Our Review

‘Truths are written, never said.’

Jenny:  Well, Gitte, I think we’ve just about run out of accolades to describe the uniquely beautiful talent that is Colleen Hoover. I’d love to spend a day inside her head! How does she manage to create such wonderful, relatable and truly engaging characters to life?

Gitte: I don’t know Jenny, but what I do know for sure, is that every time I pick up a new story by Colleen Hoover, I’m filled with nervous anticipation as well as excitement because she has a lot to live up to. I almost want to say she’s her own worst enemy, in the sense that her talent is sublime perfection and the expectations are already incredibly high before you even turn the first page. There’s no question in my mind, however, this was no exception.  She went above and beyond. This lady is crazy talented and I’m in complete awe and feel very lucky to experience such intense beauty every time I read her work.

Jenny:  Yep, and with Maybe Someday, we’re once again blessed with the presence of such beautifully written characters.This time, we get to meet another swoon-worthy incredibly sweet character, who’s a musician no less, who goes by the name of…be still my beating heart….Ridge.  And what an absolute sweetheart he is, yet there is something unique about Ridge, but we’re not going to ruin a readers experience by revealing what this is.  Readers really do need to discover so many aspects of this story for themselves don’t you agree, Gitte? It is the twists, turns and revelations which made this book so special, so unique and so captivating…..apart from the enchanting writing style of Colleen Hoover that is, and it is for that reason, our review won’t cover a lot about the story will it Gitte?

Gitte: Absolutely Jenny, I wish with all my heart that every single reader could go into this story blind just as I did. I was swept away instantly; connecting and falling in love with every single character. Smiling one minute; welling up with tears the next. My heart felt as if Colleen Hoover gently placed it into an implement of slow and steady emotional torture; increasing the pressure as I became immersed in Ridge and Sydney’s story.

‘I don’t feel guilty simply because I’m staring at her. I feel guilty for how it’s making me feel.’

Jenny: We meet Sydney when she enters Ridge’s life after she is cheated on and betrayed in the worst possible way. Left to pick up the pieces in her life, she strikes up a friendship with Ridge who is stumped creatively and struggling to come up with lyrics for his band Sounds of Cedar. Sydney helps Ridge with both inspiration and through friendship, but soon realises there are feelings between them both that are going beyond the realms of working and friendship. There is a definite and deep attraction on both sides, yet a relationship between them is fraught with complications and obstacles, mostly concerning the heart which cause problems all round.

Gitte: The obstacles were definitely in abundance; however some more ill-timed and overwhelming, others emotionally consequential. The beauty with which they were written was of such intensity that I felt the butterflies; that momentous moment when one half meets its match; the half that makes it whole. It was wonderfully epic, poignant and breathtaking. Love in adversity is never an easy path to travel, no more so, when faced with love in two different guises that call to a different instinctual protection, adoration and a full claiming of the heart. A heart that is otherwise taken and true in its basic honesty at its very core and definition.

Jenny: There is a lot to Maybe Someday and Colleen Hoover certainly put us through our paces that’s for sure!. Each character, including secondary characters, play such a pivotal role throughout the story and each took a piece of my heart. The way the music is intrinsically woven through this story is breathtaking and one scene in particular had me sobbing my heart out with its pure beauty and emotion. Being a music lover I got it, I embraced it and it moved me so passionately and implicitly. The music really does add a whole new depth to the reading experience of Maybe Someday don’t you think Gitte?

Gitte: Does it ever Jenny! Music is extremely important to me. Music has an uncanny way of healing, inspiring as well as enhancing any emotion felt, at any given time. There is a song, a lyric or even a melody for everything you could possible feel or be moved to feel. Music brings hope, love and inspiration. Music can also quite simply make you want to do a crazy dance whilst singing along to the lyrics in the need of dispelling the cobwebs, the sadness or the ordinary. Music can make something ordinary – extraordinary. In the case of Maybe Someday, in some respects it did just that, when you compare Colleen to herself, if such a thing is possible. Though there’s nothing ordinary about Colleen Hoover; her characters or her stories. The passion of the musical element bleeds through Maybe Someday making it into something even more incredibly extraordinary.

Jenny:  To me there was no clear resolution that I could think of for Maybe Someday and I was feeling perplexed and my heart was breaking wondering how this could end. I was concerned at how I would feel at its conclusion because I loved all the characters deeply and equally, so much so that I thought my heart was being torn in different directions. In fact, I remember being about 80% into the book and thinking….”how the hell is Colleen Hoover going to write herself out of this one ?” because I had no idea how I wanted this end.  Now this is where the sheer brilliance of this author came into play because she did it!  She had me feeling comforted and happy despite my misgivings. She didn’t just take the easy road either, nope, she made me sweat it out and she turned me into an emotional wreck as the story intensified to its climax. She broke my heart and she mended it and she left me in a happy place and she managed to do all this without compromising a single character. Absolute brilliance!!! How did you feel Gitte?

‘It’s the girl who planted herself between me and my maybe someday.’

Gitte: How did I feel? Amazed…awed….astounded, I could go on. Maybe Someday grabs a situation, we’ve read about many times – agonised over even, by the scruff of the neck and discards it, creating a unique and wholly different concept. What happens if you love and connect with every character involved just like I did with Ridge, Sydney and Maggie? What happens when push comes to shove and a choice has to be made? Does the Author force it upon the reader? Does the Author write herself into a corner thus letting her much loved characters suffer precisely because of just that?

Colleen Hoover did something extraordinary, something I’ve never experienced. She didn’t force the hand, she didn’t hurt her characters or the reader in the process, she even infused humour where it was needed. She showed the ultimate respect. She wrote something so magnificent that slowly breaks your heart for all concerned, then slowly and diligently stitches that heart back together again with respect, love and unreserved devotion. No, Colleen doesn’t take the easy way; she takes the unique beautiful and respectful way.

‘Hey, heart. Are you listening? You and I are officially at war.’

Jenny:  Now, I have to say here that I read an early copy of this book which contained the epilogue. To me this was an integral part of the story and for me personally, I felt it was imperative that it be included because that epilogue left me feeling contented and I needed to hear it. Whilst I’m gutted it wasn’t included I am happy readers can access it and implore readers to check it out after finishing the book as I feel it’s a necessity! It goes without saying I fell in love with this book. This author is yet to disappoint. She has a  talent and a flair for telling a breathtaking story that takes it to another level and I will never tire of hearing what she has to say. Maybe Someday ticked all the boxes for me. I laughed, I cried, I hoped, I swooned. I loved!

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

 Gitte: The splendour and the beautiful writing of Maybe Someday made it so that I loved, sympathised and cared for every single character that played a part. I felt a crazy protectiveness for Ridge, Maggie and Sydney. I wanted them happy, I wanted them to find just what they were looking for, what they ultimately needed, what made them whole. I have to agree with Jenny; the epilogue should have been included; I needed that epilogue. I was fully invested, in a protective mode of everyone concerned. Of needing to know that the finality, the consequential fate was all encompassing. I needed to know everyone was okay. Then I did, my heart felt whole and I cried at the incredible extraordinary talent of Colleen Hoover.

‘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.’

Synopsis

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

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

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite

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93 Comments:


  1. Feifei said:

    You guys have SUCH a way with words! Love it! xoxo

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  2. beatejano said:

    I’m so excited for this book! I think its quite amazing that Colleen has been able to incorporate music into this novel. 🙂

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  3. rbrown23 said:

    Can’t wait to read this!!!

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  4. Lowe2go said:

    WOW!!! I can’t wait to read this one!!!!!!! Squeel!! Sorry fangirl moment. 🙂

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  5. Cili said:

    OMG!!!!! i can’t wait for this! 😀

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  6. krisko_03 said:

    I am SO EXCITED for Maybe Someday! Can’t wait to read it! 🙂

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  7. jks8760 said:

    I am so excited about this book, especially after reading your review!

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  8. navywife001 said:

    Love the review…I can’t wait!

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  9. mel85 said:

    So I want to go in blind for this book so im not reading any reviews yet…But im sure I will love your review (as I do all of your other reviews!)

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  10. nickykate said:

    can’t wait for this book , just reading point of retreat and its got me in tears x

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  11. sonja said:

    This just makes me want the book more!!

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  12. SideKickM24 said:

    I’m so excited about this book! I just can’t wait to read it.

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  13. christinaRivera said:

    Oh my goodness! This review just makes me even more excited to read Colleen’s book. You guys did an amazing job reviewing this. I don’t think Colleen could ever write a bad book! The way she writes her characters is absolutely unbelievable. You feel connected. Almost as if you were going through what her character are going through. You feel all their emotions, good and bad. I can’t wait to feel all the emotions in this book since music is a huge part of my life. What an amazing idea Colleen came up with!

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    1. admin said:

      You’ll love it!!!! 🙂

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  14. carlabosch1 said:

    Such a nice review! I really can’t wait to read the book! I loved this quote “Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”, so true! Thank you for the post 🙂

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    1. admin said:

      It really is a beautiful book. Thank you Carla for your kind words J&G <3

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  15. smilee3939 said:

    I read it. I lived it. The more I think about it the more I love it. Colleen Hoover definitely is without equal!

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  16. cawbenton said:

    Love!!!

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  17. JudyZ said:

    I absolutely love all of Colleen Hoover ‘s books! I’m so excited to read Maybe Someday!!

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  18. camilazw said:

    Can’t wait ro read it!! Colleen is the best 🙂

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    1. camilazw said:

      Can’t wait to read it!! Colleen is the best 🙂 *

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  19. wendyok said:

    Looking forward to this. Thanks reviewers!

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  20. cpabcm said:

    Wow yous have a way with word amazing review cany wait to read this book love colleen x

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  21. Renate said:

    so excited! I cant wait any longer!

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  22. lea said:

    Loved this book and I love this review!!

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  23. Alessia33 said:

    I had the privilege of reading this and once again Colleen Hoover has outdone herself! This tore at my heartstrings and made them warm all at once. Colleen is an extraordinary writer with the most amazing gift. Please read this book!

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  24. tvanegeren said:

    Great review!!! Can’t wait to read this!!! I love Colleen Hoover and will one click anything she writes!

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  25. Erin said:

    I just went to BAM and bought my copy! Can’t wait to read it!!! Great review!

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  26. rdohrmann said:

    Thanks for the wonderful review can’t wait for the book to release 🙂

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  27. Clara Sampaio said:

    Reading reviews leave me even more excited for this book, if that’s possible! Thanks for the great review

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  28. Bianca R. said:

    This is one of the best review I’ve read so far, it’s always a pleasure to follow your reviews! Thank you for this post, girls! <3 As for Colleen Hoover what can I say ? She's one of the best authors out there in the world of writers and her books always surprise me, in a good way of course.Her books are unique, funny( oh, Daniel),sweet(swoon, Will) and real through their subject.I really can't wait to read Maybe Someday.I have a feeling this book will be my favorite due to my weakness for musicians and because it's written by Colleen Supertalented Hoover, obviously. 😀

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    1. admin said:

      Wow! Thank you so much Bianca. That is so lovely of you. Colleen is certainly something very special that’s for sure!
      You’ll love this one! 🙂 xx

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  29. Cagla Tasdemir said:

    Darn! So much Spoiler! I can’t wait to read this novel!

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  30. beccamae said:

    I’m so excited to read this!! Only a few more days!! This is a great review for a great author. I don’t think Colleen could write a bad book if she tried!

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  31. scrapingirl16 said:

    Very well done!! I’m glad you made Colleen leak a little. 🙂 Beautiful review. I loved this book as well.

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  32. osborne601 said:

    A great review, which is only what I expected! I’m so excited to read this book and experience the music along with it! It sounds amazing!

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    1. admin said:

      Thank you so much! You’ll love it 🙂

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  33. johabella said:

    So excited about this book!! You girls never steer me wrong! 😉 xo

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  34. Sharon B said:

    So looking forward to this book – I’ve loved everything written by Colleen Hoover so far.
    Thank you for your reviews ladies!

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  35. jcariello said:

    Wow! Not that I’ve had a moment to forget about this incredible gift of a story that Colleen has crafted (once again) but this review…well it brought it all crashing down on me again. While the expectations are certainly high I assure those who will be getting their twitchy fingers on this book soon you will not be disappointed. There simply are not enough accolades one can give when it comes to Maybe Someday. It’s simply brilliant.

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  36. filijm2002 said:

    Unbelievable review! Can’t wait to read the novel.

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  37. nicole said:

    Totally and completely can NOT wait to read this book! So excited!

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  38. francisca orellana said:

    If I already wanted to read this book before, now I’m desperate. Your reaview was so so so good and omg I can’t wait and I want to win so bad because I tried to buy it but I couldn’t 🙁 good luck to everyone!!!!

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  39. Becky K. said:

    I cannot wait to read this. I love music so to integrate that into the book was a brilliant idea. Congrats to Colleen on her release and great review, ladies !

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  40. sambaqueen said:

    Great review, as always! Love all Colleen Hoovers books.

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  41. Gina said:

    Wow!! Jenny and Gitte have a way with words. After reading their review it would make someone who didn’t want to read Maybe Someday WANT to read it. I have just started to review books for a blog and I can only hope that one day my words will inspire someone to read like your review do me. Thanks girls for being an awesome inspiration to me!! And Thanks Colleen and Griffin for making such an EPIC book and soundtrack. I can’t wait to read it for myself!!!!

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    1. admin said:

      Oh wow! Thank you so much Gina. What a lovely thing to say. You are going to love this book. No doubt about it, it’s truly something special <3 xx

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  42. Sarah said:

    I am choosing not to read this review until after I have read this book. However, I read almost all of your reviews and visit this site regularly. I love this site and can’t wait to read MS. Two days!!!

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    1. admin said:

      Thanks Sarah. You’re in for a treat! 🙂

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  43. Amy said:

    So looking forward to the book and the soundtrack.

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  44. Rachel Miles said:

    I can’t wait for this!! I’ve downloaded the soundtrack and can’t stop singing it, I could listen to Griffins voice all day long! Two days! Eeek!

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  45. blackjack21 said:

    I can ‘t wait to read Maybe Someday, i know it will be my favorite Colleen book of them all 🙂 so excited

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  46. louisab said:

    I have to agree that this book was AWESOME. Queen Colleen has out done herself once again. This book was a change from the everyday love triangle…you will laugh, you will cry and fall in love with Ridge and Sydney!!

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  47. kyleswaters said:

    I can’t wait to find out more about Sydney and Ridge. I couldn’t read the review yet because I don’t want to ruin the story for me. That would be like opening all your Christmas presents weeks early but not being able to play with them till Christmas day. Not fun at all.

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  48. michelleb5 said:

    There will be a rumble in my house on the 18th as to who gets to read it first.

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  49. Shai Villanueva said:

    I love it! So many feelings. No word for it.

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  50. Jessica Williams said:

    I am stressed out and feel like crying just from the anticipation building up within me over what this book is going to do to my emotions. I normally hate reading books that make me cry, but I can’t NOT read a Colleen Hoover book. So I buy every single one and strap in for a magnificent emotional rollercoaster that only makes me love Colleen more, despite what her stories do to my heart. This review did nothing to curb my hunger for this book’s release, intensifying it instead, but I’m still glad I read it.

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    1. admin said:

      Get those tissues ready! It’s worth every tear though <3 xx

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  51. rroutzon4 said:

    Can’t wait to read this!! Already love the soundtrack!!

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  52. xxangela said:

    I love this review!! Can’t wait to read Maybe Someday! Colleen writes all my favorite books! <3

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  53. LaurenR said:

    Cannot wait to read this book!! Love reading your reviews!

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  54. Elle said:

    I can’t wait to read this book, I love Colleen Hoover’s voice: the Slammed series is a favorite of mine… I’m sure Maybe Someday will be too 😉

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  55. Terileigh33 said:

    I am tired of reading reviews…I want this book NOW!

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  56. rachaelsauve-cumle said:

    I CANNOT wait to read this book!!! I have been reading all the reviews and I am SO excited!!! Thanks for the wonderful review <3

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  57. cseals said:

    Thanks for the review ladies. I respect your honest words, and I usually agree with your reviews 100%. Can’t wait to read this Colleen Creation!

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  58. audrey said:

    I can’t wait to read this book and listen to the music at the same time. I’m so curious about the epilogue though and the fact that it was left out. I will probably rush to read it after I finish the book. How could you not knowing its there?! Thank you for the great review ladies!! You got my attention that’s for sure.

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  59. LilithNyx said:

    Great review as always,I cannot wait for this book :)))

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  60. felicia dawn said:

    AHHHHH I have read the sample on iTunes like 3 times already. I am so excited! Thanks for the review!

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  61. Bube said:

    Can’t wait to read this book! 🙂
    Thanks for the wonderful review 🙂

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  62. heartjess said:

    Every single time I pick up a Colleen Hoover book, I think “There’s no way this can top the last one I read.” And then, it always manages to blow them out of the the water. So, I’m BEYOND excited to get this book in my hand! Great review 🙂

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  63. chiroswife1118 said:

    I am so excited for this book…I can not wait to read it! Just a little jealous of everyone who already got to read it…

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  64. kerri M said:

    I am so excited for the Maybe Someday release. I would love to own a signed copy of a #CoHo book. And your review was pretty kick-ass! 😉

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  65. CindyH said:

    What a great review! Loved this book and the awesome soundtrack!

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  66. KristyP said:

    Great review! Can’t go wrong with Colleen Hoover. 🙂

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  67. maliciousintent2205 said:

    I am so beyond excited for this book. Music is one of the biggest influences in my life and the melding of music with a story written by Colleen Hoover makes me giddy with excitement. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack pretty much non-stop since it’s released so I’m dying to read the book that goes along with the wonderful music.

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  68. Ariel_Lola said:

    Awesome review! I’m so excited for this book, because all of the reviews say it’s amazing (not surprisingly) and I just love Colleen Hoover! I’m mentally preparing myself for all the feels!

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  69. Andi M said:

    I’m so excited about this book! I just can’t wait until it’s released on Tuesday. Thanks for the incredible review.

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  70. jenniec said:

    I agree, “C.H. is her own worst enemy” as a writer. I mean how’s by five stars can I give her?! Can she really blow me away again? But I’m there. Ready and excited for the journey . But even more so, this idea of merging the music to the words fascinates me. I have always loved discovering new music because of author’s playlists. But how freaking unique to tie it together like this. Wow. Can’t wait for this full experience!

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  71. chellersn said:

    Oh my word! Reading your take on Maybe Someday makes me extremely excited to read it! I can’t wait to hear the music that was specially made for this book. To me, Colleen Hoover is pure gold, she is one of those authors where I have to drop everything and read her book once it is released.

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    1. admin said:

      Thanks Chelle. You’re in for a treat that’s for sure! 🙂

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  72. Anjie said:

    So excited for this book to come out. Anything by Colleen Hoover is a MUST read and I’m just so glad that your review confirms that!!!

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  73. Michelle T said:

    Wonderful review!! I was lucky enough to have read Maybe Someday already and it is by far one of the best books I have ever read! You girls were spot on! I love it, Colleen Hoover, and of course Totally Booked 🙂

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    1. admin said:

      Thanks Michelle! <3 xx

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  74. tabvanegas said:

    I absolutely cannot wait to read this book! Knowing so many people have copies already kills me. Can’t wait for Tuesday! !

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  75. psychokitten said:

    just finished reading it last night…butterflying amazing! colleen never disappoints!

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  76. Trifosa hana said:

    Ohh,, my.. so wonderful!
    amazing book and awesome review!
    Colleen did it again! 🙂

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  77. Shannonwill said:

    Great job on review!! I can’t wait to read!! Love her books!! Outstanding!!

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  78. Tess said:

    Oh I can’t wait to read Maybe Someday!!! As tempting as it is to sneak a peek at your spoiler-free review… I’m going to skip it for now and save it for when after I have read the book! Hehe! Some things are worth the wait and this is over fine example! 😉 Congrats (in advance) on your new release, Colleen! Love all of your books! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Tess H.

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    1. Tess said:

      *one fine example (Sorry for the typo error!)

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  79. mandysbookblog said:

    Omg its almost here I don’t think i have ever been this excited for a book release!

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  80. Sierra McBride said:

    Amazing review as always !!
    <3
    CAN'T WAIT !

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  81. Charlene E said:

    I’m not reading this review until after I’m finished the book, but I’m so excited for it to release I can hardly function!

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  82. SincerelyHonest said:

    Only a few more hours and we can all dive in! I can barely focus on anything other than the fact that the details of this book will soon be filling my thoughts.

    Reply

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