Title: Maybe One Day
Author: Melissa Kantor
Genre: YA contemporary
Length: 384 pages
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: received in exchange for review (thanks, Harper!)
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.
Call me morbid but I was excited to read this book. Excited for the friendship and the dance aspect, and to bawl my eyes out. Well, the friendship part was correct at least.
I think there could have been more focus on the dancing aspect though. I was really excited about it, because I used to be a dancer – even went interstate for a dancing competition and stuff like that. One of the girls fell in the water at Seaworld. Fun times. But yeah, no, there wasn’t much of the dance stuff in this book.
What it DID create was a deeper sense of friendship between the two main characters. Their shared memories of dance really helped me connect with them as characters.
I also didn’t bawl my eyes out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s really sad, but I don’t cry in…like, in any books. Pretty much. Except TFIOS because duuuuuude.
Anyway. Off topic.
The friendship was the strongest part of this book. It was believable, and real, and they’d gone through so much together that it was heart-breaking to see the tragedy. I really felt for Zoe – she’s depicted as the Not Nice One, whereas Olivia has always been the kind, sweet girl. I related more with Zoe, to be honest.
The romance was nice enough, even if it kind of came out of nowhere. The best thing was that he didn’t take advantage of Zoe when she was drunk. That is a MASSIVE brownie point from me, both to the guy and to Melissa Kantor. Hells yes for sober consent.
I know I’m really going back and forth in this review, but another pet peeve of mine is when cheerleaders are made out as shallow. Which is this case in this book. Grr! It annoys me so much. There wasn’t much development of the cheerleaders.
But overall, this is a sweet story of friendship, and a sad story of cancer. The descriptions of the treatment are really well done – not too much, not too little. I would definitely read it again.
Rating: 3.5/5 Wonderkitties