Rating – 4 stars.
I once read this beautiful quote, words of one of the most beautiful women to have walked this earth
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe, once said that. Now while those words were said in context to her, and can apply to possibly every and any person; more than anything I believe those words hold true for love.
Love should be patient, kind, selfless and what not but can it really be? Can you always be so giving and yet be happy. Let’s admit to it, as humans we are designed to be a little selfish, a little irresponsible and in one simple word are – flawed.
All of us, each and every one of us. Those flaws may be superficial or may run deep. They can be endearing or they can be devastating, depending upon the extent of the flaw and the person who imbibes it.
Colleen Hoover’ upcoming release is somewhat an exploration of that idea. The idea that each of us is a little flawed. We may not realize the flaw, we may perhaps try to the best of our abilities to not let the flaw define us. But sometimes that’s not possible.
When someone as a person cannot be perfect, can our actions and the subsequent consequences of those actions be anything near perfect?
Ridge Lawson has the perfect life, or so he thinks until his paths cross with Sydney.
Sydney Blake thinks at 22, she has it all – a wonderful boyfriend, a great roomie/best friend, a steady job to support her education and while not the most awesome parents but still pretty great than most.
And then she meets Ridge.
The harmless and completely innocent attraction between these two, remains unspoken and unacknowledged initially. However when Sydney learns Hunter and Tori, her boyfriend and best friend are casual fuck buddies and have been in the ‘arrangement’, not only before she was in the picture but even while she was with Hunter she is hurt. The fact that her two-year old relationship and her friendship of three years, turns out to be a farce and ends on her twenty-second birthday, does nothing to improve her mood or her assessment of life in general.
Homeless, jobless, friendless and single all in the span of a few hours on her birthday!
And while she thinks her life couldn’t be anymore complicated, she is about to know its just the tip of the iceberg.
Moving in with Ridge, his best friend Warren and Bridgette, the girl Warren secretly loves but is to much of a coward to admit, remedies Sydney’ homeless situation and also lands her a gig, so to speak.
What starts off as a simple collaboration to write lyrics, becomes more when the duo find themselves falling in love. Now normally, this wouldn’t be a problem. But the thing is, it is. In Sydney & Ridge’ situation because – a) she has recently ended things with a guy and this could be an unintentional rebound on her part, something she may be seeking to fill in the void left by Hunter & b) Ridge is in a serious relationship, has been for the past five years with Maggie, and as much as he finds himself being attracted to Sydney, he would never cheat on Maggie or leave her for Sydney. Even though in doing so, he is only making things worse – for himself and everyone else around.
Sometimes the idea of love can be more strong, more powerful than the feeling itself and it takes a lot of effort and not to mention, a blow so huge for you to wake up and realize that.
This has been my first foray into Hoover’ works – an author who enjoys an immense fan following in the YA genre. To be honest, I was doubtful – as these days I find some of the most absurd crap having hordes of groupies – that it’s a delight to say this – I am impressed.
Hoover wrote a complicated love story, that at no point bored me nor lost my interest.
I wish I could write so much more,especially about Ridge, but in doing so I may probably end up spilling things and that would be a shame not only since the book isn’t due for another two months but also because it will actually ruin the most amazing aspect of this book – all I can say is this one is an absolute must read.