From Goodreads: 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 Rating: 4 hearts
on the Novel: The topic of HIV/AIDS hasn’t
really been tackled yet in YA so I applaud Jessica Verdi for doing so skilfully
with her debut novel, My Life After Now. Her book was informative. It was
touching. And, it was thoughtfully written.
As a character, Lucy makes some
unwise choices both before and after she gets HIV. It would have been all too easy
for me to get annoyed by her. Instead, I found Lucy to be an incredibly
sympathetic and relatable protagonist.
Through Lucy’s journey in trying to
come to terms with her positive HIV diagnosis, Verdi makes the reader think
about how a simple mistake can utterly change one’s life. How would you react
if you were to be diagnosed with HIV? Would you tell anybody at all about your
diagnosis, and if so, who? Verdi also shows the reader how something
inconsequential like trying to get a cut treated can become a huge obstacle to
navigate for someone with HIV. Finally, through Lucy’s research and
conversations with Roxie, the reader learns factual information about HIV.
As great as My Life After Now was, I
did think it was a bit idealistic because of how lucky Lucy was in terms of her
support system. Her parents are a gay couple and while shocked by her
diagnosis, are quick to accept the news and extremely understanding. Lucy’s
best friends act like her positive diagnosis isn't life changing at all. The girl who Lucy dislikes
(and vice versa) doesn’t spread the news like wildfire when she accidentally finds out that
Lucy is HIV-positive. And, the two times Lucy isn’t happy with how she’s
treated leads to threats of suing … which is so convenient because one of her
dads just happens to be a lawyer.
Still, My Life After Now is worth a
read. I dove into it not knowing what to expect, and finished it amazed with
how brilliantly Verdi dealt with the topic of teen sex without being preachy
about the importance of safe sex.
My Life After Now was released on April
2, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire.
About the Cover: Since anybody get an STD, I like that the model is turned
away as it gives her an air of anonymity.
In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (Sourcebooks) for free via NetGalley.