On Being on Hiatus and Some Recent Reads

March 17, 2014

Okay, if you're a frequent visitor (are you? If yes, then know this: I LOVE YOU), you've probably noticed that I've been pretty absent around here for some time now. I've been pretty busy for the past month with several different things. I was really, really hoping that I would be able to keep up with my blogging and balance it out with everything else going on, but obviously, that didn't happen. Which is why I'm writing this post here.

Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
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What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

"Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.>
Maybe if I hadn't started Side Effects May Vary with such high hopes, it wouldn't have been such a disappointment, but, I did, and it was. So that's that. I shall, however, validate my stance, and you can go forth and make a decision to whether or not to read it.