Review: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Published: 2014
By: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs., 40 mins.
ISBN:  9780062320216



Honestly, this book was heavy. I don’t even know how to review/talk about a book that is about a sixteen-year-old girl and how she’s diagnosed with Leukemia and how her best friend describes the difficulties of coping with your “sister from another mister” dying before her very eyes.

I had to take some time with this book. Cancer is not exactly a light-hearted topic, and it’s certainly hard when somebody like a parent or grandparent is diagnosed, but a teenager of sixteen with her whole life ahead of her is crushed by something that nobody can control, makes it all the more difficult.

This book is good for a couple of reasons:

  1. It opens up the conversation of cancer, or any disease for that matter, that is life threatening. Cancer is serious.
  2. Even if you lose somebody close, time heals. It is possible to continue living life even if you thought it was a terrible idea because you’re guilty that they aren’t there too.

I enjoyed this book. It felt real. It did not feel excessive or dramatized, it was sincere.


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Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Published: 2007
By: HighBridge Company
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs., 32 mins.
ISBN:  9781598872729



This book is one of those books that a friend of mine had recommended in our first year of library school, and ever since then the title has nagged me to read it. So putting aside my desire to read another YA, I downloaded the audiobook for Water for Elephants. I’m glad I did. A story of intensity and continuous flashbacks. This is not a dull book by any stretch. Murder. Adventure. Running away with the circus. Death. Aging. Memories. Romance. Secrets.. so many secrets.

The circus has set up across the street and the residents are bussling with excitement for their weekend visit from family, because that means they’ll be able to go to the show. Mr. Jankowski is one of them. The circus, however, is not an excuse for him to get out of the stuffy nursing home, but an exciting trip through memory lane. He is Jacob Jankowski in his recollections of his youth, he could be considered to be a large part of some of the circus history.

Jacob was about 23, and he had his whole life mapped out once he graduated from Cornell with his Veterinary degree. But tragedy struck him just weeks before his final exam which put him through so much grief he ran out of the building on his testing day. He walked for ages and without thinking he hopped a train. And that’s when his whole life changed.

Water for elephants is one of those stories where it definitely makes you think about your own life. How much are you willing to sacrifice for others? Do you stay quiet or fight back? Mr. Jankowski knew so many dark secrets about the circus that he stayed quiet about it. The penny-pinching ring-leader. The ill treatment of animals and of the workers. The “Red Lighting”. He kept it all quiet; afraid to let it all out.

I enojyed every part of this book. The cutesy parts. The disturbing parts. The shocking. But the ending was my favorite. I figured after Mr. Jankowski had told his story, he would fallen into his deep sleep, and never to wake up again. But… *Spoiler*

4 Star


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Review: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate


Published: 2015
By: Penguin Random House Audio
Publishing Group
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 3 hrs., 18 mins.
ISBN:  9780399564673



Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Did he talk or snort or have a funny walk. Maybe he was an aristocratic fish with itty-bitty legs, a full mustache, cravat, and a walking stick. Was his name: Jeffy, or May-Belle? Well, Jackson has a friend named Crenshaw.

Created around the first grade, when things started going bad with his family and they were forced to abandon their house with a swing set in the backyard for their minivan. And then Crenshaw disappeared when things improved.

Jackson is older now, and Crenshaw is back. Jackson thinks he’s going crazy because he’s a scientist and believes in hard facts, and an imaginary purple cat that does headstands just isn’t logical.

I don’t know how I heard of Crenshaw, whether it was a bookfair advert, an email newsletter, or a blogger reviewed it and I thought it was adorable. I make it a goal not to read any reviews of a book I’m interested in until once I’ve read it.

Before reading the book:

It’s about a really big purple cat, and the cover is really beautifully done.

After reading the book:

 Crenshaw is a great book! It discusses things like homelessness, and how it’s okay to have an imaginary friend, and the importance of talking to your parents when you aren’t happy about something – because it might surprise you how adult they might treat you about the situation.

Although Crenshaw on the cover looks like a typical cat, as I read the book I visualized a something like a purpler, larger version of Tom cat from Tom & Jerry.

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