Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
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 Life After Now is a novel that should be read by everyone. While it isn't perfect, it tackles an issue that I have never encountered before in young adult fiction and will both educate and engage the reader throughout. My knowledge of HIV and AIDS was very slim before I read My Life After Now and I think that is definitely an issue with our education systems. Most teenagers never imagine that they could be affected by HIV or how life-changing a diagnosis can be. 

Lucy was such an inspiring and likable character. She was layered and well-developed; everything about her from her personality to her narrative to her experiences was very real. Lucy made mistakes, but one big one that would change her life forever. Seeing the "before" Lucy and the "after" Lucy was such an interesting, and heart-breaking, experience. Her life completely fell apart in a matter of days and there was nothing she could do to change it. The reactions of her friends and family were realistic and a mix of good and bad. I loved her fathers, it is rare that parents have such a large role in today's YA novels, but both of Lucy's fathers played key roles in her life and the story. 

HIV and AIDS awareness is an important, and current, issue that Jessica handles extremely well in her debut novel. When I first picked this up, I had no idea what to expect, but I finished it with a mix of understanding and sadness. It is not very often that I read a book that leaves me so emotional, but My Life After Now certainly did that. 

The only issue I had was with the ending, because I wish we got more closure. I would really like to know what is next for Lucy and the other characters. 

My Life After Now is definitely worth a read and is a novel that should be shared with every and any teenager. I picked this up planning on reading a few pages, and was soon completely sucked into Lucy's story. It is an emotional and realistic read that also educates the reader. I am eager to see what is next for this exciting new author and am curious to see if she will tackle another serious issue. 

Overall: 4.25 out of 5 

April 2, 2013/Sourcebooks Fire/287 Pages/Young Adult

Source: NetGalley 


  1. I do know a lot about HIV/AIDS because of my study, but I'm fascinated to see the true impact on someones life. I love the fact that more of these tough subjects are tackled by authors and I'm happy Verdi did a great job with handling it. I really like closure in books, but I'm willing to give this one a shot despite the open ending. Great review :)


  2. This book looks fantastic! I really haven't seen much about it, so I'm really glad I read your review! I've never read a book focused on HIV/AIDS so this will be interesting.

    -Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

  3. This book sounds really good and that cover drew me in instantly! I'm such a sucker for covers like this one. I love layered and well developed characters!! They always make the story so much more enjoyable! Great review! :)

  4. Fantastic review :) I've got My Life After Now in my Nook but haven't really placed it high on my TBR list, but now I'm going to…thanks to your review :D

  5. Great review. This book looks wonderful, and this is the second raving review that I have read for it today. It is definitely added to my to read list.

  6. Really good review! I've never heard about this book yet, but now I'm excited to read it! Check out my blog and let me know how you like it! I just started it!


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