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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062279203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062279200
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—In the fall of junior year, Olivia and Zoe are dealing with typical issues: school, family, and trying to figure out how to channel the energy and passion that had previously gone to pre-professional ballet studies. The teens are perfect complements to each other ("salt and pepper" due to their opposite personalities and hair colors) and have been inseparable since they met as children in a local New Jersey ballet class. As a team, they now face the ultimate challenge-Olivia's surprising and aggressive leukemia. As she struggles with her illness and the devastating treatments, Zoe also strives to figure out how to be "normal" without her other half. Kantor expertly creates a balanced novel that conveys heartfelt emotion without veering toward the maudlin. When Olivia's illness reaches its sad conclusion in the spring of junior year, readers' inevitable tears will be organic and unforced. The dialogue is fresh and authentic, and Zoe is a layered narrator in Kantor's hands-she is at once angry, sad, optimistic, and confused. Her best friend is less complex and more beatific, but given that she is depicted through the eyes of her biggest fan, it makes sense and doesn't detract from the power of the story. While there is a sweet and appropriately complicated subplot about first love in this novel, the real love story is between Olivia and Zoe-their deep friendship of mutual understanding is one to be cherished. While this novel will certainly appeal to teens seeking a good cry along the lines of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012) or Jenny Downham's Before I Die (Random, 2007), Maybe One Day will also resonate with those looking for a faithful portrayal of female friendship.—Susannah Goldstein, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

From Booklist

The worst thing ever happens to forever friends Olivia and Zoe when they are cut from their prestigious ballet troupe. Livvie joins other activities, but Zoe is adrift without the one thing that mattered to her. Then Livvie is diagnosed with leukemia, and Zoe’s life is fractured once again. She spends as much time as possible with Livvie, while needing to keep up at school and navigating the growing connection between herself and Calvin, Livvie’s crush. Kantor ably steers the reader through the intensity of Zoe’s brief life-changing experience, weaving in realistic high-school dynamics and Zoe’s search for anything to take her mind off her sadness. What she finds is solace by subbing for Livvie at the beginning ballet classes at a community center and kissing Calvin any chance she gets. Though this contemporary cancer story laced with everyday and extraordinary experiences will undoubtedly draw comparisons to that other cancer book, Livvie’s cancer story and Zoe’s emotionally complex web of friendship, fear, loss, love, pain, have their own appeal, and are well worth reading. Grades 8-11. --Heather Booth

More About the Author

Melissa Kantor lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Her most recent book, "Maybe One Day," tells the story of two best friends and what happens when one of them gets sick with a life-threatening illness. "When I was in my twenties, my father was diagnosed with leukemia. I always wanted to write about what happened to him, but it took me two decades to write this book. I think I needed that time to figure out what I wanted to say."

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Overall I really did love this book but I thought that all of the secondary characters were understated and that the book would have profited from it.
I really just fell in love with the characters in this book, and couldn’t help but be upset by how this book ended.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nikki VINE VOICE on April 28, 2014
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Maybe One Day is the story of the friendship between two high school girls after one of them gets cancer. It’s a decent book, and even though through most of it, I felt like I wasn’t getting to know the characters as well as I would have liked, I was still bawling my eyes out by the end.

Unfortunately, I feel like publishers who decide to put blurbs like, “In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars…” do a huge disservice to the author and book they are trying to represent. Yes, both books are about teenagers with cancer, but the similarities end pretty much there. Nothing against Melissa Kantor, she seems to be a fine writer, but even a fine writer is not going to benefit by drawing a comparison between her novel (Maybe One Day) and the novel considered by most critics as the best young adult novel of 2012 (The Fault in Our Stars). Maybe One Day pales in comparison; it lacks the spirit, the humor, and the genuine attachment immediately felt towards the characters found in The Fault in Our Stars.

That being said, it’s worth the read, and while the characters don’t always feel real, the emotion at the end of the novel certainly does. My advice would be, read Maybe One Day before reading The Fault in Our Stars (if you haven’t read it already), so that your opinion and enjoyment (unlike mine) won’t be clouded by unfair comparisons.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachellovescats on February 18, 2014
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Maybe One Day is one of my favorite reads of 2014. I know that the year is still young but I fell in love, hard and fast, with Zoe, Olivia and their story. It is the story of more than just a cancer book, and it's more than a friendship book. It's a BEAUTIFUL book. The voice is spot on, and I could really relate to Zoe. Her character and thoughts spoke to me, even to my former teen self. The questions she and the book ask are stuff you should be thinking about -- death, afterlife, cancer, best friends, going back to a former love of yours (dance), struggling with crushes when your best friend can't, faith and God... It's really all there.

Zoe and Olivia's life, before the big C, revolved around dance at a prestigious NYC ballet program. As a former dancer, I could connect with how they had to leave it behind and how Zoe struggled to move on from it. I also enjoyed that this was a story of friendship -- Zoe and Olivia felt real for me, as did the whole cast of characters. Beyond Zoe and Olivia, there was their families, and particularly Jake (Olivia's brother), Calvin, the dancers at the school Olivia taught at, they all felt real to me. I enjoyed that there was a romance but it wasn't the main focus.

Overall, this was a great read and one I will be definitely recommending over and over again. And crying over, over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 13, 2014
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Do you ever finish reading a book and seriously dread writing the review for it? That’s how I felt upon completing Maybe One Day. The idea of having to put my thoughts into words for a book like this seems nearly impossible. Where do I start? How do I accurately explain the powerfulness of this story? How do I put into words the impact this book left on me long after I completed it? Seems almost impossible. Nevertheless, here I am, attempting to do the impossible. Wish me luck….

As conveyed in the description, Maybe One Day centers around friendship. An amazing, awe-invoking kind of friendship that most of us can only dream about. The kind of friends that call each other constantly, never judge each other, and are ALWAYS there for each other through thick and thin. The kind of friendship I’m often very jealous of while reading about. This was the “perfect” friendship, such a strong, powerful one that was faced with life’s toughest struggles. I was so impressed with the way Melissa Kantor made these two friends and their story come to life.

There was a bit of a romance in this story as well, but it was such a small part of the story. And for that, I’m very thankful. I’ve been reading many, many romances lately, and it was so refreshing to read a story that wasn’t about a guy and a girl finding love, but rather a friendship that faced life’s hardest struggles… illness.

Aside from friendship, Maybe One Day also focused on other issues too that really made me think, such as teenage illnesses, God, and the afterlife. Again, Melissa Kantor took sensitive, touchy topics and addressed them with the sensitivity and sincerity that they so required. I still think about this story, and about the messages it had within it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Bristol VINE VOICE on January 31, 2014
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When Zoe and her best friend Olivia, who have been dancing with the NYBC since they were nine, get the blunt news that "There is no longer space for you," they think it's the worst thing that will ever happen to them. Little do they suspect, that with the arrival of their junior year in high school, a time they believe will be memorable for getting their driver's licenses and finding boyfriends, Olivia will receive the news that she has AML or acute myeloid leukemia. Soon she is undergoing chemotherapy, but her doctors discover that she has an unusually aggressive form of cancer and may even need a bone marrow transplant. While Olivia deals with the side effects from the chemo and the inconvenience of having to Skype her classes, Zoe is left to handle the overly-emotional cheerleaders at school and teach Olivia's dance class to young, underprivileged (and seemingly unmotivated) girls. To make matters more complicated, Zoe finds herself falling for Calvin, Olivia's brother's best friend and someone that she knows Olivia may have feelings for. Though Zoe struggles to keep her secret, it begins to look like that she may not be able to, but even those consequences will soon pale in comparison to what the two best friends must deal with ultimately.

Zoe is not always the easiest character to like. As she puts it, she is the "witch" of the two friends (only she uses a different term). Like many of us when we were her age, she is self-absorbed and makes poor decisions without stopping to consider the consequences. She also uses a lot of profanity, which may make this book off-limit to younger readers who would enjoy it. I found this baffling, given that none of the other characters curse, even the other teens.
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