Book Title/Author: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Publication Date/Publisher: February 18, 2014/HarperTeen Series: No Source and Format: Received e-ARC from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Rating: 4 stars
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.
Maybe One Day reminded me a lot of A Time for Dancing (the only 7th grade required reading I can remember, and now a movie starring Alex Mack herself, Larissa Oleynik). Two best friend ballerinas, one gets cancer, shenanigans ensue. I’m making light of it, but my eyes are so tired from the prolonged bawling I did while reading Maybe One Day.
The summary makes Maybe One Day sound a lot more shallow than it is – the boy issue is hardly an issue at all. Zoe and Olivia are ultimate best friends and then Olivia is diagnosed with old man cancer and then I cried for the rest of my life, the end.
Melissa Kantor has created an accurate (see: infuriating, annoying, funny, mean, sad, kind) portrayal of a teenage girl – I 100% believed in all of Zoe’s feelings and actions. Her indecisiveness and her sadness don’t keep her from being the VERY BEST friend, which made me realize what a bad friend I am.
I’m going to need a seriously fluffy read to undo the depression Maybe One Day has left me in.