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Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Posted by Caitie F on February 16, 2014

Title: Maybe One Daymaybe
Author: Melissa Kantor
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: Feb 18, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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.


Does it seem like people are trying to make cancer books a thing again? Cancer is terrible and way too many teens have it or have loved ones with it. But it shouldn’t be a trend and, even if it isn’t, this book felt like it was jumping on the John Green trend, just about friendship instead of a romance.

Don’t get me wrong, I like that the main story did surround their friendship and the romance angle was less of the story. I think it is important to show that friendship matters and being there for your friend matters. That was the best part of the book and what felt the most real. Zoe is honest and raw. She wants to stay positive and hopeful, but it is scary and she is scared. Losing your best friend is hard.

There was one thing that really stuck with me. Once Olivia is diagnoosed, suddenly all the cheerleaders and popular kids act like she was their closest friend, even though they basically ignored her existence. Zoe gets so frustrated because she is glad they are raising money, but it all feels so fake to her. Some of these kids are sad and crying for attention, while she is scared she may lose her other half.

It is a very moving and beautiful story. I really adored Zoe and watching her grow, especially with the kids she was teaching to dance.

It is not an easy book to read, but it is good, just not great. I hope this isn’t the next trend in realistic fiction.


One Response to “Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor”

  1. I hope that’s not a trend as well.

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