Review: My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
TITLE: My Life After Now
PUBLICATION: Published April 2nd 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE: YA > Contemporary
PAGES: 287 pages (Paperback)
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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.
To learn of someone contracting HIV is heartbreaking but when a teenager is vulnerable, it’s the worst thing ever. Jessica Verdi explores the possibility of a regular teenager contracting the disease, making peace with the fact that she can’t do anything to change that and then learning to live as normal a life as she can.
Lucy has had a very, very bad day and one night out to escape the madness changes her life irrevocably. We all make mistakes and Lucy makes one that is very out of character for her and the price she has to pay is huge. I knew what was coming—having read far too many spoilers over on Goodreads—but it just broke my heart when I realized that Lucy would have to live through this at her age. The book gives a really thoughtful insight on how a teenager—like any other teenager—would live through HIV. Lucy’s life changes, definitely, but I’m so glad there is a ray of hope in the end.
Throughout the book, I found myself wondering what I’d do, if I were in Lucy’s place. How would I tell my parents? How would my friends react? How would I react? I found myself connecting to Lucy well, thanks for her friendly, open voice. It was almost surreal, when I found myself reacting either very differently or almost the same way as Lucy did.
I liked how Lucy stood up to Lee—the cause of her disease in the first place. It wasn’t easy—and it honestly didn’t make a difference—but it was courageous of her and I don’t think anyone else could have pulled it off like Lucy did.
What I loved more about this book is how inspiring it is. There’s no end to the support Lucy receives when she’s diagnosed. Her parents, her friends, hell, even the boy she’s started to like. It’s all there and it’s truly heart-warming. I loved all the supporting characters in the book, even the bad guys who gave variety to the book.
And it’s a well-researched book. There were so many misconceptions, so many things I thought I knew that I really didn’t. So many things that I still don’t know.
With a realistic plot and a well thought out and researched story, Jessica Verdi has created an unforgettable story and a strong array of relatable characters. Definitely a must-read.
This one of those books that will have a subtle but profound impact on you. Just keep your mind open to it.