Our Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon | A book review
I feel like I read Our Year Of Maybe months ago, but it was actually just in April? Doesn’t time seem like such a weird concept now? I do still remember this book, since it was amazing. So of course I had to review it.
The synopsis from Goodreads: Aspiring choreographer Sophie would do anything for Peter, 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.
My thoughts on Our Year Of Maybe
Just reading that synopsis already made me a bit emotional. Add in a transplant or some other disease/disability and a book is sure to hit home hard.
And this book did! I could relate to Peter so much; not going outside and being fed up with all the medical stuff. When he gets his oppoptunity to live a normal life, it was such a sweet moment.
Sophie however, was a bit annoying. I’m sorry to say it, but she almost ruined the book for me. She kept Peter on a short leash, constantly complaining about him doing things without her and I just wanted to punch her in the face every now and then.
Luckily, the writing is very good and the plot makes you want to keep reading. I also think that the character development of Sophie was great.
And in all honesty, I think Sophie was quite realistic. Her feelings and actions may be annoying and selfish, I do think they were valid.
The relationships, whether it was the one between Sophie and Peter, or Sophie and her new friends, Sophie and her sister or Peter and his new friends. They were all so perfect and messy and real. That, and the plot + writing totally makes up for Sophie being a d*ck sometimes.
Also, the ending put me to tears and I wasn’t ready for it.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Rating: 5 out of 5.
Have you read this book? What did you think? What other books do you recommend?