Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Warning: A minefield of spoilers. Proceed with caution.

Atria Books | Paperback, 370 pages
March 18th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Romance
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars

Colleen Hoover quickly cemented her name as a beloved author in record fashion. Her books are much awaited for, and coveted by readers of YA and New Adult alike. She gets it right every time; so much so that I have very little to say on the odd times that I didn’t enjoy her book. 

I must admit that I’ve heard some rumblings of a love triangle and that there was cheating involved. All in all, I was unimpressed to learn of such disturbing rumours. When this book arrived in the mail, I was apprehensive. I didn’t want to read it, but much like her other books, resistance was futile. Once again, Hoover fiercely got her hooks on me. I couldn’t turn away – couldn’t stop reading even if my life depended on it.

Let me be clear, I hate cheaters. I hate books about them, and I will not excuse anyone  from this act of ultimate betrayal. But for once, I’ve never felt more inclined to defend someone. Such is the predicament that I faced with this book. It exposes my hypocrisy as a reader, and Colleen’s ability to make me shut up and read.

The love Ridge felt for Megan seems so infinite, encompassing; so steadfast that it seems no one, and nothing can come asunder. Theirs was the love that was held strong by years of friendship and a common bond. But when a love is not meant to be, the end is an inevitability no matter how strong it may be. It was difficult to swallow the facets of their relationship that led to the demise. I felt I was detached, and unable to give sympathy when the end came. Sure, Sydney was the catalyst, but the reality is, they were ticking time bombs. If this was another book, this is where I’ll argue and accuse the author of conveniently doing away with a character just to make the focal relationship work. This is not the case, however. I will not mention the reason why they broke up (aside from the obvious); just know that I accepted it half-heartedly.

This brings me to Sydney. I don’t really have much opinion about her, to be honest. She found herself in a role-reversal of sorts. Being someone who just got cheated on was no picnic in the park. But finding solace in Ridge also invited troubles that she’d promised herself she wouldn’t be a part of. All in all, I think they’re all to blame; for being weak, for being dishonest, but I can’t blame them for being human.

Overall, much can be contested about the moral dilemmas of the characters in this book, and it will be all for naught. What’s done is done. Everybody ends up being happy one way or another. And really, that’s all that matters. This was a good book, well-written story about love’s ability to expose a person’s strength amidst his or her frailties. Walking away from a loved one may be hard, but sometimes, it’s the only right thing left to do.

  • So after my experience with Hopeless I am a little nervous to read another Colleen Hoover book but it wouldn’t be fair of me to write her off completely. This one sounds different enough, maybe I should give it a try? Is Ridge anything like Holder, or Cara anything like Sky?

  • I must admit, when I heard about the cheating from another review, I got turned off by it because cheating is a big reading trigger for me.I’m still thinking about reading this because I’ve read a lot of good things about it but cheating is a big deal for me so I really don’t know yet. This is a very undecided comment, lol

  • I loved your exploration of the moral dilemma in this book, which many have skimmed over for the sake of the relationship. But you are right, they aren’t innocent but somehow Colleen Hoover writes them so realistically. Great review Joy!

  • I think cheating is inexcusable as well, but it’s so funny how reading about this situation really lets us see it as so grey. I agree that Maggie and Ridge’s relationship was bound to end no matter what, but it was still hard to read. I didn’t have strong feelings for Sydney either, but I appreciated her ability to learn from her experiences. 🙂 Great review Joy! I’m so glad you liked this one!!

  • You know, I was a Maggie. And I truly understood why their love story had to end (sans the other reason) but their end was inevitable. Remember that one song that Ridge wrote? “Something” – I keep wondering why I can’t say bye to you. I believe that’s his song for Maggie. With or without Sydney, they would end. Awesome review, Joy 🙂 Glad you loved it!

  • I’m not a fan of cheaters too – in real life or fiction – so I’m surprised that this book was able to get you to overlook that. I’ve heard great things about this book and as a Colleen Hoover fan – definitely one I want to read. Great review Joy 🙂

  • I haven’t read the best reviews for this book so far, so always appreciate reading a review which offers a different perspective, even more so when it comes from a blogger, whose reviews you know you can trust like yourself. I’m not a huge fan of cheating in books either, but I can understand why you saw things differently in the whole Ridge-Sydney-Megan relationship. I was ready to completely fob this book off, but you have certainly convinced me to rec-consider. Gorgeous review my friend!

    • The cheating and the love triangle thing is not that hard to take, jas. I really think you should give this one a shot. Though Rachel made the best case why it’s getting so much bad rep.

  • Christy

    I can’t read your review Joy. My stomach hurts a little every time I see a new review for it. I love it so much that I can’t bear to read the slightest negative thing about it, so I’m afraid. It’s one of those books that I connect with so personally and deeply, that it’s like my book. lol – I’m such a freaking nut. Have you listened to the soundtrack? I love all the songs, but adore Maybe Someday and I’m in Trouble the most.

    • Oh, pish posh, Christy. My review is relatively docile. I wasn’t sarcastic at all. Lol!

  • Ah the cheating. Good that you managed to enjoy anyways though, I think that I need to give it a try

  • Ahh. I cannot believe you managed to love this book, lol. (Okay, I’ve just seen one negative review.) But omg. Love triangle and cheating? Agh. I would not be able to get past that (A) but I do make me happy that you managed to. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Joy 🙂 Thank you for sharing your awesome review. <3

    • I know right? The double whammy. Lol! I can’t believe I managed either. 🙂

  • Oh gosh I loved this book so much! It was my first Hoover book and now I’m dying to read her others. Her writing and characters are just so amazing. And though I felt the wrongness of the actions in this book, I loved the characters regardless <3
    Great review, Joy! And I love the new site 😀

    • Thanks, Richa. 🙂 I’m glad you loved it too.

  • I have heard so many good things about this that I just know that I need to read it.
    Great review!!

    • Thanks! If you’ve read her other books, you should give this one a shot. 🙂

  • Cheating isn’t something I ever really like to read about either. I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to cheating in books, and know, from past experience, that I will hold it against the character like there’s no tomorrow. It makes it hard for me to enjoy the story. But I’m glad to hear Hoover managed to hook you in regardless. I have mixed feelings about her previous books, so I’m not sure if this will be for me, but I’m happy to see that it worked for you overall. Great review, Joy!

    • I’m not sure why I focused on the cheating with this review. The thing is, nothing really happened between them while Ridge was in a relationship. However, talking about ‘did he or did he not’ will probably come into question. What constitutes cheating? Is it the act of actually being with someone? Or is it the fact that he fell for somebody else while in a relationship? For me, as soon as you replaced the person you loved in your thoughts – even in passing, that to me, is cheating.

      Anyway, it was a really good book. I do hope you’ll give it a chance someday, Sam. 🙂