Maybe One Day – Melissa Kantor

23 Jan

Side Effects May Vary cover
Maybe One Day
By: Melissa Kantor

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.

This Blonde’s Review:
This is a book about friendship. Not about cancer. Clearly cancer plays a huge roll and there’s a boy and there are all of the things that happen to high school girls. Except that in this book one of the girls finds out she has cancer. And in this book her best friend has to figure out how to be there for her during it all.

I don’t know exactly how to describe this book as a book with cancer but not focusing on the cancer. Clearly Olivia’s Leukemia plays a role in the book and is a focal point in many things. Yet somehow it doesn’t feel overwhelming, like every line is about reminding us that she could die. Instead the book focuses on the friendship that these two girls have and the way one tries to support the other during her battle. And that’s what makes it different from the ones I’ve read in the past.

I liked Zoe’s imperfections. There were certain things that flowed a little too easily or others that lasted too long but that didn’t take away from the book for me. She isn’t perfect. She’s doing the best she can to be there for her friend but she’s still a teenage girl and she’s going to struggle. Cancer doesn’t just hurt the person who is sick, it also hurts their family and the friends who are like family.

I do have to say I’m still torn on the ending. There were certain things that seemed to have been slipped in at the end. With all of the scene setting on the other big moments I would have expected similar from the end. Instead is seemed to be and then we knew. It was kind of frustating but in other ways actually kind of fitting. I could talk to you more about why I found it fitting except for the part where I don’t want to spoil it for you.

So if you want to read a book about the kind of friendship that will help you fight cancer and run into some feelings at the same time, then you’ll want to read this one.

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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Book Review


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