Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014 book 14

Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary
I feel like the description of this book--which made me want to read it--implies a different sort of story than what is actually here. It's about a Cancer Girl, and her longtime best friend, a guy who's been in love with her for years--and what happens when she goes into remission. The description implies that she has a whole list of crazy/mean/vengeful things she does (with his help) when she thinks she's dying, and then has to deal with the consequences, but really she only does, like, two things. It's really about her relationship with her friend (and her unwillingness to have an honest conversation with him, because she's a stupid teenager). It's really well-written, though, even though Harvey is kind of too perfect to be true, and I liked the end a lot. Perfect for fans of complicated characters and complicated romances. B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher.  This book will be released in March.

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