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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#22) Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:
Side Effects May Vary by
Expected publication: March 18th 2014 by HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray

From Goodreads: 
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.

Why I'm Waiting:
This sounds so different from other books I've read.  Yes I have read a lot of "cancer books", or books about death, but this looks like a totally unique take on all of that.  The main character is horrible to some people thinking she never has to deal with the consequences, and then she does.  I can't wait to see how it's all resolved and if she is a character I can get behind. 


  1. Haven't heard of this one! Hope you love every page of it!

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  2. I heard about this from EpicRead's #ARCparty and it looks O-MAZING!!