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Maybe Maby

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,490 ratings  ·  260 reviews
At times both laugh-out-loud funny and heart-wrenchingly painful, Willow Aster embraces the crazy with this quest for sanity and true love...

I’m having a meltdown. Not the put-her-in-the-loony-bin kind, but the rock-in-the-corner-so-I-can-breathe kind. Maybe they’re one and the same and I really do need to be put away, but I think I just need a little air. I’m bone tired
ebook, 313 pages
Published July 13th 2014 (first published June 25th 2014)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3.5-4 stars!!


I just love it when a book takes me by surprise and I end up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Sprinkled with both humorous and swoony moments, Maybe Maby is a heartwarming tale of how one woman copes with her eccentricity and finds an unexpected, but lasting love in the process. I would recommend this out-of-the-box read; however, I do think you need to be in a certain mood to read this or Maby’s quirks and the story will bore and/or annoy you. This book is not a mainstream
Apr 09, 2017 marked it as on-hold
Putting this one on hold for now. 47%- The heroine is irking me. I love the writing so I may power through it later.
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤


"Being with you makes me forget who I really am."

What a unique and briliant story!It was sweet and crazy!!!I really loved it!!I haven't read something like that before!I really didn't expected something like that when I start reading this!!It was refreshing and I didn't want to stop reading!!!The characters were lovable and made me want to know more and more about them!!I read it in one day!!!So you can understand how much I loved it!!!Before I start telling about the book I would
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lendable
3 stars

Maby Armstrong is in a difficult place in her life. She struggles with severe depression and OCD, which she has had a difficult time managing since experiencing a significant loss in her life. Out of nowhere, her ex boyfriend is sending her sleezy text messages, an old friend who wants to be more is back in her life, and she is having trouble with her boss. Thrown in the mix is a lovable, sweet coffee shop guy who has had a crush on her from afar. Does this sound like too much drama for
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥

3 stars

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Maby has lost everything, her boyfriend, friends, her mum. Stuck in a job she dislikes, she struggles to control her OCD tendencies.

How I feel about the book is best summed up by each characters:
Dalton (ex boyfriend): asshole
Saul (friend/love interest): sleazy
Anna (friend/boss): bitch
Coen (love interest/coffee shop guy): sweet, adorable
Maby (the heroine): frustrating

Ive rated 3 stars because despite not liking most of the characters, I liked the writing and there were a few fun swoony mo
Angie **loves angst**
"You have to live Mabel."

Maybe Maby tells the story of a lonely girl's transition from a girl to a woman. Even though Maby is twenty-eight years old, but I found her to be immature in many ways of the world. She's stuck in a dead end job with a boss who treats her like shit. Her ex cheated on her, but still tries to get into her pants. After she and her ex boyfriend broke up, their circle of friends abandoned her, and chose to remain friends with him instead of her. She battling a psychiatric
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I really love Ms. Aster's writing. The unique way she so effortlessly slips in a poignant metaphor or describes a place or character is nothing short of magical. I should also mention that I went into this book with no clue of it's premise. Nothing, nada, ziltch. And while I'm being honest, I should probably tell you that I've become extremely picky in my story reading. If a book doesn't capture me in the first few pages, I have a seriously difficult time getting through it and ...more
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
“Being with you makes me forget who I really am.”

I always say that an outstanding writer can make me fall in love with pretty much any reality they create, as farfetched as their imagination will travel, but only a few can truly capture me with their words to such an extent that I feel the characters, empathise with them, understand their every thought process, and walk in their shoes cover to cover. Willow Aster is an author whose writing I simply adore, her perfect prose enthralling and as
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
Maby is suffering from OCD and depression, she has 2 men in her life, one an ex and one a friend who could be more. Then she meets Coen, who has been in love with her from afar.

This book was a bit all over the place, she has 3 men lusting after her but she's in a really bad place mentally, and I failed to see the attraction. Another case of the golden vagina I guess.

I don't know, I didn't hate it, I thought it was OK, the mental health problems were dealt with in a believable manner but the inta
3 Maybe 3.5 Stars

Hmmmm....I think I would classify this book as good at times and ok at others. I felt like the plot was all over the place, but will get to that shortly.

So you read the blurb by now, you know Maby just has ZERO going for her. To recap:
Her piece of shit ex cheated on her...
With her piece of shit ex-friend.
Her piece of shit “male buddy with sometimes benefits” stopped talking to her.
Her piece of shit boss keeps treating her like a doormat.
A piece of shit murdered her mom.
She feels
Melissa Brown
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-shelf
I have a new book boyfriend and he resides within the pages of this book. Sharp wit, swoon-worthy romantic gestures and the tackling of difficult, but very real, topics come together beautifully in Maybe Maby. I adored this wonderful book and finished it within 24 hours!
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: btb-2019, 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

Willow Aster’s Maybe Maby has been on my to-read list for a long, long time. I finally felt the need to dive into this story and I can’t say how glad I am that I did! I didn’t know much about this story going into it. Only the line, “I’m having a meltdown” and that alone was enough to make me excited. I love off-kilter characters, the ones who let readers see into their minds. It makes the world feel less lonely, even if it’s just a fictional character, to kno
3.5 - 4 Accepting Stars

If you're gonna laze the day away, at least save it for a cloudy day, she'd say. Otherwise, the sun will stop shining on you..."

I have read two other books by Willow Aster, True Love Story and In the Fields. I loved them both. In the Fields was one of my Favorites of 2014! I felt the writing in those books was truly extraordinary. So, it was really no question that I would purchase the very next book from this author.

First, let me say I LOVED the dedication to her mothe
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lendable
3 Stars
This one was very hard for me and not because of the OCD issues the heroine has, but because of her very selfish and childish behavior. I think it is difficult to really enjoy a book when you want to beat the crap out of the person the story is being told through. I think Coen, his entire family, and Paschal are all great interesting characters, but Saul and over half the time Maby, bueno. The struggles Maby faced we're heartbreaking and what she went through after her mother's d

Cute title, pretty cover and an author I'd been meaning to read for years — that was all I knew about Maybe Maby when I started reading it. I prefer to know as little as possible about the books I decide to read. Whether or not that's a good thing in this or any other case is questionable. Especially in this case. Maybe Maby was alternately a book I enjoyed reading and a book I thought I shouldn't have picked up. Hmm, that doesn't happen often.

This is the story of a young woman Mabel Armstrong o
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I went in blindly and got the unexpected. I love Willow Aster's prior books and there was no doubt in my mind that I would love this one too - what a gem of a book! Emotionally beautiful, well written and deeply moving. Dare I say that this is my favorite from her to date!

Maby is quirky and eccentric and a deeply layered woman. Ms. Aster created such an amazing character that I took to her immediately and I loved being in her head and hearing her thoughts. I don't want to give away too much abou
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 13, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
New addition to the TBR!!

Mabel Armstrong is on the verge of giving up. But just when things feel bleakest, there seems to be a shift in the universe. People come out of the woodwork. Her ex won't leave her alone. An old friend finally tries to become more. Even the cute guy at the coffee shop starts paying extra attention.

Maybe Maby is a heartbreaking, and at times, hilarious story about coping with loss, finding love in New York, and learning to recognize hope in the middle of it all.

Randi Edwards
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This!!! Willow has done if again. She has written a book that completely pulled me in and still hasn't let me go. Mabel is oh my goodness so awesome and she doesn't even realize how awesome she is. My new book boyfriend is a handsome coffee making man named Coen, who loves Maby inspite of her quirks maybe more because of them. This book had me crying, laughing, and laughing through the tears. Thank you Willow for writing another 5-star read. I continue to be amazed by you storytelling ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! Loved Maby and Coen. I'd definitely recommend it.
As a reviewer, I read a lot of books. Some books I like, but I don't run to the computer and post a review immediately. Then after a while, I forget about the book as it fades into obscurity in my mind. This is NOT that book. Maybe Maby by Willow Aster is the opposite of THAT book. It is the book that has consumed my thoughts since I finished it a little more than 12 hours ago. It is the book that I had to just sit down and write about the wonderfulness that is inside its pages.

Maybe Maby is a

Williow Aster has such a wonderfully poignant voice that speaks directly to the reader. Her stories are bittersweet with the perfect balance of angst, humor, emotional growth, and realism. Maybe Maby tells the story of a young woman whose life seems to be at an impasse. Diagnosed with depression and OCD, Maby has been caught in a whirlwind since her mother passed away. Her boyfriend cheated on her then left her, her best friend seems to have disappeared, and her selfish boss keeps piling more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I don't want to give too much away, because I believe everyone should go into this book a little blind and savor every single word. Willow Aster has such a unique gift for tuning into the heartbeat of her readers and she's outdone herself with Maybe Maby. From the first sentence, Maby had me by the heart. I want to be her friend...scratch that...I want to be her. Even broken and hurting, she has a gentle spirit that I adore and find myself wanting to emulate. I can't remember a time when I felt ...more
4.5 stars

This is exactly the tupe of story I enjoy reading. Full of angst and with characters that captivated me from the start. Plus great writing.
Yeah, you can say I liked it! I regret not reading it when it was released. I clicked it, but somehow postponed reading it. What a waste of my time, because I could have fallen in love with Maby's story (and my new book boyfriend) a lot earlier!!
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book to start out and adored the main character, however her love triangle issues got annoying and monotonous. I was glad I gave the book a chance but was ready for it to be over with.
Christine Alibutud
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I repeat those words to myself 6 times.

Let my madness work for me. Let my madness work for me. Let my madness work for me. Let my madness work for me. Let my madness work for me. Let my madness work for me."


I really want to give this book 4 stars, but there's something pushing me to take a little back, and push through with only 3.5 stars. I did enjoy this read, but not as much as I wanted to. I absolutely loved my first Willow Aster book, and I was kind of hoping to love this just as much
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

Willow Aster attacks mental health with honesty, the brutal truth, the painful reality of it, but also with humor when the situation deems it appropriate. She certainly never makes light of it, never makes fun of it, but she does it by allowing the character, Maby, to laugh at herself, to see and know how manic she is behaving and allowing herself to attempt to be ok with it.

"The crashing waves calm me. It feels nice to know that somewhere it is more tumu
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Stars!!!

The moment that I heard Willow Aster wrote a new novel, I was ecstatic... but I don't know what's stopping me from reading this, the cover? I don't know but this book ended up sitting on my tbr, until now when I was trying to clean up all my supposed 2014 reads.

The first part was interesting, but somehow I've had enough with the conspiring universe with the overly exaggerating coincidence.... for me, it's just a bit over the top. The odds of not seeing or talking to Dalton and Saul
Abbie D.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a story! I was late on the game reading this but heard nothing but RAVE reviews upon its release (no shock there).

I know by now when diving in to a book written by Willow I will learn, I will cry, and I will be touched. Now, don't confuse this with predictability because someone who elicits such emotion as she does, is deemed an incredibly talented writer.

Maby...what a strong woman who thinks she is so weak. I wanted to shake her, yell at her and tell her she was better than what her mind
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a refreshing book, I love that it's not formulaic - no rich CEO with a fancy car, a helpless heroine and the unnecessary drama that comes with it. I'm not much a reviewer but my heart is so full from reading this masterpiece. It's not just a love story, it's about how Maby work through her issues and come out the other side stronger.

The quirkiness of this author's writing did not go unnoticed. I chuckled many times and promptly teared up the very next minute. I love it when Coen said "So,
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wish goodreads let us give half stars bc this is more than a 3 star book but not quite a 4 star for me. Coen was absolutely amazing! He was such a good guy. Loved him to bits. Maby drove me a little crazy. What really made me mad her was her indecision even after she told Coen how she felt during their weekend together. This was a nice light hearted love story, but to warn others, it does have a bit of a love triangle in it. 3.5 stars!
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Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, Lilith, and 5,331 Miles. She is also half of the Fisher & Aster writing duo of The End of Men series.

Writing is the ultimate escape ... I love it and hate it and can't live without it. My home is in St. Paul, MN with my husband, two kids, and our rescue dog.

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