Maybe One Day by Melissa KantorMaybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Maybe One Day

byMelissa Kantor

Hardcover | June 3, 2015

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In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, 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.

A person's whole life, she's lucky to have one or two real friends. Friends who are like family . . . for Zoe that someone is Olivia. So when Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her best 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.

Melissa Kantor is the author ofMaybe One Day;Confessions of a Not It Girl, an ALA Booklist Best Romance Novel for Youth;If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, a YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick;The Breakup Bible, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee;Girlfriend Material, a Junior Library Guild selection; andThe Darlings Are Fo...
Title:Maybe One DayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.75 × 6.13 × 1.25 inPublished:June 3, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062279203

ISBN - 13:9780062279200


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book I've read by far! This book had me interested all the way through, and I even cried at the end (mind this, I NEVER cry when reading books). So many emotions throughout the book that has actually made this the best book I've ever read because of how well put together it was and how real it was compared to other books within it's genre.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from MajiBookshelf It’s not always easy to get through the day when someone you love is hurting. Some people don’t really know what it feels like to be in pain, or even have someone they love go through pain. Others have experienced it, and have been through the emotional roller coaster that is automatically accompanied by tragedies. After having read “Maybe One Day” by Melissa Kantor, I understood the true struggle one goes through when someone close is struggling and experiencing physical and mental pain. The book is full of hope, heartache, and true friendship. Melissa Kantor had the ability to suck the readers into this world and plot from the first page. It takes a very talented writer to create characters in which the readers are able to understand and connect with, to care for and invest in them emotionally. Melissa Kantor made great usage of climatic order, slowly building up the plot of the story as it becomes more intense. “Maybe One Day” follows the story of two teenage girls, Zoe and Olivia, who spent most of their lifetime together. They both had big plans for their future, where Olivia says ”We're not going to be dancers, but one day our lives are going to be amazing, Zoe. Totally amazing.” All of that comes crashing down when Olivia is diagnosed with Leukemia. Both girls’ lives start to crumble as they start to learn how to cope with this new reality in front of them. The book shows us how these two young girls manage and learn from this experience throughout the span of one year. Melissa Kantor does not only show us how Olivia is suffering, but how Zoe is suffering as well. While Olivia suffers from her sickness, Zoe suffers from her shock, her loneliness, and how much it hurt her to see her best friend sick. As Zoe says, “Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it. Time passes.” The readers are able to see how these two girls develop and grow up compared to the beginning of the book. While reading, Melissa Kantor is able to stir every emotion in you, from laughing all the way to crying. The book is written from Zoe’s point of view, which is to show and emphasize how the friend is hurting just as much as the sick person. At such a young age, it is hard and heartbreaking to see two beautiful girls having to go through what Zoe and Olivia are going through. Melissa Kantor made an excellent job in writing from a sixteen year olds’ point of view, and personally, I was able to connect really easily with the character. The pain that the characters felt, I felt. It was surreal how reading can stir up the strongest emotions in you. All the great things aside, there were a few lacking aspects in Maybe One Day. Apart from everything else, the process of Olivia’s cancer treatment felt unrealistic. Everything was rushed, and I can guarantee that it is not as simple as starting chemo the same day you are diagnosed. The book also felt a little bit depressing at times, which is understandable due to the tragic topic it covers, but I think there’s still a limit to how depressing it should be. Like “The Fault in Our Stars”, a cancer book, got a lot of the readers attention out there, Maybe One Day is most likely to follow its steps. Sometimes it’s hard to read about a tragedy that is happening to many people out there, but we do in order to understand. “Maybe One Day” will help you open up your eyes to how truly tough loss is. Whether it’s mentally or physically, it is still the same.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Heartfelt Book!! My mom bought me this book recently. As I started to read it, in the beginning the book seemed a little "bland". As I got into the middle, I could not put it down. As the storyline developed, it got more and more interesting. This book certainly has a lot of emotion; it really tells you how you should cherish friendship and not get into silly fights about nothing. You need to cherish that precious time you spend with that one special friend of yours because you never know what may happen.... I also read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I love that book and I thought NOTHING could beat it!! After reading Maybe One Day, I realized that this book has a stronger message and it was a different kind of message. All in all, I recommend this book to all readers who'd enjoy reading about the true, growing friendship of 2 beautiful, young girls which lasts until the very last days of their lives. And even beyond that....
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story of friendship, lacking in other areas Best friends Zoe and Olivia are devastated when they get kicked out of their ballet school. All their plans of the future seem unreachable now. Then Olivia gets sick and is diagnosed with cancer. Zoe tries to put on a brave face, stay positive for Olivia's sake, because she friend will beat this, she has to. First, I really love this cover. It's pretty simple at first glance but(maybe I'm reading too much into things because I tend to do that) I like how it seems calm, no wind-blown hair or waves, but the clouds are dark so there's a sign of something bad coming. I think this book will turn out to be one of those love it or hate it ones, with not a whole lot of people in the middle. There's some scenes and wording choices that could be taken two completely different ways, such as Zoe's reaction to the oncology ward when she thinks 'Leukemia was cancer. Olivia has cancer'. That could easily be taken as Zoe not knowing what Leukemia is or that she knows but seeing it as opposed to hearing it over the phone just made it that much more real for her. Zoe is someone I would never befriend in real life. She could be judgmental, mean, and kind of bratty. But I actually liked that about her in this book. To say she hates gender generalisations then be guilty of it herself, it happens. There's no censoring Zoe's thoughts to make her seem like a perfect person. And she definitely has some petty and horrible thoughts throughout the book. All these little things that made her less perfect, just made her feel more real. Olivia was amazing. I felt for her so much. Everything about her reactions felt realistic. She just seemed like a genuinely good person. The core of this book was definitely the friendship between the two girls. They were more like sisters than friends and it was so easy to see how big of a part they played in each other's lives. When the romance was introduced I was worried it would start overtaking the friendship but it was mostly in the background. It's also a bit about self-discovery, as Zoe has to figure out who she is without dance and without Olivia at her side while she's in the hospital. The pacing was a little slow at first but seemed to pick up the sicker Olivia got. It ended up being a pretty quick read. There were a few editing problems(that did find their way into the final copy I looked at) like Zoe sitting in the driver's seat when she wasn't driving, which took me out of the book a bit. The author does admit she chose story over medical reality when necessary, which I get, happens all the time on TV shows. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Emotional Book *A copy was provided by the publisher for review* Thank you so much to HarperCollins! Maybe One Day sounded a lot like the Faults in Our Stars (which I haven't read). I generally don't like books about cancer but there was something about Maybe One Day that made me pick it up. It had a slow and boring beginning, I'll admit. Nothing was going on and it had to be a bit after Olivia got leukemia that things finally got interesting. That should be somewhere around a third of the book. From there, I couldn't stop turning the pages! Zoe's emotions and turmoils sucked me in and I had an ache in my heart the whole time. Her passion (and hate) for dancing was a beautiful thing as well. It expressed her feelings and I feel like Zoe had to grow a lot as a person throughout the book. She had to learn to accept things and cherish what she has before they're gone. The ending was amazing. I don't really have anything to say about it. I might've teared up a little bit. Some might not like the ending but I thought it was the perfect conclusion to this heart-wrenching novel. Maybe One Day was an amazing novel. While I don't know how it would compare to the Faults in Our Stars, I would say give this a try and pick this up.
Date published: 2014-02-20

Editorial Reviews

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)