Book: Our Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published January 2019 by Simon Pulse|384 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Genre: YA 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.
I was pretty excited about this one after reading You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. Our Year Of Maybe was okay, and I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to.
I didn’t care for Sophie or Peter. Their friendship didn’t work for me at all and it seemed like she needed him a lot more than he needed her. I felt like she couldn’t function without him, to the point that she didn’t want to go away for a weekend because she couldn’t see him. Their friendship seemed really one-sided, and it was strange to me that it was so much on Sophie’s end, considering she was the one who didn’t need a kidney.
I do think it’s awesome that she donated a kidney, even though her parents didn’t seem to agree with her decision. And we do see Peter struggle with taking her kidney, and feeling like he owes her everything for what she did. But the fact that he seemed to know she had feelings for him, and didn’t really talk to her about didn’t sit right with me. It’s fine if the feelings aren’t reciprocated, but he acted like things were fine until he decided to say something. I don’t know why he didn’t say anything earlier…well, actually I do, and I’m pretty sure it’s the kidney she donated. But still, I just didn’t like it.
I did want more background on why she decided to donate. I wasn’t completely sure why she decided to it, especially with her parents not seeming happy about it. She was 18 when she did it, so I don’t know how much influence they could have had, but I know for me, my grandparents still had a pretty big influence on me, and I would have taken their concerns into account. But maybe that’s just me. Still, I would have like more on that.
I thought Sophie was pretty bratty, though. All she cared about was Peter, and as much as she seemed to love choreography and dance, she seemed to not want to do anything with it unless she could stay near Peter. I did like seeing her eventually start hanging out with others, but by that point, I just didn’t care. Also, she was horrible to her sister, who was a teenage mom. I wish we saw a little more with that, but this book was not about the relationship she had with her sister.
2 stars. I didn’t particularly like Peter or Sophie, and there were some things that I think needed more information.