooo…you break up with a guy because he's cheating and then you steal someone else's boyfriend and cheat?? WHAT.
    And by the way, your reviews are awesome. I REALLY love reading them!! x)
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    • Aimee says

      Same! Well, if you consider Fangirl to be NA, then I guess there’s that as an exception! Totally hated what happened in this book. :/ Thanks so much, Cait! <3

  6. says

    Ahhhh Christie I don’t think that you’re the only one whose had issues with this book. My co-blogger is a huge fan of Hoover’s work, but didn’t end up enjoying this one either. I think the cheating would hugely annoy me too. It’s like if Sydney already knows what its like to be cheated on why would she do it with someone else’s boyfriend? It makes no sense. But I’m glad that the secondary characters made this book better for you! Thanks for your honest review Christie, I think I will be steering clear of this book for a while!
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  7. laila BC says

    I am a fan of Ms. Hoover and I end up still loving this one despite some issues of the cheating part. That is a difficult premise to work on but for me it was quite refreshing how she handled this situation. What i see here is that even loyal and good people can make mistake especially when it comes to love and relationships. You felt betrayed by these characters but really the heart wants what the heart wants its not always logical.

    I am sad that it didn’t work out for you Christie, i do understand how readers each have different experiences and feelings about certain books and so thanks for your honest review.

    • says

      I can see why you and other people liked this one. It’s just a matter of preference, I guess. I just don’t see why he wouldn’t break up with Maggie first, or at least talk it over with her.

      Thanks for sharing, Laila.

  8. says

    I was in two minds about this one too, I love Colleen Hoover and loved the soundtrack. It was an incredibly novel idea that I think she pulled off beautifully. Kudos to her for going there, and she did it with far more class than most NA authors, but why create one in a relationship, the other had already been cheated on, yet they did exactly that.

    It wasn’t needed. He was challenged enough, she was already broken. It really could have done without it. Totally agree.
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    • Aimee says

      I’m not big on music, so I never bothered listening to the soundtrack, haha! I’m glad you seemed to like it better than I did, despite the unnecessary things.

  9. areader says

    I’m sorry that you’ve been disappointed with the book.

    This is my first Colleen Hoover book and surprisingly, I like and love it.

    My comments are full of spoiler so read at your own risk.

    I read the book without any expectations. Someone just recommended it to me and the other day, I gave it a try since I was bored already. But oh boy, I finished it in one sitting!

    Cheating is wrong. We all know it. Heck, even the lead characters in the book are well aware of it. But CoHo made me feel the struggle of the lead characters. That although they know that it’s wrong, they can’t help it – they still fall for each other and fought against these feelings. And as I read the book, I felt the difficulty of the position and situation of the leads are facing. If you look closely, the cheating part in here is not about lust or desire, not about sex. The leads didn’t engage to that. Heck, they’ve only kissed ONCE before Maggie (the gf) discovered. The cheating in here is that Ridge is falling for Sydney and vice versa.

    Let me share one of the scene in the book that I can’t forget. POV of Ridge:

    “I point the remote to the TV and press the mute button. She turns her attention back to the TV, but once again, I fail to look away from her.

    I don’t understand my sudden obsession with staring at her, but I can’t seem to stop. She’s several feet away. We aren’t touching. We aren’t speaking. She isn’t even looking at me. Yet the simple fact that I’m staring at her makes me feel incredibly guilty, as if I’m doing something wrong. Staring is harmless, so why do I feel so guilty?

    I attempt to talk myself out of the feelings of guilt, but deep down, I know exactly what’s happening.

    I don’t feel guilty simply because I’m staring at her. I feel guilty for how it’s making me feel.”

    I can’t put into words what I felt when I read those from Ridge. My heart aches everytime I read those lines. He’s not doing anything forbidden there – just a STARE! BUT he is already feeling guilty about it since he knows, he is feeling something else. Feelings for Sydney.

    I’m so glad I was bored the other day and gave this book a chance.

    • Aimee says

      I definitely understand where you’re coming from. So many reviews state how they didn’t mind the things that happened because they felt what the characters felt–unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me. I understand that they were falling in love, but why not break up with the girlfriend first, before kissing and whatnot? I get why they don’t want to hurt Maggie, but come on. What they did was just much more painful.

      Anyway, I’m glad you got into their characters and that you liked the way CoHo handled the book. I guess this book just isn’t for everyone.
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  10. Abigail says

    OMYGOD, I seriously hated this book. I mean honestly, I wouldn’t have read it if my cousin didn’t recommend it to me. I didn’t have any feels, in fact I laughed to all their corny lines the entire time! I seriously think the main characters are Mary Sue and Gray Stue, I just can’t justify their possibility of existence in this world.