Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Release: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
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.
The next stop on my Colleen Hoover tour was Maybe Someday, a story that really made me question certain things while reading.
Sydney is newly-twenty-two, sitting in the pouring rain after discovering her now-ex-boyfriend and now-former-best friend continued a sexual relationship they started before Sydney was ever in the picture. When a Hooters-uniform-clad woman takes her suitcase up the stairs, that’s when we discover the man from the balcony who has been requesting Sydney’s assistance with writing lyrics, Ridge, is happy to help her out with a place to stay while the continue writing lyrics for his band – that tours without him and is lead by his brother – because he has writer’s block. Also, Ridge is deaf, something Sydney doesn’t find out until she’s standing in his kitchen. While working on lyrics, they find themselves attracted to each other, until Ridge decides to disclose his long-term, long-distance girlfriend, Maggie.
This isn’t one of my favorite’s from Colleen Hoover. It angered me at some points, made me want to cry others, and I just wanted to smack Sydney and Ridge a lot. But it’s expected with the kind of story.
I really loved that this story centered around a deaf character. I’ve only read one other book where a main character is deaf and I like to see how the author incorporates, how that character communicates with the surrounding characters, how the other characters feel about their deafness. There was a lot of texting, a lot of Facebook messages, a few moments of writing things out, and a lot of signing from characters that know the language. Ridge doesn’t speak – for reasons – but he does read lips. I love that his deafness wasn’t an issue. It was accepted by everyone, although a few were weird about it – as expected. I feel it was used appropriately, spoken about accurately, and considering he plays the guitar, a very interesting thing about the character.
Sydney just tries to get through her days, writing songs with Ridge, fighting their temptation, and trying very hard not to do to Maggie what was done to her, because Maggie – in all opinions – is pretty awesome.
My only issue is with the story. The writing is, like always with Colleen Hoover’s novels, awesome and well done, it’s easy to understand. I feel like I am in the character’s heads, listening to every thought. Or they’re in mind, just acting out the story.
I was just not a fan of the story or how the characters acted about their situation. I understand that it was necessary, it completely made sense to the story, just a story like this is a little uncomfortable for me.
But I still recommend it. I’m sure after a few more reads, I will give it the appropriate love it deserves.