Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Originally Published: March 18, 2014
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5 stars)
Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
This is such a disappointing read. Especially since I’ve been devouring CoHo novels this past month. It was just filled with terrible irony and was honestly a bit offensive.
First off, I couldn’t stand the characters. Sydney was just one big pity party and always blaming everyone else for everything that went wrong. Ridge never seemed to think twice about his actions until karma came back around and hit him.
I couldn’t care less about the romance in this book. I had zero desire to see these two together. The entire story starts out with Sydney finding out that her boyfriend is cheating on her and she keeps saying how she will “never be that girl that some guy cheats on his girlfriend with”. AND YET that is the ENTIRE FREAKING STORYLINE. Ridge has a girlfriend and Sydney ends up being THAT GIRL anyways. The whole thing seemed like a way to excuse cheating – like ‘maybe cheating is okay sometimes you know when you realllyyyy love that person’. Sorry but no. No no no. Neither of these characters should have let it go on until Ridge ended his relationship with his girlfriend.
Even after his relationship ended – not by his choice btw – it didn’t seem like they should be together. Their relationship felt too fueled by how forbidden it was for them to be together in the first place. Plus, Ridge is deaf and Sydney didn’t bother to even try to learn sign language until months later. Like probably half a year after they met each other. That doesn’t feel like love to me.
And then the bits of offensiveness that very nearly made me give up on this book halfway through. 1. Sydney compared kissing a girl in high school as disgusting and “one of her flaws” and 2. the over usage of the word “transvestite” in derogatory context. If this was written 10 years ago, I may have forgiven that since I haven’t seen anything like this in her other books so far. But this was written in 2014 – just 2 years ago. This is definitely going to make me wary going into other CoHo books.
I’m still going to be reading the novella that goes with this since it’s about Warren and Bridgette – the only couple in this book that I actually liked.