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There’s No Prescription for Being a Jerk

The main character of Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary might have cancer, but she doesn’t have to be so mean about it.

There’s No Prescription for Being a Jerk

BOOK REPORT for Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Cover Story: Doodle
BFF Charms: Caution and Be Mine
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factor: Dilapidated Amusement Park
Anti-Bonus Factors: Cancer, Mean Girls
Relationship Status: Conflicted Compatriots

I seriously disliked one of the main characters in Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary, but I appreciate a book in which characters grow and change. I also really enjoyed Murphy’s no-frills writing, but it was more than a little difficult reading about the ravages cancer has on a person’s body and soul ... There's a lot going on in this book, y'all.

Check out my full review over at our series on Kirkus.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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