Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm picking:
Side Effects May Vary by
March 18th 2014
by HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray
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?
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
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.