by Colleen Hoover
Published March 18th, 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK
Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble – she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life.
But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. Maybe someday…
Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…
I really have complicated relationship with this book, which is really surprising because I really liked her other book, Confess. Apparently, NA and me haven’t been on good terms lately, since I also hated (and even DNF) Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Or maybe it’s just me not in the mood for romance. *shrugs*
This book started out so well. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book. I love it when book couples just seemd so connected and attracted and just can hit it off directly because they do have similar interest, rather that just “jolt of electricity” or “fluttery feels”. In Sydney and Ridge case, they’re attracted to each other because they lived across each other and they’re passionate about music (which is why they noticed each other at the first place). And then Ridge being honest with her and tell her that her boyfriend has been cheating with her roommate, and she moved in with him. I thought, “well this is going to get interesting. I can’t wait to see how their relationship will go from there”. By that time I already shipped them, so I should liked what happens next right?
Their relationship did blossom. Turns out Ridge is deaf, which is unexpected and really makes me happy because I never read about one. But my feelings turn 180º when we know that Ridge already has a girlfriend.
The thing is, cheating is not okay. Sydney has been on the other side of it, and I bet it’s very unpleasant. And yet she’s doing it to other people right after her own experience. And this book justify it. I don’t care about “the heart wants what it wants” and “you can’t control matters of the heart” shit. Cheating is cheating. It’s not okay. No one wants to be cheated, so no one should be cheating. STOP JUSTIFYING IT.
And I absolutely despises how Hoover uses Ridge condition as an excuse to have sexy times between Ridge and Sydney. First it’s inconsiderate to actual deaf people, and second, it shows how thoughtless Ridge and Sydney are. Call it making music or whatever, but if your boyf/girlf do that with other people, I bet you won’t appreciate it as a creative process.
Both Ridge and Sydney also don’t feel guilty about what they’ve done. “Having feelings isn’t guilty”. Well it isn’t if you have feelings for someone who isn’t taken. Ridge is taken, of course it’s not okay. And Sydney is a hypocrite, she doesn’t want to admit that she’s wrong and even get defensive when someone points it out at her. I’m not saying that Ridge isn’t guilty, because he is. He encourages things first, then tell Sydney about his girlfriend. How very nice of him.
I really wish I enjoyed this book more, since I really do enjoyed the first quarter of the book. But the rest of it just went downhill. Despite its flaws through, I found that Colleen Hoover’s writing really clicks with me. Which is why I force myself to keep reading while I want to throw my phone repeatedly.
I think I just stay off NA for a while now.