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Side Effects May Vary de Julie Murphy
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Side Effects May Vary (edição: 2014)

de Julie Murphy (Autor)

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"Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she's in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she's made and the people she's hurt"--
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Título:Side Effects May Vary
Autores:Julie Murphy (Autor)
Informação:Balzer Bray (2014), 336 pages
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teen fiction (terminal illnesses that turn out not to be terminal; teens making tough choices; really horrific examples of highschool bullying). A quick read with all of those raw teenage emotions. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Alice is resigned to her fate - she is dying of leukemia at 16 years old. However, before the inevitable happens, there are things she wishes to accomplish, including acts of revenge, so with the help of Harvey, the boy who has always loved her, she acts. Then she goes into remission. This is where it gets really interesting - how do you now live with all that you have done before thinking you would not have to deal with the results of all that you did? I love this author's work. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jul 18, 2020 |
Love the fresh take on a teenager with cancer. I also love how she didn't make the protagonist so innocent. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
“Then he left, and with him he took the sun, the moon, the stars, and anything inside of me that might have been good.”

I keep picking up books with awful characters! (Don't misunderstand...great book, frustrating characters.) Alice is a bitch. There is no other way to say it, and to call her anything less would be an insult to her character. She knows she's a bitch, and yet she continues on a path of self-destruction. Then she compounds the problem by dragging decent, loyal, genuinely good people down with her. I understand that Alice got cancer as a teenager, but that doesn't give her a free pass to treat people the way she did. She thought she would die and not have to deal with any of the aftermath, but she was wrong.

I don't know why Alice found out she was going to die and then immediately thought REVENGE. I'm not in her situation, nor have I have ever been, but I would like to think I would be the type of person to make amends and find resolutions. I doubt I would have the energy to seek out perceived enemies and destroy them. We're also in drastically different stages in life, so I'm sure my final moments would be spent with my children. Alice had a lot to deal with, and she was so young and afraid. She just didn't want to admit to being afraid. She allowed her feelings to swallow her up from the inside, and would never say what needed to be said. She was selfish, cruel, and unrelenting in her pursuit of payback. There are actual enemies, sure, but what teenager (or adult for that matter) doesn't have an enemy or two. I wish she had focused more of her time on the people around her, and expressed her feelings instead of burying them. It all bubbled out at the same time, which never ends well.

Harvey. Sweet, innocent, blind Harvey. I don't know where his self-respect went, but I wish he had found it a lot sooner than he did. His love of Alice was almost like an obsession. He just knew from a very young age that he loved her and would always love her. How is that healthy? Harvey knew more about Alice than he knew about himself. You have to determine who you are by yourself before you can be you with someone else. Especially when that someone is as toxic and all-consuming as Alice. He does try with another girl, but we all know it's never going to work out. At least the two of them are honest about it.

Alice made me crazy. I lost so much oxygen just from sighing heavily throughout the book. If I had kept rolling my eyes, they would have been permanently affixed to the tops of my eyelids. Harvey needed to put himself first, but was always too concerned with Alice.

Then it starts to get interesting. They are two broken, helpless people that grow and find themselves as the story progresses. They don't remain obnoxious, unlikeable characters forever. They change and evolve. It was beautiful to watch, even when it hurt. Alice's pain wasn't just from her cancer. It was from betrayal, and a loss of trust. Harvey never wavered in his affections, but he did stop taking shit from Alice. (I honestly don't know how he still managed to blindly trust her in the end, but he did.)

Side Effects May Vary was a tragically hopeful story, and I'm happy with how it concluded.

Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
http://www.doyoudog-ear.com/2017/11/side-effects-may-vary-by-julie-murphy.html
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  doyoudogear | Oct 11, 2019 |
There has been no lack of protagonists dying of cancer since Green’s TFIOS. The protagonist annoyed me. She was just too manipulative, too unlikable; even though she was dying of cancer, she couldn’t summon any pity from me. And the boy who loved her...how spineless. But keep reading and if you persevere, the story gets better though the ending is a bit too tidy, but you’ll like it if you’re a hopeless romantic. ( )
  Reyesk9 | Sep 23, 2019 |
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