Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy:
Release Date: March 18, 2014
I've seen this on numerous WoW posts over the past several months and added it to my TBR list a while ago. Now that it is closer to the release date, I am getting excited about it.
The topic of cancer is usually something I shy away from. It is the one and only reason I put off reading The Fault In Our Stars for almost two years. Now that I have crossed that bridge, I definitely think I can handle this one. I can only imagine what sort of messes someone could create if they thought there would be no long term consequences to their actions.
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.