Monday, 17 March 2014

Review: Side Effects May Vary (AKA, I actually liked it.)

Side Effects May Vary

Publication Date: March 18th 2014        
~A copy was provided by Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review~



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.

Oh wow. Like the story, my thoughts are kind of a mess right now. It's just- wow. To be honest, I was kind of expecting a happier version of The Fault in Our Stars, but whoa. So. Not. It's just as great in a completely different way (this is why I hate comparing books) but the feel is way different.
It's actually kind of hard to know what to feel about it. I think it'll be the type of book you'll either hate or love, and no between, because I'm not going to lie, it is a hard one to like. You kind of have to go beyond that to scratch beneath the surface.