Monday, September 28

[Review] Maybe Not (Maybe Someday, #1.5) - Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Original Title: Maybe Not
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: November 24th, 2014
Finished Date: April 4th, 2015
Pages: 129
Read in: English

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.
Or maybe not.
Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.
Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?
Maybe not.
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating: ★★.5 out of 5

Well honestly, I don't even know where to start. This was an extremely popular novella - everyone seemed to love it. I didn't even know it was about Warren and Bridgette; I really thought it would be about Sydney and Ridge's downfall. And I might have enjoyed that more.
The problem I had with this was the problem I have with almost every NA out there: the virginalisation (is that even a word?) of the characters. I mean, no, Bridgette was not a virgin necessarily, but never having had an orgasm? Seriously? I find this hard to believe, that's all.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

I don't really like caveman syndrome. It always felt like it was just a fancy metaphor for arsehole. And there Colleen Hoover had to go and ruin my image of Warren. My image of the funny and sometimes brute Warren, who still managed to be sweet and attentive.
«My apartment is my sanctuary. My man cave. The only place I can go where my life isn't ruled by women.»
Neanderthal much? Your life will know be ruled by a woman, just because you happen to share a four bedroom apartment with a woman?

Warren behaved so immaturely, constantly asking Brennan if he'd slept with Bridgette, and trying to get her out of the house, and then not get her out of the house because she was hot naked and shaved everywhere, and then trying to kick her out again, that even he wondered if he was being immature.
«I hate that he's acting so mature and calm about this situation, because my reaction is making me feel really immature.»
That's because you are, Warren.
«"You yell at me three minutes ago because you hate her and don't want her here, and now you're saying you want her? Are you bipolar?"»
I asked myself that very same question.

Don't get me wrong, it was still very interesting to read about Bridgette's backstory. The possibility of her being Ridge and Brennan's sister really threw me off. I was not expecting that.
I just really didn't like the relationship. I get that it was supposed to be sweetly bold and harsh, just like Bridgette's take on the world, but it just felt borderline abusive to me. But at least Bridgette stood up for herself.
«"Warren, stop," she says, pushing me away.I don't pull away from her. Instead, I wrap my arm around her and slowly move my hand across her stomach.That's when she slaps me.»
I loved that we solved the mystery of Warren's compulsive porn watching - somehow it made me feel better to know he wasn't actually that much of a pervert. 

The best scene was probably when Bridgette had to hold Warren's nephew. That was just hilarious.

«She's the best worst thing that's ever happened to me.»

What did you think? Let me know in the comments! :) 

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