Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor – Review

February 3, 2014 Review 2 ★★★★★

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor – ReviewRelease Date: February 18, 2014
Title: Maybe One Day
Author: Melissa Kantor
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.

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.
5 Stars

I’m going to be honest here. I gave The Fault in Our Stars 5 stars. I loved it! But this book? Maybe One Day is everything I wished TFioS was – only I didn’t know it until I read it.

There was some romance (and can I just say how much I adored Calvin?), but the story was about Zoe and Olivia’s friendship more than anything else.

Maybe One Day explores the boundaries of friendship, and what happens when the rules change and the world no longer looks the way you expected it to. And it does so in such a perfectly honest and raw way that you can’t possibly be the same person when you finish the book as you were when you began. Melissa Kantor explores grief, love, and illness, but she does it in such a way that you can’t stop turning the pages.

My only advice? Have tissues handy. But whatever you do – read this book. We need more books that focus on friendship rather than romance, and I hope this is only the beginning of a new trend.

Need More Information?

  • Book. Blog. Bake.Maybe One Day is a beautiful story about true friendship and loss and grief, one that I would shove in the hands of all my friends for sure.
  • The Turning PagesIt takes a lot for me to really lose myself in a book the way I lost myself in this one, but the writing and the story line produced by Melissa Kantor gripped me heart and soul.
  • Finding Bliss in Books: If you are looking for a book with an achingly beautiful friendship, this is the one to seek out. Also, if you are interested in a little bit of insanely sweet romance, this is also the book to get. And if you want to be thrown off your feet; this one is your book.

2 Responses to “Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor – Review”

  1. Kelsey

    I haven’t read TFiOS and I’m not sure when I plan to if ever, but this book sounds pretty interesting. I like the idea of focusing on friendship and not necessarily on the romance as much. Thanks for your review!

    • Mandi Kaye

      TFiOS was actually really good. And I think the movie will be good, too. That being said… this book was better. I hope you pick it up sometime!

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