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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Expected Publication: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Summary via Goodreads...
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, whom 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 arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). 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 done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

Why I Can’t Wait....
Although this is a story about illness it’s not all what it is about. I love how it’s about living life and facing things head on. Not dwelling on the sadness but looking on the upside of things. Plus I get there might be a romance storyline as well and come on who doesn’t love a good romance?

What are you waiting on? Please link me up to yours. I’d love to see your picks!


  1. OH, this sounds really interesting. I agree, I don't think this book will be too sappy with the whole illness thing. It seems like Alice's answer to her diagnosis is YOLO. Great pick.

    Debbie - Here's my WoW pick

  2. This sounds like it'll be a really good book! Especially since it doesn't seem like it's supposed to a sad story the whole way through.

    Here's my WoW

  3. Okay...sounds tempting, and there are a few lessons learned....Hope you enjoy it.

    Here's MY WOW POST

  4. What an interesting synopsis. Sounds wonderful.
    I Can't Wait to Read...

  5. Haven't heard of it before, so thank you for that. I like the twist in the plot about how to really live your life as if you were dying. Thanks.

  6. This one is on my list as well. Thanks for sharing. Great pick!

    My WOW: http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/waiting-on-wednesday-better-spirits/

  7. I forgot this book was on my to read list. Great choice!

    WoW Book

  8. I've seen this book before I think on a different WoW. It looks interesting and it has romance =D
    I'll have to look into this more. Nice pick!

  9. This does sound interesting! I may have to check it out.
    My WoW @ the NerdHerd Reads

  10. This one actually does sound really good! I'm going to have to check this one out when it's released. I'm really liking this cover too. It's so colorful with the black background. I love how the font pops! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. I've never actually heard of this one until today! It sounds really good! I'm really interested to see her revenge on an ex! ;)

    My Waiting on Wednesday pick!