MAYBE ONE DAY
It’s hard to read a YA novel about cancer without comparing it to John Green’s masterpiece, The Fault in Our Stars. And while Kantor’s latest is not in the same realm of excellence, it still has something to offer. The real story here is that of two friends who are as close as two people can be, and what happens when one of them is threatened. Maybe One Day may not change lives, but it does cause one to think and to feel, and in the end, what more can one ask from a novel?
Best friends Zoe and Olivia think that the worst event of their lives was being dismissed from the prestigious dance academy they had studied at for years. Then Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia, and everything changes. Suddenly, they’re not worrying about clubs to join or outfits to wear, but chemotherapy and doctor’s visits. As Olivia’s condition worsens, Zoe must accept that the one person she’s always used to define herself may not always be there. (HARPERTEEN, Feb., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062279200, HC, 13 & Up)