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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:
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.
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.