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…
I love Colleen Hoover. I love her writing and I’ve loved her previous books. I love how she makes music such an integral part of her stories. I love the lyrics and the songs. But love has its limits and this book just didn’t work for me.
Sydney moves out of her apartment after she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend and flat-mate. Heart-broken and sad, jobless and pretty much broke, she has no idea where to go. Ridge, her neighbour and a musician who she has been texting with and who is going through a writer’s block offers her a place to stay in return of her writing lyrics for his band. Sydney moves in. Ridge has a girlfriend, Maggie and thus begins the dreaded love triangle, which always drives me crazyy.
I liked some aspects of the book. I liked how Ridge and Sydney became friends and I liked their interactions. Ridge is deaf and this is probably the first YA book, that I’ve read where the MC was differently-abled and the author should be appreciated for being sincere towards it and handling it wonderfully.
I liked Ridge in the beginning but his character goes on a downward spiral. He should have asked Syd to move out when they kissed. If he is so loyal and faithful, he should have told Maggie about it. I agree that you may be in love with two people but you cannot be with two people. He needed to man up and choose. He led Sydney on and the way he treated her made me really want to punch him.
I liked Sydney mostly. But she cries too much. I also felt that she was always too eager to defend Ridge. I really don’t think he is as perfect as all the other characters make him out to be. She needed to shout at him for treating her like crap. She let it all go too easily.
I don’t like books that try to rationalize or justify infidelity. I understand the concept of falling out of love. It happens, yes, but that’s not going to make cheating acceptable. Take a decision, break up and show some respect to your partner. Sorry, I’m rambling but this is an issue which gets me really annoyed.
I thought the book had too much drama and too many tears. I really liked Warren and he gave me some laughs. The secondary characters needed to be more developed. Maggie’s illness in the near end was just convenient to the story and really was not needed. I like the writing and the ending wasn’t half bad. That’s the reason why the book is getting 3 stars.