Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday delivers all of the elements that I have come to expect from this bestselling author—a likeable protagonist, rounded characters, and heartbreaking conflict—as well as compelling twists that kept me hooked from start to finish. Maybe Someday begins with 22-year-old Sydney finding out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend and roommate. The novel opens with a scene of Sydney, who finds herself to be a “purseless, crying, violent, homeless girl,” sitting in the rain with nowhere to go now that she has to leave the apartment she shared with her traitorous friend.
In the same apartment complex lives Ridge, an attractive musician who plays his guitar on his balcony almost every night, and someone that Sydney has noticed from afar. Soon, their lives are intertwined in complicated ways that neither of them could have anticipated, and they find themselves having to make some tough choices.
Right out of the gate, Hoover throws the reader some curveballs. The relationship between Ridge and Sydney is beautiful and complicated and painful all at once. Unlike many novels with a strong romantic component, the conflict that Hoover sets up is genuinely difficult and seemingly impossible to overcome.
Hoover switches between Ridge’s and Sydney’s point of view, which allows the reader to get a more rounded picture of the emotions at play here. The ways that Sydney and Ridge interact, and the particular challenges that Ridge faces with communication make their relationship all the more intriguing. While I don’t want to give anything away, I will say that Ridge is not your typical New Adult novel romantic lead, which is something that I greatly appreciated while reading.
There are aspects of the novel that some may find unappealing. Sydney cries a lot, and while it is understandable, some readers may find it annoying. Additionally, because I have an English major’s brain, there are logistical details and inconsistencies that occasionally stuck out to me and made me go, “Wait? What about…” For example, when Sydney finds a new place to live, she never talks about moving any of her old stuff out. She just talks about how she has nothing now, and later when she buys new furniture I had to wonder about everything she left behind in her old apartment. These moments of inconsistency were so rare, though, that I didn’t find that they detracted too much from the novel.
This book is a quick read. Once you start, it is hard to put down. While not everyone is a fan of romance, if you are looking for a book with a truly original storyline and likeable characters, then give Maybe Someday a shot.