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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    My Life After Now is a wonderful, heartbreaking story about a no

    My Life After Now is a wonderful, heartbreaking story about a normal teenage girl who makes one bad choice that changes of her life forever.

      One night, one mistake, fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, guilt, disappointment, depression, and grief,  all these emotions overwhelm her.  Everything changes, centering around this one fact, as Lucy comes to terms with and learns how to live with her life after now.  




    This is such a tragic story.  Lucy is really a good girl and not one to get into trouble.  She know about safe sex, and one night of losing her inhibitions to alcohol results in something totally out of character for Lucy.  Her story is devastating.  My heart broke with her as she suffered through the denial, fear of having the disease, and sinks into a deep depression feeling like she can't talk about it with anyone. When she does finally open to someone, their reaction to her and her news sends her into an even deeper depression.  Finally, her dads decide it is time for intervention and she breaks down and tells them everything.  My Life After Now chronicles Lucy's journey into the place of acceptance, taking one day at a time, addressing the stigma she faces associated with the disease, the fear of people knowing, the ignorance surrounding it, and the love and support from friends and family, and support groups with people in similar situations, that combined can make life worth living again.




    Jessica Verdi has done an outstanding job in writing My Life After Now, and has obviously done a great deal of research on the subject of HIV and AIDS.  I especially liked how the author honed in on the fact that in recent years education about the disease, the way it's transmitted, the treatment options, etc., has really diminished when compared to the education and awareness that took place even a decade ago, highlighting the need for continued education on the subject, especially for those in high school.  The story itself allows you to connect with Lucy and experience through her character, what it's like to find out this has happened to you.  The book is extremely well written.  The author has also incorporated much needed information regarding the importance of treatment, the emotional issues surrounding the disease, awareness about the disease and modes of transmission, and the need for support both physically and emotionally.  The story also provides hope, showing that people with this disease can still have a life, find love, and move forward.  Jessica Verdi even provides a discussion guide regarding the subject to go along with the book, as well as providing further resource information links regarding the disease and its treatment.  My Life After Now is not only an excellent novel, it is a great teaching tool and I most definitely recommend it.  

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Awesome book!

    Its so detailed i just cant stay away from it! The problems, romance are just breath taking and leaving me wanting more. I definetly recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    Wow - this book is amazing!

    I was amazed at how good this book was. It was so well written and heartbreaking yet so inspiring. Good read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    My Life After Now is one of the best books ever!!

    This book was so touching and I just couldn't put it down. Lucy's battle with HIV/AIDS was definitely sad, and I was constantly crying, but was also very inspirational. Even when she wanted to give up, to stop fighting, she didn't. She got the help she needed from Roxie, her parents, her friends, and the rest of the group. My Life After Now was a great read and I highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Wonderful

    Found myself in tears several times. A must-read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    RJ

    Bye shelby if ur leaving or wtever.. Ik rl is good. No duh. But actually my lifes pretty fu<_>cked up u dnt even know. N not all summer have we just been on nook. Hun u end needa tell us that. And we maay meet in rl. Elijah met Cats cuzin in rl. In california bc they facebook friends too. So shelby u dnt know that. We dnt count our whole life on nook. So um noo were not wasting our lives.lmfao!!!! So yea anyways if ur leaving goodbye forevaz.
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