By Colleen Hoover
4.7/5 Barnes & Noble
GENRE: Fiction, Romance novel, New adult fiction, Contemporary romance
Be warned, this review will include spoilers.
Do I look that pathetic?
I take my suitcases and walk back to where I was seated before I realized I was purseless. I glance up to my apartment and wonder what would happen if I went back there to get my wallet. I sort of left things in a mess when I walked out the door. I guess I’d rather be homeless in the rain than go back up there.
I take a seat on my luggage again and contemplate my situation. I could pay someone to go upstairs for me. But who? No one’s outside, and who’s to say Hunter or Tori would even give the person my purse?
This really sucks. I know I’m going to have to end up calling one of my friends, but right now, I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone how clueless I’ve been for the last two years. I’ve been completely blindsided.
I already hate being twenty-two, and I still have 364 more days to go.
The story is an exchange between Sydney, a college student and Ridge, a deaf guitarist/song writer. On the day she finds out her best friend, Tori and boyfriend, Hunter is cheating on her , she moves in with Ridge , because a stranger’s apartment is exactly what you need after a break up. Kidding!
The gist is they’ve been across the street neighbors with their interaction limited to Sydney studying on the balcony and Ridge strumming his guitar at his own balcony right across Sydney’s building.
Well, it works out anyway since Sydney isn’t financially prepared to bear the cost of a new apartment and Ridge has a writer’s block.Since he’s noticed that Sydney seems to sing along to his songs whenever he plays them. He’s asked her for lyrics in exchange instead.
Their relationship isn’t a stereotypical romance because one , Ridge isn’t single, he has a long term girlfriend , Maggie.And two, he’s willing to do anything in his power to keep it that way.
Aside from cheating being absolutely wrong, Sydney has first hand experience on being cheated on ,she’s desperate to ensure that she doesn’t become a “Tori”, her former best friend and the same person who her former boyfriend Hunter cheated with.
The characters and their principles differentiate their roles. I admire Ridge’s will power to keep his relationship with Maggie and Sydney’s ability to recover from all things happening to her. Not to forget Maggie’s maturity level, despite her incurable sickness and determination to live.
In the end, Maggie’s decision to end her relationship with Ridge comes as a surprise that I have mixed emotions about as she explains that she does not doubt Ridge’s love for her , rather she’s concerned about how their relationship hinders them from both living.