My Life After Now
by Jessica Verdi
NetGalley- Sourcebooks Fire
April 2, 2013
Book Jacket Summary
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.
I teared up so many times while reading this book. I think that is an honest portrayal of what a teen would go through when discovering she has become HIV positive in 2013. It is not talked about as it was in the 80's and 90's because the medicine has become better but it is still something that can happen. Lucy pushes everyone away and doesn't tell her dad's about it because they had seen AIDS kill their friends.
It shows that actions do have consequences, even when you are young. However it does not come off as preachy or a warning. Instead it is more of what could happen and a character study of someone who is told they have a death sentence. There is hope in the book and it is not always a sob fest because you learn about the medical breakthroughs that have happened since the 90's.
I do like the theater aspect of the book and how Lucy escapes into the gender changed roles of Mercutio and the death scene has a new sense of despair. She pushes away her friends because she cannot tell them the truth and becomes isolated in her sadness. I did really like this book and I am glad I took a chance on it. From the synopsis you are not sure what happened to Lucy or what it is she did but it is a different take on something that may have left our social consciousness. It is a great book and I highly recommend it for students, plus it has a LBGT for those in need of books with a character with two dads.
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