Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day Twenty-One: SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY + Giveaway!

Book Profile

Name - Side Effects May Vary (Goodreads)
Author - Julie Murphy
Genre - Contemporary YA
Release Date - March 18th 2014

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?

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The Insider's Scoop

1. Side Effects May Vary was inspired by a conversation about the zombie apocalypse and what people would do if their lives were about to end.

2. We did so much in revisions, but the most insane revision I like to tell people about is that what is now the ending was once the climax. 

3. I obviously love Alice & Harvey, but my favorite characters to write were actually their parents. Especially Harvey’s mother, Natalie. I have whole backstories that I’ve written on all of them.

4. Some people write to music, but I usually write to films. I find one or two for every book and have them playing on repeat almost all the time. The movie I wrote Side Effects May Vary to was Blue Valentine.

5. When I wrote Side Effects May Vary, I was working at a library where I spent the bulk of my time at the reference desk. While waiting for patrons to approach me with their questions, I wrote entire scenes on post-it notes.


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  1. really looking forward to reading this when it comes out ! :)

  2. Really excited for this one, sounds like a great read. Thanks for a chance to win it! :)

  3. Thank you for the international giveaway! :)

  4. Can't wait for this to come out. Enjoyed reading about Murphy's process & inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I was waiting for this giveaway for ages! Thank you :)

  6. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Really looking forward to this. <3

  7. Such a sweet sad story but curious about the ending!
    thanks *

  8. What a great twist to a story! Can't wait to read this!

  9. This is the first time I have heard anything about this book, so I really want to say thank you for having this be a part of your Debutante Event. It sounds so very good! I loved all of the little facts about the book. It is rare to see films instead of music as the background for writers. Very cool! I think I would be the same way. If I tried to listen to music, I would get to caught up in it, singing and dancing, that I would never get any writing done!

  10. Ooh I can't wait to read this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  11. Its so interesting that you wrote the book to films, really. Honestly, I cant wait to get my grubby hands on this books :)

  12. This is definitely one of the main books I'm looking forward to in 2014! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  13. This has been in my TBR list for 2014 since the Epic Reads ladies talked about it on Tea Time! One of the few contemporaries I'm looking forward to read!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! This book looks great.

  15. This book seems like such an interesting spin on the "sad dying person" book! Thanks for the giveaway and the interview.

  16. Love the writing to movies! I like to write all my blog posts as I watch tv. The white noise helps! Thank you for sharing all these amazing tidbits!!

  17. Very interesting. Can't wait to read it!

  18. I would love to see what happens between Alice and Harvey. =D

  19. I can't wait to read this! I heard it's amazing!

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  21. I really really want to know the story behind being attacked by a herd of reindeer. Sounds...interesting!
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