Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel about a girl with cancer who creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list that sets off a war at school-only to discover she's gone into remission. When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend, Harvey, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge as it is about hope. But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she's said and done. Contemporary realistic-fiction readers who love romantic stories featuring strong heroines will find much to savor in this standout debut.


Honest and unflinching, this is a compelling story of one teen's struggle with cancer, love, and living. A worthwhile addition. -- School Library Journal Readers will turn the last page wanting to know where the next chapter leads. -- Kirkus Reviews Alice and Harvey's relationship is raw, honest, moving, and unapologetic in its depiction of their individual, and collective, pain. -- Booklist Julie Murphy weaves together a tender and funny tale of love, friendship, heartache, and redemption. SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY explodes with brutal honesty, brilliant wit, and unflinching heart. -- John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for WHERE THINGS COME BACK Julie Murphy's SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a funny, heartfelt, honest look at the beauty and the risk of getting a second chance. An inspiring novel about all the things worth living for. I adored this debut! -- Siobhan Vivian, author of The List A funny and touching novel about a strong-willed heroine who finds facing death simple, but facing life heart-wrenchingly complicated. A real original. -- Jennifer Echols, author of GOING TOO FAR A tale of unlikely romance, impossible obstacles, and mortality, this book is a must-read. -- Teen Vogue It's equal parts fun, cringe-worthy, and totally fearless! -- Seventeen Magazine An unexpected twist on the typical cancer story. -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

About the Author

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she's not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is the author of Dumplin', Side Effects May Vary, and Ramona Blue. You can visit Julie at

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 14


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Publication date

5th May 2016



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