ABOUT THE BOOK
Our Year of Maybe
by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 15th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
Rachel Lynn Solomon blew me away with her debut book, You’ll Miss Me When I am Gone. So, I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that her second novel, Our Year of Maybe was to be released soon. I NEEDED this book! I once thought that Solomon could not get any better than her debut, but I was wrong, this book is everything I ever hoped it could be and so much more.
Sophie has been in love with Peter almost her entire life. They are the best of friends. Sophie would do anything for Peter and she does by giving him a kidney he so desperately needs. They share a bond that is unbreakable, but once Peter receives his new kidney their relationship slowly starts to change. Sophie wants more while Peter is finally free to explore life and live for once something he was unable to do while he was sick. Their friendship is tested over and over again, but will their friendship take the ultimate hit one evening when things go to far?
I really fell in love with Sophie and Peter. They are young sometimes impulsive, but they always had each other’s best interest at heart. Their story really made me think of some of the friendships that I had when I was younger. I don’t think I have ever shared so close of a bond with any of my friends at least not like the one Sophie and Peter share. Also, to give my kidney to someone, that is such a hard decision to make, but one that Sophie did wholeheartedly. Sophie is brave and such a wonderful person deep down inside.
Sophie’s love for Peter is so easy to see and feel. But, on the other hand as the story progresses you can see how both Sophie and Peter are codependent on one another each for different reasons. Their lives are both changing and with that comes a sense of independence as they both come to terms with where their friendship is going and even if their friendship can survive. With the new kidney, Peter has this whole world now opening up to him and he is finally able to see and do things he was unable to do prior to the transplant.
Rachel Lynn Solomon really delves deep into teenage life with Sophie and Peter without the unnecessary drama that is often associated with being a teenager. They are fleshed out relatable characters that are three dimensional and I felt like I really got to know the both of them on a personal level which made both Sophie and Peter relatable and loveable all at the same time. Solomon shows how teenage life is sometimes messy and flawed, but on the other hand shows that real bonds can be formed no matter how young or old you are. While Sophie and Peter are both young they do have this level of maturity about them and their characterization just goes to show how much of a fantastic and talented writer Solomon really is.
Our Year of Maybe is absolutely brilliant and breathtaking. Rachel Lynn Solomon writes from the heart and it so easy to see all of the love and passion she puts into her stories and characters. This is one of those books that you instantly know should be on the bestsellers list. It is a timeless story that will be talked about for years to come. This is a five star must read book.
Rachel Lynn Solomon lives, writes, and tap dances in Seattle, Washington. Once she helped set a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. She’s the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone (out now from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse), Our Year of Maybe (1/15/19), and Today Tonight Tomorrow (2020). A short story of hers will appear in the anthology It’s a Whole Spiel (Penguin Random House/Knopf, fall 2019).
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