Goodreads synopsis: Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.
Even when she isn’t sure what to say.
Even when Olivia misses months of school.
Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia’s crush.
The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.
I did not originally plan to buy this book at all, nor was it included in my “books to buy” list in the first place. I just spotted this book during one of my random trips to the bookstore. It was a bestseller, so I was quite intrigued about what this book was all about. Initially, solely basing on its cover, I thought this was about a lesbian couple or something, but then when I flipped it over to read the synopsis, I knew right then that I was already holding the book I’ll be reading next.
While I was reading the book, I had to stop once in a while because it gets heavier and more depressing in every turn of the pages. After all, what can you expect in a book that deals with chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant and the like? However, putting these aside, what makes Maybe One Day remarkable is the fact that it isn’t one those YA books that primarily tackle about a teenager’s journey towards finally finding real love and romance. Maybe One Day is purely about friendship, about the things you’re willing to give, to lose, and to do for that one person in your life you can’t surely live without; your best friend.
Another thing I loved about this book is Zoe, and the way she connects to the readers through her thoughts and words. Kantor did a good job on that part; the humor was somewhat present, the power to push you on the verge of tearing up was also there. The pain on Zoe’s voice is also consistently evident as she tries so hard to conceal her fears, anger, and tears in front of her best friend, how she pushes herself to exude positivity despite everything, and how she loves Olivia more than anyone could ever have.
Maybe One Day could possibly count as one of today’s best tearjerkers, but it’s all just about that. It has the ability to make you weep even after you turn the very last page of the book. However, the plot was almost cliched that I felt a bit disappointed. Reading the synopsis per se gives you practically the whole idea how the story goes and how it will end. The plot is, therefore, quite predictable in this YA genre. As a matter of fact, I could perfectly summarize the book in five sentences, max.
But regardless of that, Maybe One Day is still a must-read if you are a huge fan of stories that’ll make you bawl your eyes out. It’s a book about friendship, acceptance, grief, anger, and loss that will surely be loved by many.
It would be impossible for any God to ignore that many prayers, that much love.
He would have to let her live.