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My Life After Now
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My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi


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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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



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