Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: March 2014
Summary: Sydney’s world is turned upside down when she discovers her boyfriend of two years is cheating on her with her best friend and roommate. In shock and without a plan (or her purse), she is taken in by her neighbor. This neighbor also happens to be the cute guitar-playing neighbor that she has been observing for weeks out on her patio. She finds out that they have musical chemistry and they begin to write songs to serve as therapy to her broken heart.
Thoughts: I don’t think it’s hard to imagine how this story goes. I actually listened to this on audiobook and really liked the narrators, but the story was just so damn dramatic. I never really understood what the New Adult genre meant, but now I get it. This is totally New Adult–filled with the things that trouble you when you are 22 or 23. I read a lot of books that fall into the YA or NA genre and know that books about that age group don’t have to be just for the enjoyment of that age group. Everyone has experienced that age and some books are so good at reminding you of what is so special about those formative years and share heartbreaking stories about growing up. Maybe Someday is not one of those books. It is meant to be enjoyed by Young/New Adults who are at that stage in their life or are fantasizing about experiencing that stage in the future. That isn’t a slight to people of that age, but some books are best to be enjoyed by the intended age group. Twilight, for example, is like that. I totally loved that series when I was younger and got completely wrapped up in Bella and Edward, but I tried rereading it not too long ago and just couldn’t make it through after seeing a bit more life. I experienced the book much differently after having my own relationships, learning more about other people and the way the world works.
One of my greatest challenges with Maybe Someday was that it makes it seem like the love story is the biggest, most important event to ever happen on this planet. It was so-over-the-top and cheesy at times that I actually laughed out loud and/or rolled my eyes. There are a few curve balls thrown your way, but overall the story goes the way you imagine it to. In spite of the predictable nature of the story, I did find myself folding my laundry extra diligently and cleaning the house a bit more thoroughly to continue listening. So although I was interested in hearing how the story continues, my life was not really enhanced by reading this book. This is my second attempt at Colleen Hoover, who seems to be absolutely beloved, but I just don’t think she is for me. Both of the books I have read by her, this one and Confess, seem like the story was strung together by picking all of the low hanging fruit. Her writing reminds me of a less conservative Nicholas Sparks novel, also an author I really tried to enjoy, but just couldn’t get behind. Is this an unpopular opinion I am sharing?