Saturday, January 12, 2019

{Blog Tour} OUR YEAR OF MAYBE by Rachel Lynn Solomon—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Our Year of Maybe
by Rachel Lynn Solomon


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.
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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA+
• Publisher: Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster
• Pub Date: January 15, 2019
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by Rachel Lynn Solomon

MEET THE CHARACTERS FROM
OUR YEAR OF MAYBE


Thank you so much for having me, Sarah! OUR YEAR OF MAYBE is dual POV, so here’s some information about each character:

Sophie Orenstein

The basics
Red hair, freckles, kidney transplant scar below her navel
Jewish
Has a younger sister, Tabby, who has a 1-year-old daughter

Personality
Shy, quiet, and unsure of herself, except when she’s around Peter
Full of yearning, desperate to be loved

Loves
Her best friend, Peter. Everything else is secondary.
Dance—she wants to become a choreographer, but must first overcome her lack of confidence
Her younger sister, Tabby, though she’s never felt very close to her

Quotes

Peter at the piano has an intensity I’ve always admired. An electricity, like if I touched him in the middle of a Rufus Wainwright song, he’d burn my hand. Lower lip between his teeth, dark hair in his face, shoulder blades rolling beneath his T-shirt as he moves up and down the keys. I can never help imagining if he’ll ever touch me with the same kind of gentle desperation.


Deep in my bones I know that if Peter were healthy, if my kidneys had failed instead of his, he would. He’s just never had a chance to prove it like I have.

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Peter Rosenthal-Porter

The basics
Dark wild hair, dark eyes, lanky frame, and one scar that matches Sophie’s, starting beneath his navel and winding around his abdomen, and the ghost of a scar from a failed transplant when he was young
Jewish on his dad’s side
Only child, overprotective parents

Personality
Bookish, intellectual, anxious, indecisive
Curious about the world beyond his somewhat co-dependent friendship with Sophie

Loves
Playing piano, listening to music, reading
His pet chinchilla, Mark
Sophie, but maybe not in the same way she loves him. He’s having trouble figuring this out.

Quotes

That’s what they keep calling it. The “donor kidney.”
Sophie’s kidney, I mentally correct.
Part of Sophie, inside me.


My dad is reading the Hebrew, singing along. As best I can, I follow along with the English transliteration, but I don’t know the tunes of any of the prayers. I like the way they sound, and though all of this is foreign to me, it feels right more than anything. Jewish is what I am; I’m convinced of that now. I’m not half.

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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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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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