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Maybe One Day

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,836 Ratings  ·  740 Reviews
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.

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still,
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Kimberly Tate This is a beautiful book. It's very good, and very emotional, and also incredibly well-written. I would definitely recommend it, but I would also…moreThis is a beautiful book. It's very good, and very emotional, and also incredibly well-written. I would definitely recommend it, but I would also recommend you buying a box of tissues along with it. (less)
Izzy Hol Everyone in this book is caucasion. Haha I don't know how to spell, they are all white :)
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages Read: 93

Nope, I can't do it. Lots of my friends enjoyed this one, but I cannot force myself through 307 more pages of this. Every single thing the main character does make me hate her more. She's up there with Tris and everyone from Jude the Obscure on the list of characters I would like to punch in the face. If it were 300 pages or less, I might struggle through, but I ain't got time for this.

Maybe One Day actually started out well enough. The ballet is intriguing, but unfortunately not m
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**This is a pre-review.**

4.5 stars

Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

This book. Wowza. Just...gosh. If you are looking for a book with an achingly beautiful friendship, this is the one to seek out. Also, if you are interested in a little bit of insanely sweet romance, this is also the book to get. And if you want to be thrown off your feet; this one is your book. Read it and you won't be so
Jenni Arndt
Jan 10, 2014 Jenni Arndt marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc-ebook
DNF at 17%.

I just can't do it with this book. I am finding absolutely no details about it to be realistic at all. Olivia woke up with a fever on Sunday morning, went in and was diagnosed with Cancer on Tuesday morning and was receiving chemotherapy Tuesday afternoon. Now, I admit I am not fluent in the American medical system but I know my mom had weeks of tests and meetings, fuck there was even a chemo class she had to go to before receiving treatment! I don't find it realistic that she would b
“It would be impossible for any God to ignore that many
prayers, that much love.
He would have to let her live”.

Maybe One Day was a beautifully written story full with hope, heartache and purposeful relationships. If you know my reading style by now, you know that I love picking up books once in a while which shatter your heart in a million pieces and ones which keep you sobbing away in the middle of the night. Maybe One Day was just the emotional endearing book I had been in the mood for. Melissa

Most "cancer books" I've read have either been semi-enjoyable or just plain bad (I recently read Side Effects May Vary which was horrible, and The Fault in Our Stars was cute but lacking), which is why I went into Maybe One Day slowly but surely. Then again, I'm just not the kind of person who reads books about illnesses (they usually make me bawl my eyes out), so it could just be that these kinds of books just aren't for me. Or, maybe the right "cancer book" for me is yet to come. It wasn't Ma
Aug 09, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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I almost didn't read Maybe One Day , and oh my god that would have been a massive mistake! I think my problem was that I like romance books, and this is not a romance; it's about friendship. Those kinds of books usually don't get me as excited as romances. Then I just woke up one day a few weeks later and was like, "Wait a minute.. this book sounds good!" So I downloaded it and read it. THANK GOODNESS FOR WEIRDLY IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS!!!

Maybe One Day has one of
Nov 24, 2015 Laurence rated it really liked it
This book destroyed me.
Jaime Arkin
”We're not going to be dancers, but one day our lives are going to be amazing, Zoe. Totally amazing.”

Where do I even start. I don’t cry when I read books – I just don’t. I may feel sad and all melancholy for a bit, but I can count on one hand how many books I’ve read where tears were involved. This is now one of them. If you go into this book expecting it to be a book about cancer, well it’s not…not really. At least it wasn’t for me. Instead, it’s about friendship, it’s about love, it’s about s
(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 wi
Jan 09, 2014 Sabriena rated it it was amazing

This book...I don't think I have any tears left because the last 10% or maybe a little bit more I cried. I'm not talking about slow tears going down or even just my eyes getting teary, I'm talking full on ugly cry. I had to stop reading because I couldn't see the words anymore. Don't let the fact that it's a tear-jerker dissuade you from reading Maybe One Day though. My goodness no, this story is not sad all the way through at all.

Maybe One Day is about two friends who have been friends for alm
Biena (The Library Mistress)
I don't know if I can say that I really finished this book because I literally just thoroughly skimmed through the middle and just read the first 10 and last 10 chapters and mind you, I'm definitely NOT that kind of LAZY reader but this book made me one. I hate it so much I just did what I can do to really finish it.

I rarely give low ratings because if I don't like the book, I try to put myself into the mind of its target audience and review it as such but this one is just too disappointing. I
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Everybody knows how much I love to read realistic stories. I can never get tired of them. At first I didn't want to read Maybe One Day because the first cover was giving me some fantasy/paranormal vibes. I didn't read the blurb so I ignored it altogether. And then one day, the cover was changed and I had to read the blurb. Once I did, I knew I would be reading it sooner of later. It turned out to be later because I didn't read the book for months. I'm not even sure why that happened.

Zoe and Oli
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Maybe One Dayis only the second "cancer book" I've read but, just like The Fault in Our Stars, it made me tear up. Only, unlike Green's renown novel, Kantor's latest is a little less humorous, a little less romantic, and has a little less to take away from it too. Where Maybe One Day excels is in its portrayal of friendship. Olivia and Zoe, two high school juniors, have been best friends since the age of four. Ever since they met in dance class, they've had the type of friendshi
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 4.5. There were tears! Loved how it depicted such a beautiful and strong friendship between Zoe and Olivia! Review to come!
Jun 09, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it
Instead of focusing on romance like The Fault in Our Stars, Maybe One Day revolves around the friendship between Zoe and Olivia. Zoe always thought she and Olivia would be together forever. Through getting into one of the most prestigious dance academies in New York, getting cut from said dance academy, and trying to figure out what to do with their lives afterward, they have stuck side by side for as long as Zoe can remember. Until one day Olivia learns that she has leukemia, and Zoe has no ide ...more
May 27, 2015 Rabiah rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Originally posted at:

I received this one a while ago and it took me a really long time to finally read it. SO MANY REGRETS. While I dislike the fact that it’s compared to The Fault in Our Stars (I think nothing can really compare to John Green’s novel), I loved this book. I actually went in thinking I would hate it because of some reviews that I’d read, but thankfully it was the complete opposite. Maybe One Day was full of heart and I couldn’t stop readin
Michelle Arrow
*4.5 star rating*

"Cancer. How could my friend have cancer? Cancer killed people. But Olivia wasn't going to die. We were sixteen. People who are sixteen, people you've known your whole life, don't die of cancer. Why not? asked an ugly, scary voice in my brain. Why don't they die of cancer? "Because," I said out loud, the sound of my voice startling in the quiet room. "They don't."

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Cancer stories are my favourite contemporary reads. They make me cry, inspire me, and crack
Feb 20, 2014 Trista rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
Best friends Zoe and Olivia are devastated when they get kicked out of their ballet school. All their plans of the future seem unreachable now. Then Olivia gets sick and is diagnosed with cancer. Zoe tries to put on a brave face, stay positive for Olivia's sake, because she friend will beat this, she has to.

First, I really love this cover. It's pretty simple at first glance but(maybe I'm reading too much into things because I tend to do that) I like how it seems calm, no wind-blown hair or waves

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Have you ever read a book that was completely addicting, really moving (enough to make you cry), and in the end, still had no idea how to rate it?

That’s exactly my relationship with Maybe One Day. On one hand, I was so thrilled to have a strong female friendship portrayed in my young adult literature. And on the other, some rough transitions, offhand comments from the main character (football players learning to rape?), and overlooked charac
Jan 18, 2014 Alexia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.

Bare with me here as there's bound to be a lot of tears that I will disguise as allergies while I write this review.This book was pretty much near perfection for me. As a child I gravitated towards the fictional works of Lurlene McDaniel and Melissa Kantor's One Day Maybe is right in that very same vein. Actually I would argue that they are extremely similar in a lot of ways. The way Maybe One Day sounded w
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Holy broken heart batman! There are very few books out there that can make me have the ugly cry moment and this one has made the list. I cried three, yes, THREE, times reading this…IN PUBLIC! But seriously Maybe One Day may be one of the best friendship stories I have ever read and it was worth all the public humiliation.

Maybe One Day is the story of Zoe and Olivia, two best friends that have a plan for their future. They were both going to become prima ballerinas and live a swanky life in New Y
Abbe Hinder

2.5 Stars

This book is...odd and I feel weird reviewing it. I feel like Karma is going to bite me in the ass if I give this novel anything less than a stellar review. But I can't because I found this novel to be far less than that. It left me feeling bored and apathetic and just all around annoyed. I only found one part containing any redeeming qualities but it's over too soon and everything from there just turned back to mush. Maybe I'm just sick of books surrounding cancer. Or maybe I have suc
Nov 17, 2013 Katie_la_geek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, ebook-arc

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It takes a lot to make me cry and I mean a lot. Some people might say I am cold hearted, this is not true, I feel a great deal about a great many things but I don’t often cry. I have read books that people have sobbed over but not even suffered a lip wobble. For an author to make me cry they have to do a great number of things right, it’s not just about the storyline but the characters and the writing. It has to be super good because I have to lose myself in
Kaitlin (Reading is My Treasure)
Source: I read an ARC copy I received through ARCycling.

I loved every moment of Maybe One Day. It was such an amazing story of friendship and love. It made me cry (a lot), but not every one of my tears were out of sadness. There were happy tears, too. Everything from the romance to the characters to the story itself worked for me. There was a very negative main character that saw a lot of character growth. There was a great friendship between Olivia and Zoe. There were many small details from ea
Jan 18, 2014 April rated it it was amazing
When I was feeling burnt out and a bit down, I decided on a whim to pick up a book that would be decidedly more depressing than my actual life. I chose Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor which is one of those cancer books. I’m not sure what to think of the sick lit genre except that life is tough and awful, terrible diseases happen so might as well read about them. Personally, I’ve no actual experience with illness. I haven’t lost anyone very close to me to cancer, but it’s likely that someday I wi ...more
Jul 18, 2015 Zenki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Knowing that I was reading an advanced reader's edition for the book, I just had to give it the benefit of the doubt. Alas, after finally finishing, I only gave it 2 stars because of the rating I think it deserves.

Quite frankly, the first part was boring. It lacked word-diversity when it comes to internal expression therefore lessening its emotional blow.

I understand that the romantic part of the book was used to test Livvie and Zoe's friendship. I don't think if it was a good move for the aut
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Feb 23, 2014 Jenna (Bookiemoji) rated it it was amazing
Dare I say? I think I liked this one even more than the book I know many readers will compare it to. And I adored that book to pieces. Less a contemplative novel and more an "experience" novel, no cancer book has felt as "real" as this.

Heartbreaking and beautiful, Maybe One Day is going to make my eyes teary any time I think about it - and I anticipate thinking about it a lot for days to come...

Full review to come once I recuperate.
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3.5 stars

What if the person you loved most in the world was crumbling right before your very eyes, and you were essentially helpless to do anything to save them?

That is the dilemma we are presented as our main character, Zoe, a former dancer kicked out of her dance program several months before the start of the novel, is told that her best friend Olivia has been diagnosed with leukemia.

I know some of you, if you’re anything like me, a
Jul 11, 2015 Regine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice story. It's not unique, it's not something new, it's predictable (mostly), it's similar to one of those Disney movies about friendships and such, but it still got me teary eyed. What this book is one good story telling. Admittedly though I don't read that many cancer books (novel wise).

What I liked about this book is how it's from the point of view of the people who gets left behind and not from the one suffering from cancer. I actually like this more than John Green's Fault in
Jun 02, 2015 Jayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay, but not so. Surely the last parts of the book was sad, but it didn't make me shed a tear.

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