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Maybe One Day [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Kantor
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Book Description

Two best friends face the hardest future of all – a future without each other.

In the tradition of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship and the agony of loss.

Zoe and Olivia have always been best friends. And becoming professional ballerinas has always been their goal. But when they turn sixteen the unthinkable happens as Olivia is diagnosed with leukaemia.

Falling in love, coping with school and falling out with each other – everything is thrown into a whole new light.

A heartbreakingly bittersweet tragedy that reveals profound truths about loss, love and the friends who mean the world to you.

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“A beautiful, heartbreaking story about friendship, loss, and what it means to truly live. I loved it.” Lauren Barnholdt, author of ‘The Thing About the Truth’ and ‘Two-Way Street’

“Zoe and Olivia’s deep, real friendship and all its complications ring so true that you will want to hug your best friend close. I adored this book.” Jenn Echols, author of ‘Forget You’ and ‘Going too Far’

About the Author

Melissa Kantor is the author of Confessions of a Not It Girl, an ALA Booklist Best Romance Novel for Youth in 2004; If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, a YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick in 2006; the breakup bible, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee in 2007; and Girlfriend Material. She is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXB6Z8S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy, Heartbreaking Read 20 Jan. 2015

A person's whole life, she's lucky to have one or two real friends. Friends who are like family.

But when your best friend is diagnosed with a terminal illness, what happens next might not be what you expect. Through sixteen-year-old Zoe and her best friend Olivia, discover the bittersweet tragedy of a new 'normal'.

A heartbreaking story of two best friends facing the hardest future of all - a future without each other.

My Review

Firstly, yes, I did know what I was getting into when I picked up Maybe One Day and I did cry. A lot. Oh man, I sobbed. I don't even care. It's the way with cancer books or 'sick lit' or whatever you want to call it. There's just something I love about being thrust so totally into another person's life that I weep like it's really happening.

From the get go I fell in love with Zoe and Olivia. They're realistic and relatable and flawed and excellent. And so was their relationship. It mirrored that of a real friendship. They were best-friends-forever, of course, but they still bickered and argued and sometimes didn't totally understand each other just like in real life. But this just made it all the more heartbreaking for me.

I loved Zoe, I really did. There were times where I felt she might annoy some readers but she was definitely on the same level as me. I found myself choosing what she chose and understanding her thought patterns and decisions. It probably helped that Maybe One Day was written in my favourite way, the way I myself write most of the time. First person, past tense. I just fell into it and lived there.

There were times when it got to real and I thought I might have to put it down. I didn't want to imagine myself in anything anywhere near this situation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe One Day 9 May 2014
By Kat
Books about serious illnesses have a weird pull for me. I know they will be difficult and emotional for me to read, but I also like to push myself to confront the things in books that I find very hard to talk about in real life. This is why I read books such as Maybe One Day - I know they will hit close to home and make me reflect upon things in my own life, but using them as a catalyst helps me work through my own personal emotions.

Olivia and Zoe have a once-in-a-lifetime kind of friendship. Their personalities are very different, but they compliment each other, and their lifelong obsession with dance binds them even closer together, and this relationship is what I loved most about this book - their relationship feels very real, and the emotions that Zoe goes through during Olivia's illness are very realistically portrayed. Although the story is told from Zoe's perspective, her interactions with Olivia, Olivia's family and her own family tell their story too - and all their reactions felt very real and emotional.

However, I did have one issue with Zoe's character - and it's when she makes a rather nasty generalisation about a group of kids at her school, and then just a few pages later states that she hates gender generalisations. It's a small moment, but it really bugged me, and I found it more difficult to connect with Zoe from then on.

What I did like is that Cantor pulls no punches when it comes to Zoe's emotional reactions to the situation - she moves through different stages of anger, sadness and acceptance, whilst still standing by her best friend's side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but so Good! 9 Mar. 2014
By Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Zoe and Olivia have been best friends since the age of four when they began taking ballet together, and even after they got kicked out of their ballet class, they still stayed just as close.
Then one day Olivia phones Zoe with bad news – she has leukaemia. Now it’s a waiting game.
Can Olivia recover from the leukaemia? Will she need a bone marrow transplant? And will she ever be the same again?

This book was so sad, that I really just cannot stop crying.

I loved both Zoe and Olivia in this story. Both loved each other so fiercely, and both were really passionate about dance, even if Zoe couldn’t admit it at times.

The storyline in this was really good. The whole thing flowed so nicely, and was just so real. The emotions and the way things happened just felt so realistic and believable.
This was a sad story though, a really sad story. The last 10% just killed me, and even now I can’t stop crying. I really just fell in love with the characters in this book, and couldn’t help but be upset by how this book ended.
This really is a tearjerker, but it’s so good it’s worth the emotional turmoil!
Overall; sad, but good.
8.5 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a cancer book. More than a friendship book. 19 Feb. 2014
By Rachel001 - Published on
Maybe One Day is one of my favorite reads of 2014. I know that the year is still young but I fell in love, hard and fast, with Zoe, Olivia and their story. It is the story of more than just a cancer book, and it's more than a friendship book. It's a BEAUTIFUL book. The voice is spot on, and I could really relate to Zoe. Her character and thoughts spoke to me, even to my former teen self. The questions she and the book ask are stuff you should be thinking about -- death, afterlife, cancer, best friends, going back to a former love of yours (dance), struggling with crushes when your best friend can't, faith and God... It's really all there.

Zoe and Olivia's life, before the big C, revolved around dance at a prestigious NYC ballet program. As a former dancer, I could connect with how they had to leave it behind and how Zoe struggled to move on from it. I also enjoyed that this was a story of friendship -- Zoe and Olivia felt real for me, as did the whole cast of characters. Beyond Zoe and Olivia, there was their families, and particularly Jake (Olivia's brother), Calvin, the dancers at the school Olivia taught at, they all felt real to me. I enjoyed that there was a romance but it wasn't the main focus.

Overall, this was a great read and one I will be definitely recommending over and over again. And crying over, over and over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of Friendship 28 April 2014
By Nikki - Published on
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Maybe One Day is the story of the friendship between two high school girls after one of them gets cancer. It’s a decent book, and even though through most of it, I felt like I wasn’t getting to know the characters as well as I would have liked, I was still bawling my eyes out by the end.

Unfortunately, I feel like publishers who decide to put blurbs like, “In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars…” do a huge disservice to the author and book they are trying to represent. Yes, both books are about teenagers with cancer, but the similarities end pretty much there. Nothing against Melissa Kantor, she seems to be a fine writer, but even a fine writer is not going to benefit by drawing a comparison between her novel (Maybe One Day) and the novel considered by most critics as the best young adult novel of 2012 (The Fault in Our Stars). Maybe One Day pales in comparison; it lacks the spirit, the humor, and the genuine attachment immediately felt towards the characters found in The Fault in Our Stars.

That being said, it’s worth the read, and while the characters don’t always feel real, the emotion at the end of the novel certainly does. My advice would be, read Maybe One Day before reading The Fault in Our Stars (if you haven’t read it already), so that your opinion and enjoyment (unlike mine) won’t be clouded by unfair comparisons.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story but annoying main character/narrator. Liked it, though. :) 4 Jan. 2015
By Julie @Books and Insomnia - Published on
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Maybe One Day is one of those books that I had such high hopes for. I’ve read such great reviews for this book and upon reading the blurb, I expected that I would likely be lying in a puddle of tears by the time I finished reading this book. I liked it, but not without issues.

First, I’d like to begin with the things I liked about this book. I loved the prose and Melissa Kantor’s writing style. It has such a poignant quality to it without going over-the-top. The words were beautifully written. Maybe One Day is a gripping tale of friendship in the face of tragedy and the author succeeded in eliciting emotions from me as a reader. These reasons combined with the fact that the story itself is really good and compelling kept me glued to the book until the end.

However, there were also things that irked me a lot. Mostly, the main character and narrator, Zoe. Frankly, Zoe annoyed me to no end. I found her too whiny, judgmental and sometimes just downright bitchy. Her sarcasm isn’t funny and her internal monologues are often filled with negativity. I don’t know if it was intentional in the part of the author but Zoe’s character wasn’t really likable. Case in point:
I was running late and racing downstairs to grab something to eat before Jake picked me up and drove me to the rec center in downtown Newark, where – while I taught ballet and the cheerleaders taught tumbling – he and a bunch of other guys on the football team would be teaching kids how to bench-press or tackle or rape or whatever it was that football players knew how to do well. –page 86
Rape. Seriously, Zoe? That is so not funny. Considering Jake is also your friend, that joke is really off.
The walls of the hallways were decorated with paper turkeys and Pilgrims, and even though I knew the people who had put them up had meant well, it still made me mad. What exactly did people on a pediatric oncology ward have to be thankful for? –page 213
Nega much?

I also hated the way she treated the people around her, especially the cheerleaders. It was like Zoe felt she was the only one who had the right to Olivia’s friendship. She was condescending to everyone. I seriously think that the cheerleaders were genuinely nice people who loved Olivia. Yes, they tended to exaggerate and be showy but I didn’t see why Zoe had to be so bitchy around them. Worst thing was that she wasn’t letting them know how she really felt about these people. And don’t get me started on Calvin. The way Zoe treated Calvin was unacceptable. I think Calvin was way too nice to be used as a scapegoat. Olivia being sick did not make Zoe a better person. If anything, Zoe let herself be defeated by Olivia’s sickness.

Olivia, as the other main character, was relatively okay. She’s the total opposite of Zoe. She’s nice, friendly and outgoing. She even took being cut off from the dance school in stride, and used her passion for dancing to help children. Even when she got sick, Olivia maintained a positive disposition. If there’s one thing I loved about Zoe, it’s her and Olivia’s friendship. It was such a beautiful thing that there were times while reading this book when I just wanted to hug my best friend close. For me, the main focus of Maybe One Day wasn’t Olivia having cancer but the friendship between the two girls.

The ending was kinda predictable so I wasn’t really surprised when it came. It just felt so sudden but I think that made the story more real. I wasn’t sobbing by the time I finished reading, but this book made me shed tears nonetheless. Olivia’s letter for Zoe just broke my heart. Like I said, Melissa Kantor has a way with words that will poke holes in your heart.

Poignant, heartwarming and beautiful. All in all, I enjoyed reading Maybe One Day. This book isn’t perfect but it will tug at your heartstrings and make you wish for a friendship like Zoe’s and Olivia’s.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows how powerful friendship can be 1 Aug. 2014
By Alise (Readers in Wonderland) - Published on
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For some reason, this one had completely escaped my radar until I saw some glowing ARC reviews coming in and realized I had better get my hands on it because I knew it would be Something Amazing. I was not wrong! MAYBE ONE DAY was a great read.

“Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it. Time passes.”

I get pretty emotional when it comes to these books so I was prepared to be ripped apart. That didn’t happen. MAYBE ONE DAY has more of a between the lines sadness than a Fault in Our Stars-esque “you are going to feel sad about this and you are going to like it.” Both are great books but they could not be more different.

The writing in this book was so easy to fall into and get lost in. It’s pretty simple for the most part, but has some beautiful descriptions which, to me, is the best kind of writing. It was great to just sit down and read a good chunk of it without realizing how far you are through it.

There are lots of moments in this book that will make you cry while you tumble down a dark abyss of feelings and scream but there are also moments that will lift you up and make you laugh or smile.

There can always be more YA that focuses on other relationships other than just romance and MAYBE ONE DAY did that very thing. At its heart, it’s a story about friendship, which can be just as strong as any romance. Zoe and Olivia are great characters and they make an amazing duo. Their friendship is tested all throughout the book and while their relationship is by no means unicorns and rainbows, they truly love each other.

Now, that isn’t to say there isn’t a romance. Calvin, the love interest, is a pretty big cliche. He’s nearly perfect with a gorgeous face and an even better body. And of course he has to be sweet and caring, even though that goes against everything thing main character has said about him. Cue the predictable “wow, I misunderstood him so much now I must fall in love with him” scene.

I ended up really liking the book but something kept me from totally loving it. Definitely give this one a try, because it’s a great contemporary book about friendship and how it can persevere even through a tragedy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The worst thing that will ever happen..." 31 Jan. 2014
By E.M. Bristol - Published on
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When Zoe and her best friend Olivia, who have been dancing with the NYBC since they were nine, get the blunt news that "There is no longer space for you," they think it's the worst thing that will ever happen to them. Little do they suspect, that with the arrival of their junior year in high school, a time they believe will be memorable for getting their driver's licenses and finding boyfriends, Olivia will receive the news that she has AML or acute myeloid leukemia. Soon she is undergoing chemotherapy, but her doctors discover that she has an unusually aggressive form of cancer and may even need a bone marrow transplant. While Olivia deals with the side effects from the chemo and the inconvenience of having to Skype her classes, Zoe is left to handle the overly-emotional cheerleaders at school and teach Olivia's dance class to young, underprivileged (and seemingly unmotivated) girls. To make matters more complicated, Zoe finds herself falling for Calvin, Olivia's brother's best friend and someone that she knows Olivia may have feelings for. Though Zoe struggles to keep her secret, it begins to look like that she may not be able to, but even those consequences will soon pale in comparison to what the two best friends must deal with ultimately.

Zoe is not always the easiest character to like. As she puts it, she is the "witch" of the two friends (only she uses a different term). Like many of us when we were her age, she is self-absorbed and makes poor decisions without stopping to consider the consequences. She also uses a lot of profanity, which may make this book off-limit to younger readers who would enjoy it. I found this baffling, given that none of the other characters curse, even the other teens. I also wished the author had taken more time to develop the character of Calvin - the two never seem to have any non-Olivia related conversations that would reveal more depth to them. However, the friendship between Zoe and Olivia is well-done and rings true. The experience of undergoing cancer treatment feels authentic from the day-to-day irritations to the tension between family members. I also appreciated Zoe's loving but not pushover parents. "Olivia's illness is a tragedy," they tell her. "Don't make it into a petty excuse." Overall, I would recommend this book for people interested in this topic, but keep in mind, it would probably be rated PG-13, if it were a movie.
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