Co-Discussion: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00 AM






From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her--and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.
  
Since Erica and I done a buddy read of Maybe Someday, we thought it would be fun to do a co-discussion and talk about our thoughts on the book.  Hopefully this will be the first of many buddy reads and co-discussions :)

WARNING: Proceed with caution as there will most likely be spoilers ahead, so if you haven't read the book, you may not want to continue.

General Questions


Did the book engage you from the beginning or did it take a while for you to get interested?


Christy: I was hooked on this book from the very first page, I don't know what it is about Hoover's writing, but she knows how to draw me in and keep me hooked until the last sentence.

Erica: I started reading just to get to the book because Christy and I said we wanted to read so much a day, but I didn't think I would get anywhere with finals (HA BIG JOKE TO ME). I finished the book in a day so you can tell I was hooked from the first sentence.

Which character did you like the most?


Christy: Ahhhh, this one is a hard one.  I guess if I was stranded on a desert island and I absolutely HAD to choose, I would probably choose Ridge, and not just because he could keep me entertained with his guitar playing.  I loved the fact that he was incredibly sweet, he was extremely intelligent, and he also had a wicked sense of humor, which is a huge plus for me ;)

Erica: I want to say Ridge because he was just so likable except for his infidelity. He was humorous and so sweet, but I think as the book went on, I started to enjoy Warren's character the most. He always knew what to say, whether he was being brutally honest or being sympathetic. I enjoyed his growth very much in the story. I am so glad that CoHo made a novella about Bridgette and him.

Do the characters seem real and believable?


Christy: I think so.  I could see it playing out in real life exactly the way it did in the book.

Erica: I definitely believe that they are. People may think otherwise because it is not something a lot of people go through, but that doesn't mean that no one does.

What passage stood out the most to you?


Christy:  This is one of my passages that broke my heart:

I feel as though I'm willingly forking over my one chance for an exceptional life, and in return, I'm accepting a mediocre version without Ridge in it.

Erica: This is what made me love Warren's character:

Today is a really bad day, Syd. A really, really bad day. Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.

What did you think of the ending, do you think there should be a second book?


Christy: I actually felt like it ended perfectly, although I wouldn't mind a sequel ;).  One thing that was on my mind at the end was, what happened to Maggie, and I'm so glad that Erica found and told me about Maggie's Epilogue that you can read HERE.  It was absolutely perfect and it was exactly the closure that I was looking for, although I wouldn't mind a novella about her *hint hint, Mrs. Hoover*

Erica: The ending was absolutely perfect, it wrapped everything up (for the most part) and I just enjoyed how it ended. Buuuuuuut, that does not mean that I am against a second novel. I know that it isn't likely, but it would be very interesting to see how things turn out. It was just too great of a love story to stop at one book.

If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?


Christy:  Did you know that Ridge would be deaf before you started writing?

Erica: What made you choose Ridge to end up with Sydney?

Who would you want to play the main character if it were made into a movie?


Christy: I don't know who these people are but this is kinda how I pictured Ridge and Sydney


Erica: 
                 Dylan O'Brien                                                                       Dianna Agron


If you could some up the book in three words, what would they be?


Christy: Heartbreaking, emotional rollercoaster.

Erica: Unconventional love story.

What did you find to be the most heart-breaking moment?


Christy: Gosh, there were so many it's hard to choose.  I would say the top two are when Maggie reads Ridge and Sydney's messages and when Ridge and Sydney decide they can't be together and say goodbye.

Erica: When Ridge spoke to Sydney for the first time...oh my I lost it. It was beautiful and heart-wrenching at the exact same time. I could re-read those few lines over and over again.

Maybe Someday Questions

 

Which couple were you rooting for, Ridge and Maggie or Ridge and Sydney?

Christy: I actually went back and forth a million times during the course of this book.  At first I was all for Ridge and Syndey, then I wanted Ridge to stay with Maggie, then I wanted him with Sydney.  But I was happy with who he chose in the end :)

Erica: I agree with Christy that I went back and forth between the two couples, but all-in-all I loved how the book ended.

Side Note: I saw this comment the other day and I thought it was so cute. Someone interviewed Ridge (obviously not, but yeah) and asked him what about a proposal and the answer was so...aggravating but yet so perfect.... Maybe Someday.

What did you think about Ridge being deaf?

Christy: This came as a shock to me, I must have missed all the signs that would lead to this discovery.  But I loved the fact that he didn't feel sorry for himself.  He didn't see it as a disability, and he didn't let it hold him back.

Erica: There were plenty of hints in the beginning of the book, but it still came as a shock to me. I love the way she incorporated it into everything though. The way he listens to the vibrations, it's the reason their band is the name that they are...so many different aspects to it and I thought it was miraculous. Again, agreeing with Christy. I loved how he didn't see it as a disability...Ridge made it seem like it was something that was a gift, which it was, and he used his gift so beautifully.

What do you think happens to Tori and Hunter?

Christy: They get a nasty case of the STDs?? Well, a girl can hope ;)  No,  but seriously, I think relationships like the one that Tori and Hunter have are toxic and I don't see it lasting.

Erica: I think they end up breaking up and move on with their lives.

Final Rating

 What was your final rating? 


Christy: This book deserves so much more than a typical 5 star rating, so I'm going to give it the ever coveted 6 stars!

Erica: With Christy all the way with this one. 6 out of 5 stars for this amazing, wonderful, remarkable story. Thank you so much for creating such a beautful story CoHo. 


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Christy is a 27 year old wife, mother, nursing student and self proclaimed book addict. When she's not busy spending time with her family or learning to save lives, you can find her with a book in her hands, and a smile on her face.
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