Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Maybe Someday

Maybe Someday Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know when you find that one book that you didn't expect and it becomes everything you want in a story? No. Well, Maybe Someday was that book for me. I stumbled upon it last year right before I went on vacation. I read the book for the i>very first time while sitting in the kitchen at my boyfriend's parents' house. Why do I share this with you? What does this have to do with this audio listen? Well, everything. It has everything to do with it because as I sat in that kitchen, I fell in love. I fell in love in the same way you learn to bake; slowly, carefully, and passionately. I fell for Ridge and Sydney. I fell for the way they moved (in that dress), the way they resisted, and the way they waited.

As this is technically my third re-read of this book, I have to say that I was no less in love with these characters. In fact, I found myself loving them a little bit more than the first time. I'm not sure if this is because I know where the story leads or if it's because I feel like I know the characters a bit better, but I know that I am still in love with these two. This is the couple that firmly planted me in CoHo's corner for life. This is the couple that I always return to. When asked for a top book boyfriend, Ridge makes that list every single time.

Listening to Ridge and Sydney fall in love is a whole new experience. It's one thing to read and devour with my own eyes, but it's an entirely different feeling to hear them fall in love. The narrators bring something I never expected to their love and it isn't something I'll ever forget.

Why do I always come back to Syd and Ridge? Easy. Their love wasn't easy. They struggled, they pushed, they pulled. In the end, it was all worth it. It was worth every bit of pain, every flaw listed, every hurt, and every smile. Their love was beautiful.

This year, with this reread (okay, this listen), I fell in love while sitting in my car on a 16-hour car ride home from that very kitchen I sat in last year. I drove for 12 hours. For almost 10 of those hours, I spent my time with Ridge and Sydney, Warren and Bridgette, Maggie, Brennan, and Sounds of Cedar. Immersing myself in this world will be something I do from now until I can no longer see or hear.

"For her I bend, for you I break"

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