Peter has spent years on the transplant list, studying piano while he waits for a donor kidney. His neighbor, Sophie, is consumed by dance and her secret crush on Peter. They’ve wrapped themselves so tightly into an exclusive friendship there’s never room for anyone else... until Sophie turns eighteen and proves to be a perfect match. When her gift of a kidney frees Peter to follow dreams that don’t include his best friend, Sophie is devastated and forced to rethink everything she’s expected and planned for. Author Rachel Lynn Solomon has a talent for making me fall in love with her complex and somewhat difficult characters and then writing them into heartbreaking situations bound to tear their already challenging lives to pieces. Told through lovely and expressive prose, you'll be thinking about the choices Sophie and Peter make long after you've turned the last page.— Jenny Chou
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.
About the Author
Rachel Lynn Solomon is the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Our Year of Maybe, Today Tonight Tomorrow, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. She is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. Learn more at RachelSolomonBooks.com.
“An emotionally resonant and deeply characterized story of love, friendship, and identity in the broadest sense.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Any book that makes snot stream down my face deserves all the stars.” —Book Riot
“A gutting, frank portrait of friendship that will crack open your ribs and break your heart in ways you didn't know it could be broken. Gorgeously written, haunting, and authentic.” —Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes
“Rachel Lynn Solomon’s melodic writing brings to life a must-read story that elegantly explores the complexity of mixing friendship, love, and a gift that can never be repaid. With hope, humor, and characters you dream and bleed with, I was up late devouring this. Beautifully told.” —Gloria Chao, author of American Panda
“An emotionally vivid story of identity, friendship, and first love. Our Year of Maybe shimmers, inviting readers to lean into that unique mix of fear and elation that comes when we dare to embrace our true selves.” —Ashley Herring Blake, author of Suffer Love and Girl Made of Stars