[ARC Review] Maybe One Day

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Title: Maybe One Day
Author: Melissa Kantor
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: February 18th 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: ARC received from Publisher in exchange for honest review

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Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn't sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe's unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Maybe One Day is one of those books that stays with you for a long time after reading it. Its story of everlasting friendship and the hardship of what Cancer not only does to those sick with the disease but also those around them. There wasn't much I did not love about this book. It had everything a good contemporary novel should have: a great girl/girl friendship, real and emotionally deep characters and a love story that makes complete and total sense in every aspect.

Zoe and Olivia have been friends forever and it seems that nothing will tear them apart, until Olivia finds out that she has Cancer. This shakes up everything in Zoe's life and leaves her feelings so many emotions at once. What I think I loved most about Zoe's character were her emotions and how real they were to the situation. For example, she was extremely selfish when Olivia started to do treatment because she felt like Olivia was her friend and she was being taken away from her. To some this might make you hate Zoe's character but to me it was the natural emotion for a young girl who really doesn't know what will happen from one day to the next.

There are two relationships in this book and each is as good as the other. First we have the friendship between Olivia and Zoe. They are inseparable and they vowed that they would not let the Cancer take that away, but that did not happen as planned. Emotions and fear get in the way and Zoe begins to keep things from Olivia for fear of upsetting her and that leads to them trying to figure out where their friendship fits into their new lives. The other relationship is between Zoe and Calvin. This connection was both necessary and amazing to read. Not only did this romance NOT take over the book or overshadow Olivia and Zoe's friendship but it was slow, realistic and calming on so many levels. Throughout the book you would tell that no matter how many times Zoe did not want to admit it, Calvin was the calming aspect of her crazy life and I loved reading that.

There were two things I did not like about this book and the first being the abrupt way the story ended. I wanted a little more about Zoe and how she was dealing what what happened. But also I wanted to see what would happen to her life after this. Another thing that I did not like was the fact that this book made me UGLY CRY so hard reading it. This is not something I ever do when reading a book, and this book broke me into a million pieces and I know that this book, like TFiOS is not for everyone, but please if you think you can handle it, pick it up because it will change you. Zoe and Olivia are two characters that. despite devastating circumstances fight toegther until the end and that was an amazing relationship to read.

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