Side Affects May Vary Book Review // I Despised The Book As Much As The Main Character

15728577Title: Side Affects May Vary

Author: Julie Murphy

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb (GR): 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, who 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 archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). 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 caused 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.



  • Nothing. Period.


  •  Manipulative Relationships – Why is this sadly like This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang. If you read the review, I did not enjoy the book. One of the issues that’s present in this book is manipulative relationships!! The main character Alice uses innocent Harvey for her own purposes, and says that “she loves him”, but ends up dropping him. Then dragging him along. This made me frustrated in long periods throughout the book. I literally felt like DNF’ing it almost half-through.
  • Confusing Relationships – I didn’t get the friendship/love between Harvey, and Alice. It aggravated me to all ends! Alice said that she “didn’t want to break things between Harvey”. She also stated that she knew Harvey was in love with her since forever. Yet, she continued to drag Harvey in her little games. This seems to complicate things between them further. Which left me really confused. What was Alice going for?? Why couldn’t she just confess, and say that she liked Harvey?


  • Alice – I hated her! I despised so much because she was straight up a mean girl! I really don’t get what her problem is. She didn’t change at all (she seemed to grow even MORE meaner), and treated everyone around her like trash.
  • Harvey – He was really gullible, and weak. I got really pissed at Harvey because HE KNEW that Alice was using him, and what did he do? GO ALONG WITH IT!!


okay the writing style, was actually really good. It was told in a really unique way. There’s like a before/after dual P.O.V’S which made the book seem more interesting



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