Sunday, February 7, 2016

Review: Side Effects May Vary

Side Effects May Vary Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Talk: When 16-year old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she feels like her world is ending. She and Harvey, her childhood best friend and on-again/off-again romantic interest, start working through her bucket list. But when her cancer goes into remission, Alice is forced to re-think the rest of her life.

My Thoughts: I really liked this one. It sort of reminded me of a "bizarro world" Fault in Our Stars. Instead of a lovable and quirky Hazel Grace, we get snarky and kind of UN-lovable Alice. She pretty much does everything we DON'T want her to do, including using her best friend in the worst possible ways. This is a pretty darn good tale about friendship, love, bullying, and sickness.

My Recommendation: 4.5/5 stars
Grades 9+ (adult situations, language)

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