Written from the perspectives of both Harvey and Alice, in Side Effects May Vary, Julie Murphy weaves a compelling story of friendship, relationships and love, with a little bit of death thrown in for good measure; at least for a while.
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend Harvey, who's loved her forever, to help with compiling a crazy 'just-dying-to-do' bucket list, that's as much about revenge as it is about redemption. But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission. Now she must face the consequences of all she's said and done and discover just what happens when we say our 'final' words, only to find that life isn't through with us yet.
Sharp, witty and poignant - this is a book written for all ages.
About the Author
Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she's not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie's debut novel.
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The main character treats people around her with contempt because she doesn't know how to be vulnerable. And that's what's great about this book, a character you don't like, but can't help but grow an understanding about their way of being.
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13+ years old
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th March 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.26