August 6, 2015

#bookselfie: maybe someday

During my Staycation last week, I finally read a book that has been on my Kindle for way too long from an author I've been following for a long time, but hadn't actually read yet. I'm pleased to say that the time I spent reading Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover were well spent, and my only wish was that I'd read it sooner.
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.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.
I'm always really impressed when authors write dynamic and interesting characters with a twist--and this was definitely one of those books. Aside from the amazing and growing sexual tension between Ridge and Sydney, Ridge in particular was one of the most unique characters I've ever encountered. As much as I was flipping the pages to see what happened next, I was curious to get to know more about Ridge and his history.

Though I wish there had been a little more resolution between Sydney and Tori, the rest of the story developed nicely. Again, Hoover succeeded at taking a topic that's been done--girl gets betrayed by her best friend and boyfriend--and made it completely fresh and inventive.

The story also elicited this tweet from me during the reading process:

Because, yeah, there were quite a few "OMG" moments, and I'm pretty sure I said, "Eff that" out loud a few times... and I once or twice may have thrown my phone across the couch and buried my face in my hands until I was able to develop enough courage to see how the characters got out of the latest development.

Filled with plenty of angst and delicious tension, this was my first time reading Colleen Hoover's work, and it won't be my last.

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