Friday, August 08, 2014
Maybe One Day, by Melissa Kantor
Death and dying stories are naturals for poignant tear jerking, so you pretty much know what to expect in a story like this. Even the cover of the book screams out "Wind Beneath My Wings" so you'll get a chance to bawl over something in this book. All of which make me a bit heartless to say that I'm not so sure about the novel. The narrative is jumpy and poorly pieced together. The girls were interesting enough and sympathetic. I learned a bit about leukemia as well. However, Kantor as the narrator didn't have much of an attention span. She would introduce a plot development, but then jump ahead a few months when she got bored and quickly recap (oh yeah, the big deal I spent ten pages on? it all worked out months ago!). That felt like cheating the reader to me.