Maybe Someday, by Colleen Hoover (2014)

Genre: Romance
Interest Level: 17-25
Maybe SomedayI clearly remember struggling with the shift out of young adult and into adult literature, where I was confronted by alien stories peopled with mothers, couples with mortgages, and divorces. It was all quite foreign, and I longed for literature that reflected my world. Today’s emerging adults face no such travails, as the publishers have developed New Adult fiction just for them. (Check it out on wikipedia.) Colleen Hoover is apparently a leading light in New Adult fiction, known to her fans as CoHo. In this novel, she delivers a heart-tugger of a story aimed right at the hearts of her fanbase. It’s a fine blend of romance and raw attraction, betrayal and binge drinking, complete with a downloadable soundtrack. Cagey marketing ploy or brilliant recognition of the multimedia universe of today’s twentysomethings? You decide. Sydney’s boyfriend breaks her heart when she discovers he and her roommate have been at it behind her back. She leaves instantly, dragging her suitcases behind her but forgetting her purse. Unable to pay for a cab, she couchsurfs with a neighbour, the hottie who plays his guitar on the balcony across the courtyard. She finds herself falling for Ridge, only to discover he already has a girlfriend. From one love triangle to another, but everyone swapped roles. Teens and college types will swoon over the breathy dialogue, the longing looks, the pain and hurt that makes songwriting so much easier. Written in dual perspective, the dialogue is emotional and authentic, though the plot is somewhat thin. Some interesting twists and surprising revelations add further appeal, but I found myself troubled by the bouts of heavy drinking and Ridge’s treatment of the women in his life. On the other hand, everyone uses condoms! Sure to resonate with the twentysomething crowd, but it falls short for this middle-aged reader.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17788403-maybe-someday

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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