The Arrival of Someday
In this heartfelt and emotionally candid contemporary YA, author Jen Malone delves into the life of a teen whose world is brought to an abrupt halt when she learns she’s in dire need of an organ transplant.Hard-charging and irrepressible eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away—and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zooming around a track at the speed of light. They don’t call her Rolldemort for nothing! What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the unexpected flare-up of a rare liver disorder she was born with. But now it’s the only thing she—and everyone around her—can think about.With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of—like her college plans, the mural she’d been commissioned to paint, or the possibility of one day falling in love—has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid.Then a friend from the past shows up. With Will, it’s easy to forget about what’s lurking underneath the lightness of their time together. It’s easy to feel alive when all signs point elsewhere. On the other hand, with the odds decidedly not in her favor, Amelia knows this feeling couldn’t last forever. But what can?

The Arrival of Someday Details

TitleThe Arrival of Someday
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062795380
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

The Arrival of Someday Review

  • Giselle
    January 1, 1970
    The Arrival of Someday is a very emotional, very realistic novel that has all of the feels - yet has so much charm and wit that you won't help but find yourself falling in love with all of its characters, no matter the gloom that follows the story. Amelia was born with a liver disease that hasn't ever been an issue until now. Until its become so very real, so very scary, very fast. From the very first page I loved Amelia's voice. Her personality and wit makes it impossible to dislike her. She's The Arrival of Someday is a very emotional, very realistic novel that has all of the feels - yet has so much charm and wit that you won't help but find yourself falling in love with all of its characters, no matter the gloom that follows the story. Amelia was born with a liver disease that hasn't ever been an issue until now. Until its become so very real, so very scary, very fast. From the very first page I loved Amelia's voice. Her personality and wit makes it impossible to dislike her. She's got a lot of crap to deal with, and you can feel her anger, her despair, and also her passion for life. She wants to live, she has so many plans, so many wants and hopes. The emotional aspect of this story is a kind of slow burn that you get to experience it with Amelia You find yourself feeling all the same ups and downs of this unfair situation.Amelia is not the only character you'll get to love. Her family plays a big role in this story, and each of them will carve their way into your heart as well. Her dad was my favorite with his dorky jokes and fun-loving spirit. He offered some much needed comic relief that gave the book a perfect amount of light-heartedness. Her brother was also a good character even though he was present mostly indirectly via phone calls and Words With Friends plays. Aside from family, Amelia's best friend, Sibby, is a great character with a big personality and a ton of presence in this story. She goes through the same emotional turmoil as Amelia but in her own way that doesn't necessarily mesh well with her friend at first. I loved that this whole cast was such a big part of the story. It gave it a lot of depth and plenty of heart. There's also a dash of romance that makes it all so bittersweet - but romance is not the essence of the story. Don't expect The Fault In Our Stars type of romantic tragedy in here. Intensely poignant and heartbreaking, The Arrival of Someday, while being an incredibly compelling story, also touches on an important subject matter that helps raise awareness to the fact that we all have the ability to save a life. Being an organ donor can give someone like Amelia a second chance. I recommend this to every contemporary YA fan!
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI love books that make me cry. I also love books that can make me smile. And The Arrival of Someday had me doing both. I often call books uplifting. The Arrival of Someday goes past uplifting (though, that fits too) and is totally inspiring. It is surprising (that ending literally come out of nowhere and smacked me across the face), it is fun (simply a pleasure to sit down with and enjoy), and it combines everything I love about really good YA contemporary fiction - family, friendship a 4.5 starsI love books that make me cry. I also love books that can make me smile. And The Arrival of Someday had me doing both. I often call books uplifting. The Arrival of Someday goes past uplifting (though, that fits too) and is totally inspiring. It is surprising (that ending literally come out of nowhere and smacked me across the face), it is fun (simply a pleasure to sit down with and enjoy), and it combines everything I love about really good YA contemporary fiction - family, friendship and self-realisation. Lia loves a good cause. Raising awareness, taking on the school board, even a good rally. She also loves roller derby and it’s for good reason they call her Rolldemort. With early entry into her college of choice, a mural competition awarded and awaiting completion and her best friend Sibby by her side, Lia’s life is good. Until she discovers that her liver disease, something she has had all her life, worsens and leaves Lia needing a liver transplant - and soon. Lia must navigate the transplant waiting list while trying to decide how she feels about putting some things in her life on hold and sorting out her family and friends’ reactions to her diagnosis. Written in first person, The Arrival of Someday places the reader directly in Lia’s head and invites them to share her journey. While centred around the undeniably traumatic process of diagnosis, waiting on a transplant list and fear of an uncertain future, The Arrival of Someday has an upbeat and enjoy-the-sunshine tone. That’s thanks mostly to Lia herself. No moping for her. She’s going to continue living her life even if it kills her (and yes, she’s well aware of how many sayings bring up death). Lia and her best friend Sibby (who’s Aussie and is awesome) take no prisoners. They triumph on and off the roller derby court, yet the routine of their friendship is challenged by Lia’s diagnosis and the different ways in which they girls decide to face the challenge ahead. Watching the girls work through these changes, challenge each other and also simply enjoy each other’s company was a wonderful part of this book.I do love a good bit of romance in books and yet I was really happy that there wasn’t all that much romance in this book. Even calling it romance seems a bit of a stretch. It’s more like light-hearted flirting and it is exactly what Lia and this book needs. Instead of romantic love, The Arrival of Someday is focused around familial love. Lia has a great relationship with her parents but the waiting forces them to open up about how they love each other, how they process things, how they cope - forcing them to speak things that might otherwise go unsaid. Organ donation is obviously a key theme of this book and is championed by all the characters, especially Sibby. The author’s note reveals how much extra care and detail is hidden in the story, including character names honouring the names of donors and people who have been instrumental in supporting and raising awareness of organ donation and the lives it saves.I know my library readers will love this book and it’s going to be easy to give to readers who enjoy tear-jerkers and beautifully inspiring books. The Arrival of Someday will easily sit alongside books written by Abigail Johnson, Francesca Zappia and Jeff Zentner. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    The Arrival of Someday is a Young Adult contemporary novel. It is my third book by this author. I have previously read Wanderlost and Changes in Latitudes.The narrator is 18 year old Amelia/Lia (1st person POV). She is a senior in high school. The book is divided into three parts. The story is set in Massachusetts.The book starts off with Lia and her best friend Sibby. We get to see their Roller derby team. I really wish that this had been a bigger focus of the book. As I loved this aspect of th The Arrival of Someday is a Young Adult contemporary novel. It is my third book by this author. I have previously read Wanderlost and Changes in Latitudes.The narrator is 18 year old Amelia/Lia (1st person POV). She is a senior in high school. The book is divided into three parts. The story is set in Massachusetts.The book starts off with Lia and her best friend Sibby. We get to see their Roller derby team. I really wish that this had been a bigger focus of the book. As I loved this aspect of the story.Lia loves art. Most especially chalkboard art. I also really enjoyed this aspect of the story.Something is wrong with Amelia (read the book blurb if you want more details). This is a big focus of this story. (view spoiler)[Something is wrong with her liver and she needs a liver transplant. (hide spoiler)]After finishing this book I am a bit confused about the title and cover. The cover is super cutesy. And honestly that is not really what this book is at all. This story does have entertaining aspects. But the story is heartbreaking and important. And I am not convinced that this cover goes with this story.At the end of the book is an author's note, which actually really clarifies a lot of the choices that the author made. I am happy that she included this as I was a bit surprised before I read it.I feel like this book is probably not for younger teens. The main character is 18. And it is not that she is doing mature things. But the subject matter is a difficult one.This story felt realistic and meaningful. The topic was such an important one (view spoiler)[organ donation. (hide spoiler)] This book was compelling and there was a lot to like. There was a bit of romance. But there were also some sad and emotional parts. But overall it was a really good read.Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Oh boy. That was a tearjerker. But sooooo good. And yea, synopsis is wrong. There's no romance. Nobody comes in and saves the dying girl with his love. But Will is awesome either way.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .My heart! Oh, this book gave me the feels. But not all the feels were of a depressing sort, not even close! For a book about a very ill young woman, it manages to be incredibly heartwarming and uplifting. Lia faces an incredibly difficult battle, one that upends her life. She needs a liver. And they're not exactly selling them at Target. The story focuses not just on Lia's health though You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .My heart! Oh, this book gave me the feels. But not all the feels were of a depressing sort, not even close! For a book about a very ill young woman, it manages to be incredibly heartwarming and uplifting. Lia faces an incredibly difficult battle, one that upends her life. She needs a liver. And they're not exactly selling them at Target. The story focuses not just on Lia's health though. Obviously, it's a big part of it, and we'll get to that. But her journey is about so much more. It's how her plans have to shift now that her body isn't cooperating. It's how her relationships have to grow and change and evolve. It's readjusting her outlook on life in general, with or without a transplant. It's a lot, basically. And luckily, Lia has some great people in her corner. Her best friend is one of my favorite characters, she's so charming and funny, and even though she and Lia have a few tiffs, you can clearly tell that her heart is always in the right place. Lia's family is equally incredible. I found her relationship with her brother (kind of distant, but you know they both absolutely care for and love each other) refreshingly honest. And her parents, wow. They're like, you know, good parents who'd move heaven and earth for their kid. And as Lia faces the unknown, she begins to realize how deep their love- and hers for them- goes.  There's not really romance here either, just a really good friendship with some extra feelings of "maybe". Which I feel was a really good choice for the story. Regardless, her more-than-a-friend-? is a fabulous guy, and he cares for Lia no matter in what capacity. Plus, he cares about the whole family, which earns him points in my book. One of the big takeaways from the book is how complex organ donation is. There's a bit of a plot point about making sure kids at school signed up and such, and while the method may have been a wee bit hokey, the message is good enough that I can overlook it. Point is, organ donation is a literal crapshoot. Luck of the draw. Did your blood type match that guy who just got hit by a car? It's your lucky day! And that, at it's crux, is the hardest to accept- if Lia wants an organ, it's going to be someone else's worst day.And not enough people are organ donors. Hence why Lia remains ill for so long. Obviously, not every cause of death lends itself to organ donation. But if the unthinkable happened, I'd like to know that someone like Lia could benefit, even from the worst possible situation. Bottom Line: An incredibly touching and heartfelt book, Jen Malone has written another book I won't soon forget! 
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    “I wish it didn’t have to be like this: all or nothing. I wish I didn’t have to chase highs to try and banish the lows. I wish normal could be good enough.” I wasn’t expecting to become so immediately hooked to Lia’s story, but I just couldn’t put The Arrival of Someday down. We follow Lia Linehan, proud activist and roller derby enthusiast, as she must face her need for a liver transplant. Lia is determined to stay strong and renounce all pity directed her way, but soon learns that distracti “I wish it didn’t have to be like this: all or nothing. I wish I didn’t have to chase highs to try and banish the lows. I wish normal could be good enough.” I wasn’t expecting to become so immediately hooked to Lia’s story, but I just couldn’t put The Arrival of Someday down. We follow Lia Linehan, proud activist and roller derby enthusiast, as she must face her need for a liver transplant. Lia is determined to stay strong and renounce all pity directed her way, but soon learns that distractions aren’t always the best ways to evade your problems. Things I Liked I really enjoyed the hints of romance between Lia and Will. It’s mostly just flirting, with nothing too heavy or distracting, but I did enjoy it and I appreciate that it didn’t pull focus from Lia’s journey and growth.It was such a small thing in the story, but Lia’s Words with Friends game with her brother was super endearing to me. It helped show the basis for their relationship and I loved that the words they used were relevant to the plot.This story had such strong family moments and I was here for each one of them. Allowing yourself to confront your emotions from here mom and embracing the unknowing and the ‘whys’ of life with her dad. They were all so good and showed how much they cared for each other. There was this great conversation about bravery vs bravado that was super intriguing. The internal vs external notions of courage and how your self view influences your reactions for life’s uncertainties. Things I Didn’t Like Some of the activism things in the story were a bit cheesy, especially Lia and Sibby fighting the dress code. I loved that they both fight for what they believe in and to right injustices of all kinds, but it was a little heavy handed at times.The ending didn’t hit me like I expected. Or at least not right away. I appreciate how realistic and honest it was, but my immediate reaction was indifference, I think. But on reflection, I think I have a more emotional reaction. But there was a weird and unexpected disconnect I hadn’t expected to experience. Though I did have some emotional distance from the ending of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed The Arrival of Someday. It’s a journey of personal acceptance and embracing the right to say “I don’t know” to life’s questions.
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  • faith ✨
    January 1, 1970
    COVER = I AM HERE FOR THIS
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI always think I know what I am getting myself into, when I opt to read a "sick kids" book, but still, I under estimate the emotional toll it will have on me. My advice for reading this book: grab a box of tissues and be ready to shed some tears, because it was painful, while also being really touching and beautiful.Lia was such an incredible character. I first met her, while she was dominating on the roller derby track, so fierce and commanding. But, she was born with biliary a Rating: 4.5 StarsI always think I know what I am getting myself into, when I opt to read a "sick kids" book, but still, I under estimate the emotional toll it will have on me. My advice for reading this book: grab a box of tissues and be ready to shed some tears, because it was painful, while also being really touching and beautiful.Lia was such an incredible character. I first met her, while she was dominating on the roller derby track, so fierce and commanding. But, she was born with biliary atresia, and knew that, someday, she would need a new liver. Unfortunately, that someday had arrived during her derby practice.This story followed Lia and her family as they tried to come to terms with Lia's illness and her possible impending death. Yes, very emotional stuff. Being in the head of an eighteen year old as she grappled with her own mortality was extremely difficult at times, but Malone really did a wonderful job with depicting Lia's feelings, and interspersing the heartbreaking moments with some joyful, fun, and lighthearted ones."Why does a disease only one person is afflicted with get to affect so many people?"I must also comment Malone on how well she explored how Lia's illness affected her loved ones. As a parent, I was especially moved by many of the scenes involving Lia's mother and father. Their pain was palpable. There are tears currently streaming down my face, as I recall the heart-to-heart Lia and her dad shared. It was so incredibly touching, it made my heart physically ache."That's what I want for you, Sunshine. More 'remember-whens'" - Dad to LiaThis story also covered organ donation, and what the families and patients awaiting an organ may experience. The anxiety and disappointment Lia and her family felt had me feeling really good about the fact that I am a registered organ donor, and have a directive in place to donate my body to science in the event of my death. Although this was a fictional story, it was based upon a real person, and there are many people out there, facing a fate very much like Lia's. I hope that a story like this will inspire others to learn more about organ donation, and perhaps, consider becoming a donor themselves.I wouldn't call this an easy read. I actually need to thank Shannon for all her emotional support, but it was nonetheless a beautiful story, which really touched my heart.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Brenna Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this eARC that completely took my breath away. I originally requested it because of the badass that Lia (short for Amelia) is. The synopsis for the book tells us she is a roller derby queen, an artist, and a nerd (see her derby name: Rolldemort!) and as such I was completely taken by her character already, and knew she was someone I would connect with. It takes no time to warm up to her, and just as quickly the world as she knows it is quickly pulled out from u Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this eARC that completely took my breath away. I originally requested it because of the badass that Lia (short for Amelia) is. The synopsis for the book tells us she is a roller derby queen, an artist, and a nerd (see her derby name: Rolldemort!) and as such I was completely taken by her character already, and knew she was someone I would connect with. It takes no time to warm up to her, and just as quickly the world as she knows it is quickly pulled out from under her feet when a liver disease she was born with rears its ugly head.I learned so much from this novel, and not just about biliary atresia (or BA for short). We are taken through the process of organ donation, given so many 'don't you ever wonder' questions to ponder, and regaled with tales about our past presidents. Our cast of characters each have something that they're passionate about, and that passion struggles to stay in its lane as they are all dealt a hand in this grief. Lia refuses to be seen as The Dying Girl. She doesn't want to be anything less than she's ever been; strong, brave, and bold, and so the second that pity enters anyone's eyes, she completely shuts down.It's a hard battle to watch, both from Lia and her loved one's points of view. For her, she sees this only as something that is her fault. She's causing her brother to come home from college, her parents to lose hope, and her best friend to turn her into a charity case. For everyone else, they are drowning in the fact that there's nothing they can do. They want to rally around her, to put on a brave face, but just the thought of her life going on unfinished is unbearable. So we're left in a very uncomfortable place as Lia attempts to defy her diagnosis and distract those surrounding her from seeing her any differently.I don't want to spoil the book, but there were so many things that I loved about it that I want to talk a little cryptically about. If any of you are scared of reading this because you've already 'been there, done that' with other books about teenagers grappling with disease, think again. It is so much different than any other book I've read dealing with similar subject matter. There is a bit of a 'flirty' aspect with a boy, but this boy does not come in on a white horse and carry her away from her mortality. He is a strong pillar that holds her up when she is coming unglued, and only when she has made it clear that she needs that. It was so refreshing to not have that be the focus of the narrative, as Lia has so many other things to focus on.One such thing being her best friend, Sibby. She is Lia's advocate, whether she wants it or not. She, along with Lia's parents and brother Alex, are warriors. They are the net saving Lia from the cold abyss of fear, and their love rips her out of many a panic attack within these pages. The relationships built between friends and family are so important in this book, and reminds us that romantic love isn't the only important love. When you're sick, all you want is for your mom to hold you and bring you soup. You want your best friend to watch reruns of Friends and The West Wing with you. You want normalcy, and I can't imagine that's any different under threat of death.The ending took me by surprise. I cried from the first sentence of the second to last chapter, and from then on it was just a kind of cathartic release. There's so much tension you pick up on from all of these characters who are walking the line between hope and despair; looking down every once and awhile to see dread in the form of alligators just waiting to tear them to pieces. Sometimes they slip, and the alligators nip off a bit of their foot, or snap very closely to their ankles. There's a constant game of cat and mouse as everyone (the reader included) waits to see Lia's fate.It's a beautiful, raw, and unabashedly REAL book. It's not sugar-coated, but it also is a bright light of hope, and a strong message to all to get out there and make a difference. You could save a life; maybe even the person's closest to you.
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  • dani
    January 1, 1970
    i just don't know how to describe this book."meh" would be the right word. i enjoyed it but i felt like the main character wasn't someone i would be a friend of,,, and the ending was so out of note??? did love the message that it leaves: to sign up and be an organ donor!! yet nothing really impacted me or stayed with me. 3/5
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  • Lori Goldstein
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to read an advance copy of Jen Malone's latest novel. Amelia is tough and fearless, determined to face her life-threatening liver disease with the same spunk she brings to everything else but discovers it may not be as easy as she thinks. With the perfect mix of depth, heart, and humor, Ms. Malone takes us on Amelia's journey and our own as we face our own fears and evaluate what it means to be truly alive. Highly recommend.
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  • Caitlin R.
    January 1, 1970
    [3.5/5 Stars]The Arrival of Someday follows the life of Amelia (Lia/Roldemort), a high school senior, and roller derby enthusiast... oh, and she also has a rare liver disease that requires she get a transplant at some point in the near future. If you know me, you know how much I care about and advocate for organ donation, so I really thought that this book would be perfect for me. All of the stuff surrounding the actual medical issues, or raising awareness for the need to donate really drew me i [3.5/5 Stars]The Arrival of Someday follows the life of Amelia (Lia/Roldemort), a high school senior, and roller derby enthusiast... oh, and she also has a rare liver disease that requires she get a transplant at some point in the near future. If you know me, you know how much I care about and advocate for organ donation, so I really thought that this book would be perfect for me. All of the stuff surrounding the actual medical issues, or raising awareness for the need to donate really drew me in. And the characters were super interesting; I liked how Lia wanted to distance her from the image of the ‘dying girl’. I also found the ending really interesting and well done! Where it fell flat for me was the writing style. It felt like the author was pandering to the politically correct/more liberal crew (which is literally the definition of me 😂). But none of it felt organic, and there were so many things just thrown into it that felt weirdly placed. Also, the parents were too perfect? I don’t even know how to describe what it was that I was feeling, but there were certain sentences and remarks that would actually take my attention away from the story. Although, I don’t see other reviews like mine - so maybe it’s a ‘me thing’ and it’s not a reason to not read the book, because it was really good, I just can’t rate it higher.Thank you to Harper Collins Canada/HCC Frenzy for a copy of this book for review! It is out TODAY!
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  • MyLittleLibrary
    January 1, 1970
    Shit, I really wasn’t expecting that 😭.
  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and BIG FAT thanks to HarperCollins for always entrusting me to review their e-arcs. Let me preface this by telling you all how much of a sucker for punishment I am. I have read, not one, but two books involving fatal diseases and illnesses, but this one...this one took me to a whole new level of sadness, and hope.What is it about?This story follows Amelia Linehan, a passionate eighteen-year-old who's into roller derby, drawing, and hanging out with her best friend, Sibby. Thank you to Edelweiss and BIG FAT thanks to HarperCollins for always entrusting me to review their e-arcs. Let me preface this by telling you all how much of a sucker for punishment I am. I have read, not one, but two books involving fatal diseases and illnesses, but this one...this one took me to a whole new level of sadness, and hope.What is it about?This story follows Amelia Linehan, a passionate eighteen-year-old who's into roller derby, drawing, and hanging out with her best friend, Sibby. But behind the scenes, she suffers from a rare liver disorder that could someday affect her life more than it already has. After that someday arrives, she gropes with the growing fear of dying while waiting for a liver transplant. It takes Amelia time to realize her limitations and to grow, even as she and everyone around her, comes to terms that a liver may not come in time. This is the third book I have read by Jena Malone and by far my favorite. Amelia is a flawed character and not just because of her illness, but because she hasn't quite grown into herself. At eighteen, nobody has, but it seems as though she's been put on the fast track and this causes tension with friends and even family. I loved that the romance did not take center stage for a change and we got to know Amelia without having the distraction of a boyfriend. Also, the roller-derby aspect was entertaining.The end took me by surprise. I think I'm used to reading books like these and having one thing happen and not the other (I won't say much as not to give anything away) But after reading the author's notes, I see why she ended it the way she did. All in all, I enjoyed this book. I think I'm going to pick up something a tad more lighthearted before I dissolve into tears. To anyone wanting to read this or currently reading it, read the author's note, and if you haven't signed up to be an organ donor, please do it. There are several links there to guide you to the right places.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I may change this rating to 4 stars, but right now I’m a little in my feelings and so it stands. The book was good, the emotions were there, but I’ve come to expect a certain kind of storyline when picking up her books, and this one didn’t follow that path. It’s not any fault of Malone—her writing was still great—but expecting one thing and getting another that you didn’t really vibe with as much as you anticipated is a little challenging when it comes to star ratings.Word of warning, 3.5 stars. I may change this rating to 4 stars, but right now I’m a little in my feelings and so it stands. The book was good, the emotions were there, but I’ve come to expect a certain kind of storyline when picking up her books, and this one didn’t follow that path. It’s not any fault of Malone—her writing was still great—but expecting one thing and getting another that you didn’t really vibe with as much as you anticipated is a little challenging when it comes to star ratings.Word of warning, this doesn’t have Malone’s usual flirty, swoony romance. In fact, the small little love interest is kind of a distraction for the MC, so not really even a full-on interest at all.
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  • Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh! LOOK AT THAT COVER. I HAVE A THING FOR BOOOOTS AND TEAL!!!!!! I NEED IT IN MY LIFE NOW. :(( Plus the synopsis sound deliciously heart breaking so yes down for that too.
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    January 1, 1970
    So good.
  • Monika
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to shortly describe describe The Arrival of Someday, it would be: utterly realistic and emotional. Really. The book tells the story of an eighteen-year-old girl - Lia (Amelia), passionate roller derby player, who recently learns she's in desperate need of an organ transplant. Now she has no other option than waiting for The Call. This is not a depressive book since Lia refuses to consider herself as a dying girl.A little warning for readers of Jen Malone's books: This is not your typica If I had to shortly describe describe The Arrival of Someday, it would be: utterly realistic and emotional. Really. The book tells the story of an eighteen-year-old girl - Lia (Amelia), passionate roller derby player, who recently learns she's in desperate need of an organ transplant. Now she has no other option than waiting for The Call. This is not a depressive book since Lia refuses to consider herself as a dying girl.A little warning for readers of Jen Malone's books: This is not your typical Jen Malone book with the flirty and swoon-worthy love interest. The romance doesn't really have a role in this one (but Will is a cutie pie though). This one focuses much more on the friendship.I received an ARC of this book from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Book Junky
    January 1, 1970
    Ahh finally a Book I can relate to (kind of), being a Patient of a hereditary genetic disorder Thalassemia Major,I need blood transfusions every month to live and I also got infected with HCV when I was 4 y/o through a blood transfusion and now at the age of almost 23 I had to get my huge spleen removed.Life hasn’t been very kind to me.It’s a constant struggle.There aren’t many books where the main character is struggling with a disease,fighting for their life and at the same time trying to “Liv Ahh finally a Book I can relate to (kind of), being a Patient of a hereditary genetic disorder Thalassemia Major,I need blood transfusions every month to live and I also got infected with HCV when I was 4 y/o through a blood transfusion and now at the age of almost 23 I had to get my huge spleen removed.Life hasn’t been very kind to me.It’s a constant struggle.There aren’t many books where the main character is struggling with a disease,fighting for their life and at the same time trying to “Live”, be normal.So I’m really excited and can’t wait to get my hands on this book.
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  • Camryn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the voice, but I had to stop because there was a major death and my dad just died and I’m not really in the mood for that.
  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even imagine what it would feel like to grow up with a disease that you know will make you eventually need a liver transplant. That's Amelia's life. But she's healthy and has been her whole life, basically, so it's something that's vaguely a thing but usually not on her mind. Until, as the title says, someday arrives. But even now that the need for a transplant is getting closer, she still feels OK for the most part. She's not tired (usually) and she isn't showing signs of jaundice (or, I can't even imagine what it would feel like to grow up with a disease that you know will make you eventually need a liver transplant. That's Amelia's life. But she's healthy and has been her whole life, basically, so it's something that's vaguely a thing but usually not on her mind. Until, as the title says, someday arrives. But even now that the need for a transplant is getting closer, she still feels OK for the most part. She's not tired (usually) and she isn't showing signs of jaundice (or, when she does, she's probably imagining it, right?) and it's such a weird thing. Amelia knows she's sick, but she's also not all THAT sick. And it becomes the strangest, most counter-intuitive thing: to get the liver transplant she desperately needs, she has to get sicker and also someone else has to die. And those are two things that it feels really, really wrong to hope for, right?There's a lot to discuss here (the actual meaning of life, obviously, but the platitudes we say about death and how we view it, the way that view changes given the age or suddenness of that death). It wasn't the book I was expecting but I love the book I got.I'm not sure I've cried this hard in ages, but it was all worth it. Recommended.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Completely wrecked. Important work calling attention to an important issue.
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    January 1, 1970
    • Find my reviews here: Literary Meanderings- - -The Arrival of Someday follows 18-year-old Amelia, who was born with a rare liver disorder. She's known about it her whole life, but as the book opens up, Amelia finds out that her disorder has caught up with her and she needs a liver transplant a lot sooner than anyone ever thought she might. Amelia is the quintessential roller-derby girl. She is edgy, tough, quirky, and outspoken. Throughout the book we see Amelia struggle with letting go of thi • Find my reviews here: Literary Meanderings- - -The Arrival of Someday follows 18-year-old Amelia, who was born with a rare liver disorder. She's known about it her whole life, but as the book opens up, Amelia finds out that her disorder has caught up with her and she needs a liver transplant a lot sooner than anyone ever thought she might. Amelia is the quintessential roller-derby girl. She is edgy, tough, quirky, and outspoken. Throughout the book we see Amelia struggle with letting go of this image and accepting the image of being the “dying girl”... and in the process, push everyone in her life away. Her best friend plays a huge part in the book. She plans rallies and organ donor drives trying to raise awareness and support her friend. Amelia is torn over it and the type of attention it brings upon her. The friendship becomes tense as the book goes on, as do Amelia's relationships with her parents and brother. This pushes Amelia to seek out distractions from the reality of her situation.This brings me to the romance in the book. It honestly wasn't a focal point, but it did play an important part in the story. Amelia's brother is away at college and enlists his best friend (Will) to check up on his sister's well-being. Amelia has always had a little crush on Will, so he becomes a nice distraction from reality for Amelia, but with nothing but a few kisses and some time spent together, a distraction is all it really ends up being. Amelia is eventually forced to face her reality and the possibility that she may never get a new liver.I felt almost every emotion possible while reading this book. I was sad for Amelia, but annoyed with her for treating her friends so badly. At the same time, it was easy to sympathize with her due to her situation. I was amused with the interaction between Amelia and her brother via Words With Friends games. It was LOL worthy. :) The book brought me from every high to every low, and it was a rollercoaster. I think the author did such a great job of capturing the reader and pulling them deep into the story. I felt very attached to the characters and was very touched by the story. It highlighted so much how someone's death (or the possibility of it) can not only effect them, but everyone around them. Especially when it is someone SO young.All in all, I definitely recommend this book. It really is an emotional one, though, so be prepared! The character building and growth is amazingly done, and the story plays out perfectly. I was hooked from beginning to end! - - -Book source: From the publisher for reviewPublisher: HarperTeen• For more of my reviews, check out my blog!
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    AUDIOBOOK REVIEW:My criteria for choosing audiobooks are not too complicated. The book must not be more than about 8 hours long, and it mustn’t be too ‘heavy’. I will never forgive myself for the torturous hours spent listening to half of ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’. I won’t make a mistake like that again. I wasn’t aware of what ‘The Arrival of Someday’ was about – just that it hit my two criteria. Hence, I was quite surprised when I realised I was going on a ‘journey’ with an 18-year-old who was fac AUDIOBOOK REVIEW:My criteria for choosing audiobooks are not too complicated. The book must not be more than about 8 hours long, and it mustn’t be too ‘heavy’. I will never forgive myself for the torturous hours spent listening to half of ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’. I won’t make a mistake like that again. I wasn’t aware of what ‘The Arrival of Someday’ was about – just that it hit my two criteria. Hence, I was quite surprised when I realised I was going on a ‘journey’ with an 18-year-old who was facing liver failure. 18-year-olds are fearless, assume that life is laid out before them as a smorgasbord of opportunities, a buffet of educational and life options but all those are smashed to a zillion pieces when Amelia (Lia to friends and family) discovers that the liver disease she’s had all her life, the disease that would become an issue ‘someday’, is now rearing its ugly head. Hence, the ‘arrival of someday’.Lia has a fabulous family and a soul-mate cum best friend called Sibby. Together they take on the world, right wrongs, fight battles and aim to make the world a better place. When Sibby sets out to convert all her friends, family, parcel delivery men and baristas into card-carrying-signed-up organ donors, Lia is angry that she’s being forced into the role of ‘dying girl’ and snubs her friend horribly. She turns to her brother’s friend Will, cute, funny and charming and just what she needs to take her mind off the business of death.It was a good choice for an audiobook. It kept me hooked. Nothing too heavy or complex to distract me from the road conditions as I listened in my car. The narrator is great at distinguishing between the various voices (having Sibby be Australian was a god-send for the narrator) and I was always clear about who was speaking in the dialogue bits. I liked the strong message on organ donation and the conflicting emotions of wanting an organ but not wanting somebody to die in order to get it. I would hope those who read or listen will get the message and get themselves on the organ donor register if they’ve not already done so.
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  • Linzie
    January 1, 1970
    -2.5 stars. I’m... disappointed. All the reviews for this book hype it up to be so heartbreaking and moving but I’m just not feeling it. The story itself is definitely sad, but the writing, characters, and just the overall vibes that this book gave me were not was I was hoping for. If I’m being honest, Amelia was kind of annoying. She’s 18, but she acts like an 11 year old. And oh man, the melodramaaaaa. Throughout the entire book she was all “I am so brave but woe is me I have the worst life ev -2.5 stars. I’m... disappointed. All the reviews for this book hype it up to be so heartbreaking and moving but I’m just not feeling it. The story itself is definitely sad, but the writing, characters, and just the overall vibes that this book gave me were not was I was hoping for. If I’m being honest, Amelia was kind of annoying. She’s 18, but she acts like an 11 year old. And oh man, the melodramaaaaa. Throughout the entire book she was all “I am so brave but woe is me I have the worst life everrrrrr but I am soooo tough.” And the synopsis mentions romance? Ummm where is it? I found myself rolling my eyes a lot during this book. I know that I lot of people loved this, so maybe it’s just me that feels this way about it. I hope this review doesn’t sound too harsh because I really think that this story had the potential to be amazing, but it just wasn’t. To me.
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  • Ashlee
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. If I were to say that The Arrival of Someday was one of the best contemporaries I've ever read, I would be lying. The ending literally dropped my rating down by half a star. But at the same time, I guess the conclusion of the story made this novel realistic. My favorite part of the entire thing was Amelia's dad. Her mom wasn't bad either. I loved how both of her parents were very involved in her life! Bottom line is that this isn't an awful book by any means, but don't read it if you' 3.5 stars. If I were to say that The Arrival of Someday was one of the best contemporaries I've ever read, I would be lying. The ending literally dropped my rating down by half a star. But at the same time, I guess the conclusion of the story made this novel realistic. My favorite part of the entire thing was Amelia's dad. Her mom wasn't bad either. I loved how both of her parents were very involved in her life! Bottom line is that this isn't an awful book by any means, but don't read it if you're like me and would rather have a HEA...
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  • Deena
    January 1, 1970
    Normally I would give a lower rating because of language. It gets a little rough toward the end of the story, and that’s a huge turnoff for me.But Amelia’s story is captivating from the very first page until the very last. Her journey throughout the novel was authentic, intense, and believable. Jen Malone really did her homework and poured her heart out on these pages.So I’m giving it high recommendation, with the warning about the language. Maybe colorful swearing doesn’t bother you—but it both Normally I would give a lower rating because of language. It gets a little rough toward the end of the story, and that’s a huge turnoff for me.But Amelia’s story is captivating from the very first page until the very last. Her journey throughout the novel was authentic, intense, and believable. Jen Malone really did her homework and poured her heart out on these pages.So I’m giving it high recommendation, with the warning about the language. Maybe colorful swearing doesn’t bother you—but it bothers me and quite possibly other readers as well.
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  • Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the better books that deal with life threatening medical diagnosis, that isn't as cliche as say Five Feet Apart and The Fault in Our Stars , and there was a little joke about the latter. Perhaps because they both intertwined romance? But what all these books bring is awareness for the disease or condition which is a good thing.Amelia has lived with liver issues and she recently was diagnosed with biliary atresia (BA). I loved getting to know her and her best friend, Sibby. They a This is one of the better books that deal with life threatening medical diagnosis, that isn't as cliche as say Five Feet Apart and The Fault in Our Stars , and there was a little joke about the latter. Perhaps because they both intertwined romance? But what all these books bring is awareness for the disease or condition which is a good thing.Amelia has lived with liver issues and she recently was diagnosed with biliary atresia (BA). I loved getting to know her and her best friend, Sibby. They are two peas in a pod—bonding over roller derby and social justice. They do have a big fight and I am glad the author included that. Amelia's parents are a strong and constant presence in the book. They only want the best for the child and you can see the agony and stress that they are in. Amelia's relationship with Alex is sweet—a typical sibling relationship. I am glad there isn't romance in the book because it would have taken away from the story. While there is a little flirtation and a friendship with Will, I think it was enough to keep the reader from wanting more.(view spoiler)[ I hate that I read this through for only Amelia to die in the end...it would have been nice to end on a hopeful note at least...ugh I am gutted. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not crying, you're crying.
  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    WOW
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