My Life After Now
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.
Debut author Verdi paints Lucy’s devastation and her tangled emotions with honesty and compassion…Verdi’s novel never preaches, instead telling Lucy’s story with realism and hope. – Publishers Weekly
Verdi forces her readers to face Lucy’s dilemma with unflinching honesty and unfaltering compassion… A gem of a novel. – RT Book Reviews (Top Pick, 4.5 stars out of 4)
A poignant story. – School Library Journal
Deftly addresses sex, HIV, and AIDS. – The Atlantic Wire (2013 Spring “Can’t Wait to Read” YA Book Preview)
Lucy’s journey toward accepting her diagnosis is realistically handled, complete with highs and lows. – Kirkus
A well-paced novel…Veers from the preachy and sticks to the human interest and drama. – POZ
Lucy’s voice is believable, and her character is easily relatable. The plot is well paced, and readers will want to find out what Lucy’s future holds…My Life After Now offers teen readers the opportunity to delve into a topic that they probably want to know more about. – VOYA Magazine
Lucy Moore isn’t going to exit stage left anytime soon. – A&U: America’s Aids Magazine
This title deals with the heart-breaking reality of HIV infection among teens. Lucy tells her story with unflinching realistic detail, yet Verdi avoids both gratuitous description and preaching. – Library Media Connection
The Summer I Wasn’t Me (Coming April 2014)
Lexi has a secret…
Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.
You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.
The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.