Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Arrival of Someday” as Want to Read:
The Arrival of Someday
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Arrival of Someday

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  120 reviews
In this heartfelt and emotionally candid contemporary YA, author Jen Malone delves into the life of a teen whose world is brought to an abrupt halt when she learns she’s in dire need of an organ transplant.
Hard-charging and irrepressible eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away—and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zoom
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by HarperTeen
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Arrival of Someday, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Arrival of Someday

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.91  · 
Rating details
 ·  578 ratings  ·  120 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Arrival of Someday
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh boy. That was a tearjerker.
But sooooo good.

And yea, synopsis is wrong. There's no romance. Nobody comes in and saves the dying girl with his love. But Will is awesome either way.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Arrival of Someday is a very emotional, very realistic novel that has all of the feels - yet has so much charm and wit that you won't help but find yourself falling in love with all of its characters, no matter the gloom that follows the story.

Amelia was born with a liver disease that hasn't ever been an issue until now. Until its become so very real, so very scary, very fast. From the very first page I loved Amelia's voice. Her personality and wit makes it impossible to dislike her. She's
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I love books that make me cry. I also love books that can make me smile. And The Arrival of Someday had me doing both. I often call books uplifting. The Arrival of Someday goes past uplifting (though, that fits too) and is totally inspiring. It is surprising (that ending literally come out of nowhere and smacked me across the face), it is fun (simply a pleasure to sit down with and enjoy), and it combines everything I love about really good YA contemporary fiction - family, friendship a
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Arrival of Someday is a Young Adult contemporary novel. It is my third book by this author. I have previously read Wanderlost and Changes in Latitudes.

The narrator is 18 year old Amelia/Lia (1st person POV). She is a senior in high school. The book is divided into three parts. The story is set in Massachusetts.

The book starts off with Lia and her best friend Sibby. We get to see their Roller derby team. I really wish that this had been a bigger focus of the book. As I loved this aspect of th
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“I wish it didn’t have to be like this: all or nothing. I wish I didn’t have to chase highs to try and banish the lows. I wish normal could be good enough.”
I wasn’t expecting to become so immediately hooked to Lia’s story, but I just couldn’t put The Arrival of Someday down. We follow Lia Linehan, proud activist and roller derby enthusiast, as she must face her need for a liver transplant. Lia is determined to stay strong and renounce all pity directed her way, but soon learns that d
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 .

My heart! Oh, this book gave me the feels. But not all the feels were of a depressing sort, not even close! For a book about a very ill young woman, it manages to be incredibly heartwarming and uplifting. Lia faces an incredibly difficult battle, one that upends her life. She needs a liver. And they're not exactly selling them at Target. 

The story focuses not just on Lia's health though
Melanie  Brinkman
Nothing's guaranteed.

Amelia lives life to the fullest. The world is this roller derby queen's oyster - until the world comes crashing down around her. After the unexpected flare-up of her rare liver disorder, nothing is the same. With no guarantee of a viable liver transplant, her whole future - college, the mural she's been commissioned to paint, even the possibility of falling in love, might have to be put on hold. Just as Amelia falls into a void of hopelessness, the reappearance of an old fr
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

I need to read everything Jen Malone has ever written. STAT.

THE ARRIVAL OF SOMEDAY is one of the bravest novels I’ve ever read.

Lia, a kick-ass roller derby star, born with a liver condition, suddenly needs a transplant. The high school senior is used to being the strong one, not the sick one. The last thing she wants is to be the poster child for organ transplant, though her best friend has other ideas. Unable to bear losing Lia, Sibby campaigns to sign as many potential donor
ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
This was very readable and poignant and hits you in the feels in various points. I'm giving it 3 stars. It feels like a harsh rating for a book that pulled me in, but did I love it enough to read it again down the road? No. So no 5 stars were forthcoming.

But why not a 4 stars rating, you ask? It came down to politics that got it docked a whole second star. If not for politics, this could've been a solid 4 star read for me. Here's the issue that authors need to understand: we read to escape
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, ya
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I always think I know what I am getting myself into, when I opt to read a "sick kids" book, but still, I under estimate the emotional toll it will have on me. My advice for reading this book: grab a box of tissues and be ready to shed some tears, because it was painful, while also being really touching and beautiful.

Lia was such an incredible character. I first met her, while she was dominating on the roller derby track, so fierce and commanding. But, she was born with biliary a
Brenna Clark
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this eARC that completely took my breath away. I originally requested it because of the badass that Lia (short for Amelia) is. The synopsis for the book tells us she is a roller derby queen, an artist, and a nerd (see her derby name: Rolldemort!) and as such I was completely taken by her character already, and knew she was someone I would connect with. It takes no time to warm up to her, and just as quickly the world as she knows it is quickly pulled out from u ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
It made me cry! I did not expect it, but there I was, crying. Sometimes a good cry is good, it has been a while since my last.

Amelia was born with a liver disease, but it has never really affected here. Until her last year of HS when it gets worse. She needs a liver transplant.
I liked Amelia, she tried so hard to go on with her life. To do the things she loves, painting, hanging out with her bestie. Not to be the dying girl since she felt almost like before anyway. She does not want the pitying
kailey 💫
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
this was at times very dark and depressing and the ending broke my heart into a million pieces but i still somehow really enjoyed it.

amelia’s relationship with her parents was my favorite thing, i love how much they loved each other.

i thought will’s character would’ve been more at the forefront but i actually really appreciate that there wasn’t some big romance and the focus really was on amelia and her situation.

kind of hate the ending but also kind of love it??

4 stars
Kelly Hager
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't even imagine what it would feel like to grow up with a disease that you know will make you eventually need a liver transplant. That's Amelia's life. But she's healthy and has been her whole life, basically, so it's something that's vaguely a thing but usually not on her mind. Until, as the title says, someday arrives. 

But even now that the need for a transplant is getting closer, she still feels OK for the most part. She's not tired (usually) and she isn't showing signs of jaundice (or,
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
i just don't know how to describe this book.
"meh" would be the right word. i enjoyed it but i felt like the main character wasn't someone i would be a friend of,,, and the ending was so out of note???
did love the message that it leaves: to sign up and be an organ donor!! yet nothing really impacted me or stayed with me. 3/5
Lori Goldstein
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an advance copy of Jen Malone's latest novel. Amelia is tough and fearless, determined to face her life-threatening liver disease with the same spunk she brings to everything else but discovers it may not be as easy as she thinks. With the perfect mix of depth, heart, and humor, Ms. Malone takes us on Amelia's journey and our own as we face our own fears and evaluate what it means to be truly alive. Highly recommend. ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Caitlin R.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
[3.5/5 Stars]

The Arrival of Someday follows the life of Amelia (Lia/Roldemort), a high school senior, and roller derby enthusiast... oh, and she also has a rare liver disease that requires she get a transplant at some point in the near future.

If you know me, you know how much I care about and advocate for organ donation, so I really thought that this book would be perfect for me. All of the stuff surrounding the actual medical issues, or raising awareness for the need to donate really drew me i
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I want everyone to read this book so badly! I hope to have a full review up explaining why soon!
Celia McMahon
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Edelweiss and BIG FAT thanks to HarperCollins for always entrusting me to review their e-arcs.

Let me preface this by telling you all how much of a sucker for punishment I am. I have read, not one, but two books involving fatal diseases and illnesses, but this one...this one took me to a whole new level of sadness, and hope.

What is it about?

This story follows Amelia Linehan, a passionate eighteen-year-old who's into roller derby, drawing, and hanging out with her best friend, Sibby.
3.5 stars. I may change this rating to 4 stars, but right now I’m a little in my feelings and so it stands. The book was good, the emotions were there, but I’ve come to expect a certain kind of storyline when picking up her books, and this one didn’t follow that path. It’s not any fault of Malone—her writing was still great—but expecting one thing and getting another that you didn’t really vibe with as much as you anticipated is a little challenging when it comes to star ratings.

Word of warning,
Jen Petro-Roy
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018, ebook, ya
So good.
Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
Ugh! LOOK AT THAT COVER. I HAVE A THING FOR BOOOOTS AND TEAL!!!!!! I NEED IT IN MY LIFE NOW. :(( Plus the synopsis sound deliciously heart breaking so yes down for that too.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
-2.5 stars.

I’m... disappointed. All the reviews for this book hype it up to be so heartbreaking and moving but I’m just not feeling it. The story itself is definitely sad, but the writing, characters, and just the overall vibes that this book gave me were not was I was hoping for. If I’m being honest, Amelia was kind of annoying. She’s 18, but she acts like an 11 year old. And oh man, the melodramaaaaa. Throughout the entire book she was all “I am so brave but woe is me I have the worst life ev
Jen Ifer's Inklings
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OOF. Man, this is a great book. Full of all kinds of things to make you think. I didn't know what this book was about when I picked it out. I read it solely for the author and the timing of things in my personal life and the subject matter collided rather forcefully. ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story was beautiful, I don’t even know what to say. I’ve become so accustomed to happy endings that this one hit me like a bus. It was so poetic and beautiful and realistic. I love how her mural held so much meaning. And it was written so great, it flowed really well. I highly recommend.
I'm not crying, you're crying. ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible! It was sweet and heartfelt while being about a teen dealing with a serious disease. The Arrival of Someday was a powerful read that anyone would enjoy.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
At the beginning, I felt sort of disconnected from the main character, but that faded and was replaced by sheer hope for Lia’s health. The ending was so tender and heartfelt.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I have a lot of thoughts? I’m not 100% sure on my rating? LIKE IDK? RTC
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Survival List
  • Where the Road Leads Us
  • We Were Beautiful
  • The Speed of Falling Objects
  • Turtle Under Ice
  • Better Than the Best Plan
  • No Place Like Here
  • How the Light Gets In
  • What I Carry
  • The Bone Garden
  • We Are Totally Normal
  • The Year They Fell
  • The Queen's Secret (The Queen's Secret, #2)
  • In Another Life
  • The QB Bad Boy and Me
  • All the Greys on Greene Street
  • More to the Story
  • All the Impossible Things
See similar books…
I once spent a year traveling the world solo from Nepal to Romania to Fiji, where I learned 99.9% of humanity is pretty freaking awesome yet somehow doesn't share my love of ice cubes in a drink. I met my husband on the highway, literally. In fact our meet-cute was SO cute we had a whole story written about it in Ladies Home Journal. My twin boys placed second in the Most Identical contest at the ...more

News & Interviews

One of the great pleasures of historical fiction is the time-travel element. In the hands of a skilled author, works of historical fiction can...
148 likes · 16 comments