My most favorite book from my favorite author
Release Day March 18, 2014
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
I had the huge honor of reading Maybe Someday months ago before there was music to the lyrics. To say I was moved by the story would be a gross understatement. Now I have just finished reading it again with the soundtrack to accompany it and let me just say, magic is real people and Colleen Hoover is like the Grand Master Wizard of Magic.
I've spent months trying not to discuss the book at all except to recommend it and say that it is my most anticipated book of the year. I did that because one of the best parts of the book was the "Ah-ha" moment that comes at 14% into reading it. I seriously hope no one has ruined that for you with spoilers because it's pretty spectacular.
One benefit to reading it a second time are the little things I didn't notice the first time in the lyrics jumped out me when I had the songs to listen to along with the story. It just deepened my love of Maybe Someday and further proved the pure genius of Hoover. The songs are not just a playlist but they actually help tell the story and develop the characters. Sydney has always loved music and writing lyrics came naturally. She never realized that her lyrics reflected how she was actually feeling until Ridge points it out. So remember that as you're reading the story because the lyrics give insight into the emotions that the characters were having long before they even met which I found really cool.
Ridge and Sydney are both in relationships when they begin working on music together. Ridge needed her to write lyrics because he was having a writers block. Sydney quickly finds herself in need of Ridge when she discovers her boyfriend and her best friend/roommate are having an affair. Ridge swoops in to rescue her and you discover later in the book that his need to be a hero can be a blessing and a curse.
I love that supporting characters as well. Ridge's best friend and roommate Warren brings some comic relief to the story. The pranks they pull on each other help lighten the tone of story. As for Ridge's girlfriend Maggie, Hoover does an amazing job creating a character that you don't want to see hurt but at the same time you don't want her happy with Ridge either. They've been together for five years and Ridge is devoted to Maggie to a fault. He wasn't looking for love because he already had it. But what he learns from Sydney about love and what the heart chooses is a painful lesson.
Maybe Someday gave me all the feels and very deeply. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I love the music. More proof of magic is the story of how Hoover and Griffin Peterson came to work together on this project. It makes me think of words like fate, serendipity and kizmit. I could go on and on about this book but I would hate to give away anything that would spoil it for you. It is an absolute must read.
Author Bio & Links
Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT's bestseller Hopeless and the companion novel, Losing Hope. She has released a free novella, Finding Cinderella, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.
Colleen lives in East Texas with her husband, their three boys, their dog, Pacey, and their zombie, Steve. Colleen loves Diet Pepsi more than all of the things, and is a ninja in her spare time.
You can follow Colleen on Instagram if you want to watch her pointless, random videos, or on Twitter, but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at colleenhoover.com or on her very active Facebook page where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn't looking.
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Musicain Griffin Peterson
Griffin Peterson is a songwriter and artist living in Nashville. He graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business and is concentrating on releasing his first EP. His first two singles, Makes Me Hold On To You and Getaway, released in July 2013 and will be featured on his EP entitled Getaway. He appeared on the 12th season of American Idol and was the cover model for Colleen Hoover’s novel, Losing Hope.
Griffin first realized he wanted to be a musician when he was 19 and sat down at the computer to produce his first song. He realized an entire day had gone by, and decided if he could make a living doing something that brought him that much joy on a daily basis, he didn’t want to do anything else with his life. Griffin’s musical influences include classic rock and blues such as Stevie ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, and modern artists such as Ben Rector, One Republic, and John Mayer.
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