Review | Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

maybe someday mintTitle: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult | Contemporary | Romance

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.

Would I recommend? If you like stories that glorify cheating, this is for you.

Final Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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I’m going to start off by saying that the only reason I didn’t give this book a one star rating is because I actually read the entire thing; I usually reserve my one-star ratings for books that were so bad that I couldn’t get through them. This was close- I almost stopped reading at the 60% mark, but since I didn’t, two stars it is.

This is my second venture into Colleen Hoover’s books- the first one being Ugly Love. I read UL at the end of June, and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t like it much either. The romance got to me, and so I thought another CoHo book without the toxic romantic element might get me to like her books more. The romance in this one was even worse than it was in Ugly Love, so here I am, making an official solemn oath that I will never pick up another CoHo book in my life.

If you liked this book, I’d suggest you stop reading right here. Even though it is not my intention to offend the author and fans of this book, I think my frustration might get the better of me. If you ignore this message and continue reading anyways, my sincerest apologies.

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When Sydney finds her perfect life disrupted by her cheating boyfriend and her backstabbing best-friend/roommate, she finds herself in a bit of a situation. She has no place to crash, little money and a broken heart. When her neighbor, Ridge, lets her crash in her apartment in exchange for some musical help, things start looking up for Sydney. That is until she starts developing feelings for Ridge- complicated, irrational feelings. Because Ridge has a steady, perfect girlfriend who he is very much in love with.

No, you know what? There was nothing ‘complicated’ about Sydney’s feelings; she wanted a dude who already had a girlfriend. Minutes earlier, Sydney had been crying about how her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend and then she’s eyeing a boy who is in a steady relationship of six years. And of course, CoHo tries to redeem this love story by repeatedly mentioning that Ridge feels an exciting ‘spark’ between himself and Sydney- one that he cannot ignore, something that keeps drawing him to her. I don’t appreciate reading from a cheater’s point-of-view. It’s repulsive, it’s uncomfortable, and it seems like the author is making excuses for their inexcusable, shitty behavior.

The synopsis on the back of the book tells me that Sydney has the perfect life before her relationship with her ex goes awry. Well, I didn’t get to see any of this “perfect life.” I saw nothing of her life in college, nothing of her work life. For all I know, the only people Sydney EVER interacted with in her entire life were Hunter (the cheating boyfriend) and Tori (the “backstabbing whore”), Ridge and the four people who knew him. I have no idea what her backstory is. I have no idea what her parents are like. The book revolved around Sydney and her unhealthy obsession with a guy, and it’s disturbing and unrealistic.

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The only characters I liked in this novel were Warren (Ridge’s best friend, used mostly just as comic relief) and Maggie (Ridge’s girlfriend who was awesome until she wasn’t.) The other characters were flat pieces of cardboard who made awful decisions, who were awful people.

Sydney is perhaps one of the least likable characters I have ever read. She’s whiny, she’s selfish and she’s sappy. She cries all the freaking time. She refers to other girls as “bitches” and “whores.” She’s judgmental, and CoHo tries her level best to make her seem like she’s not a bad girl, but she is. Just because Sydney acknowledges that she’s a bad person doesn’t not make her one- it just means that the character knows she’s a terrible human being but still does nothing to change it. I mean, she judges an entire person based on the fact that she’s wearing a freaking Hooters uniform- going as far to wonder if this person has the capacity to love. If I knew someone like her I’d probably kill myself for keeping such company.

Ridge. I liked him first, and then I really, really didn’t. What a sad excuse for a human being.

Colleen Hoover, what did the human race do to you that you have to come up with such horrible characters? Yeah, the world is pretty fucked up, but it’s not that bad. If an alien read your novels, he would think Earth is full of nothing but cheaters, liars, slut-shamers, assholes, and obsessive stalkers.

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What hurts me beyond belief is that Colleen Hoover has so much talent when we’re talking about writing technique. Her writing flows perfectly. She doesn’t use excessive figurative language. She knows how to pace a book, but dear lord- her characters and their relationships make me want to stab myself repeatedly with a blunt fork.

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  • I was considering buying this book, but your review has put me off. This seems like the exact opposite of the kind of book I thought it would be.

    • I usually urge people to make an opinion for themselves and to not let my review influence them too much, but I think for this particular one, putting people off from reading it is kind of doing a public service. 😛

      • Haha, I’ve only read one other Colleen Hoover book (Slammed) and I enjoyed it but this sounds really bad 😛

  • I don’t usually judge a character before reading the book but what I gather from your review makes me feel like Sydney’s an incredibly hypocritical character. I mean, her boyfriend cheated on her so she knew how that kind of betrayal felt, then to go and eye a guy with a steady relationship? I’m not sure but I don’t take her for the type to silently want, she probably acted on her feelings for Ridge. Did she not?
    I am not judging by your feelings about this book, instead, going by what you said went on it, I think I can do without for now.
    Thanks for the review! You have saved me some money, which I can use to buy a book I know I’ll enjoy. 🙂

    • Yes, she was insanely hypocritical. The entire thing bugged me while I was reading it and a couple of days after I had read it! Sydney kept acknowledging that she was turning into “a Tori” (the girl Sydney’s ex cheated on her with), but I felt like that was just put in there because CoHo was trying to make excuses for Sydney’s character like, “no, no she’s actually a really nice person, but she’s just kind of a hypocrite.” Haha. And, yes, she did act on those feelings- she does nothing to stop things from going out of control. Not all of it is her fault, but she contributes to the problem.

      Thank you for stopping by! <3

  • So I won’t pick up any book by this author I think. To me it is incredible important that the relationships are healthy ones (at least more or less….). I do wonder why there is so much hating on other females in YA literature? Not only there of course, but it is far too often. Or I just pick up the wrong books, I don’t know.

    • Yes, me too. Toxic/unhealthy relationships are a huge no-no for me, especially if there’s potential cheating involved.

      I feel like YA authors are trying to change this trend of female-bashing, but I’ve heard that New Adult is full of this. I can’t say since I’ve read only 2 NA books. :3

  • Maybe Someday was the first CoHo book I read and I loved it! My favorite of Colleen’s books is Hopeless:)

  • I feel exactly the same way! I can’t believe so many people love this book, I thought it was horrible. Such a waste of talent. Great review!

  • I felt the exact same way while I was reading this! Colleen Hoover is such a well known writer, and I was so excited to finally read a book by her. After I read this I was so unimpressed with her characters that now I’m really hesitant to read anything else by her.

  • Your perspective is interesting to me since I loved Maybe Someday. It’s been a while since I read it, but I felt like both Sydney and Ridge were trying not to act on their attraction.

    • Despite CoHo consistently trying to tell her readers that both of them were trying not to act on their attraction, I felt that they could’ve tried much, much harder. But that’s just my opinion. 🙂

  • What an interesting review! I really enjoyed Ugly Love as my first Colleen Hoover book. And I was thinking of getting to this one next, but I’m unsure. I’m hardly one for rejecting not reading a book though so I think I’ll still check it out, but its good to keep your opinion in mind! So thank you for sharing your opinion!
    xoxo

  • I’m glad you gave an honest review. I feel like a lot of the book community has fallen in love with Hoover’s writing and like every book she puts out just because they liked previous ones. I’m still going to read some of her novels but this pushes me to grab them from the library rather than make any purchases like I was debating. Thank you!

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