Side Effects May Vary – Julie Murphy

side effects may varyAlice was prepared to die. Months of treatments for leukemia drained the strength from her, forcing her to quit high school and ballet. Believing she is in her final months, Alice is determined get revenge against the people she feels have wronged her. With her long-time friend, Harvey, at her side, plans are set in motion. Her ex-boyfriend, who betrayed her confidence, and a one-time friend who turned against her were at the top of her list. Alice also sets out to gain experiences. Over time, she and Harvey realized how much they care for each other. When Alice goes into remission, she doesn’t know what to do. She backs away from Harvey, denies her feelings, and ends up hurting herself and the people who love her. For Alice, it took almost dying to realize how she wanted to live. The story is told from both Alice’s and Harvey’s views and jumps around in time. It is extremely well-written and captivating. The author paints a vivid picture of these characters’ lives and emotions.

eGalley review Publication date 3.18.14

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