Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverMaybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday

byColleen Hoover

Paperback | March 18, 2014

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.
Colleen Hoover is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels. The Slammed series, which includes Slammed, Point of Retreat and This Girl. The Hopeless series, which includes Hopeless, Losing Hope and the free novella FINDING CINDERELLA. The most recent release is the NYT's bestseller, Maybe Someday, which includes links to an ...
Title:Maybe SomedayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fell short I had high expectations for this book. I had read the reviews and was looking forward to reading another excellent book by Colleen Hoover. This book was a quick read and it was entertaining at times but it fell flat in terms of the storyline. I had a harder time getting hooked into it.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from maybe someday ?? maybe never yeah.... this was a no for many... many... many.. reasons
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ROMANCE NOVELS I borrowed this book from a friend and absolutely loved it and had to get myself a copy. The love story was not only captivating and thrilling but the characters expressed love, betrayal, and heartbreak so well. It's one of those books where you're dying to finish but when its over you're sad it ended.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZINGGG Outstanding! The perfect flaws of the characters' personalities are intriguing and keep ypu on the edge of your seat. Definite must-read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really cute ! Definitely slower paced than most of Hoover's other novels however still a fantastic read! Very cute and light so if you're looking for an easy read you should definitely pick this up!
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me Cry I loved this book. It was well written and captured my heart right away. I didn't want to put it down. Beautiful story
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! This book is one of my favourite of Colleen Hoover . Loved everything about this book the rollercoster of emotions awwwww . If you didn't pick it up yet go get it!!!! And I'm on to read maybe not the novella .
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little cheesy but great! If you like a little cheese in your life, read it. I do not always love romance books but Colleen is my go to when I am in the mood.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure love I have a love affair going with Colleen Hoover books, this one just added to the fuel. Love the dynamics between the character. Not just the main ones but the supporting crew as well. She's an author you can easily find yourself forgetting your surrounds with. This story is beautiful! It let's you in to see how complicating yet gorgeous it is to fall in love...
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Favorite This story was another great romance!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Might be my favorite Colleen Hoover book. Very good
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read !!! I truly loved everything about this book.....the music, the song writing, the story line and the pranks. There were moments that made me laugh so hard I had to stop reading until I recovered and moments that broke my heart and almost put me in tears. I loved the fact , they worked into the book where real, listenable songs that had been written and recorded specifically for this book were integrated throughout the story in such a way where you could be prompted to listen to them at the exact right time. Wow ...incredible. I enjoyed the story being told in alternating POV's so the reader really gets to see all the different sides of the story and is really able to connect to each character. This book kept me reading and wanting more, I couldn't put it down. I was desperate to find out what was going to happen, I just didn't want it to end. It was fresh, and unique. I honestly don't have a single complaint to make. This book is perfect. I can't recommend it highly enough. READ THIS BOOK.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Way too cheesy This book was so cheesy and corny that I did not even bothered to read the last two chapters because I could not handle it no more. The main characters Sydney and Ridge were the most annoying couple I ever heard of. Their friends were complete jerks. Their party style had zero class and they had no morals, values or character. Their maturity level were so low that I felt I'm reading a book about troubled teenagers. I would be embarrassed to recommend this book to anybody.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys her writing style. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Definitely plays with your emotions.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great One a must-read book if you like this author
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOOOVE This is one of my favourite books by Colleen Hoover! I love both Ridge and Sydney, and everyone involved in their love story. The concept is different than anything I've ever read, and having the accompanying soundtrack completes the story so perfectly. It's a must read!!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Colleen Hoovers BEST I love, love, love, LOVE this story!! It's heartbreaking and full of dilemma that will make you feel all kinds of emotions. A beautiful love story filled with beautiful words and music.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching First book I've read by this author based on a top romance novel to read lists and it was really good. Most definitely a heart wrenched with a good ending. Loved it, and plan on reading more books by this author!
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! Good story! I enjoyed reading this book but not my favorite from Colleen Hoover. Some really good twists but the ending was too obvious...needed more drama! I thought Syndey gave in too easily!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it so much ! This book is amazing. Read Maybe not for more about Warren and Bridgette.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazinnnnng! I discovered Colleen Hoover through this novel. It is still one of my favourite novels! I re-read it from time to time just because I love it!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved Good storyline, loved the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE Colleen truly never ceases to amaze me. This book was so beautifully written. I love the fact that you can listen to Griffin Peterson's album which has all the songs that go along with the book. AMAZING! Definitely a must-read.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE! I'm only half way through the book and can't put it down. I love that Colleen made the song actually come to life! Being able to here the lyrics come to life is breathtaking! Griffin's voice is so perfect for the songs! Never thought someone would think to do this but I'm thrilled I came across this book (and actually read the pages before the beginning of the book). You can't truly experience the book without the music! This is my first book by Colleen Hoover and it will definitely NOT be my last.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First intro to Colleen Hoover This was the first book I've read by Colleen Hoover and it definitely won't be the last! Her writing style is so witty and refreshing! "Maybe Someday" draws the reader in from the first page and doesn't let them go. I love the characters, their relationships, the storyline, the humor...I honestly can't think of a reason not to like this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book!!! I truly loved everything about this book.....the music, the song writing, the story line and the pranks. There were moments that made me laugh so hard I had to stop reading until I recovered and moments that broke my heart and almost put me in tears. I loved the fact , they worked into the book where real, listenable songs that had been written and recorded specifically for this book were integrated throughout the story in such a way where you could be prompted to listen to them at the exact right time. Wow ...incredible. I enjoyed the story being told in alternating POV's so the reader really gets to see all the different sides of the story and is really able to connect to each character. This book kept me reading and wanting more, I couldn't put it down. I was desperate to find out what was going to happen, I just didn't want it to end. It was fresh, and unique. I honestly don't have a single complaint to make. This book is perfect. I can't recommend it highly enough. READ THIS BOOK.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No words! I would say this is Colleens best book! Absolutely love it! I have re-read it three times :)
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read it many of times simply amazing work by coho
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A re-read for sure! This is one of those books where you'll want to read it over and over again. Especially once you have the Soundtrack by Griffin Peterson because then you can sing along when those parts come up. Which is totally fun!! (and embarrassing- but who cares!)
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colleen Hoover is the best! One of my favourite books of all time. I will read anything that Colleen Hoover publishes!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enjoyed every page the story is amazing, Colleen Hoover knows how to engage a reader with her books. there are no flaws whatsoever with the story and the characters.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too lit for my life Somedays I feel like dying so I changed my lifestyle and read this everyday.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I didn't want this one to end. I love all of Colleen Hoovers books!!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give Me More!!! Hoover, I can never ever get enough of your books. The novella that went along with this novel was just the cherry on top of an already perfect cake. What an amazing read
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Colleen Hoover is a literary genius in my eyes. I'm glad this one didn't shatter my heart into a million pieces like Ugly Love did. Maybe Someday had a much lighter and happier tone to it. I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Wasn't her best book but still great
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Loved this book! Colleen Hoover definitely knows how to pull at your heartstrings!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC Colleen Hoover writes novels you can devour in one sitting and I love that!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This story will pull on your heartstrings! Really touching
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING do yourself a favour and pick this book up!!!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She never disappoints... What I love about all of the CoHo books I've read so far, is her ability as an author to make me feel as though I'm LIVING the story being told in the book myself. I don't feel as though I'm an outsider. Her characters are always so well developed that it allows me to really feel like I'm part of the story. She makes it easy to connect with and become attached to her characters. I can't stress enough how critical this is to better one's reading experience. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I could not finish it It had nothing to do with Colleen as a writing, I had issues with some of the aspects from the book. If you do not read books about cheating, especially men cheating, this is not the book for you.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this loved loved loved this novel amazing read she knows how to pull your heartstrings
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from instant love not only did Colleen Hoover give us yet another amazing read but she also teamed up so that we could have a soundtrack at the same time! needless to say, i still listen to the music occasionally and love how it added to the story of Sydney and Ridge and the way that he was able to get his feelings out with music and his feelings of obligations to the others in his life. I am always able to read her books in a day because they are so captivating and heart wrenching.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another amazing story by Colleen. You will not regret reading this!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING My favorite that I've read of hers!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST ROMANCE EVER! OMG! I love this book so much! It was so beautiful and emotional. Sydney and Ridge were such a great character and even the side characters were awesome. If you're looking for a new adult book, this is a must read. It will break your heat and make you feel good at the same time.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal !! this was the first Colleen Hoover novel I ever read and I've been hooked ever since! I now own all her novels and cannot get enough! Such a strong story with lovable characters!!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. Betrayal. Heartfelt. So I bought this in Coles a while ago and I am so happy I did! I honestly love Colleen Hoover's writing style. In this book in particular, you get to see Ridge and Sydney's complicated love story unfold. He's the boy next door playing his guitar on the balcony while she sings along, enjoying his talent. The book starts out with Sydney realizing that her boyfriend and "best friend" have been having sex behind her back for a long time. This leaves her sitting on the curb, homeless in the rain. Bridgette one of Ridge's roommates comes out and takes her in under Ridge's request. She then lives with them having nowhere else to go. Ridge and her make a deal that she needs to help him write lyrics for his music and she can live with them rent free. When she agrees, they become a kickass duo but their feelings are getting to them as they write. Each verse, each chorus stems from how they actually feel about each other. They soon realize that they need to figure out what they are doing is right or wrong. Sydney having just got out of a relationship still not able to trust people and Ridge who is in a relationship that has been going strong for 5 years. Will they be able to fight their attraction or will they finally give in? Read it and find out because it's awesome. Also, the songs are amazing in this book. I suggest that when you come to a song, play the Maybe Someday cd (on youtube) by Griffin Peterson while you read. It will make it even more awesome if that's even possible. Freaking amazeballs. 5 stars.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for New and Returning Colleen Hoover fans! This book had a great coming of age-growing up story with the right dash of romance. Loved watching everyone grow and develop.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!!!!! You absolutely need to read this book!! Be prepared to stay up far to late reading this one! Everything Miss Hoover writes is fantastic, but this one is my favorite!
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Emotional Love Story Colleen Hoover does it again, what a fantastic love story. It had me laughing out loud, an crying all at the same time. The best writhing and character developments in a book to date. These characters are giving false hope to many women out there thinking there a warren, Sydney or Ridge in the world. Great read.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A must read. I cant help bust shed some tears while reading the book and feel for the characters. You should also check the songs subg bu Griffin Peterson.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! ! Great story, easy read. I love falling in love with Colleen Hoover's characters! They make me laugh out loud sometimes, angry others, want to cry, a beautiful Rollercoaster of emotions!
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Original Story I could have added this book to my faves before even reading it. Colleen Hoover has set her own bar HIGH, and she keeps on meeting it every time. Loved it!!! The music by Griffin Peterson paired with the very original story - amazing! Great read (and listen). Make sure to get the soundtrack too!
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So freaking good! I love Colleen Hoover books! The soundtrack was so different! Loved it! Thank you so much!!
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!!! Best book ever I laughed, I cried, and smiled so much my face hurts !!!! Must read ♡♡♡
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maybe someday It was a wonderful book in my top ten !!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable A great love story that reaches your heart and brings out all your emotions.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe someday This is an excellent book. I loved being able to hear the songs. That made this book work so well
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe Someday Absolutely beautiful story!
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe someday What a touching, romantic story! The music aspect was brilliant! Colleen Hoover is just plain amazing!
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Another excellent read by Colleen Hoover.
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe Someday I loved it! Such an amazing book!
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read My Favorite Book by far.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! I usually don't read romantic books, but this book was remarkable! Two thumbs up!!
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! I loved this book and loved the music that went with it! It is a very unique idea that really turned out fabulous. It really made the characters come alive
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, Mrs. Hoover, you've done it again... One word: powerful. I love you, Colleen Hoover. Seriously. I don't know where i would be without you and your fantastic books. Each and every one is different but so amazing and touching and heartwrenching. I love you, Mrs. Hoover. Just putting that out there. Now. Maybe Someday. Wow. I don't know what i was expecting from this book but it isn't what i got. The synopsis is very basic and doesn't tell us much. This is my own take on Maybe Someday: Sydney's world is torn apart when she finds out her boyfriend of two years has been cheating on her with her best friend and roommate - the whole two years. She can't believe she was blindsighted and had so much trust in them. Now Sydney has nowhere to go. Literally. She finds herself standing out in the rain, helpless and confused, when a strange girl in a wautress uniform offers her a place to stay. And Sydeny finds herself rooming with a angry and moody waitress, a unique and excitable guy and Ridge, the guitar-playing beast who Sydeny barely knows but who has been in love with his music he would play for the whole apartment to hear. And soon Ridge is captivated by Sydney, and they both write music together, finding themselves in each other. Neither can deny the intense feelings between them, but there's only one problem... Ridge has a girlfriend. A very serious girlfriend who he loves. Both have to navigate the complicated and often frightening road of love and try to find a simple solution... But there is no simple solution when the heart is involved. Okay, let me put it out there that Hoover is amazing. Did i mention that?Hoover is a goddes. You can expect certain things from her: a great story, fun and relatable characters, amazing writing, heartfelt scenes without it being overly cliche or corny, and many other awesome things. And you can expect an intense, killer romance for sure. But i didnt know what else to expect from Maybe Someday. Do they get together in the end, or no? The title is so amazing but scary because you want the outcome to unravel YOUR way, and i just didnt know where Hoover was taking this book. Which is a good and a bad thing, you know? I settle on good, because it's refreshing. My favourite part of this book is that it's pretty unpredictable and different. No, my favourite part is the music. The music the music the music oh my. Griffin Peterson adapted the lyrics in Maybe Someday and created songs for Maybe Someday, and i listened to 'I'm in Trouble', the lyrics written by both Sydeny and Ridge and it breaks my heart and makes me smile like a little girl. The music gets to me, especially with me playing the guitar myself. I appreciate Ridge and share his feelings and i can feel his emotions. Now for my other favourite part. Maybe Someday isn't really unpredictable so much as different and out there. I've read books with 'another women' but this is so complex and scary and, the feelings. I completely connected with both Ridge and Sydeny and could feel everything! It really is a powerful book. And intriguing - i could not put it down. The characters: I do like them. All are different and the two leads, Ridge and Sydeny, are both entertaining and fully enjoyable narrators. I love Ridge but I don't LOVE him, you know? Hoover has crafted stronger characters in the past - Hopeless! - and Sydeny and Ridge both get on my nerves sometimes. I'm not talking about the fact that Ridge is deaf - i love that it makes me relate to him more and give my heart to him completely - I'm talking about the characters themselves.  They both can let their attitude get the best of them - sometimes too often. And i get that it makes them more relatable and realistic and i totally agree, but sometimes it feels just a tad much. Also, i want more of a solid ending of the stuff between Sydeny and her best friend and exboyfriend, and more of a connection with the 'agnsty waitress roommate.' But, as you can probably already tell, those don't bring down my view of the book that much. Maybe Someday is beautiful and engaging and intriguing. It's also really depressing. I cried and cried and cried, probably more than in any other Hoover books, it is just so powerful. Hoover grabs readers attention and hearts and leaves us still thinking about it after we turn the last page. I love this book but it isn't my absolute favourite Hoover book. (I know for a fact that Hopeless and Losing Hope own my heart, but after that i don't know...). It's powerful, yes, but it also feels sort of rushed... After the 'big thing' happens - there are many big things but still, that huge thing - i wanted more emotions and thoughts and all that stuff to make the book even more powerful, but it felt lacking. It's not her strongest novel but it is, in a sense. The ending: oh my. The way Hoover gets across to her readers and phrases things its just inspirational and beautiful and mesmerizing. I have a whole new level of respect for her. After every book she writes my respect and love for her grows and grows. "There isn't a doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each others life, Sydeny. It's our lives that aren't perfect for us." Hoover, once again, makes me laugh and smile and cry and want to rip my heart out. She always takes us through every emotion and i bless her. She has talent. An extreme talent. So this book isn't perfect - okay, no book is perfect, but what i mean is that Maybe Someday has some flaws. Not many, but some. They aren't too big, but they are there. But in the end, she pulls through and touches my heart, and that is the main reason why i give this book 5 stars. It deserves it, believe me. It may not be perfect, but i love it. "For the first time in my life, i hear absolutely everything."
Date published: 2014-01-13

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Maybe Someday 1. TWO WEEKS EARLIER Sydney 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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