DESCRIPTION: A person’s whole life, she’s lucky to have one or two real friends. Friends who are like family . . . for Zoe that someone is Olivia. So when Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her best friend.Even when she isn’t sure what to say.
Even when Olivia misses months of school.
Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia’s crush.
The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.
Luckily, I had received a signed copy of this at Bookcon. I finished this book in a day and I enjoyed it immensely. Throughout this book, I realized I can never be a doctor because the very descriptive talk of Leukemia made me squeamish. I believe it has to do with my irrational dislike of blood! The book made me extremely emotional, since it had kept me thinking that this could happen between me and my best friend one day. Overall this book was incredible and beautiful.
OVERALL: 3.5/5 STARS
Kantor’s writing style was not my favorite. I though it had a beautiful aspect to it, but something felt missing.
The plot was very enjoyable. I liked the storyline and felt it went by smoothly. Kantor was great at not forcing the plot to rush. The slower journey through Olivia’s cancer felt extremely realistic! I loved that the whole story did not include a happy ending.
CHARACTERS AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
The characters were very personable! I thought they felt realistic. Zoe’s emotion throughout the story were very real and made you feel close to her. The one thing that seemed to lack a little was the character development. I felt a lack of change in the characters throughout the journey.