Release Date: February 18th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
For some reason, this one had completely escaped my radar until I saw some glowing ARC reviews coming in and realized I had better get my hands on it because I knew it would be Something Amazing. I was not wrong! MAYBE ONE DAY was a great read.
“Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it. Time passes.”
I get pretty emotional when it comes to these books so I was prepared to be ripped apart. That didn’t happen. MAYBE ONE DAY has more of a between the lines sadness than a Fault in Our Stars-esque “you are going to feel sad about this and you are going to like it.” Both are great books but they could not be more different.
The writing in this book was so easy to fall into and get lost in. It’s pretty simple for the most part, but has some beautiful descriptions which, to me, is the best kind of writing. It was great to just sit down and read a good chunk of it without realizing how far you are through it.
“I was just thoughts, just air. There was nothingness all around me. Was this what it was like to be dead? When you died, did you still sense everything going on around you, only it was happening so far away that you didn’t care about it? You were floating through space and time, and nothing that happened to you mattered because nothing really could happen to you because you didn’t exist?”
There are lots of moments in this book that will make you cry
while you tumble down a dark abyss of feelings and scream
but there are also moments that will lift you up and make you laugh or smile.
There can always be more YA that focuses on other relationships other than just romance and MAYBE ONE DAY did that very thing. At its heart, it’s a story about friendship, which can be just as strong as any romance. Zoe and Olivia are great characters and they make an amazing duo. Their friendship is tested all throughout the book and while their relationship is by no means unicorns and rainbows, they truly love each other.
Now, that isn’t to say there isn’t a romance. Calvin, the love interest, is a pretty big cliche. He’s nearly perfect with a gorgeous face and an even better body. And of course he has to be sweet and caring, even though that goes against everything thing main character has said about him. Cue the predictable “wow, I misunderstood him so much now I must fall in love with him” scene. Meanwhile, I was somewhat picturing him like this:
I ended up really liking the book but something kept me from totally loving it. Definitely give this one a try, because it’s a great contemporary book about friendship and how it can persevere even through a tragedy.