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…
Okay. First, I’ve got to congratulate Colleen Hoover for writing this fantastic masterpiece.
Here’s the thing. I love bands and music as much as I love books. I’ve got like 6 favorite bands with different genres. The only thing common with them is the lyrics of their songs. Everytime I hear those songs, I could practically hear the hearts (yes, hearts not voices) of the vocalists sing, every single word that’s coming out of their mouths are like little pieces of their hearts, which they are handing out to us fans. I’ve got this one guy here named Daniel Smith, from Bastille, who is a really big pessimist but you’ve got to hand it to him because he knows how to sing. Not only that, the songs from their debut album? All of them were composed by him.
His connection with this book? Nothing, I just want to share it with you. Haha. Kidding aside, he and Ridge have things in common. They are both musicians, both in bands. As much as I would like to call both of them perfect, they both have flaws, which makes them human (Although, Ridge is fictional).
Ridge Lawson, the boy across the courtyard. A man with pure talent and great passion for music. So does Sydney Blake, the girl from the other end of the courtyard. She even switched her majors from Pre-law to Music, even her father was against it.
I loved the alternating POV of Sydney and Ridge. It brings a sense of variety throughout the book because the reader can read the story from both of the protagonists’ perspective, unlike, Colleen’s other novels in which the protagonist’s point of view were written on a different book. I love it because we don’t have to wait for months for the other character’s POV to be released. Hahaha. (Sorry, I just waited for ages for Losing Hope because I love Holder so much)
The book dealt with heartbreak. A thing which I couldn’t really decipher if I could relate to it or not, because I haven’t had a boyfriend ever since my world began and bla-bla-bla. Okay, going back. I’ve dealt with heartbreaks from rejection or death, but it does not mean that I didn’t relate to this book. Sydney, Ridge and I have something in common, and it’s passion. For them it’s music; For me, it’s books (and music too but I’m more of in the listening side, not the producing one).
I loved that this book taught me things which are more about life, than love. That quote, “Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”, topped it all. This manifests that reading romantic-themed books doesn’t just teach you about love, it teaches you about life. (And I really thank Colleen for this, I really learn a hell of a lot of things from your books)
Another thing I loved about this one? The lyrics of the songs used. They’re full of passion, longing and love. Griffin Peterson is quickly climbing up his way onto the top spot of my favorite singers. I can’t wait to download his songs and listen to them all night long.
Remember when I said that this book dealt about heartbreak? Scratch that one a little bit. I’ve got a change of heart. The book actually dealt more about patience and perseverance. Both of the characters showed these values in dealing with music, love and life.
One last thing… *spoiler alert* Ridge’s deafness? I TOTALLY DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING. I could totally relate myself with Sydney during those moments where she wondered how the hell does Ridge manage to make music if he couldn’t hear. And I totally felt bad for it because Sydney was right, I was being one of those persons.
If you read the book, you’ll know what I mean.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of this book and drown yourself with the music, love and life of these swoon-worthy male protagonist and inspiring female heroine.