My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books 6/3/2014
Once upon a time, before high school, Colette and Sadie were best friends, but Sadie quit talking to Colette the summer after 8th grade. Now at the end of 11th grade Sadie has invited Colette to Greece. When asked why, Sadie says “I need you” thereby invoking their promise from years ago. Colette doesn’t understand, but goes anyway – with the support of her father, but not her mother’s or her boyfriend’s – hoping to discover the truth about why they are no longer friends.
Caela Carter adroitly weaves the heart-breaking story of two friends, their broken friendship, and the unspoken cause of the rift with the exquisite beauty of Santorini. Told from Colette’s point-of-view, readers are left in the dark alongside Colette as she struggles to find the truth, as she struggles to understand what happened. While the reader catches on to a piece of the truth before Colette, our jaws drop when we learn of the final betrayal. Needless to say, the breath-taking descriptions of Santorini, swimming in the volcano, and watching the sunset leave the reader with the desire to hop the next plane to Santorini to reconnect with friends and find love. Ms Carter’s written a beautiful story about honestly, love, and giving people a second chance that teens will devour.