Maybe Someday

Maybe Someday

by Colleen Hoover

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ISBN-13: 9781476753164
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Series: Maybe Someday Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 32,394
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit ColleenHoover.com.

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Maybe Someday


  • I slide open my balcony door and step outside, thankful that the sun has already dipped behind the building next door, cooling the air to what could pass as a perfect fall temperature. Almost on cue, the sound of his guitar floats across the courtyard as I take a seat and lean back into the patio lounger. I tell Tori I come out here to get homework done, because I don’t want to admit that the guitar is the only reason I’m outside every night at eight, like clockwork.

    For weeks now, the guy in the apartment across the courtyard has sat on his balcony and played for at least an hour. Every night, I sit outside and listen.

    I’ve noticed a few other neighbors come out to their balconies when he’s playing, but no one is as loyal as I am. I don’t understand how someone could hear these songs and not crave them day after day. Then again, music has always been a passion of mine, so maybe I’m just a little more infatuated with his sound than other people are. I’ve played the piano for as long as I can remember, and although I’ve never shared it with anyone, I love writing music. I even switched my major to music education two years ago. My plan is to be an elementary music teacher, although if my father had his way, I’d still be prelaw.

    “A life of mediocrity is a waste of a life,” he said when I informed him that I was changing my major.

    A life of mediocrity. I find that more amusing than insulting, since he seems to be the most dissatisfied person I’ve ever known. And he’s a lawyer. Go figure.

    One of the familiar songs ends and the guy with the guitar begins to play something he’s never played before. I’ve grown accustomed to his unofficial playlist since he seems to practice the same songs in the same order night after night. However, I’ve never heard him play this particular song before. The way he’s repeating the same chords makes me think he’s creating the song right here on the spot. I like that I’m witnessing this, especially since after only a few chords, it’s already my new favorite. All his songs sound like originals. I wonder if he performs them locally or if he just writes them for fun.

    I lean forward in the chair, rest my arms on the edge of the balcony, and watch him. His balcony is directly across the courtyard, far enough away that I don’t feel weird when I watch him but close enough that I make sure I’m never watching him when Hunter’s around. I don’t think Hunter would like the fact that I’ve developed a tiny crush on this guy’s talent.

    I can’t deny it, though. Anyone who watches how passionately this guy plays would crush on his talent. The way he keeps his eyes closed the entire time, focusing intently on every stroke against every guitar string. I like it best when he sits cross-legged with the guitar upright between his legs. He pulls it against his chest and plays it like a stand-up bass, keeping his eyes closed the whole time. It’s so mesmerizing to watch him that sometimes I catch myself holding my breath, and I don’t even realize I’m doing it until I’m gasping for air.

    It also doesn’t help that he’s cute. At least, he seems cute from here. His light brown hair is unruly and moves with him, falling across his forehead every time he looks down at his guitar. He’s too far away to distinguish eye color or distinct features, but the details don’t matter when coupled with the passion he has for his music. There’s a confidence to him that I find compelling. I’ve always admired musicians who are able to tune out everyone and everything around them and pour all of their focus into their music. To be able to shut the world off and allow yourself to be completely swept away is something I’ve always wanted the confidence to do, but I just don’t have it.

    This guy has it. He’s confident and talented. I’ve always been a sucker for musicians, but more in a fantasy way. They’re a different breed. A breed that rarely makes for good boyfriends.

    He glances at me as if he can hear my thoughts, and then a slow grin appears across his face. He never once pauses the song while he continues to watch me. The eye contact makes me blush, so I drop my arms and pull my notebook back onto my lap and look down at it. I hate that he just caught me staring so hard. Not that I was doing anything wrong; it just feels odd for him to know I was watching him. I glance up again, and he’s still watching me, but he’s not smiling anymore. The way he’s staring causes my heart to speed up, so I look away and focus on my notebook.

    Way to be a creeper, Sydney.

    “There’s my girl,” a comforting voice says from behind me. I lean my head back and tilt my eyes upward to watch Hunter as he makes his way onto the balcony. I try to hide the fact that I’m shocked to see him, because I’m pretty sure I was supposed to remember he was coming.

    On the off chance that Guitar Boy is still watching, I make it a point to seem really into Hunter’s hello kiss so that maybe I’ll seem less like a creepy stalker and more like someone just casually relaxing on her balcony. I run my hand up Hunter’s neck as he leans over the back of my chair and kisses me upside down.

    “Scoot up,” Hunter says, pushing on my shoulders. I do what he asks and slide forward in the seat as he lifts his leg over the chair and slips in behind me. He pulls my back against his chest and wraps his arms around me.

    My eyes betray me when the sound of the guitar stops abruptly, and I glance across the courtyard once more. Guitar Boy is eyeing us hard as he stands, then goes back inside his apartment. His expression is odd. Almost angry.

    “How was school?” Hunter asks.

    “Too boring to talk about. What about you? How was work?”

    “Interesting,” he says, brushing my hair away from my neck with his hand. He presses his lips to my neck and kisses his way down my collarbone.

    “What was so interesting?”

    He tightens his hold on me, then rests his chin on my shoulder and pulls me back in the chair with him. “The oddest thing happened at lunch,” he says. “I was with one of the guys at this Italian restaurant. We were eating out on the patio, and I had just asked the waiter what he recommended for dessert, when a police car rounded the corner. They stopped right in front of the restaurant, and two officers jumped out with their guns drawn. They began barking orders toward us when our waiter mumbled, ‘Shit.’ He slowly raised his hands, and the police jumped the barrier to the patio, rushed toward him, threw him to the ground, and cuffed him right at our feet. After they read him his rights, they pulled him to his feet and escorted him toward the cop car. The waiter glanced back at me and yelled, ‘The tiramisu is really good!’ Then they put him in the car and drove away.”

    I tilt my head back and look up at him. “Seriously? That really happened?”

    He nods, laughing. “I swear, Syd. It was crazy.”

    “Well? Did you try the tiramisu?”

    “Hell, yeah, we did. It was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.” He kisses me on the cheek and pushes me forward. “Speaking of food, I’m starving.” He stands up and holds out his hand to me. “Did you cook tonight?”

    I take his hand and let him pull me up. “We just had salad, but I can make you one.”

    Once we’re inside, Hunter takes a seat on the couch next to Tori. She’s got a textbook spread open across her lap as she halfheartedly focuses on both homework and TV at the same time. I take out the containers from the fridge and make his salad. I feel a little guilty that I forgot tonight was one of the nights he said he was coming. I usually have something cooked when I know he’ll be here.

    We’ve been dating for almost two years now. I met him during my sophomore year in college, when he was a senior. He and Tori had been friends for years. After she moved into my dorm and we became friends, she insisted I meet him. She said we’d hit it off, and she was right. We made it official after only two dates, and things have been wonderful since.

    Of course, we have our ups and downs, especially since he moved more than an hour away. When he landed the job in the accounting firm last semester, he suggested I move with him. I told him no, that I really wanted to finish my undergrad before taking such a huge step. In all honesty, I’m just scared.

    The thought of moving in with him seems so final, as if I would be sealing my fate. I know that once we take that step, the next step is marriage, and then I’d be looking at never having the chance to live alone. I’ve always had a roommate, and until I can afford my own place, I’ll be sharing an apartment with Tori. I haven’t told Hunter yet, but I really want to live alone for a year. It’s something I promised myself I would do before I got married. I don’t even turn twenty-two for a couple of weeks, so it’s not as if I’m in any hurry.

    I take Hunter’s food to him in the living room.

    “Why do you watch this?” he says to Tori. “All these women do is talk shit about each other and flip tables.”

    “That’s exactly why I watch it,” Tori says, without taking her eyes off the TV.

    Hunter winks at me and takes his food, then props his feet up on the coffee table. “Thanks, babe.” He turns toward the TV and begins eating. “Can you grab me a beer?”

    I nod and walk back into the kitchen. I open the refrigerator door and look on the shelf where he always keeps his extra beer. I realize as I’m staring at “his” shelf that this is probably how it begins. First, he has a shelf in the refrigerator. Then he’ll have a toothbrush in the bathroom, a drawer in my dresser, and eventually, his stuff will infiltrate mine in so many ways it’ll be impossible for me ever to be on my own.

    I run my hands up my arms, rubbing away the sudden onset of discomfort washing over me. I feel as if I’m watching my future play out in front of me. I’m not so sure I like what I’m imagining.

    Am I ready for this?

    Am I ready for this guy to be the guy I bring dinner to every night when he gets home from work?

    Am I ready to fall into this comfortable life with him? One where I teach all day and he does people’s taxes, and then we come home and I cook dinner and I “grab him beers” while he props his feet up and calls me babe, and then we go to our bed and make love at approximately nine P.M. so we won’t be tired the next day, in order to wake up and get dressed and go to work and do it all over again?

    “Earth to Sydney,” Hunter says. I hear him snap his fingers twice. “Beer? Please, babe?”

    I quickly grab his beer, give it to him, then head straight to my bathroom. I turn the water on in the shower, but I don’t get in. Instead, I lock the door and sink to the floor.

    We have a good relationship. He’s good to me, and I know he loves me. I just don’t understand why every time I think about a future with him, it’s not an exciting thought.

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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    There are certain books that you read where you don't feel anything after, and you can forget you ever read them. Then there are books where you read it, and you think WOW what did I just experience, and it stays with you... This book gave me that reaction and then some! It's the type of book where the author got everything right. I want to tell everybody that I know to read this book so they can experience what I just did! 
    Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
    I am not quite sure if a book has ever affected me in such a way as Maybe Someday did. Colleen Hoover is a master at reaching inside of me, grabbing my heart and squeezing it with her beautiful words. She's done it before, and, I don't know. I shouldn't be surprised by it anymore. And, yet, when I read the final word, I sat here blinking my eyes, my mouth opening and closing like a damn fish, completely blown away. Sydney and Ridge catch each others' eye across the courtyard of their apartment complex when he plays his guitar on his balcony and she sits on hers and makes up lyrics. Ridge asks for her help in giving words to his songs, and a friendship is born. Just in time too, because when Sydney's boyfriend cheats on her, she has to move out, and it turns out Ridge's apartment has an empty bedroom. The close proximity allows them to continue writing music together, but it also monumentally complicates things. You see, Ridge has a serious girlfriend, and his feelings for Sydney are now blurring the lines. I was thrown for a loop nearly right away when Ridge reveals a secret he's been keeping from Sydney (I won't spoil it for you!). It affects the entire story in an incredible way, and was probably my favorite part of the whole book. How this secret is woven into the musical part of Ridge's and Sydney's story was utterly beautiful and a little heartbreaking at times. When it was first revealed, I was totally shocked, but once I finished the book, I don't see how this book would've been even half as amazing as it was without it. It was Sydney really for whom my heart broke the most. Ridge was amazing. He's funny, charming, intelligent, artistic and chivalrous. He takes Sydney under his wing, protects her from her douchey ex and gives her a real purpose. How could she not fall completely and utterly in love with him? And, yet, he's been in a relationship for five years with a disgustingly wonderful girl named Maggie, and has no designs to break things off with her. Being around the two of them absolutely kills her, but it's the lesser of two evils, as far as she sees it. Because her world without Ridge in it at all would be even worse. Can you imagine what that would be like? Sydney is constantly denying herself what she wants more than anything in life. And to make matters even worse, sometimes Ridge makes it seem like he wants her too. Talk about head games. But, they share this incredible connection through music that is impossible to ignore. Unfortunately, the fact that they have a harder and harder time ignoring that connection and the beautiful music they make together, causes the worst heartache ever. Because Maggie also has a secret, and when that is revealed, it changes things for Sydney. She has to come to terms with the nature of hers and Ridge's relationship and face the fact that she might never be able to have him the way she wants him. Sydney is stronger than I could ever be. She makes tough choices and tries to make the best of an increasingly difficult situation. Even though Ridge is the main link in this love triangle, it's absolutely impossible to be mad at him. You think you would, right? Nope. And then there's Maggie. You really, really want to hate her. But, you just can't. She's a genuinely nice person. Maybe Someday is told in dual POV, so we get the benefit of all the angst from both Sydney's and Ridge's heads. The language pretty clean; the sex very minimal. Although there's almost no sex, the passion and sexual tension between Ridge and Sydney made my head want to explode. It was That. Good. And then there's the end. OMG - THE END. Completely, utterly, totally, wonderfully P-E-R-F-E-C-T. I need you to go out today and read this book. Then, come back here and tell me that you get what I've been trying to say. That you understand now why I'm telling you how amazing it is. I can't wait to hear from you.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Wow is all I can say. I felt every emotion the characters had in this book... I laughed, I cried, I got mad! Colleen Hoover is pure genius! One of the best love stories I have ever read!
    H_Cope More than 1 year ago
    Why don’t we keep, keep it simple... In the words of Griffin Peterson (Who sings the songs that go along with this book!) I'm in  Whoa o o o I’m in trouble, trouble. How do I tell Holder and Daniel and Will Freaking Cooper that Colleen Hoover created another perfect book including another perfect book boyfriend! Seriously, This book is unlike anything else ever written! I was quite literally on the edge of my seat the entire book. The characters are all of incredibly life like, there is so much emotional intimacy in this story. More so than all the others she has written. And I'm not referring to the naked hokey pokey!  I mean real raw emotions that no fictional characters should be able to produce, but Ridge and Sydney do. And they do so in the most beautiful of ways! So do yourself a favor and pick up this gem today! Do it! You will absolutely not regret it!      
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book ruined all other books for me. It shattered my heart into pieces and then filled it up so much I felt like it was going to burst. I had such an emotional reaction to this book that I couldnt start another one until I worked through the emotions this book brought out in me. Its a must read and my new favorite. For probably forever. Dont hesitate to buy this. You wont regret a single penny.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I never write reviews, but after reading this one, I felt that I had to. It's been 2 weeks since I've read this book and I am still thinking about it. So many stories that I read blend together. This one stands on its own.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is my all time favorite book.  It broke my heart and mended it.  I laugh and I cried. But mostly I felt it.. I felt every single emotion that they felt.  Amazing book; I highly recommend!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Colleen Hoover doesn't dissapoint. She takes a story line and characters I never would have thought I would care much for and makes me fall in love with it all.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I adored this book. It was beautifully written, believable, the characters were loveable and realistic. I would highly recommend this book. Read It!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I just finished the book and am absolutely in love with it. Colleen is one of my favorite authors, And this book solidifies her spot in the top two. I was hooked on this book. Couldn't put it down. She has a way of making you feel for each character in every way. I love it!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book. It is hard to find a book thatis romamtic and funny and realistic. I also love that she went just far enough with the sexual tension however didn't cross into full on erotica. I highly recommend this book and will be reading more by Colleen Hoover.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK. I have never read a book, where i went through every emotion the characters went through... truly a magnificent book. Wow.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Maybe Someday! What an amazing book! First time I have read any of Colleen Hoovers' books and I absolutley LOVED this one! I couln't put it down, I actually think that was the first time I have ever read a book that fast! I felt like I was actually there when I was reading it! Great, Great, Great book!
    RayeRC More than 1 year ago
    A highly extremely intense, emotional story, Beautifully written. “There are only twenty-six letters in the English alphabet. You would think there would only be so much you could do with twenty-six letters. You would think there were only so many ways those letters could make you feel when mixed up and shoved together to make words. However, there are infinite ways those twenty-six letters can make a person feel, and this song is living proof. I’ll never understand how a few simple words strung together can change a person, but this song, these words, are completely changing me. I feel like my maybe someday just became my right now.”  “The way he’s looking at me, as if I’m the only thing that matters in his world, makes the moment take on a whole new feel. I’m completely consumed, not by waves of pleasure but by waves of raw emotion. I didn’t know I could feel someone this much. I didn’t know I could need someone this much. I had no idea I was capable of sharing this kind of connection with someone.” “I’m convinced that people come across others in life whose souls are completely compatible with their own. Some refer to them as soul mates. Some refer to it as true love.”  “However, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.” 
    Picaenid More than 1 year ago
    This book was amazing. I felt like I was experiencing every emotion the characters were. I love this author.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    In love with this book. Must buy.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I think this may be my favorite Colleen Hoover book so far. I love how she brings in another aspect with her books, this one was music. It really helps emerge you into the characters. This particular book also brings in a component where the main male character is deaf but happens to be an excellent guitar player/songwriter. It is fascinating and heartbreaking to hear the back stories on these characters and the things they have to deal with that make them who they are or who they become. I love this because it brings in humor but also a love triangle that has you torn in two.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved loved this book! MUST read!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book. I didn't want it to end. Also loved Hopeless.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another great book by Colleen Hoover!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I don't always like real sweet romances. But this one had to have it. Because it is a unique romance. I loved it.
    MyndiL More than 1 year ago
    Literally could not stop reading! All the feels, all the emotions...I just wanted it to go on forever and ever. When I finally got to the end, I was so pleased, and yet so scared to know there was a novella to follow. Please don't mess with my characters, I love them so much! The main thing to take away from this book is that just because someone looks good for you on paper (so to speak) does not mean they are the perfect one for you. Both relationships I'm referencing here had completely different reasons for not being right, but both weren't right for the people involved. I also think it's good to take away from this book that we don't choose who we fall in love with. Aside from the amazing romance portion of the book, I loved the household pranks! What a fun way to give us some comic relief when things were getting just a little too deep. And I love the lyrics throughout. I can't wait to look up the songs and listen to them! If you love Colleen Hoover, you will love Maybe Someday. If you haven't read Colleen Hoover before, why the hell not? Get on it!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Heartbreaking and sweet
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    13835877 More than 1 year ago
    If you enjoy reading emotional romance novels and have not yet discovered the beauty and amazingness of Colleen Hoover, then you are missing out on one of the best authors out there. Maybe Someday is my second Colleen Hoover read and was every bit as wonderful as my first. Colleen doesn't just bring her characters to life. She makes you love them like your best friend or despise them like the man who broke your sister's heart. The relationship between Ridge and Sydney has a connection that is pure and honest. The type of connection that I think we all strive for. Along with the heavy emotional moments between Ridge and Sydney are the light-hearted and fun moments full of pranks and laughter.