Publication date: March 18, 2014
Atria Books, Audible Audiobook, 10 hours and 40 minutes
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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…
I’m going into this review fully aware that nothing I can say about this book will do it justice. I’m not sure why I’m even trying except I owe it to the author to say a few words about a book that affected me so deeply. So, while I don’t have the words to describe what this book did to me and how it made me feel, but I’m going to try. Warning: it will probably be rambly, gushy and partially incoherent. I’m keeping my review spoiler free, so you don’t have to worry if you’ve not yet read the book. Because this book was all about the feelings for me, that’s what I’m focusing on in my review. Five stars aren’t enough for this book. I’d give it 5,000 if I could.
I know Colleen Hoover is a genius. I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I didn’t love, that didn’t make me feel. But all of those are nothing compared to what Maybe Someday did to me. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, heart-putting-back-together-ing and just utterly unique. I went through so many emotions. I was completely conflicted. I laughed and cried. I was a wreck. I never once had any idea how everything would resolve itself… or even how I wanted it to in the end. This story could have gone in so many different ways and I think I would have been happy with any of them.
The characters are what made this story. I was head-over-heels in love with nearly every single one of them. Sydney was fantastic. I liked her immediately. She was spunky and real. She didn’t take people’s crap. Ridge was swoony and thoughtful and honest. They both got in way over their heads, given the situation, but their chemistry was undeniable. I could hear it in every word and see it on every page. The secondary characters were equally as complex and amazing. Each of them brought something special to this book.
This book was a total experience. And an emotional one at that. It’s difficult to review it without giving away key parts of the plot – and the things that surprised me the most and what made it so unique. So beautiful. What I will tell you is that if you’re like me, you will fall in love with the characters. You will want to hate them sometimes, but you won’t be able to. You will love their connection and the music. You’ll be completely conflicted. And you’ll love the book. You’ll purchase the soundtrack (yes, the book has a soundtrack and it’s flipping amazing) and you’ll listen to it on a loop. You won’t be able to give the characters or their story up days after you finish reading. You’ll laugh and cry. You’ll want to scream your love of this book from the rooftops.
I began reading this book in audiobook format and listening to it during my morning and evening commutes was the highlight of my day. I tried listening to it at work, but quickly realized it made me feel too much and there was no way I could keep that up. Once I hit a certain part of the book, I realized I couldn’t wait until the next day’s commute to read more and since I don’t have much luck listening to audiobooks in my house, I purchased the Kindle version and devoured the rest of the story. The audiobook was amazing. The narrators were perfect for their roles. I’ve never listened to a book narrated by Zachary Webber before, but will definitely look for more in the future. Angela Goethals, on the other hand, has voiced books I loved before and I’ll continue to look for more of her performances. They both sounded just like I started off imagining their characters. If you’re unsure of audiobooks, this would be a great one to start with.
So yeah, feelings. Lots of them. And just when I thought it was over, I learned Ms. Hoover wrote a special epilogue for the book and it was posted online. I was completely happy at the end of the book, but the epilogue was the super special awesome cherry on the top of this wonderful experience. It was sheer perfection.
::super contented sigh:: This is one of those books I will continue to think about for a long time. It’s also one that will be re-read many times. While it’s a standalone story and I was happy with it, a part of me will also hope for another dose of these characters.