Sunday, February 23, 2014

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor Review

This book was given to me in a giveaway here on Goodreads.

Title: Maybe One Day
Author: Melissa Kantor
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A beautiful, gorgeous tale of friendship, loss, and first love, Maybe One Day squeezed my heart to pieces--in a good way! I really, really enjoyed it!

Zoe and Olivia have been best friends for pretty much their whole lives. Now sixteen, they are looking forward to being together for the rest of their lives--until a routine doctor's visit for Livvie reveals a terrifying truth: She has leukemia. The two of them reeling, Zoe struggles to be there for her best friend--despite falling for Olivia's crush, despite constant frustration and anger--and she discovers the meaning of loss.

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the prose that the novel was built upon--Zoe's voice was poignant, sad, lovely and sweet
-Zoe herself, trying to be there for Olivia and dealing with what is her first true encounter with illness
-Olivia, and her love for Zoe, struggling to remain normal in the face of her illness
-The problems that the two went through were totally relatable--at times it really felt like I was sixteen again
-Calvin, and his chemistry with Zoe
-The ending--it was so beautiful and sad and perfect
-The way dance was incorporated throughout the novel

What could've been better:
-I felt like the Greco family, save Jake and Olivia, were not really that ell fleshed out
-I wish I learned more about Zoe's family and their dynamic
-Zoe at times could be harsh and snarky, which kind of interrupted the pacing of the novel

Thanks, Goodreads--this was a really good book! Recommended to those who love John Green. Next on deck: Shadowflesh by Shawn Martin!

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