Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

18053047Description (From Goodreads) -

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.

Review - I don't know what to say about this book except that it is beautifully tragic and amazingly well written. It's definitely sad and tragic but at the same time hopeful and beautiful. I loved the characters of Olvia and Zoe, though I did like Oilivia more even though Zoe was kind of the main character. Their friendship is the soul mate kind, not that their IN LOVE but just they were made to be each others best friend and have been forever. This book is all about this friendship and it's ups and down as they face the truth that one of them may die. It's about Zoe trying to be there for her friend even when she herself feels hopeless or when things are looking bad, and Olivia wants to talk about death while Zoe wants to run and hide from it. It's about Zoe learning that there are people outside of the two of them that care about them, about her struggling to be a part of Olivias' family though she always was. About trying to stay together and be there for your friend when you want to fall apart, because they're more important to you than anything else. But also about Zoe learning to live for the both of them.
  I loved the dance classes and the history of them(Olivia and Zoe) dancing that kinda back dropped the whole thing. Although I felt that Zoe was kinda selfish at some points I did enjoy seeing her grow especially when it came to the dance classes and her realizing that it was okay to just dance for fun even though she might not become a professional and that it was okay for her to live even if Olivia might not. I actually wish that Olivia had been in the book a little more, she was in it a lot and I get that more than anything this book was not only about Olivia and Zoe but about Zoe without Olivia. But while we did get to know her character well I wanted more of them together, more moments like Zoe's birthday and the day when they shaved Olivia's hair off.
  Secondary character wise I really loved Jake, Olivia's brother, and I liked how Zoe and him seemed to lean on each other at some points and the scene at the party when they get drunk together was one of my favorites but again I wish we had gotten to see more of him, to really see how everything was affecting him and all that. Calvin was a good character I guess, but I didn't feel like the reader got to know him at all, like she hates him and you figure out that he's probably in love with her and she him, and then they make out and then the don't speak for like a month and she hates him, then she thinks she might like him, then she does like him and gets together with him once Olivia says it's okay and then she breaks up with him when Olivia starts to get worse and his kisses don't make her forget everything else anymore and then they're together? I think, I don't know. The whole thing seemed to me that it was just a distraction from Olivia's illness not that Zoe actually had real feelings for him, while you could tell that he actually did like her. But like the whole time their "together" it's just Zoe saying how when he kissed her for a minute she can forget about Olivia, and that's all, so to me it felt like more of a distraction than a real relationship.
  The book really was good though and the thing that mattered most, the friendship between Olivia and Zoe, was the best parts of the book, you really get to know them and see why their best friends and there are some really sad moments between them, really beautiful moments that make up for anything that could be wrong in this book. I feel that it is really realistic too, because I imagine that if someone I knew, someone I loved, was sick like Olivia I would have the same reaction as Zoe, where all of her thoughts and actions revolve around Olivia, where everything she does comes back to Olivia, I thought their relationship before and during Olivia's illness was all very realistic. 
  Overall I really did love this book but I thought that all of the secondary characters were understated and that the book would have profited from it.
  I would recommend this to anyone who love YA contemporary and like books that will make you cry and of course if you loved Fault In Our Stars.

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