Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day

by Melissa Kantor


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062279217
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 617,048
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melissa Kantor is the author of Maybe 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; and The Darlings Are Forever and The Darlings in Love, a Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

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Maybe One Day 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very predictable. Easy read.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just… wow. Do you ever finish reading a book and seriously dread writing the review for it? That’s how I felt upon completing Maybe One Day. The idea of having to put my thoughts into words for a book like this seems nearly impossible. Where do I start? How do I accurately explain the powerfulness of this story? How do I put into words the impact this book left on me long after I completed it? Seems almost impossible. Nevertheless, here I am, attempting to do the impossible. Wish me luck…. As conveyed in the description, Maybe One Day centers around friendship. An amazing, awe-invoking kind of friendship that most of us can only dream about. The kind of friends that call each other constantly, never judge each other, and are ALWAYS there for each other through thick and thin. The kind of friendship I’m often very jealous of while reading about. This was the “perfect” friendship, such a strong, powerful one that was faced with life’s toughest struggles. I was so impressed with the way Melissa Kantor made these two friends and their story come to life. There was a bit of a romance in this story as well, but it was such a small part of the story. And for that, I’m very thankful. I’ve been reading many, many romances lately, and it was so refreshing to read a story that wasn’t about a guy and a girl finding love, but rather a friendship that faced life’s hardest struggles… illness. Aside from friendship, Maybe One Day also focused on other issues too that really made me think, such as teenage illnesses, God, and the afterlife. Again, Melissa Kantor took sensitive, touchy topics and addressed them with the sensitivity and sincerity that they so required. I still think about this story, and about the messages it had within it. As you can tell from the description (as well as almost any review out there for this book) this story is sad, so be sure to have the tissues handy. I think the fact that I was listening to the audiobook made it even MORE tear-jerking, as Shannon McManus did an amazing job of portraying beautifully the characters’ raw emotions. It was nearly impossible not to tear up a few times throughout this book. All the feels, I tell you, ALL THE FEELS! I can’t recommend this story enough. Yes, you’ll be sobbing like a baby, curled up in a ball on the couch, unable to function for periods of time while reading this, but trust me, it’s worth it. Such a strong, powerful story from an author I will be sure to keep my eye on.
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With a reference to The Fault In Our Stars in the overview, I began reading Maybe One Day with high expectations. Unfortunately, none of these expectations were even remotely met. The plot was slow moving, unrealistic, and full of cliches. Far from an emotional rollercoaster, reading this novel was more akin to riding a merry-go-round: occasional ups and downs, no forward motion, and background music attempting to dictate your mood. With minimal connections to the characters and an obvious end in sight, this book was very difficult to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was a good book to read, but i still don't understand the climax of the story is climax and the conflict the same thing??  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words cannot describe how emotionally unstable this book made me. I loved it so much. Olivia and Zoe seemed to be the ideal best friends in the beginning and they did everything together. Unfortunately there is one thing nobody can or wants to do together, die. When Olivia finds out she has cancer their whole world is turned upside down. The constant sterilization for visits and chemo therapy seemed to be doing well for Olivia until one day during the time that Zoe and Olivia were bickering the Greco family found out that Olivia needed to have a BMT (bone marrow transplant). Her brother Jake was a match for her and donated. Olivia was doing fantastic then one day she got very ill and her health deteriorated. A few weeks after she died. Zoe was a mess but being with Olivia's former crush, Calvin Taylor, who Zoe developed feelings for helped keep her mind off things. Zoe decided to continue teaching Olivia's dance class at the rec center and when she found out the Grecos were selling their house her mother let her in to take anything of Olivia's she wanted. Zoe settled on one thing and one thing only, Livvie's memory box. The memory box contained pictures and tangible items commemorating Olivia and Zoe's more than 10 year friendship. Olivia had collected things in there like card and pictures even locks of hair from both Zoe and Olivia's haircuts. The two girls were inseparable all the way up until Olivia's death. I guess it goes to show that in the face of tragedy, friendship, is everything.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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 10.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
Goodness, I don't even know where to start with this one. I loved everything about this book. The writing style was amazing. The characters were even better than that. And the emotion in it was even better than that. When I began reading this, I wasn't sure what to expect and I was still suffering from my book slump, so I was thinking I wouldn't love it. But when I started reading it, I didn't want to stop. "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." pg. 65 (ARC)      I absolutely LOVED the writing style in this one. For it to be about such a tough subject, it flowed and it wasn't choppy. It didn't matter where I was or what I was doing, anytime I opened this book I fell completely into the story. Zoe and Olivia had such a beautiful poetic story, it was hard not to. "I hate gender stereotypes like girls love princesses and boys like guns." pg. 112 (ARC)      With that being said, I LOVED the characters as well. This is my favorite ever "womance." They were extremely close and they always looked out for each other. Whether it was before or after Olivia got sick, they always thought of the other first. That in my mind is what makes a best friend, a best friend. And for them to have spent the majority of their life together, they were more like sisters than friends. "LaShanna and I were talking about how everybody was all worried about Olivia, but nobody was taking care of you." pg. 180 (ARC)      And that is why I LOVED the emotion in this story as well. At every part the characters gt scared or sad or happy, I found myself doing the same thing. There were times I clutched at my heart from the swons, there were times I laughed out loud, and there were times that I was BAWLING. (Because yes, this IS a tear-jerker.) But each time, I felt as if I was Zoe and not just a reader. "Let me be good enough. Let me be good enough. Let me be good enough." pg. 236 (ARC)      I loved that this played mostly on their "womance" versus the romance as well. It was so great to see these women being there for each other and standing up for them without a man mainly being around. There's even a touch of feminism in the beginning. " These are precious days. Don't squander them." pg. 337 (ARC)      I have so much love for this book. It gave me all the feels and I connected to these characters in a way I haven't with any others in a long time. This was my first book from Kantor, but if they all have the same emotion and friendships between the great characters, it won't be my last.
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I havent finished reading this book yet and i am only on the part were Olivia finds out she has cancer. I had to stop reading there because i didnt want to think of Olivia dying bc they are just best friends and it is so sad. So i stupidly read some of the reviews and i am now afraid to read the rest of the book, but at the same time i wnt to because it is that good of a book. HELP!!! Its a basic white girl prob that i dont knoq how to solve! Eeeekkk!!!