side effects

You’re probably already aware of the imminent release of Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, mainly because I’ve been fangirling it all over the interwebs and *briefly* considered starting a black market ARC ring just so I could get it early. But fear not, the day is nigh (TOMORROW) that you can score a copy of your very own. Since the main character Alice has a bucket list, Julie asked people to share their own. Mine is as follows…

  • Go to France I studied French from Montessori through high school. I’d love to practice it among natives. Plus the art, good God, the art!
  • Get published Traditional or self-pubbed, who knows? But it needs to happen.
  • Spend an entire day in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then figure out how to live there permanently.
  • Find my CP soul mate(s) Could it be you? Let’s discuss.
  • Visit a movie set I’m fascinated by the process of filmmaking. Plus I could ogle hot actors.
  • Visit every professional baseball stadium in the U.S. 15 down, 15 to go.
  • Make a goal for every month of the year and achieve them all DONE in 2011! So fun I may have to do it again.
  • Own a vacation home Perhaps the Great Smoky Mountains or on a South Carolina beach.
  • Attend an in-person writing conference This may happen this summer if the writing gods are with me.

Enough about me! Onto the good stuff.


side effects coverWhat 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, who 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 archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). 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 caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.



Julie Murphy Author Photo copy
She’s really sweet, y’all. Plus she smells nice.*
*no, I’m not a creeper. I hugged her, though. TWICE.
Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she’s not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie’s debut novel. Julie can best be found on her website, tumblr, or twitter.

5 thoughts on “My Bucket List à la SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY”

  1. We went to France ten years ago and I loved it. We flew in and out of Paris and took the train down to Avignon and Aix. So enjoyable.

    If you still need to cross Nationals Park off your list, I invite you to join me for a game. I love watching baseball!


    1. Yes! Cheers for fellow baseball fans!

      CP soul mates must be honest, fair, and be willing to swap work. They should be serious about their work but not take themselves too seriously (if that makes sense). Also a desire to read YA contemporary, although writing in that genre isn’t a requirement, is necessary.


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