Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the Our Year of Maybe blog tour!!! This is a WONDERFUL book, and I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour! So read on to find my review, favorite quotes, information about the author and the tour, and a giveaway!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published on January 15, 2019 by Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: ARC, eARC
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Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll love her back the way she’s always wanted.
But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie’s world are calling to her—dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows—she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn’t seem to feel the same connection.
Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.
What I LOVED, What I Didn’t
What I LOVED: OH MY GOD THIS BOOK. It’s heartbreaking, and real, and I absolutely LOVED IT! When I read the synopsis for this, I was instantly hooked. It’s funny, because unrequited male feelings toward another character squicks me out, but unrequited female feelings toward another character is an instant draw for me. I really enjoyed the friendship between Peter and Sophie, and the way it progressed. I LOVED that Peter was bi! The fact that he also played piano just made me *swoon*, so thanks for that. I was also really interested in all of the Jewish parts to this book. Approximately 99% of what I know about religion comes from reading, so I always love when I get to read about a new or different perspective!
What I Didn’t: NOTHING. I went into this with low expectations, since contemporaries are so hit or miss for me, but basically I loved everything??? Hopefully you’ll love it just as much!
A GIF to Sum It Up:
Judging a Book by its Cover
This cover is definitely about 70% of what drew me to the book! I had the opportunity to meet Rachel back in September at the Boston Teen Author Festival, and she was so nice that I wanted to learn more about her books. Then I had the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour, and everything just came together. But back to the cover, I love it! The dandelion is PERFECT, and the colors and font and everything are so amazing! 9/10 stars!
For more unrequited love stories, read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
For more books where the ending is more realistic than optimistic, read At The Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Huchinson
For more contemporary Jewish YA, read It’s a Whole Spiel edited by Katherine Locke (with a story by Rachel Lynn Solomon in there!)
I feel like today’s question should be some profound “who would you unconditionally give part of yourself to” thing, but I really want to talk about unrequited best friends in love, so I’m going to do that! I guess today’s question really boils down to whether it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never have loved at all? (yes I know it’s cheesy and cliche, blah blah blah) As always, let me know your answer in the comments! Also, I know I usually put my answer here, but I’m not sure how I feel about today’s question, so I’m leaving it up to you!
About the Author
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: