by Melissa Kantor
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Publication Date: February 18th 2014
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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.
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 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.
In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe's unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned. (Goodreads)
Zoe and Olivia had always been friends. The friendship that these girls have is not one that happens for just anyone, and you can tell throughout the book that there it is more than just an average friendship. These girls are more like sisters, and they care for each other so very much. Through the book we get to see the girls tackle all the challenges that come with cancer, and I admire Zoe for standing by her best friend through it all. I really felt like I was going through everything right along with them. The characters are definitely not perfect, but they were perfect for each other, and they were there for each other, and I guess that’s all that really matters in friendships.
I read this book a lot faster than I expected to. I figured that with the sad storyline, that it would be something I would have to muddle through. But that wasn’t the case at all. Even though most of the story was everyday life of living with cancer, the story was still interesting, and I flew through the pages. While not everything in the book was realistic, it didn’t really take away from the story for me. There were some parts in the book that made me super ugly cry; I just couldn’t help it. I couldn’t imagine what these girls and their families were going through, and I hope I never have to.
Overall; I really enjoyed reading this book, so much more than I expected to. You’ll definitely need some tissues available when you read it, because you definitely will feel the need to cry at some points. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by this author!