I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Colleen Hoover
Released: March 18, 2014
Published by Atria
“There are things I loved about MAYBE SOMEDAY. But there are also a lot that really got on my nerves. A bit TOO new adult for me.” ~Under the Covers
I’m so torn about writing this review that I’ve been putting it off until the very last second. Why? Because there are things I loved about MAYBE SOMEDAY. But there are also a lot that really got on my nerves. A bit TOO new adult for me. I’ll try to address some of both without giving away too much about the story.
If you follow Under the Covers, you may have noticed that we love Colleen Hoover. Her books are always emotional, and leave me a bit raw. I love it! I went into MAYBE SOMEDAY expecting that. But this is Colleen Hoover in a more classic definition of a new adult novel. The angst comes from boy meets girl, boy and girl fall for each other but there are reasons they can’t be together, and that’s how the story continues. All the other outside world dilemmas that I’ve come to love about Ms. Hoover’s writing were not there. This was solely about two young kids falling in love.
And while I LOVED their chemistry most of the time, and yes, sometimes they gave me butterflies when something would happen, I had a major issue with their story. At the center of this story, this is about emotional cheating. The whole book is actually emotional cheating. To me, that may even be worst than the physical part. The fact that Sydney and Ridge were falling in love while writing beautiful music together that documented each stage of their romance, while Ridge has a girlfriend that he’s admitted he loves and has been upfront with Sydney about REALLY rubbed me the wrong way.
So now that I got my dislike (or lets say my major dislike) lets give you some good stuff. Ms. Hoover’s writing is still flawless. This book was a breeze to read because of the simple way she has to get you into the story. And I really enjoyed the fact that while they write the lyrics in the book as the story unfolds, we will now be able to actually listen to them! I know the ebooks will be interactive when they are released, and with a click of a button you’ll be hearing it while you read. I previously read a book with this capability (BLIND OBSESSION by Ella Frank) and it only added another layer to the enjoyment of the story. So I’m sure it’ll be the same here. I personally bought the CD after finishing the book and will be listening to it soon. Can’t wait.
I’m sad to say this, because I was really anticipating to read this one. But in my opinion, this is not Ms. Hoover’s best. At least for my taste. I wanted the characters and the story to be a little bit more mature. And I think there were a lot of ways this story could’ve gone that might’ve avoided some of the issues I have. I’m not a fan of reading a whole book where there’s cheating involved.
*ARC provided by publisher
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