Maybe One Day
Maybe One Day

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Annotation: Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems.
Catalog Number: #76016
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 386 pages
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-227920-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-73781-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-227920-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-73781-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013008064
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA 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.
Horn Book
When best friends Zoe and Olivia are kicked out of their elite New York City ballet academy, Zoe thinks, "This is the worst thing that will happen to us in our entire lives." It is, until Livvie is diagnosed leukemia. Kantor doesn't sugarcoat the messy ups and downs of either Livvie's illness or the girls' friendship, instead portraying both with honesty and compassion.
Publishers Weekly
When Zoe and her best friend Olivia are cut from the elite New York City ballet school that has been their life for five years, Zoe is certain that -this is the worst thing that will happen to us in our entire lives.- Her prediction proves wrong when Olivia gets leukemia during their junior year. Kantor (the Darlings books) affectingly depicts Zoe-s feelings and struggles, as well as those of Olivia-s family and friends, as they try to support her through her chemotherapy and its effects while carrying on with their own lives, to whatever degree possible. For Zoe, this includes half-hearted attempts to fill the hole that dance has left and her guilt at her growing attraction to Olivia-s crush. Eschewing melodrama and sentimentality, Kantor is on solid ground with every aspect of the novel: the community that surrounds these close friends, the strength of their own bond, the daily ups and downs of fighting cancer (-Olivia-s illness is a marathon, not a sprint,- Zoe-s father tells her), and the emotional roller coaster experienced by everybody in Olivia-s sphere. Ages 13-up. (Feb.)

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up&12; 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.&12; Susannah Goldstein, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City
Voice of Youth Advocates
If Kantor had just set out to write a book about two teenagers who spend their young lives in the world of dance and earn places in a prestigious company only to have their dreams dashed when they are asked to leave, it would have been enough of a story to keep the reader entertained. In addition to all that, however, in this title she ups the ante by having the sweeter of the girls diagnosed with leukemia. In the hands of a lesser writer this would be overkill, but Kantor has so beautifully and realistically drawn these girls and their world that even the obligatory teen romance subplot rings true. Zoe, the narrator, is bitter about her experience and has refused to dance at all. Olivia has begun teaching at-risk girls dance at a community center until she has to leave to undergo treatment and leaves Zoe "the mean one" to take her place. The girls have a friendship that is unusually strong because of their former commitment to dance, but it is not perfect. The cracks do not show up where you would expect. The uncomfortableness of being the best friend of the "cancer girl" is realistic and the details of navigating this terrain of disease will be recognizable to anyone who has gone through it.Kantor does an impressive job of fleshing out secondary characters, particularly Olivia's family, with a minimum of description; their actions define them. She also adds flashes of humor, particularly in the dialog between Zoe and Olivia. The only "weak link" is the romance between two of the characters. While it is beautifully rendered, the realistic teenage indecision is going to disappoint those looking for a straight-out love story. Altogether, this is a moving story that will stay with the reader long after the last page.Barbara Fecteau.
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Word Count: 83,916
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 13.0 / quiz: 164278 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.7 / points:20.0 / quiz:Q62785
Lexile: HL770L
Guided Reading Level: N

In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.

A person's whole life, she's lucky to have one or two real friends. Friends who are like family . . . for Zoe that someone is Olivia. So when Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her best 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 that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.


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