Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Review: Colleen Hoover's "Maybe Someday."

The Hopeless Romantics Book blog were thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Colleen Hoover's "Maybe Someday."

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Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson. 

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…

Review: Surj Harvey

Wow Colleen Hoover... you've done it again.... another masterpiece that just blew me away. This was a unique, emotional, heart breaking and even comical read at times that was completely and utterly addictive and and that held me hostage from the first page to the last."Maybe Someday" told the story of a connection that was born from a mutual love of music, a connection that would test loyalties, push boundaries, blur lines and ultimately lead to sacrifices being made. 

Sydney Blake's life fell apart when (on her twenty second birthday) she discovered her boyfriend had been cheating on her with her best friend. How long had it been going on??? Uhhhh the whole time they were together but who was left homeless in the aftermath? Sydney of course. Hunter was a pig of the worst kind!!! Ridge Lawson was a song writer who was going through a writing block. The music was there but the words just weren't coming out and with deadlines fast approaching, the pressure was definitely on. Well wasn't it just pure luck that Sydney had a natural ability to write lyrics for the music she could hear night after night across her apartment block courtyard. Ridge threw Sydney a lifeline just when she needed it the most. He offered her a roof over her head, and Sydney.. well she pulled Ridge out of his creative funk and became the muse he hadn't realised he'd needed... the rest as they say is history. OK so not quite because that would just be too easy. 

There isn't a doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each others life, Sydney. 
It's that our lives aren't perfect for us." 

Sydney and Ridge were two characters you couldn't help but fall in love with. They were realistic and relatable and the bond that was formed so very early on warmed my heart. Their connection was beautiful and it was as if they belonged together, like they were soul mates but fate definitely had other plans because whatever feelings were starting to develop between them just couldn't happen. It was intense reading at the best of times and although my head was telling me they should fight the attraction, my heart was just willing the story to take a different direction. 

"Hey, Heart. Are you listening? You and I are officially at war." 

Guilt consumed me because I was asking for the story to take a direction that went against everything I believed in. I was fighting the battle that each of the characters was fighting and it was eating away at me, my stomach in knots the further I read. My boundaries and beliefs were definitely put to the test ... but my heart won each and every time. I think what made it worse was that Colleen Hoover had gone against the grain and created secondary characters that I couldn't help but like. Finding faults was like finding a needle in a haystack and that just wasn't happening and so I read on with a heavy heart. 

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

I think what ultimately broke my resolve was how this couple communicated. It wasn't conventional but it was raw and honest which meant Sydney and Ridge wore their hearts on their sleeves. The texts, the lyrics felt like my heart was being torn and the chapters told from alternate POV really didn't help. Way to go Colleen... I was an emotional wreck and for the most part and I just couldn't find a way out of the mess without people getting hurt. How would this pan out? 

“I've learned that the heart can't be told when and who and how it should love. 
The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether 
we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.” 

The musical connection without a shadow of a doubt turned reading "Maybe Someday" into an amazing experience. The lyrics the voice, the music just touched my soul and at times had me in floods of tears because each song resonated with how I was feeling and what I truly wanted more than anything for the characters. It was a unique touch that heightened my reading experience no end and I would definitely recommend purchasing the soundtrack that accompanies this book. 

As much as "Maybe Someday" is a standalone, I'm really hoping that some of the secondary characters get their own books: Bridgette and Warren would be brilliant and I would love to see more of my rock star Brennan too. Each of these characters brought something pivotal to this story and I would absolutely one click if something was published in the future. 

This book was beautifully written with a uniqueness that made it all the more appealing. Yes a very small part of this story were predictable but throw in the curve balls and twists and Colleen Hoover created a novel like no other. "Maybe Someday" was about loyalty and love. It was about compassion and sacrifice and I loved every single freakin' word. This book took me on the mother of emotional, angst filled journeys that saw me howling with laughter (the pranks, the pine sol, the sarcasm) but also had me nursing a broken heart.

Maybe not right now. Maybe not tomorrow. But maybe someday.

Colleen Hoover definitely pulled another one out of the bag with this one and I would whole heartedly recommend you read it (with the soundtrack of course). 
This one got 5 mahoosive hearts from me. 

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