Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, published March 2014 by Simon & Schuster.
Read: May 2014
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Get It Now: Wordery
Synopsis: Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble – she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…maybe someday.
I’ve seen a lot of buzz on book blogs about Colleen Hoover, both good and bad, and posts discussing the New Adult genre in general. Opinion seems to be divided on New Adult, and I think that of the NA books I’ve seen so far, Colleen Hoover does them well, very well. I didn’t know where to start with her published work, but when I learned that Maybe Someday was a mixed media reading experience, it won hands down. It amazes me that this aspect of the book isn’t talked about more – for anyone who doesn’t know, Maybe Someday has its own bespoke singer/songwriter soundtrack, which completely enhances this read!
I’m not a massive fan of the UK cover, I think we get the raw end of the deal when it comes to CoHo covers. However, I LOVED this story – especially the massive twist I definitely didn’t see coming close to the start of the novel (and which I’m not about to spoil here). I liked the frequent use of text messages because that is more true-to-life of a modern relationship than one conducted solely face-to-face (and obviously also has an even more important role to the story…not giving it away!). I’m also probably in the minority when I say that the cheating element of this book did not phase me at all. I’ve seen so many reviews slamming this, and some people even refusing to read this book because of it – I’d love to know what world those people live in if cheating (and I’m assuming other nasties like illness, and perhaps death?) don’t exist. I enjoy fiction that reflects, and deals with, real-life scenarios, and I think Colleen Hoover actually handled the trickier aspects of this novel very well. I found the content and context to be relate-able, and the narrative evoked a great emotional response.
The first 100 pages or so of this novel had me completely and totally sucked in with a massive cat-that-got-the-cream grin, the kind you only get when you find a great book that you can’t wait to lose yourself in for a few days and welcome these new characters into your life. Unfortunately, this feeling didn’t quite last until the end – at some point the story began to slow down a little, and that initial momentum just wasn’t there. I still really enjoyed this book, and want to read more by Colleen Hoover, but this book was a 5/5 rating for me from the start, and somewhere along the way it lost that status.
If you follow this blog, you’ll know that I love “issues” stories – like Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain novels, and there is an “issues” element or two in Maybe Someday that I really wasn’t expecting, which for me made this book so much more than just another New Adult romance. The “issues” are critical to the story and without giving away any spoilers, I did question the accuracy of them at times. I could overlook my questioning and still really enjoy the novel, but I do wonder if some elements of the book would be possible, considering the issues presented.
I definitely fell in love with the characters in this story; Hoover presents a dynamic mix of individuals, and there was enough humour peppered throughout to keep me thoroughly entertained. I have a particular soft spot for Warren who can be a bit of a perve, but hilarious at the same time, and he is a damn good friend. Obviously, I’m also loving Ridge, I don’t think you can read this story and not become a Ridge-supporter, he’s such a dynamic character, who tries to do what is “right” when the lines between right and wrong, and good and bad, start to blur. Obviously, the songs by Griffin Peterson aren’t supposed to be Ridge singing, if it was representative of someone in the book it’s probably supposed to be his brother, but listening to the songs that were “written” by Ridge still kind of gave the character a voice and added a deeper level of emotion to the story. You can listen to the song as it’s being written by the characters in the book, and see how it the song has been inspired by what is happening to the characters in the story. This is the first mixed media book I’ve read and I’m in love with this concept!
Now, to properly discuss the obvious bit that really needs to be talked about, gushed over and I think Hoover should just generally be applauded for her amazing-ness. The soundtrack. Ridge writes songs, Sydney helps Ridge to write these songs, they are full of longing, hope, angst, love – they’re actually pretty good (Maybe Someday is my favourite). Griffin Peterson, former American Idol contender, wrote and sang the songs for this novel – which you get access to upon purchase.
Included above is a fan-made video for Maybe Someday (the book) complete with the Maybe Someday song, this is fantastic! Overall I really enjoyed this book, I finished it a few days ago and I still think about it often, surely the sign of a pretty powerful read. I’m glad this was the first Hoover book I read, and I definitely plan to read more by her (suggestions welcome!). If I ever had the time to reread – this would definitely get a second look – maybe someday.