Maybe One Day
Summary: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.
I WILL NOT CRY…I WILL NOT CRY…I WILL NOT CRY…
Maybe One Day was a punch in the gut – an emotional roller coaster reading experience; making me feel everything from complete jubilation to anger to complete and utter woe. Not so much the actual topic – leukemia – but the way the Melissa Kantor chose to write about it was just so heart-wrenching and so emotion-provoking.
Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it.
Junior year starts off roughly when best friends Olivia and Zoe are cut from the top ballet school in the country after practicing at that exact academy for over half their lives. Their dreams of becoming professional, elite dancers are thrown down the drain. Zoe and Olivia don’t think life can get any worse… and then they discover Olivia has leukemia.
There are some things you worry about. And then there are some things you don’t worry about. You don’t worry about them because they’re too awful to contemplate worrying about.
I really admired Zoe for her strength and her courage, and everything she was willing to do for Olivia. Now, Zoe has faults, but those flaws helped make her a more realistic and relatable protagonist.
The friendship between Olivia and Zoe really touched me, and I really felt connected to it; and it was simply wonderful. Olivia and Zoe reminded me of my best friend and our relationship; and it was absolutely heartbreaking. Throughout the story, we get flashbacks of Zoe and Olivia’s friendship throughout the years, and it’s just unbearable to see how many happy memories, inside jokes, and laughs they shared together – only to have them all taken away.
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor was both inspiring and agonizing, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of The Fault in Our Stars or other cancer books. This is certainly a very powerful, raw book that is sure to make you see the true power, the true foundation, of friendship.