Feature & Follow Friday: Looking Foward


Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

There are a lot (of course!), but I’m trying to list books that aren’t in my (already scheduled) Waiting on Wednesday posts, so here are two:

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

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, whom 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 arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). 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 done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

I love the cover of Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. It reminds me of colored chalk on a chalkboard at school (in days past; it’s all whiteboards now) or that chalkboard paint that’s popular on Pinterest. Chalk is a funny-looking word, isn’t it?

I’ve seen some not-so-good reviews of Side Effects May Vary, but I’m hoping I like it. I generally don’t care for cancer books — I gave The Fault in Our Stars three stars and I rolled my eyes at it A LOT — but this one is about a girl in remission so it might be okay. I just hope the remission sticks and that Alice doesn’t die at the end, or this might be the last cancer book I ever read.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

I like country music and for some reason, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord reminds me of the TV show Nashville. The two probably have little in common other than country music, but that was what came to mind immediately. That and Taylor Swift (“country superstar”).

Too bad Lilah’s name has an “h” on the end of it. That’s going to bug me. I think it’s much prettier without.



  1. Those look so cute! I’ll definitely look into both this year 😀 thanks for stopping by!

    Megan @ Bookworm in Love
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  2. Both look fantastic – I can’t wait for Open Road Summer! I agree, it seems so much like Nashville, so I have really high hopes for it!
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  3. Both books look good. Side Effects May Vary made my list too. It sounds like a really interesting book.
    I haven’t heard of Open Road Summer before but I like road-trip type books (can a tour be like a roadtrip?). And I agree about the name Lila/h but I think it sounds pretty.
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  4. Open Road Summer wasn’t on my reading list until recently, but seeing so many other bloggers excited about it has made me excited for it, too. hope you like it 🙂

    I already follow you on Bloglovin’, but I followed you on twitter and tumblr, too.

  5. I have seen those books on the blogosphere but I don’t know much about them. I hope you enjoy them. Old follower via bloglovin.

    Have a great day,
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  6. I cannot wait to read Side Effects May Vary. It sounds so good and it sounds like something I’d love. I’m not so excited for the other one – I’m not in the mood for light books 🙂

  7. I cannot wait to read Side Effects May Vary! It just sounds so cute and different! I’ve heard really good things about it so far!! I’m a new follower via bloglovin 🙂

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  8. Hello. New follower here! I’m definitely adding Side Effects May Vary to my “Must Read” list. I love the idea behind it! Hopefully, it will be one that has you laughing and crying. Thanks for sharing.

    Crystal @ YA Society
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  9. Open Road Summer is one I have had my eye on too. It looks really good. 🙂 I have both of your picks on my massive TBR list. 🙂 It never stops growing. LOL Happy Reading!
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  10. Great post. Have a great weekend! =)

    Following you on Bloglovin.

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  11. I haven’t heard those books yet but I will add it to my TBR.

    I’m a new follower via Bloglovin. Here’s my #FF
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  12. I am curious about both books. Open Road Summer looks like the perfect summer read. I hope they are both good reads for you!
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  13. Ooh, I really want to read Side Effects May Vary! I’ve seen it everywhere, and I wish I got an ARC :l But honestly, I’ll probably preorder it once I get some extra money, because I’m genuinely pumped about that book <3

    And Open Road Summer looks pretty good too!
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