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Our Year of Maybe

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,272 ratings  ·  335 reviews
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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Sydney | sydneys.books This isn't a typical romance, but it's still excellent. The ending is bittersweet, but I think it's the perfect ending for the tone of the story. Her …moreThis isn't a typical romance, but it's still excellent. The ending is bittersweet, but I think it's the perfect ending for the tone of the story. Her other book TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW is a romcom so if you're looking for a happy ending I'd choose that one!(less)
Sydney | sydneys.books There is definitely some mature material in this so I'd wait until you're 14 or 15 to pick it up :)…moreThere is definitely some mature material in this so I'd wait until you're 14 or 15 to pick it up :)(less)

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Rachel Solomon
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
C.G. Drews
I loved the way this dealt with friendships -- complicated, intense, and sometimes toxic. It really smashes your heart in places, and I felt for both Sophie and Peter. They had such an intimate friendship all their life, and then Sophie falls in love with Peter, but he doesn't love her back. I definitely felt her motives for giving him her kidney were...toxic. Even if she was doing it to save his life, that being her first reason, it was still a subconscious way for her to "permanently connect" ...more
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 Again
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
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 this, bu
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Oh man, what I love about both books I’ve read now by the amazing RLS is the way she creates these really complicated, sticky, uncomfortable, emotionally messy scenarios where there really aren’t any bad guys, but still you can end up with a LOT of hurt feelings. And ooohhh I could tell this was going to be so juicy from chapter one. Sophie and Peter are best friends. Peter has been chronically ill his entire life because of a kidney problem. Sophie has a thing for Peter which is sort of brewing ...more
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.

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 ta
Lea (drumsofautumn)

“He has a part of me, and I'm the one with a gaping hole that can't be fixed.”

Our Year of Maybe is an incredibly well done book about unrequited love and friendship break-ups, a topic that I think way too little YA books focus on.

This book has many layers to it. One of the core events of it is Sophie donating her kidney to her best friend Peter, who she is also in love with. They grew up together and are basically each other's only friends, but we realize throughout the book that the
Marta :}
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
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
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.

Read my full review of Our Year of Maybe on the blog.

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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
Sierra Elmore
imagine having a wig remaining after finishing this book.....cannot relate!

Sweet, heartbreaking, haunting, and beautiful.
Susan's Reviews
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I so approve of a YA story that deals with "life after love". Sophie and Peter loved each other, but never at the same time!!! Sophie becomes so wrapped up in Peter that she gives him one of her kidneys so that he can live a more normal life. Peter is grateful, but his love for Sophie has changed. Peter realizes that he has feelings for Chase, a member of his band. Sophie feels betrayed by Peter. Too late she realizes that she was usually the giver and he the taker in their friendship. In many r ...more
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 friendship
Nadhira Satria
”He is the earth, and I am the moon. There was never enough I could do to get him to love me that way I wanted, to see me as more than just a moon. I have never been enough, and he has always been too much”

Here I am still awake at six am in the morning, heartbroken from reading this
Their story killed me, the ending was just.... brb crying again. I’m just at loss for words for this beautiful, beautiful book. I ca
Any book that makes snot stream down my face deserves all the stars
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
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.
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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

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
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
“There are a thousand other reasons I'm doing this, but still, this gesture makes me think what I have only allowed myself to think about on the rarest occasions: that maybe, after the transplant, Peter will want me, too.”

I knew from the very beginning this book was not for me. Why did I continue reading? Every new chapter. Every new event just proves it to me. Sophie and Peter were so codependent it hurt to watch. She was also so in love with him she was willing to die for him. Literally and fi
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
An excellent look at how what appears to be a great friendship can have toxic foundations. The cover of the paperback is massively misleading, so take your cues more from the generic hardback cover with the dandelion, it's about moving on to the next phase of life, and how it can feel like falling apart, even though you'll come together into a more cohesive whole.

Our Year of Maybe isn't my usual sort of read, but I really enjoyed it from start to finish. I don't think this is one I personally c
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't really know why, but my expectations for this weren't very high. I thought it might be a 3 star read - enjoyable but not too memorable. But this honestly really took me by surprise. It was a much stronger, much more complex book than I was expecting. It dealt with so many different themes and it just felt so incredibly real. ...more
Steff Fox
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Stay 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
Sarah Ames-Foley
3.5 stars
This review can also be found on my blog.

I had honestly expected this to be a more emotionally piercing book than it ended up being. The themes here are so deep, and complicated. This book follows Sophie and Peter over the course of a year, starting just before Sophie donates her kidney to Peter, who was born with failing organs. The relationship between the two is complicated to begin with, so this exchange only serves to muddy the waters further.

There is a lot to love about this book
Rachel 007
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.

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! ...more
Mylien Lai
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has helped me through a different time in my life.
Sydney | sydneys.books
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sydney | sydneys.books by: my good taste
NBD this is just my favorite book of all time and I'm about to get my 5th copy <3

Reread in March 2019
I think I have a favorite book? Can I really say that out loud? This book has my entire heart and then some If this was a fairy tale I would name my firstborn child after it. But in all honesty, I literally start choking up thinking about how much these characters and this story mean to me. This second time reading it I took more than a couple hours to devour it and read it in two sittings instea
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Rachel Lynn Solomon is the bestselling author of love stories for teens and adults, including The Ex Talk, Today Tonight TomorrowWe Can't Keep Meeting Like This, and Weather Girl. Her romantic comedies for teens and adults have received praise from The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, as well as starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.

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