Alice is dating Luke, a popular guy at the high school, but his ex, Celeste, keeps hinting that he's cheating on Alice with her. Alice's best friend, Harvey, who is madly in love with her, has to sit back and watch her date a guy that doesn't even care about her. All of this high school drama comes crashing down when Alice is unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia. Her prognosis was grim so she decides to finally do things that she's been wanting to do for a while including seeking revenge on those who have wronged her. However, she suddenly goes into remission and now has to live with consequences of her actions and face the ones she hurt.
This book is essentially every YA-romance novel cliche all thrown together - love, cancer, betrayal, and an ending. Unfortunately, Murphy adds nothing of value to this genre, using cancer as a foot-in-the-door to write a novel that is supposed to pull heartstrings but instead produce one unlikeable protagonist. Reading this novel, I wanted to grab Harvey by the neck and tell him to stand up for himself, I wanted to grab Alice by the neck and tell her that just because she's dying doesn't mean she treat people terribly. But instead, I just read on, eventually reaching the conclusion, closing the book, never to open it again. Don't get me wrong, the book wasn't terrible, it read fast, was well-paced, but felt a little disjointed between the back-and-forth narration.
If you're a fan of YA, and you love stories with cancer (i.e. The Fault in Our Stars), check it out. You may like it more than me, you may groan less than me, and you may in fact post a better review than me.
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