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Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transp ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Rachel Solomon
Jun 02, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
1/15/19: Welcome to the world, OUR YEAR OF MAYBE!!

6/7/18: And we have a cover! Some facts about OUR YEAR OF MAYBE:
- It's dual POV.
- Sophie is Jewish.
- Peter is half Jewish and grappling with what that means when he feels more connected to Judaism than to anything else.
- Peter identifies as bisexual on-page from the beginning.
- This isn't a spoiler, but given there's a bit of a love triangle, I feel it's important to know: there is NO CHEATING in this book.

You might enjoy OUR YEAR OF MAYBE if yo
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Heather
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Solomon has a way of writing beautifully, sad books. I adored this one!
Vicky Who Reads
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
4.5 stars

Luscious, poignant, and another stunner from Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. It’s safe to say that Our Year of Maybe was just as moving and well-written and finely crafted as Solomon’s debut, and I could not be more excited.

Sophie and Peter are such different and dynamic main characters–they change so much in this novel, but not in a rushed way. They’re dynamic and they learn and they find out new things and they grow and it’s really great story-wise seeing
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Jasmine
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who's looking for the purpose of life
***Actual rating: 4/5 Lovin’-So-Hard Stars***

And then I let go of him first, this boy who never belonged to me.
I
let
go
first.


Peter and Sophie have been best friends since childhood; growing up together, Peter’s feeling for Sophie is always nothing more than F.R.I.E.N.D.S. whereas Sophie starts having undeniable crush on him day by day. When Sophie realizes Peter never feels the same as she does, her secret crush morphs into a much more dangerous obsession, which has totally taken its toll
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Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Rachel Lynn Solomon is slowly becoming one of my all-time favorite authors, I’m waiting on her third book that sounds even more painful and full of angst than this one and You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone to make it official. But so far, she is amazing. This book is about co-dependence in friendship, about unrequited love, the consequences of a transplant between friends (how does Rachel come with those bold ideas and execute them so well?? I will never understand). I liked everything about this boo ...more
Dahlia
This was a really, really lovely exploration of codependent friendship and at what point it becomes toxic and whether there's a point at which it can be saved. I think my heart wanted to see more from the end but not in a "this book did it poorly" way; I just really liked the discussions they were opening and I wanted more. Probably not realistic IRL, but as someone who had a male best friend with whom she was very close in a way that made relationships tricky and okay also maybe she was in unre ...more
Marie
You know what, I loved this so much.
The childhood friends trope, my heart, my feelings, how realistic everything felt, how three -dimensional these characters were, the sisters relationship, the families, MY FEELINGS.
My heart is very happy right now. I loved this. Really, really did.

Full review coming soon :)
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

"Because I was in love with him— the kind of love that made my throat ache with all the things I couldn’t say."


This is probably going to be one of "those" reviews that just amounts to incoherent gushing, and I am not sorry. When I heard there was a new Rachel Lynn Solomon book coming out, I had no doubt I'd like it. I loved  You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone , but more than that I could j
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Sierra Elmore
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
imagine having a wig remaining after finishing this book.....cannot relate!

Sweet, heartbreaking, haunting, and beautiful.
Samantha (WLABB)
I jumped at the opportunity to read this book based on all the amazing things I had heard about Solomon's debut, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, and let me tell you, it was a great decision. This book was a painfully beautiful exploration of a friendship, and how quickly something so seemingly solid can deteriorate.

Sophie and Peter shared a friendship, which worked well in a bubble, but post-transplant, a lot of cracks begin to become more prominent, and I know I struggled with being both happy fo
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dezzy
5 stars.

My first five-star read of 2019, yay!!

It was so easy to rate Our Year of Maybe five stars. I love this book so much.

- Rachel Lynn Solomon's writing is so easy and fun to read. Not once did I feel bored while reading this, the plot & pacing were great!
- THE CHARACTERS, oh my gosh. Peter and Sophie's relationship was so complex and intriguing to read about, and my heart hurt so much for Sophie at times.
- I LOVE PETER AND CHASE. They're so cute and ahhh I absolutely loved their friends
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Kate
Any book that makes snot stream down my face deserves all the stars
McKinlay Dennis
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, diverse, queer-2019
Listen, this book perfectly captured unrequited love for me. How it can be all encompassing, and also incredibly toxic. Wow, just wow. This book hit me hard!

*also Peter is bi. Sophie is dyslexic.
Robyn
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Lynn Solomon blew me away with her debut book, You’ll Miss Me When I am Gone. So, I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that her second novel, Our Year of Maybe was to be released soon. I NEEDED this book! I once thought that Solomon could not get any better than her debut, but I was wrong, this book is everything I ever hoped it could be and so much more.

Sophie has been in love with Peter almost her entire life. They are the best of friends. Sophie would do anything for Pe
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
4.5 STARS

Sophie is in love with her neighbor and best friend. She can’t help hoping Peter will feel the same way after she donates a kidney to him.
Peter is now free, healthy enough to live his life, go back to school and pursue his interests.
If Peter doesn’t return Sophie’s romantic love, can their friendship survive.

Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sophomore book is every bit as engaging and well written her debut, YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE. OUR YEAR OF MAYBE is a complicated, multitiered story about
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rachel
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
04/16/2018: That description is perfect. Sophie and Peter and Chase and Tabitha and Luna and Josh and the entire cast will steal your heart. This book, like Rachel's debut, deals with intense love, debts, and high school dramallama. It will be perfect for fans of her debut (DUH), but also for fans of Siobhan Vivian and Corey Ann Haydu.



01/06/2018: What a book. Rach's characters never cease to amaze me. <3

I am lucky enough to be Rachel's critique partner and have read many drafts of this book.
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Stacy Fetters
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
"I gave Peter a piece of me- but maybe I also have him the freedom to figure out who he was without me. And I should have realized much sooner that I’d given myself the exact same thing."

When you love and care about someone so much, you would do anything for them. No matter the cost and no matter what kind of toll it takes on your body. Would you put your life on hold for a friend?

Sophie does that exact thing for her best friend, Peter. Peter is on the kidney donor list and his time is running o
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Lea (drumsofautumn)
"dancer girls who are confident onstage but still figuring out real-life relationships" wow I've been called out
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Apr 14, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
this is a book about the issue of transplants and best friendship, feat. a bi lead. cool. 
Mylien Lai
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has helped me through a different time in my life.
Monica
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peter and Sophie's characters were so well developed. I really appreciated being 'with them' as they grew and went through phases of their friendship. Teenage life can be messy and this book embraced that without being too dramatic. I found their feelings realistic and thought out which made them really relatable.
K.A.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bloody brilliant, as is literally EVERYTHING Rachel Lynn Solomon writes. The voice, the real characterization, the messy truth about teenage love and friendship and life, it's all so perfectly amazing, this author is quickly rising to the top of my favorite YA contemp authors. I cannot say enough about this book. LOVED IT!
Booklovin✮
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What could be more amazing, than to be given a chance to actually live? Overall, this was a beautifully written book that tackles difficult issues while pulling you into its world.The ending surprised me and I loved it.
USOM
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Our Year of Maybe hooked me from line one. Solomon has this way of writing which is equal parts carefree simplicity and also hard hitting kicks to the feels. On a pure writing level, there were so many lines that I just had to highlight because they were so beautiful.

But not only that, but our characters, Peter and Sophie are characters that you root for, not only because we have
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Steff
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am one hundred percent certain that, had Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon ended differently, I would have given it a rating of two. I think it safe for me to say that it is the ending that really makes this novel, however that does not mean that I liked it. I actually found this story rather boring and frustrating to read on a personal level. The thing is, Our Year of Maybe is too real for me. While I enjoy reading books that have deeper messages about ideas in our society that are per ...more
Norelle
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jēziņ, šīs grāmatas loģika... wow....

Sākšu ar labo:
* 70% no Pītera POV nodaļām bija tīri ok. Tas, kā viņš beidzot cenšas izmantot iespējas, iegūt jaunus draugus, jo beidzot viņam ir iespēja.... Tas likās uzrakstīts ticami un man gribējās, lai viņam izdodas.
* Tabby un Josh mazā ''ģimenīte'' bija diezgan reālistiska. Tīņu grūtniecība, paturēts bērns un tas, kā dzīve galīgi nav rožu dārzs pēc tam. Bet they try to make it work. Un viņš viņu nepameta ar bērnu.

Lielākā problēma šai grāmatai...
*SOFIJA
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Laurie Flynn
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED this book. I've been a huge Rachel Lynn Solomon fan since her debut, YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE, so I was eagerly awaiting her sophomore novel. And OUR YEAR OF MAYBE did not disappoint. Told in dual POV, it's the story of Sophie and Peter, lifelong best friends who have at turns felt something more, but never at the same time. When Sophie donates a kidney to Peter the summer before senior year, she thinks it will bring them closer together, and that maybe she will be able t ...more
Kiki Cole
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
In all honesty I found this book completely shocking and not in a good way. It involved a girl who was in love with this guy who didn’t love her back and this guy just plays her as if she meant nothing to him. Now, I love and respect Rachel Lynn Solomon as an author, but I do not appreciate the many sexual innuendos and obsessions with having sex as a teen. Most teens, I would hope since I am one myself, do not think of sex all of the time like these characters seemed to. I do not really unders ...more
Colleen's Conclusions
I need to point out the fact that I am not sure when I am supposed to post this review. I signed up for the blog tour, but my name isn’t on the schedule and I got approved for the Netgalley book anyway. So I decided to just post on my chosen date just in case even though I’m not officially on the tour. I just like meeting deadlines when I’m supposed to.

Now that I have that out of the way…let’s all go back to admire that cover. Isn’t that cover simply stunning? It may have been one of the reasons
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Annie
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this! It's human and diverse and complex. (You can read my full review and enter a giveaway for the book here!)

Read it if you like:

💑 Complex friendships and an exploration of how friendship can become toxic
👶 Family! (Including a younger sister who's a teen mom)
💃 Music and dance
🧠 Messy, real characters and relationships
💕 Dual POV
✡ Diversity, including Jewish protagonists and some exploration of religion

Diversity Rep: main character who is bisexual, Jewish, and has chronic kidney disease;
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Rachel Lynn Solomon writes, tap dances, and collects red lipstick in Seattle, Washington. Once she helped set a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. She's the author of the Sydney Taylor Honor Award-winning You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, also an Indies Introduce title and Kids' Indie Next Top 10 Pick, Our Year of Maybe, a Kids' Indie Next Pick, and Today Tonight Tomorro ...more