Release Date: February 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for 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.
How do I even begin this review? I honestly have no idea what to say about Maybe One Day. It’s one of those books that I just can’t review properly, no matter how hard I try to. I just… I don’t know, guys. Just read this.
As we get from the synopsis, Maybe One Day is about Zoe, whose friend Olivia gets sick. Gravely sick. Olivia has a very aggressive form of cancer. Throughout the story, we closely follow Olivia’s progress and we see and hear about all the kinds of treatment she endures. I hadn’t expected this, although I don’t really know why. Either way, we read a lot about the things Olivia has to do and the effects of these treatments on her. I actually really liked this aspect of the story, because it showed us the graveness of Olivia’s sickness, but also the hope and the pain that comes with it.
Both Zoe and Olivia were great characters. Their friendship is true. Do you know all those ‘best friends’ in YA novels that actually do nothing but backstab and go to parties et cetera while the MC stays home? Don’t worry, you won’t find that in Maybe One Day. Olivia and Zoe are best friends and you can feel it. You see the evidence all around. I absolutely loved the strength of their friendship and the way they helped each other.
What I also really loved were the cheerleaders. Granted, they are painted off a bit as empty-headed giggling girls, but they also had this fierce loyalty towards Olivia. Throughout the story, they are always there for both Olivia and Zoe, and they set up campaigns and other such things in order to raise money for a foundation. I especially loved the part where Zoe set a certain thing up on the day Olivia comes back to school, and all the cheerleaders just went with it. They never complained about ‘having’ to do anything, no: they threw themselves into it with more enthusiasm than you can imagine. You can really feel how they want to support Olivia in every way, and I just really loved how Kantor reinvented the cliché group of cheerleaders.
Then there’s the romance. While I admit I kinda sorta shipped Zoe with Jake, the romance with Calvin was really sweet. Calvin isn’t a jerk or a bad boy, but he also isn’t one of those sappy soft guys. He’s inbetween, or maybe I should call it realistic. He behaves like a teenage boy without looking like a total asshole. It’s a thing we don’t see often in YA these days, and Kantor really pulled it off. The chemistry between Zoe and Calvin was also there, and it was believable. I really loved the way their relationship built up and also how it didn’t take over the story. The romance is there, but Maybe One Day is mainly about the friendship between Olivia and Zoe and the way they both handle Olivia’s sickness.
In all, this was a really really good read. A story of true friendship – in health and in sickness -, Maybe One Day wove various elements together to make a beautiful and heartbreaking story.
~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~
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