ARC Book Review: My Best Friend, Maybe

My Best Friend Maybe CoverBook: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

Expected Publication is June 3, 2014 by Bloomsbury Children’s|Expected Number Of Pages: 355

Where I Got It: from netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: None

Genre: YA Contemporary

You can find My Best Friend, Maybe on goodreads & Caela Carter on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Colette has been bored and lonely ever since her best friend, Sadie, dumped her the summer before they stared high school. She tries to be perfect for everyone left in her life: her parents, her younger brothers, her church youth group, even her boyfriend, Mark. But Colette is restless. And she misses Sadie.

When Sadie tells Colette that she needs her old friend to join her on a family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves in only a few days, Colette is shocked to hear their old magic word: need. And she finds herself agreeing.

Colette tries to relax and enjoy her Grecian surroundings but it’s not easy to go on vacation with the person who hurt you most in the world. When the reason for the trip finally surfaces, Colette finds out this is not only a fun vacation. Sadie has kept an enormous secret from Colette for years…forever. It’s a summer full of surprises, but that might be what Colette needs.

What I Thought:

I enjoyed My Best Friend, Maybe so much!  I really liked the friendship between Colette and Sadie, and how complicated things were for them.  The entire book, I was wondering what drove these two girls apart, and I liked that it slowly unraveled over the course of the book.  I really liked how it came together, and I was surprised (in a good way!) by the secret that Sadie kept.  I liked that we slowly learned Sadie’s side of the story.

I will say that I didn’t quite understand Mark (Colette’s ex-boyfriend) and his issues with Sadie, and why he doesn’t want Colette to be around Sadie.  Other than Sadie not being a part of the church youth group and no longer being friends with Colette, I’m not really sure where his feeling are coming from.  It did become grating after a little bit.  While Mark’s feeling did get slightly irritating, I found myself confused- and then angry- at why Colette’s mom didn’t like Sadie and why she didn’t want Colette to go on a vacation with Sadie.

I really liked how Sadie and Colette were trying to figure things out after several years, and that maybe they could be friends, but not best friends.  Everything really is a big misunderstanding- Sadie thought Colette knew but Colette didn’t because Sadie never told her.  I’m glad they finally figured out what went wrong and it’s such a complex, layered look at friendship.

Let’s Rate It:

My Best Friend, Maybe is such a great story about friendship!  I liked how complicated things were between Sadie and Colette and how Colette was there for Sadie because she promised she would be, no matter what. There are some really great moments between the two girls.  I feel like a tough issue was handled really well and very realistically, and I liked that Colette was never sure of her decisions.  And that she started to question everything.  My Best Friend, Maybe gets 4 stars.

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