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March 27, 2013

Blog Tour: My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi – Review, Interview and G!veaway

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

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We are so excited to have Jessica stop by the blog and share some of her
top favs with all of you!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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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 her life is completely different…every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

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Publication Date:   April 2, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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MaryAnn NewMy Life After Now by Jessica Verdi touches base on a subject that I don’t believe really gets enough light in Young Adult reads…HIV.  My Life After Now follows the events in the life of main character, Lucy, where one little mistake ends up having huge ramifications, and shows how such a young girl struggles with the fact that she has contracted HIV and the steps she takes to accept the new cards that have been dealt for her.

Lucy had it all.  A popular boyfriend who always ends up being with her as the leading man in school productions, a loving family, and two best friends who have been with her through thick and thin.

But this year, things turn out different.  Lucy’s arch nemesis has ended up at her school, and has snagged the leading role of Juliet in this year’s production of Romeo & Juliet…and her boyfriend ends up with the role of Romeo…which inevitably has the two of them re-enacting more than just “scenes” in the play.  And how does Lucy find out about Ty’s transgressions?  Via Facebook of course…

Lucy’s never present mother, Lisa, shows up at her doorstep and her dads have welcomed her into their home, which is something that Lucy just can’t accept.  With a history of Lisa coming and going and coming and going…Lucy just can’t handle the fact that Lisa is now “back on” in her life.

So how does Lucy deal with all these negatives that have popped up in her life all of a sudden?  With a night of partying at a club and losing herself.  When Lucy captures the attention of the lead singer of a rock band performing at the club she and her friends have decided to party at, Lucy ends up with more than just a hangover and a one night stand…

Holy drama people.  When you think things just can’t possibly get any worse for Lucy, she ends up getting HIV.  And it was heartbreaking to watch how she tries to deal with this new information.  She pushes her friends away, she locks herself away from her family…basically closing up into herself.

I can’t even imagine how I would handle this kind of news and then have to attempt to try and deal with it on my own.  And although Lucy has all the backing of fantastic parents and friends, she pushes them away…and when Lucy finally breaks the news to her parents…omg did I ever feel all the emotion from the words that were found in these pages.

Author, Jessica Verdi, does an amazing job bringing to light the subject HIV.  I agree whole heartedly with a section in the book that states that kids now a days are, yes, taught (even at very early ages) about sex.  And most importantly, about the importance of safe sex.  But it just stops there.  It doesn’t really go into what these kids should do if they do end up contracting an STD or HIV…where they should go?  Who they can speak to?

It was really interesting to see the various age groups that are portrayed in My Life After Now, and it broke my heart to hear the different stories in which these individuals’ loved ones and friends turned from them, or would say or do something that completely brought to light the stigma of HIV/AIDS and how uneducated people can be and still are about how you can actually contract this virus.

I applaud Jessica Verdi for writing this book, and hope that it will be a book that will be in every library and classroom.  That it can be a book where teens who end up contracting this virus, can turn to this book for some guidance on where to go and who to talk to.  I loved that as the story progressed, the author does leave a trail of steps that teens can take should they feel that they may need to be tested.  I loved all the raw emotion found in these pages, and how in the end, there is always hope.

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Top Favs with Jessica Verdi

 

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

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  1. My dog, Francis. He’s a little Chihuahua/Papillion mix. I got him from a shelter eight years ago. He’s the best.
  2. My computer. My whole life is on that thing.
  3. My violin. Even though I haven’t been playing much the last couple of years, I’ve had my violin for over twenty years. It’s beat up and scratched and I love it.

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why.

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  1. Ned Vizzini, because his stuff is so right up my alley—serious subjects tackled with lightness and humor.
  2. Gregory Maguire, because he’s a genius at creating something unique, complex, and compelling from something that not only already exists but is also beloved by the entire world.
  3. Sophie Kinsella, because she’s the chick lit master. And let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little chick lit.

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why.

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Every book I write has a theme song, a song that I listen to all the time while writing to get me into the right headspace for the story.

  1. The theme song for My Life After Now is “Fifteen” by Taylor Swift.
  2. The theme song for my next book, The Summer I Wasn’t Me, is the acoustic version of “Hair,” by Lady Gaga.
  3. The theme song for the book I’m writing now is “Slow and Steady” by Of Monsters and Men.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why.

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  1. Australia. I was a tour guide in New York City for six years and though we had visitors from all over the world, the Australians were always my favorite. They were all just so cool, easy to talk to, and up for anything. I’d love to visit a place where everyone seems so friendly. Plus, two of my favorite movies are Australian—Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert—further proof that Australians are cool.
  2. Whale watching. Doesn’t matter where, although maybe South America would be preferable since it’s warm down there? I went to Africa this past summer and went on safari and it was so amazing that pretty much all I want to do now is go see animals in their natural habitats.
  3. Austria. For the Sound of Music tour, of course! J

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! This was tons of fun!

About the Author:

 

Jessica Verdi lives in Brooklyn, NY and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. Her favorite pastimes include singing showtunes at the top of her lungs (much to her husband’s chagrin), watching cheesy TV, and scoring awesome non-leather shoes in a size 5. She’s still trying to figure out a way to put her uncanny ability to remember both song lyrics and the intricacies of vampire lore to good use.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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29 Comments

  1. Christina K.
    3/27/2013

    This sounds like such an awesome issue tale. It needs to be in every classroom to show people what happens when you’re not safe.

    Thank you:)

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  2. I think sounds like a great books, and an emotional one too. Wonderful review.

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  3. The reason why I want to read this book is to see how the author approaches such a tough subject. The book sounds very emotional and I am very excited to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :D
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  4. Tina
    3/27/2013

    I want to read this book because it sounds like a great book and I love to see what happens. Plus it is such an emotional story and I love to read those. Thanks for the exciting giveaway!

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  5. Dita Škarste
    3/27/2013

    I accidentally did one entry,feel free to delete it! ;)
    (I`m INT)

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  6. Erika
    3/27/2013

    I’m curious what she does to change her life. Love the mystery and beautiful cover! Thanks!

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  7. Daniel M
    3/27/2013

    sounds like a fun one!

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  8. sarah p
    3/27/2013

    I appreciate the subject of this book…I agree that it’s not often talked about in YA, even in other genres I don’t see it mentioned much. Thanks for your giveaway.

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  9. LisaILJ
    3/27/2013

    I want to win it because it looks like an awesome book.
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  10. Ashley
    3/27/2013

    Wow awesome review! I think this book sounds INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait to read it. It deals with a subject that I have never read about before. I’m sure this book is super intense and powerful!
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  11. Vivien
    3/27/2013

    I love intense novels. They really have an impact on me. Some are unforgettable.

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  12. Christine
    3/27/2013

    I am such a huge YA contemporary fan, and this book sounds so amazing! :)

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  13. Tammy
    3/27/2013

    I’ve already read a couple great reviews for this book. It’s on my to-read list.

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  14. Molli
    3/27/2013

    Like you said, I don’t think enough novels deal with this subject. I LOVE issue-driven books a d My Life After Now sounds so good.

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  15. Inky
    3/28/2013

    I love the idea behind this book and I’m so excited to bet my hands on this PRETTY BOOK! Not to mention that fact. It’s gorgeous!!

    No…I’m totally not judging a book by it’s cover…why would I…..*cough*cough*
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  16. danielle james
    3/28/2013

    It sounds like a book that I could easily fall in love with!

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  17. Jacklin Updegraft
    3/28/2013

    That summary… I mean come on can you get anymore intriguing!

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  18. Christiane C.
    3/29/2013

    I want to read this because I’ve heard great things about it. I also love the synopsis and the cover, Thanks for the chance to win :D

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  19. SweetMarie83
    3/29/2013

    Besides the fact this is my favourite genre, I’m curious to see how the author handles the subject matter. It sounds like a really good book, and I can’t wait to read it!
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  20. Darith L.
    3/30/2013

    It sounds like a good read from the synopsis!

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  21. Jessica Verdi
    3/30/2013

    Thank you so much for featuring My Life After Now on your blog! I LOVE the Idina song. So perfect. :)

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by Jessica! I’m so glad you loved the song I picked! <3

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  22. Meghan Stith
    3/30/2013

    I like books in which people take a whole new turn from their life.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  23. I’ve heard great things about Jessica Verdi
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  24. Alicia Batista
    4/12/2013

    I want to read it because it sounds AMAZING! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  25. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    4/13/2013

    I want to read this because like you said in your review, “a subject that I don’t believe really gets enough light in Young Adult reads…HIV”. I’ve never read a book that had this subject in it. And after reading the overview of the book, I’m really looking forward to reading this book!! I couldn’t even imagine how a teenager could deal with this. Or how they would feel. I’m definitely getting this book. If I don’t win it:)

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  26. Caroline
    4/25/2013

    I think the books sounds really interesting and it’s such an important issue for young adults and the rest of the world.

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  27. Desiree
    4/25/2013

    I have had my eye on this book for a while now. It sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win! Love the interview!

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  28. Desiree
    4/25/2013

    I have had my eye on this book for a while now. It sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win! Love the interview!

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