Author - Jessica Verdi
Genre - Contemporary
Release Date - April 1st 2013
Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it’s all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.
And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family? Now, every moment is a precious gift. She never thought being positive could be so negative. But now, everything’s different…because now she’s living with HIV.
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The Insider's Scoop
I had to do a ton of research for this book. While I was gathering reading material, I was shocked to find out how few books have actually been written about teenagers and HIV/AIDS. Though young people ages 13-29 account for nearly forty percent of the new HIV cases in the U.S. every year, in the whole of the New York City Public Library system I found a total of one book that featured real life teenagers telling their stories in their own words. There were also very few novels written about teens with HIV, and none that had tackled the issue the way I wanted to tackle it. It’s kind of funny how doing research for a book I had already decided to write was what ultimately made me realize just how much a book like this really needed to be written. Lucy might be fictional, but her story is playing out in the lives of real teens every single day.
The theater storyline in the book, on the other hand, required pretty much zero research—I was an actor before I realized that being a writer was way better. I’m still a total theater geek, though. J
Bonus fact: My Life After Now was originally titled On the Plus Side. I’m so glad my publisher decided to change it! (Bookie's Note: I knew that! :P)
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