Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon! I am so excited to share my thoughts on this amazing book with you, and give you a chance to win a copy, too! 😁
Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published by Simon Pulse on January 15, 2019
Pages: 384
Format:eARC
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review, via Netgalley
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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.

“Because I was in love with him— the kind of love that made my throat ache with all the things I couldn’t say.”

This is probably going to be one of “those” reviews that just amounts to incoherent gushing, and I am not sorry. When I heard there was a new Rachel Lynn Solomon book coming out, I had no doubt I’d like it. I loved You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, but more than that I could just kind of tell that the author had a certain… specialness to her writing.

“The only regrets I have when it comes to Peter are things I don’t do. Things I don’t say.”

And right I was. This book was absolutely everything I had hoped and expected, but then somehow, it was even more. In YMMWIG, while I related to the characters quite deeply on a human level, I never went through many of the things they had gone through. This one… well, it was different. Because it spoke to me. Told me things I needed to hear. And honestly, it’s pretty damn powerful when a book has that ability.

“It takes a lot of energy to love someone this much without being loved back the way you want. It drains you.”

And sure, I will tell you about all its positives from a more objective angle! The characters are incredibly relatable, whether you have been through any of the junk they have or none at all. Just like YMMWIG, it has the uncanny ability to make you love and care for these characters. They are flawed, and messy, and at their cores just good, decent people trying to navigate the world. The world with all its unwanted feelings and harshness and ups and downs.

You need more? Okay! It has funny moments, charming moments, heartwarming moments, and yeah, heartbreaking moments. The stories-within-stories make the pages fly by. You’ll learn so much about all the relationships, beyond just their friendship-turned-mess. You’ll see them coming of age, and dealing with all the highs and lows it encompasses.

“Sometimes you hurt, and sometimes you ache, but the worst pain is one you can’t put a name to and can’t swallow a pill to fix.”

And yes, maybe you’ll learn something about yourself, or about relationships of all sorts. Maybe this book will help you process some of your own bullshitty life stuff. Maybe it’ll tell you stuff you had to hear, had to hear in the way Rachel Lynn Solomon tells it. Maybe, if you’re really lucky, it’ll be exactly what you need.

Bottom Line: This book is beautiful and honest and relatable, and quite frankly, flawless.

About Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel Lynn Solomon lives, writes, and tap dances in Seattle, Washington. Once she helped set a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. She's the author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone (out now from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse), Our Year of Maybe (1/15/19), and Today Tonight Tomorrow(2020). A short story of hers will appear in the anthology It's a Whole Spiel (Penguin Random House/Knopf, fall 2019).

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Posted January 10, 2019 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 19 Comments


19 responses to “Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon: Review & Giveaway

  1. I really love books like these, where I can either TOTALLY relate, or it just makes me THINK. I feel like this is going to be something that I actually relate to though, which is a bit nerve-wracking because I’m my heart will break. haha

    -Lauren

    • YESSS it is seriously awesome. And I think handled really well- like parents are very involved and VERY worried that the transplant is a terrible idea (this is in the first few pages, so not a spoiler!) so you don’t have to worry about any shenanigans or suspension of disbelief either!

  2. I am flipping tearing up reading this review. This book wrecked me. It was happy and sad. I was so happy for Peter, but so sad for Sophie. It was 5-stars from me too.

    • AW thank youuuu! It really did wreck me too. Like- I usually don’t like when things turn out the way they did but WOW it was SO REAL. And like I said, something I needed to kind of… come to terms with in my own life. Which SUCKS but somehow reading Sophie’s journey helped me cope a LOT.

  3. Listen, my crybaby radar is blinking red telling me I’m going to ball reading this book! Like a dummy, I got over-excited and went to Amazon to buy it, but then I saw the release date lol. This is the type of ya contemporary that I loveee and because I’ve never read anything by this author, and also because you rated it 5 stars, I definitely will be picking this up when it releases!

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