Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Details: 304 pages, paperback
Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary
Source: NetGalley (Thank you NetGalley & Sourcebooks Fire!)
Find it: Amazon || Goodreads || B&N

Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it's all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.

And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family?

Now her life is completely different...every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

My Life After Now introduces us to Lucy. Lucy who lives with two days, has two of the most amazing friends a person could ask for, and a great boyfriend who's into theater just as much as she is. Lucy lives for being on stage. Everything seems to be perfect until Lucy's absent mother drops by and her on stage rival not only decides to steal the part she's after in the school play Romeo & Juliet but also her Romeo as well. Oh the nerve! Not being able to deal, she goes out on a reckless night out on the town with her two besties.

That one night changes her entire life.

After that incident Lucy shuts herself off, she doesn't know who to tell, who to trust or what to do and while I feel for her panic and I feel for her anxiety... I think she handled it a little wrong. But who am I to judge the actions of a seventeen year old girl who has just found out that she's HIV positive? How do you cope with that? Honestly? So while Lucy annoyed the crap out of me, I think she handled herself pretty well.

What I did love about the book was Lucy's support system, her dad's were MORE than supportive. The new friends she made and the new boy in her life who cared about her when she thought she didn't deserve it. It's a tough thing to deal with but I think the message behind the actions was indeed strong. I also really liked that Lucy was into theater! It's always nice to see that in books or movies since it's given off that theater is "uncool" and all of you who have been following my blog for the last few years know I feel about theater :P

Overall I did enjoy this read, it was something different than what I usually dabble into. And while the situation is tragic, the story isn't!

Also, Jessica will be stopping by the blog on the 29th. Be sure to check out her thoughts on theater as well!

There's something about New York City that gives you permission to just be. There's no need for pretense, no need for masks. You can be real, without risk. [....] New York is beautifully anonymous.


  1. I really liked the quote you picked, it's beautifully put. This sounds like a truly interesting book and since I have recently seen the documentary How To Survive a Plague I have been thinking that to know more about HIV/AIDS is important. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.


    1. @Beth You're welcome! I feel like HIV/AIDS is still a bit of a taboo subject, even now. I admit I wasn't really educated on it either until I read this book!

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