Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 386 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 40mm | 459.99g
  • English
  • 0062279203
  • 9780062279200
  • 838,604

Back cover copy

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had Big Plans: They'll tour the world as prima ballerinas and live in a swanky Manhattan apartment (where they'll hang out with their fabulous boyfriends, of course). But when they're cut from the ballet company, their plans for the future evaporate. Suddenly, Zoe's dodging cheerleaders who want her and Olivia to go out for the squad, and Olivia's got a crush on Calvin Taylor, who Zoe can't stand.

Zoe can't imagine anything worse happening . . . until Olivia gets sick. Really sick. Suddenly, not being able to dance is the least of their problems.

Olivia has always been the nice one, the happy-go-lucky one. Zoe has always been the snarky one, the look-on-the-dark-side one. But when your best friend is in the hospital, you better learn to step up fast. Now Zoe needs to put on a brave face and be the positive one. Even when Zoe isn't sure what to say. Even when Olivia misses months of school. Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this thing, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for Zoe to even imagine.
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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
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6,760 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 38% (2,545)
4 33% (2,215)
3 22% (1,465)
2 6% (388)
1 2% (147)

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It’s nearly impossible and nearly hopeless to write the proper words after reading a good book, that your mind becomes . . . unstable and incoherent, almost to the point of leaving you . . . clinically dead. But experiencing Maybe One Day is worth the momentary emotional instability and mental incoherency. Following a similar path to John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, Maybe One Day is another dramatic prose about dealing with cancer. Somehow, it isn't centered on a love story but built on a foundation of friendship. It’s refreshing to see another side of the story and learn how other people deal with the ordeals of cancer. As expected, Maybe One Day is a tough book to read—a challenge even. You don’t know how many times I had to stop reading the book due to the intensity of emotions reflected by this book. The story is too engaging and too honest, almost powerful enough to make you believe in the story’s—and characters’—existence. Kantor can turn a heavy subject matter into something remarkably readable allowing readers, both who have and haven’t encountered such ordeals, to easily establish a relationship with the story and form a bond with its characters. It’s impossible to tear away from a book especially when it features some of the best characters you’ve seen in such a long time. Zoe and Olivia are the characters that brought in a gamut of emotions in me. Their story isn’t your average story of friendship, sharing secrets, exchanging clothes, or fighting over boys. Actually, it’s indescribable. At its simplest, omit your own knowledge about the word perfect because perfect would be the only word to describe their friendship, in a sense that amidst the terminal illness that had struck in between them and how it change them and their lives, they remain intact. It’s both awe-inspiring and a struggle to see how they brave and battle the inevitable together. There isn’t a page that doesn’t radiate the love they have with each other. Zoe and Olivia want to teach us that there is a greater force other than the powerful force of fate and that is the immense power of friendship and love. As we journey along with Zoe and Olivia, we also get to know other significant characters along the way, characters that didn’t only strengthened the arc of the story but provided other faces in the battle. Their authenticity as characters, their relationships, their reactions, their simple actions, their sincere words, meliorates the entirety of the story but didn’t overpower the core strength of the story. You could only wish for Kantor to write more scenes with these characters (I might be talking about Zoe and Calvin). Despite how minor their scenes were, in some ways, they made an immense impact not only to the lives of Zoe and Olivia but to me as well. Oh, if only I can leap inside the story to rip them out from these pages of heartbreaking sadness. The reasons I read books in the contemporary genre are the simple reality, the profound depth and the stellar emotions that they emit—making you think of the story almost nonfictional. In reading Maybe One Day, I found myself treated to a tragic story but it should be emphasized that this is also a story of hope; hope that kept me riffling through the pages. I've never read previous works by Kantor but I suppose Maybe One Day would be Kantor’s greatest work yet. With boldness and rawness, Melissa Kantor’s set-up is a beautiful and unforgettable masterpiece, another important story that tackles on almost every aspect of adolescence in the face of a powerful ordeal. But for the most part, it is the outstanding portrayal of the immense power of true friendship amidst the far-reaching impact of cancer that sets this book apart. I couldn’t stressed more how profound my love for this book and sometimes I think there should be more. To those having second thoughts, you need only to be brave to experience this powerful more
by Von P.
(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 more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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