Title – Maybe Not
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – November 24, 2014
**Companion Novella to Maybe Someday; Can be Read as Standalone***
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?
I promised myself that I wouldn’t read or buy any more books until I made some hedge way into my never ending TBA list and books that are sitting on my Kindle. Then Colleen Hoover surprises readers with a brand new novella and naturally, I felt the need to go against my rule, move it to the top of the list, and devour it. Maybe Not is the much desired back story of Warren and Bridgette, two characters we meet in what is possibly my favorite Coho novel, Maybe Someday.
“She’s nothing I’ve ever wanted in a girl. And absolutely everything I need.”
The initial meeting and relationship progression that we receive from these characters is absolutely priceless. Warren is Ridge’s best friend and we often got to see him joking around or being guarded and rigid in Maybe Someday. However, Maybe Not is told solely in his voice so we get this whole other side of him. Above anything else, we see a softer, more vulnerable side; the one that is deeper down, particularly when it comes to Bridgette.
“I think she just wants someone she can call family, which is why I’m helping her out with all this. I feel bad for her.”
Normally I’m a fan of dual point of view, but there was something so special about hearing Bridgette’s story through Warren’s eyes alone that really touched me. I loved seeing his interpretation of her words and her actions so that he could somehow break through her walls. There was just something that struck me as special. The dynamic between them was full of angst and argumentative in nature, but you could still see they were developing feelings toward each other. It reminded me of being a kid and adults telling you that the boy that’s picking on you really likes you. That aspect just brought a sense of youthfulness to their story, which was incredibly appropriate given Warren’s character, and the prankster we have known him to be.
“Stop telling yourself that you aren’t lovable, because it’s pissing me off. I don’t care if you aren’t ready to admit how you really feel about me yet, but don’t you dare dismiss how I feel about you. Because I love you.”
These two were just perfect for each other, despite what it may have looked like to outsiders, and I love the little treat of seeing how they came together. It was a complete bonus to get this, but I’m so grateful that Colleen delivered. Granted, authors give us slivers like this which in turn lead me to feeling guilty, because I’m always left drooling for more and this was no exception!
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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.