Maybe Now (Maybe, # 2)
By: Colleen Hoover
Publication: November 29th 2018 by Hoover Ink, Inc
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Source: Personal Kindle Library (freebie)
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Goodreads description--What is more important? Friendship, loyalty or love?
Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson collaborate once again to bring fans of Maybe Someday back into the musical world of Ridge Lawson and Sydney Blake.
And Warren and Bridgette.
This full length novel is a follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel, Maybe Someday. For the best reading experience, Maybe Now should be read after Maybe Someday and the spin-off novella, Maybe Not. However, Maybe Now can also be read immediately following Maybe Someday.
Maybe Someday has been one of my least favorite Colleen Hoover books. And I was so disappointed about that because with the description and set up and inclusion of actual music I was set to love it. But not only was there cheating which I absolutely HATE but I also felt like Ridge only chose Sydney when Maggie was no longer a choice. Even though I really did feel like he loved Sydney in a different way than he loved Maggie, I struggled with knowing that Sydney was his second choice. I loved the idea that Maggie might get her happily ever after in Maybe Now, but I wasn't completely excited about returning to Ridge and Sydney given the origin of their relationship. So I put off reading Maybe Now. When we were on our cruise though, I needed something to read while we sat on the deck and Maybe Now was a great contemporary pick that I devoured.
Maybe Now addressed pretty much all of my issues from Maybe Someday and gave me some closure that I didn't even know I needed. The whole crew goes through some major therapeutic moments throughout the series. And even though I worried about revisiting Ridge and Sydney, I loved being able to see how all of the characters (including Warren and Bridgette) worked through the pain they've caused each other to heal and move forward. And it ended up being nice to work through some of my own issues with these characters alongside them.
I never disliked Maggie in Maybe Someday. But Maybe Now made her more understandable. I don't love that she jumped into a physical relationship with Jake so soon. This is a pet peeve of mine. I want relationships to be built upon substance and emotion rather than physical encounters. Yet I loved these two together. Maggie has finally found someone who understands her in the way she needs.
Warren and Bridgette weren't the main characters by any means, but I also enjoyed seeing more of them. Even though they are so weird. They just work together.
I will say that I found the very end to be a little too cheesy for my tastes. I like cheesy, but goodness.
Maybe Now was the perfect read for where I was in the moment. I finished it basically within a day. I am glad that Colleen Hoover addressed so many of my issues with Maybe Someday and I have quite a bit more closure on the story and the characters. I do want to know more about Brennan and Sadie though. Maybe Now gets 4.5 Stars. Have you read Maybe Now? What did you think? Let me know!