Spotlight Friday (101)

Hello everyone!  Are you glad it’s Friday once again?  I am!  Let’s see what book goodies we have today!

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)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? 

What’s To Like: I’ve kind of seen this theme before, but it’s pretty rare.  I kind of like to think this is what the flip-side of TFiOS would be.  I mean, they sound a little similar, right?  Not identical by any means, but similar.  I’d really like to see what Alice does after she’s gotten her revenge.  Has she gone too far?  I don’t know.  But I’d like to find out.

My review of Side Effects May Vary

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Release Date: March 25, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

What’s To Like: This has the makings of an awesome book.  It reminds me in parts of The Body Finder.  I love that Nearly has powers…and yes, weirdly, I do enjoy the whole serial killer thing.  But I’m gonna enjoy this undercover police boy even more, I think.  I really want to get to know him.  I’m so intrigued.

This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined…

What’s To Like: This is a fascinating premise.  I know when all that stuff came and went in 2012, some people had to deal with this kind of thing.  And I’m just so fascinated by the psychology behind it.  What kind of mindset do you have to be in for that?  I mean, I mostly just want to know what happens when David gets home from prom.  Where are his parents?

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