So last week i heard about Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy and i just had to have it. I started reading it as soon as i got home. I thought what better time to review this book, so close to its review date.
Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Release Date: March 18 2014
Published by (In Australia): Penguin Books
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Synopsis: "What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying - only to find out that you have your whole future ahead of you?"
Alice was diagnosed with Leukaemia, time is not on her side, Alice recruits her friend Harvey to help with her crazy bucket list. But then Alice goes into remission. Now she must face the consequences of her actions.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
My Thoughts: I went into this book very excited, knowing that this wasn't going to be the typical cancer story. We know from the get go that Alice goes into remission. This story is about dealing with consequence, the consequence of actions taken when Alice thought she was going to die.
I thought this book was wonderful. This story is told from two perspectives Alice and Harvey, both told in the first person. The story also is told in Then and Now (during cancer and after cancer). I really enjoyed this story telling, and i loved that the two time periods meant that i really got to know the characters. Throughout this story you really got a good look at what was going on in Alice and Harvey's head, and why they did certain things.
I don't really have anything bad to say about this book. My only issues was that at time Alice is a very unlikeable character, she does so very mean things,. But the story wouldn't of worked any other way, plus this means you get to fall in love with Harvey.
In the end i think this book is mostly about growth. Dealing with the changing mindset of "i'm going to die i don't have to care what people think" too "i'm not going to die, how do i deal with this. This was not only a story of Alice dealing with the consequences of the mean things that she has done, but dealing with her feelings of not dying. Suddenly where there was no future there is one, and that's a whole other thing to deal with.
If you are looking for a light read that is a little bit Mean Girls, and a little bit coming of age story, i would recommend this book. Its a fun, quick and easy read and i think everyone should give it ago.
Until Next Time
May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor
(The Glittery Nerd)