Review: Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Our Year of Maybe is a book that will cause you a heartbreak and a half, and you won’t regret a minute of it.

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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. (GoodreadsGoodreads

I received an eARC of Our Year of Maybe via Netgalley and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Our Year of Maybe needs trigger warnings for mentions of antisemitism, mentions of antagonism due to character’s dyslexia, chronic pain, failing kidneys, kidney transplants, toxic friendships, sex between a male and female character, sex between two male characters, male and female masturbation, self-loathing and mentions of a parental death by cancer.

It is a hard, emotional novel that spoke deeply to me as a reader. I’ve been in a few codependent relationships over the years, though not quite in the same way that Peter and Sophie were. Our Year of Maybe will force readers to think about their own friendships and relationships with their family members with good discussions to be had on so many levels.

I loved that there were very different emotions expressed toward Judaism from all of the Jewish characters, and the organic way we got to see Peter exploring how he felt about it.

Seeing both of them realize that there were other people outside of each other was very interesting to watch. I loved seeing Peter grow into a part of the band while Sophie became part of the cheer team. I particularly loved this quote.

“I gave Peter a piece of me- but maybe I also have him the freedom to figure out who he was without me. And I should have realized much sooner that I’d given myself the exact same thing.”

I loved that this book ended on a bit of a messy note, because Sophie and Peter both have a lot of growing left to do, and I’m so glad that they get to do it separately. Maybe they’ll be friends again someday. This is a beautiful novel that you won’t regret spending time with.

I highly recommend that if this sounds up your alley, you grab a copy on Amazon or Indiebound.

ABOUT OUR YEAR OF MAYBE

Title: Our Year of Maybe

Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Length: 384 Pages

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Rating: Highly Recommend

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Representation: Jewish author, nonpracticing Jewish MC, bisexual MC, dyslexic mc,

 

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