Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: Side Effects May Vary @andimJULIE

TITLE: Side Effects May Vary
AUTHOR: Julie Murphy
RELEASE DATE: March 18th 2014
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook


When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend, Harvey, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge as it is about hope.
But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she's said and done.

Julie Murphy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, Puddin', Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. She lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, traveling, or hunting down the perfect slice of pizza. Before writing full time, she held numerous jobs, such as wedding dress consultant, failed barista, and, ultimately, librarian.


We have read many books about dying teenagers (make it because of cancer or any other disease) but 'Side Effects May Vary' brings an original element to this YA current topic. This time, the heroine doesn't die, in fact, she miraculously goes into remission and now... she has to live with the consequences of her actions. The problem? her actions were not so good.

It was refreshing to see a book where the main character is not all about peace and love and making things better for others because she is dying, no... she decides to make the people that made her suffer to pay for their actions. And if you are an angry teenager with a terminal disease and you think that nothing can hurt you, well... imagine what type of things you will do.

The book is told from a dual POV, we have Alice and Harvey's side of the story and also we have the "Now" and "Then" to build a complete world and understand where we are.

It was an easy to read story with a good writing style. I couldn't fall in love with the characters and maybe that's why I'm giving it 3 stars.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry this book was disappointing. I have to say when I don't connect with the character it almost always brings the story down a couple stars for me.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews


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