Maybe One Day

Zoe N. | March 16, 2014 | Review

Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day

by Melissa Kantor

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: Febuary 18th, 2014
by HarperTeen

three-half-stars

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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.

Review:

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.

three-half-stars

48 comments

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Zoe. I didn’t really enjoy this, maybe because I thought the writing style was a bit boring. But I really did love the friendship between the two characters–so amazing. Lovely review!

    1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this as much as I did! I read your review, and I can definitely see where you’re coming from in terms of the writing. But I’m glad that you liked the friendship aspect so much!

      Thanks Aimee! <3

  2. Ye gods. I just swore up and down on another blog (not 30 min. ago!) that I don’t only read bits of fluff. But I’m starting to think that maybe I do read mostly fluff. I backed up the “not only fluff” statement by pointing out that I had read and really liked Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, but I absolutely refuse to read The Fault in Our Stars b/c pain and suffering and agony, and it would be a very rare mood indeed that could induce me to read this one. Have you ever read Say Goodnight, Gracie? I was probably 13 when I read it for the first time, and it sounds a lot like this one except that in Maybe One Day the dying and death of the best friend is long and drawn out. In Say Goodnight, Gracie it’s just BOOM gone. I have no idea which scenario is worst, but your review by itself was a gut punch. And so is that cover after knowing what the book is about. I’m going to go read some fluff now. Excellent review. Go eat that ice cream, you deserve it.

    1. LOL! Yeah…if you’re not into the whole pain and agony thing, then this one probably isn’t for you! (Either is The Fault in Our Stars… because that’s an entirely different topic…)

      Hmm…no, I haven’t read Good Night, Gracie yet, but I looked it up on Goodreads and it does sound quite a lot like this one. Both scenarios sound absolutely horrifying, but I think this one is worse because you know what’s going to happen, and all you can do is sit back and wait; while in Good Night, Gracie it’s something you don’t see coming. I don’t know…just my opinion.

      LOL…you go enjoy yourself some happy reads Jessica! πŸ˜‰

      http://docburnsteins.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Ice-Cream01.gif

      …And some ice cream! πŸ˜‰ (Darn it, self…why did you post a picture of such delicious ice cream! That’s like torture!)

  3. Oh God! I know I’m going to regret it but I’m going to have to read this one after your review. The quotes are making me cry! You and I do the same thing. I would probably think what would happen if someone close to me got cancer. It just makes everything worse when you try to make it personal to yourself. I’m glad there was a small romance and mainly the book was focused on what the friends were going through. Sometimes there are books where a protagonist might seem naive or selfish to others but I find their reactions realistic too. I will definitely try to get my hands on this one!

    1. Yeah! So glad you’re deciding to read this one! The writing is incredibly powerful! Yeah…it’s definitely a horrible thing watching someone so close to you go through something so horrible, so unimaginable. I honestly can’t even begin to think what it would be like! And yes…I’m so glad the book was focused on the friendship and not the romance! 10 bonus points for Melissa Kantor, eh? πŸ˜‰

      Let me know what you think when you finish it! πŸ˜€

  4. Oh man, I can already see how heartbreaking this story is gonna be :(((( I love how Melissa Kantor tackled leukemia along with the strength of friendship. It’s brilliant really, especially that the perspective is not from the person who suffers from the cancer, but rather the people around her. We often overlook them, the emotional tolls they are going through. So I will definitely read this one soon!

    1. I know! πŸ™ It is absolutely brilliant, and I felt she did it in such a unique way. Like you said, it’s not often we think about the people close to the affected person. We don’t realize that they’re going through just as much pain as the person who is actually affected, and I felt that this book definitely showed that realistically.

      Let me know if you get your hands on it! I’m definitely interested in seeing what you think of it! πŸ˜€

  5. Did you feel like you were Zoe? (namesake and all…) Sometimes I do like this kind of book, where it makes me cry, then cry some more. Having their dreams crushed at becoming ballet dancers, that must really suck. Then having to deal with more issues? It tends to make me feel emotional, too. I have to add this to my TBR. Thanks for the review, Zoe!

    1. LOL…sometimes! πŸ˜‰

      Exactly! Me too! πŸ˜€ Yeah, I definitely agree. It’s like going to Olympic trials but not making the Olympic team. I can’t imagine how horrible it must be! And add on the cancer diagnosis…oh goodness!

      Thank you for the lovely comment Dre! Let me know if you decide to read it!

  6. WOW. I’m thinking I need this book since it made you bawl and eat ice cream (I love eating ice cream, btw, so maybe this will be a good excuse to consume more? yes?) But HA Zoe reviewed Zoe. I know, I know, I’m incredibly lame, but I couldn’t help but notice that. πŸ˜‰ I’ve never read a book where the character had my name exactly, phew, I think it would bother me, somehow. XD

    1. Yes! Any excuse for a good book and ice cream, right? πŸ˜‰
      And yes…LOL! It was…an interesting experience to say the least…

    1. Thank you Laura! That means so much to me!

      And to get GIFs on your blog all you need to do is go to Google Images and type what you’re looking for and add “GIF” at the end of your search. Find the GIF you’d like and add it to your post as you would a normal picture! Hope that helps!

      And no problem! Anytime!

  7. I’ll keep this one in mind for the next time that I’m in the mood for a good cry. LOL My mom died of cancer so I tend to shy away from these titles because they hit a little too close to home. Great review!

    1. Great idea! πŸ˜€
      And I’m so sorry for your loss! I can definitely see how this might hit a little too close to home for you, but let me know if you decide to read it!

    1. It definitely is emotion-provoking – without a doubt! It definitely is an amazing friendship dynamic, but, yes, the cheerleaders were definitely a tad disappointing. And I can definitely see how you’d get this one confused with Side Effects May Vary – they’re very similar!

      Thank you for the lovely comment Jeann!

    1. It’s so sad, right?! I know what you mean…feel free to email / PM me on Goodreads if you want to discuss more! πŸ˜€

  8. Books like this slaughter me. I’M NEVER EMOTIONALLY PREPARED.

    Kind of iffy about Zoe going after Olivia’s crush *gives her the side-eye* I mean . . . seriously?! That’s the ultimate girl code violation, and with everything else taken into account, Zoe would be kicked out of the clubhouse!

    (Side note: for the first part of the review I read Zoe’s name as Zach and thought this was going to be a break-your-heart love story. I need my eyes tested!)

    1. I KNOW!

      Exactly! I wasn’t too keen on that either, but I guess I kind of let it go (*breaks into singing Frozen tunes*) because it was such a small part of the story. But yes…violating Girl Code is a definite no-no for me! πŸ˜‰

      And LOL at your side note! Titanic 2.0, yes?

    1. Thanks so much Haley! That means a lot! <3
      Yeah! If you're in a mood for a good tear-jerker, this is definitely a good choice! Let me know what you think when you finish! πŸ˜€
      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Aww I totally agree! It was so emotional and I’m a huge sucker for cancer books right after TFiOS and I agree, the characterization and friendship between Zoe and Olivia was so strong that watching someone suffer through cancer through a best friend’s POV works. Fantastic review, Zoe! <33

    1. Aww….thanks Eileen! It’s always awesome to find someone who feels the same about a certain book or just books in general – it makes discussing books so much more fun!

      I definitely agree…it was SUCH an emotional read, and I’m so glad you feel the same about the powerful friendship and characterization in the story!

  10. Well, well, well, look who found a good book!

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Zoe. Many other reviews I read before you have given it a lot of negative rap because Zoe was such a selfish bitch (I mean, according to them), but you definitely shed a lot of positive light into this. From the reviews of my friends, I had thought Zoe’s personality was maybe overdone, but perhaps that’s not really the case. If I didn’t want to read it before, I’m a wee bit willing now to give it a try.

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

    1. πŸ˜‰

      Yeah….I can definitely see how some people can think that; but luckily I didn’t see her that way.

      Let me know if you ever decide to give it a read Faye! πŸ˜€

  11. Zoe this is a gorgeous review, I like the way that you’ve analysed the different aspects to this book, whereas I just seemed to splurge everything out. I have to agree Kantor really created a beautiful read in this book, I adored how she made Olivia and Zoe’s friendship so realistic. I couldn’t stop crying in the second half either!

    1. Aww…thanks so much Jasprit! That means so much to me! <3 I'm glad you also felt that Melissa made Olivia and Zoe's friendship so realistic and well-done - that was definitely one of the highlights of the story for me! Me either...it was just so sad! :'(

  12. Zoeeeee, I’m not ready for another cancer novel yet! Why must you make me want to read this one?! πŸ˜› Let’s just start off by saying I’m a HUGE cryer. Just reading your review makes me sad, but it sounds like such a realistic portrayal of life in general and that’s something we don’t get to read often. I’m actually glad that Zoe and Olivia fight (even thought Olivia has cancer), because it just shows how true to life this book will be. Sometimes we humans can’t help being a little dramatic.

    Wonderful, wonderful review! <3

    1. Gah…I know! They’re all so emotion-provoking! I’m a huge crier as well, but I agree, it’s awesome that there’s such a realistic portrayal of friendship (fighting, silent treatments, and the like); because that’s not something we see very often.

      Thanks so much Joy! <3 That just made my day! πŸ˜€

  13. Great review. <3 I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this book. I quit after the first few pages :p just not the writing for me :\ And I'm not sure I would have liked the plot. Sigh. But I do love heartbreaking and sad books πŸ˜€ Thank you for being honest and sharing πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina’s Books

    1. Thanks Carina! Sorry it didn’t work out for you as much as it did for me!
      No problem! Thank you for the lovely comment! xD

    1. LOL…not so much in the story aspect, just the ending and the emotions it provokes…if you know what I mean! πŸ˜‰

  14. I agree with you, the secondary characters are so stiff and boring. Especially the love interest. I felt like his only purpose is to be eye candy for Zoe. Anyway, I’m glad that you liked this one! The story is pretty sweet. Great review!

  15. Omg! That picture with the girl and the Gigantic box of ice-cream… that’s so me after bawling my eyes out over a sad book. *giggles*

    This book is on my TBR list as well! And I’ve been hearing so much about it around the blogosphere, so I MUST read it! Nothing, obsessive going on #Promise
    There’s just SO MANY BOOKS, and SO LITTLE TIME. I’ve missed your reviews, they’re awesome and highly informative and entertaining and they make my TBR list explode because you make everything seem awesome.

    And I miss our wicked awesome and cute conversations. I haven’t been around much, I update my blog less because of everything happening outside of blogging. So I wanted to take the time and leave some comments πŸ™‚

    Sorry for being around less, I hope that after next week things will go back to normal (whatever that may be… but as long as its less of what the past few weeks have been I’ll grab it with both hands)

    Hugs!

    1. LOL…totally! πŸ˜‰

      I know! I miss those days when I had all the time in the world to read! Summer’s coming up soon though, so that should be exciting! Aw…thanks Iris! <3

      I miss them too! I completely understand - there's so much more to life than just blogging and reading, and it's commendable that you're able to find such a balance! Thank you for your lovely comments though! <3

      *Hugs*

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