Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

Thursday, July 7, 2016




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3.5 out of 5 stars

I didn't know how many stars I should rate this book because honestly, I didn't know how I felt about it. It was really good and I did enjoy it, but there were some aspects (as with almost all books) that I just didn't like. For example, Sydney, one of the two main characters, is the biggest cry-baby. I could hardly deal with her constant crying. She didn't have many redeeming qualities, and sometimes I just couldn't stand her. She claimed to want to be independent and live on her own for a while, but she just couldn't stand the thought of being without Ridge, she claimed she didn't want to come between Ridge and his girlfriend Maddie, but she could not resist. I half expected her to throw a tantrum at some point along the story.
I bought the E-version of this book on a whim. It was on sale and I realized that I hadn't ventured into the literary world of romance for a while. Also, I hadn't read a Colleen Hoover book before so I decided to give it a go. I have to say, I'm glad I did. This novel was refreshingly original and unique. Before reading this, I had heard such great things about Colleen Hoover's books, that they are the epitome of originality and uniqueness, that they easy are reads, etc. And I found just that with Maybe Someday. If I had one criticism about the writing though, it would be that it was almost too easy a read. I like slightly challenging books, with an expansive vocabulary and such.
Going into the story, I had no idea one of the main characters is deaf. So, it came as a surprise when I found out that Ridge, Sydney's love interest does possess the ability to hear sound. It all seemed very interesting and weird to me that music was going to be a big thing in this novel, but the character playing the musical instrument couldn't hear. That's another thing: The synopsis sells off the "musical" aspect as if it's going to be a big part of the book. I mean, sure Sydney and Ridge wrote music together for Ridge's band Sounds of Cedar, but it wasn't as big a backstory as I'd expected.

I realize I'm making myself sound like I didn't enjoy the book. On the contrary, I enjoyed it immensely. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I breezed through it, I finished it in less than twenty-four hours. The story was good, but what I enjoyed the most was the soundtrack that accompanied the story. I initially planned on giving the book 3 stars, but because of the soundtrack, I added another half star, which I think counts as cheating a little on Hoover's part. (Just kidding) I loved the soundtrack. It's definitely one I'd listen to in the future. The singer, Griffin Peterson, who worked with Hoover on the songs made exclusively for the book, has incredible vocals. The songs were acoustic and slow and very calming. I kind of want to listen to them while watching the rain fall now.
I noticed there was a lack of description of the character's surroundings. Some authors have the ability to transport you to their world with words, I didn't feel any of that happening in this one. The story took place in Texas, but that's pretty much all that's given. Also, this isn't a very big deal but why are there two different sets of people on the cover? Is Sydney a blonde or a brunette? Overall, I liked the novel, loved the soundtrack, and would recommend it to anyone in the mood for crying damsels, calming music, and deaf people. (I mean that in the best way possible)

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