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I like the cover for this book, it's depiction of the two girls that are the same height but different hair color is spot on. The fact that this is a story that centers around the best friend of the kid with cancer and not the cancer patient herself was unique and I was looking forward to taking this journey with Zoe.
The narrator, Shannon McManus, does an excellent job of capturing the sarcastic teenage voice of Zoe, but she may have done too good of a job because I didn't like Zoe. At all. She came across selfish, snotty and pretty much treated anyone who wasn't Livi like they were beneath her somehow. I got that she and Livi were joined at the hip and she didn't feel the need to befriend anyone else, but even after everything goes downhill, she continues to use and abuse the people around her. I also understand that grief, even the stages we can experience while the person we love is still alive, makes you do stupid things. But the way Zoe spoke to and treated those who were offering her support made it very difficult for me to be sympathetic towards her.
Her relationship with Calvin didn't feel believable to me at all and while I was happy he made the choice he eventually did, it lacked the emotional punch I think the author was aiming for. There was a point where Zoe started to change and I was hoping my opinion of her follow suit, but then it ended and I was left frustrated. I wanted to see what Zoe was like in a year or so. I wanted to see if she'd changed enough for me to like her.
This might have been a better read for me if I had stuck to the physical book. Maybe hearing Zoe's voice in my own head would have made her less biting or nasty at times, but I can't be sure. Regardless, it was a good story about the bonds of friendship and how deep they run.
Maybe One Day was above all else, a story about friendship. Zoe and Olivia has that special bond of being friends for years and continuing that relationship in high school. They have inside jokes, countless hours spent together and that sisterhood without the rivalry that is so sweet.
This, of course, has an emotional punch. We see both Olivia and Zoe dealing with the illness and the fallout--nausea, hair falling out, strain on their relationship, how Zoe has the wild mood swings as she tries to come to term with the fact that her closest friend has a serious illness and that she could die. Things that teenagers shouldn't have to worry about, but in real life, sometimes come face to face with.
I like that Melissa Kantor wrote layers into the story though. The girls had been dancing together for years, part of what made them so close and had so much in common, and sadly, they were talented, but not enough to continue to study at the prestigious school they were attending.
The romance isn't in your face, but it is there, and I def find myself conflicted at the circumstances on how it developed but part of me was certainly pulling for it because of their chemistry as well as the things they had dealt with together.
I couldn't put this one down, even though emotional, Zoe is snarky and stubborn but loyal and she cares so deeply. I got lost in her voice, and everything she was doing to continue to be Livvie's best friend. She sees and deals with things that I don't know if I could personally but she tries to be strong and she does the best she can, but it is always by Livvie's side.
I loved seeing Zoe interact with the kids. That was priceless, and I loved the give and take, what they each had to offer, even though not perfect and never under the best of circumstances. But it gives the book another unique twist, and shows Zoe something to do for Livvie as well as brings back something she thought she'd never do or love again.
The ending was so sad, but perfect I think for the book and the themes. I always want the HEA, but sometimes the bittersweet is the only way to go because of the odds and where the author is going.
Bottom Line: Emotional tearjerker that is more than a girl with cancer, it is a story of friendship.
Zoe and Olivia were more than just best friends. They were sisters, not bound by blood,but by love and friendship.Their friendship made me jealous. I wished so badly that I could have had a friend like that at their age.They were there for each other in way that their parents and families couldn't understand. Olivia's mother had the most problems with the friendship. It was implied that Adriana Greco didn't believe that Zoe was a good influence on her daughter.
Once Olivia starts treatment, it becomes very clear how Mrs. Greco sees Zoe. She sees her daughter's best friend as "just a visitor" That was heartbreaking. No one wants to think that their best friend's mom doesn't like them. It becomes clear what Mrs. Greco's motive is. She's gone into protective mama bear mode. Her entire existence has turned into keeping her immuno-compromised daughter as healthy and germ free as possible.
Back to Zoe and Olivia though, Zoe is the perfect friend. She's unbelievably supportive and she spends hours upon hours visiting Olivia in the hospital.Hospital visits are something no teenager should have to do.Yet Zoe does it.She stays unfailingly loyal to Olivia despite the fact that they are living two different lives.
That loyalty is tested when Zoe finds herself dancing and kissing the boy who Olivia has been crushing on. Zoe takes it a step further by not telling Olivia about it until later, a lot later.I am really, really glad that the inkling of romance was just that, an inkling. I think any more romance would have taken away from the beautiful story of friendship that Melissa Kantor had so carefully crafted.
I loved, LOVED that both girls had family units that were fully immeshed in the book. That's a new YA trend that I am loving. In the past, the families of YA characters have been difficult to spot in a book. I really liked Olivia's brother Jake.He was an amazing brother to Olivia and friend to Zoe. Sometimes the friendship between brother and sister's best friend seems forced,but not in this case.
This book was a very emotional read and by the end of it I was crying so hard I couldn't breathe. I was sobbing pretty loudly and violently. Yes apparently there is a way to sob violently.All the feels in this book were intense and amazing. This book will definitely be on my list of my favorite books of 2014. It should come as no surprise that I'm giving this book, the full 5 stars.If I could give it six stars, I would.Everyone should go pre-order this book now.I plan on pre-ordering a finished copy for myself.