Our Year of Maybe

Rachel Lynn Solomon
From the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone comes a stunning contemporary novel that examines the complicated aftermath of a kidney transplant between best friends.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 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.


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Have you ever had a friendship that filled a space inside of you like a puzzle piece? If you did, would you let that friendship go? Peter and Sophie have been friends since forever, and it’s clear that they work well together. Peter is a musician and Sophie dances. Peter’s music inspires Sophie’s dancing, and Sophie’s dancing gives life to Peter’s music. Yet, as they get older, their interests and abilities change. While Peter and Sophie navigate these new developments, another obstacle arises: Peter is sick with Kidney disease. Can Peter and Sophie adapt their music and dances in order to change with the world around them? Will Sophie finally get her chance to be more than friends with Peter, and is that going to work? Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon explores the dynamics of friendship and art. This is a bittersweet tale of friendship and opportunities. Submitted by: Victoria York

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