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.
Most “cancer books” I’ve read have either been semi-enjoyable or just plain bad (I recently read Side Effects May Vary which was horrible, and The Fault in Our Stars was cute but lacking), which is why I went into Maybe One Day slowly but surely. Then again, I’m just not the kind of person who reads books about illnesses (they usually make me bawl my eyes out), so it could just be that these kinds of books just aren’t for me. Or, maybe the right “cancer book” for me is yet to come. It wasn’t Maybe One Day, though.
Again, I’m feeling like the black sheep. This one has gotten praise from a lot of bloggers I’ve seen, but it just didn’t do it for me. I thought that it would just be boring initially, considering we’d be introduced to Oliva’s sickness and how lonely Zoe would be. But the whole book just dragged on, pulling me to the ground with it. The only feels this book got from me were irritation and utter boredom. (Okay, fine, I did cry in the last 5% of the book.)
Maybe it was the writing style. Maybe it was the heroine. But something about the book just felt so flat and without any personality. Or maybe that it was more of a telling than showing kind of book. The point is, it didn’t make me cry as much as I wanted to, or made me want to spend more time with my friends or family and things like that. It was just so plain for me.
“She wanted to be Jake’s official girlfriend as opposed to what she was, which was the sad girl who threw herself at him.”
Now see? That’s a look at the mind of our dear heroine Zoe. From the beginning until the end of the book, I felt that she was insensitive, selfish and judgmental. Maybe it’s because her best friend’s dying that she acts and thinks that way, but I just couldn’t get into her character. She was also one to give up quickly. When she deemed herself not good enough to dance, she just quit. She did learn some lessons in the end, which was a bit of a comfort to know.
Olivia, the cancer patient, was a much kinder character. Even when she was sick, she showed concern for her brothers and tried to teach little girls ballet through Skype. She really fought the disease, going through all sorts of difficult times, because she knew that she was young and she didn’t deserve to die.
“I couldn’t help feeling like they saw me as this weird birth defect of Olivia’s, something she would have been wise to have removed but for some reason chose to live with.”
As friends, Zoe and Olivia had chemistry. They were very supportive of each other, and pushed the other to try their best, fight and to be strong. They brought out the best in each other, and I enjoyed scenes with them together (mostly).
We also have a bit of romance thrown into the story. The love interest is Calvin, Olivia’s crush and her brother’s best friend. I did not like this aspect of the book. Zoe went from hating Calvin, to thinking he was a douche, to thinking he was hot, to falling for him. Talk about bipolar. I did think they had some chemistry (a bit), but mostly I didn’t feel any development between them. It was just like, one moment, the “love” was suddenly there! I would’ve wanted more scenes of them together before kind of making out and stuff (drunk) at a party.
Overall, I would recommend this one to fans of The Fault in Our Stars, if you’re okay with a bit less romance. It was a bit of a tear-jerker through the end, but the first 90% bored the hell out of me. I do think a lot of other readers will enjoy this one more than I did, so just keep an open mind out when reading this one!