Our Year of Maybe

Our Year of Maybe

by Rachel Lynn Solomon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481497763
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 66,512
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Rachel Lynn Solomon lives, writes, and tap dances in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of two young adult novels, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone and Our Year of Maybe. You can find her online at RachelSolomonBooks.com and on Twitter at @RLynn_Solomon.

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Our Year of Maybe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Cutiefulpink 3 days ago
Every once in a while, I get a book that makes me so glad that I have a book blog. Without my book blog, I would never have seen or known about Our Year of Maybe, and I would have missed out on a wonderful, contemporary novel. Sometimes, I am so thankful that I get to read these books and get to live in these stories for a time. In this coming of age story, we find best friends, Peter and Sophie, on the cusp of major life changes. Most obviously, Sophie is giving Peter a kidney. But beyond that, the pair are figuring out their relationship with a healthy Peter, who they are as adults instead of children, and what they want to do as high school comes to an end. The reason I loved this book is simple: I related to it so much. I’ve never experienced the pain and terror of a potentially life ending illness. I’ve also, thankfully, never been in need of an organ transplant, so you may wonder how I could relate to this story. For me, these issues were almost secondary to the characters and events taking place. Rachel Lynn Solomon so perfectly writes about the feelings of first love, unrequited love, and complicated friendships, with a deep understanding of being a teenager trying to figure out these complex emotions. There were moments from Sophie’s point of view that I literally felt in my chest how she was feeling, because I remember all to well what that was like. Later in the book, Sophie’s mom gives her some advice that I wish I had when I was younger. After recounting her own struggles with love, she says, “You are going to stop feeling this way. I can promise you that. I wish I could tell you when, but this kind of unrequited love doesn’t last forever, kiddo. It just can’t….Our hearts wouldn’t be able to take it.” Full stop. I could have saved myself so much heartache and time if only I figured out and believed that emotions are temporary, fleeting, and though their scars may linger, the acute pain will ease and change. They have to, otherwise, our hearts wouldn’t be able to take it. Go read this book. It’s easy to read, funny at times, and so freaking relatable that I am little worried Rachel Lynn Solomon read my high school diary. There’s a giveaway below and some links to buy Our Year of Maybe if you aren’t the very lucky winner. Can’t wait to hear some of your thoughts.
_magicbookdom_ 8 days ago
Our Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon 5⭐️ Thank you for Simon Pulse, Rachel Lynn Solomon and netgalley for an E-Arc in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Beautiful, compelling, incredible story about friendship, love, heartbreak, forgiveness. Our main character: Sophie Orenstein, an Aspiring choreographer would do absolutely anything to help her best friend, Peter who has been sick his whole life with kidney disease. Sophie has to wait until she turns eighteen years old to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.... will she be a match for Peter, who has been on the transplant list for a new kidney. From there comes a beautiful story about friendship, whether the friendship will survive such a event. Love; in more ways then one heart can handle. Forgiveness; one way may not always be the correct way to life through ones life. Things I loved about this book: - The setting was in Seattle - Friendship/heartbreaking realistically - DIVERSITY/REPRESENTATION - Family coming together - Dual POV Rachel deserves a reward for this one, I hope everyone reads this book once it’s released until the world!
bayy245 8 days ago
This was an absolutely beautiful book that tackled so many important issues. This book didn't drag nor did you feel weighed down by all the heavy topics. Sophie and Peter have to navigate life after a transplant and what it really means to give and receive a kidney. There's a lot of talk on feeling guilty or indebted to someone because of what they've done for you. A kidney is a huge deal but there are everyday instances that could cause someone to feel this way too. Sophie and Peter are inseparable, but they have to navigate high school and what it means now that Peter is "healthy". How do you go from being each other's everything to just being a part of their life? How do you set aside your romantic feelings for someone when they're all you've ever wanted? Our MCs are messy and they make a lot of mistakes, but that's a part of being human. This whole situation is complicated and while Peter and Sophie hunt for the right answer they might just find there isn't one. Another big topic in this that I absolutely adored was toxic friendships and friend breakups. One of the most important lines in the book is about when romantic relationships end, you can always fall back to being friends. But when a friendship ends, that's just the end. Religion is a huge part of this book and I learned a lot about how Judaism works. I loved seeing it from so many characters perspective and watching our characters come to terms with religion and what being Jewish means to them. I think everyone has had a similar struggle in their lives and it was really refreshing and comforting to see similar struggles with religion in a YA novel. Also, I loved that Peter is unapologetically bi AND Jewish. I really want to see more of that. Being gay and religious is obviously a struggle but it isn't always THE struggle when it comes to questioning religion. Overall, this was a beautifully written book that tackles difficult issues while pulling you into its world. These characters will find a place in your heart and you'll laugh and cry along with them. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon Pulse through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*