Narrator: Shannon McManus
Published by Harper Audio on 18 February 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Death & Dying, Diseases, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes
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Also by this author: Better Than Perfect
Place(s) Traveled To: Wamasset, New Jersey // Newark, New Jersey // New York, New York
First Line(s):“I realize this is upsetting news,” said Ms. Daniels, watching me and Olivia across her enormous wooden desk.
Why I was planning on avoiding Maybe One Day. Its a cancer book.
Why I’m glad that I decided to read Maybe One Day. Because its so much more than a cancer book.
My friend Andi, over at AndiABCs, has been telling me that I needed to read this book since she read it but I resisted. But I had an ARC of it and I had used one of my audible credits to download the audio. Then one day I was looking for a new audio to listen to and I handed my iPod to a co-worker and she selected Maybe One Day. So I decided to listen to it, after all if I didn’t like it then I could always stop listening, right? Only I never wanted to stop listening. Shannon McManus did a great job with the narration and it was partially because of her that I didn’t want to stop with this one. But it was mostly because of the characters that Melissa Kantor created.
The friendship between Zoe and Olivia is so wonderful to see on the page. All too often books are filled with false best friends and that wasn’t the case here. They were more like sisters than anything else and were almost too close at times because they were so wrapped up in each other and in there dancing. This was fine initially but when the dancing stopped and Olivia got sick Zoe was left at a crossroads. She became a before and an after and she had to learn how to be the new her. But she’s not alone as she learns to deal with Olivia’s diagnosis, there is Olivia and Olivia’s brother, girls at school, and Calvin to help her put the pieces of herself back together.
One thing I really liked about Maybe One Day was how it was told from Zoe’s point of view as it gives a new perspective to the cancer storyline. I also loved, like seriously loved, Zoe and Calvin’s romance. My only real regret with this book is that there wasn’t more Zoe and Calvin. Oh how those two made my heart ache!! And all those feels on top of the sad heart aches of what was happening with Zoe and Olivia. *sighs* This book was just a roller coaster of emotion from page one all the way until the end. If I had been reading this one instead of listened I totally would have binged on it.
So yes, Maybe One Day is a cancer book but even more than that its a friendship book. I fell in love with this story and I can’t believe that I ever resisted the idea of it. Sometimes you just need to set aside your preconceived notions and give something outside of your comfort zone a shot. I have no regrets with this book an I am eagerly awaiting Kantor’s next book, Better Than Perfect.