Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

15728577Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Source: Library
Edition: Hardcover (330 pages)
Genre: Contemporary

What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying-only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs-however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her-and to the one person who matters most?
I had heard so many great things about this one, especially from one of my favorite booktubers, so the instant that I saw this one in my library, I ran to the checkout so that I could finally read it. As soon as I got home, I went on Goodreads to see what other people had to say about the book too. I found that there were actually a lot of negative reviews, which kind of brought me down a bit before reading this, but in the end I think it made me like it even more.

My favorite character was definitely Harvey. He was ALWAYS there for Alice, even when she didn't want him to be. He was just so sweet and kind and everything wonderful in the world. Plus, his huge crush that he had always had on Alice was super adorable. I absolutely loved it when I got to the chapters told through Harvey's point of view, just because I loved him so much as a character.

Alice could be annoying at times, but she began to grow on me the more that I read about her. I did find some of her decisions to be iffy at times (I'd say specifically when but I don't want to be too spoilery!). However, in the end, she did seem somewhat okay.

I definitely would recommend giving this one a read sometime. It's a quick read that you won't regret. I'm really looking forward to reading more by Julie Murphy in the future.

Notable Quotes:

Then he left, and with him he took the sun, the moon, the stars, and anything inside of me that might have been good.

In a hundred years, no one would know us, but this moment for us would last as long as we did.

I wanted nothing more than to feel something, but I didn't know how to deal with what came after the feeling.

I'd always heard that when you truly love someone, you're happy for them as long as they're happy. But that's a lie. That's higher-road bullshit. If you love someone so much, why the hell would you be happy to see them with anyone else? I didn't want the easy kind of love. I wanted the crazy love, the kind of love that created and destroyed all at the same time.


Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. I haven't read this book yet because I actually don't do well with cancer books. And like you, I've also read a lot of negative reviews on Side Effects May Vary that made me hesitate about picking up this book. It's great though that you still read and enjoyed it. Nice review, Krystianna! And those quotes are also beautiful. :)

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    ~Julie @ Books and Insomnia

  2. I have been wanting to read this one for a while but also saw the negative reviews. Glad to hear you enjoyed it and the quotes are really good. I might have to check this one out again - Great review!

  3. Haven't read this one, but it does look good. I've heard a lot of mixed feelings about it, so I've stayed away. But, I know my library has it so maybe I'll give it a shot. Great Review!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

  4. Whose your favorite booktuber? Mines Polandbananabooks:) The story sounds interesting.

  5. This sounds like a great read! Great review :)


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