29 août 2016

REVIEW : Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover
Publisher : Atria Books
Release Date : March 18th 2014
Genres : NA, Contemporary Romance
Pages : 385
Rating : ☆☆

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. 
She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. 
 But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. Maybe someday…
  I finished this book with a bitter taste in my mouth not because it was bad but because of the message behind it.

Sydney finds out her boyfriend cheated on her and is forced to move in his neighbour's appartment. He's nice, he play guitar and of course, Sydney is attracted to him. The only problem is : He has a girlfriend. See, what's my point there ? If you don't, keep reading. If you do... Keep reading.

It's the exact same issue I've had with Anna and the French Kiss. Sorry but I don't find a guy doing inappropriate things considering he has a girlfriend, attractive nor likeable.

"It's not so easy when you're trying to win a war against the heart."

I get it, I'm not heartless. But there wouldn't be a war if you hadn't make a girl you're attracted to move in, in the first place. (Yes, I'm using "you", I'm talking to Ridge. Don't judge me.) Colleen Hoover stresses the point that nothing is black or white. I agree but when you play with fire, you get burned.

And yes, they felt guily (they're the main characters of a NA novel, what did you expect ?) but that doesn't change things. Not for me, anyway.

I nontheless enjoyed the fact that she put their relationship in perspective. On one side you have the main characters battling against their feelings and mutual attraction. They are conflicted because they know it's not right but they can't help it. And on the other have you have this character who judge it in a more practical way.

I also liked the depth of the characters. Hoover put a lot of thoughts in their backstories and it shows. My favourite is Warren and I'm surprised I haven't read more reviews mentioning him. He's straight-forward, funny and protective, what's not to like ? Yes, he acts sometimes like an ass, but who doesn't ?

Her writing is simple but efficient, I flew through her pages without even thinking about it. I had absolutely no expectations regarding this book but I still enjoy most of it. I don't think it's the best NA novel ever but it's still worth reading if you like NA with a lot of tension, dramas and self-conflict.

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