My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
Reviewed By: A.T.
Wow. So where to begin... Meet Lucy, a bright young high school student, the whole world ahead of her, and the possibilities are endless. Then in one fell swoop she loses her boyfriend, her starring role in a performance of Romeo & Juliet, and before she knows it, she's losing herself. Lucy and some friends decide it's time for a night on the town. Who doesn't need to cut loose some times? Let go, forget your worries, and make a few mistakes. But the mistake Lucy makes will change her life, and her family's life forever. She makes the mistake of having unprotected sex with a stranger, and the repercussions are almost more than she can handle. She's a good kid, she doesn't make mistakes, so she couldn't possibly have HIV, right? Discover how Lucy, her friends, and her family deal with the heartbreak, terror, fear, and misinformation as she comes to terms with her life after now.
Why I Picked it Up: I saw the review and I had to read it. So often you see books where the one night stand leads to a pregnancy, which is a completely different situation all by itself, but this one tackles a much more dire outcome...contracting HIV. Also, it seems to be a topic that has faded into the background in the past few years, so I was glad to see an author taking on such a big issue.
Why I Finished It: I literally could not put it down! I read this book in 2 days, and it only took 2 days because I had to stop to go to sleep.
I’d Give this Book To: Definitely older teens. This book tackles some pretty big issues, but in a really great way. There are even book discussion questions in the back that may help clear up some misconceptions you may have about the disease, or lead you to ask other questions of yourself or situations you may find yourself in.
**Librarian Side Note** There are lot of other really great books about young people making life changing decisions. If these books are what you like to read, I would recommend checking out After by Amy Efaw, The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez, and Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter, all available at our Library.