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.
Whenever I see a YA book that is a little different or unusual from the norm, I can’t help but be attracted to it. My Life After Now is exactly that type of book, because it deals with an issue that many of us are probably guilty of not even thinking about in 2014. And although the synopsis doesn’t reveal what it’s about, it’s not exactly a spoiler but I’m going to try and avoid it nevertheless.
Lucy is a character that’s easy to feel sympathy for and an affinity with – she makes just one bad judgement call and it changes her life completely, and her journey to come to terms with her condition, to break the news to her family and to try and move forward with her life are so well written it was almost impossible to put the book down.
My Life After Now has one of the best parent-teen relationship I’ve encountered in YA for a long time – as well as the fact she has two fathers, they are prominent in Lucy’s story and are very individual characters with fantastic personalities. There are also a whole bunch of secondary characters that support Lucy in dealing with her condition – her two best friends and her romantic interest (although the romance thankfully isn’t the main focus of the plot), her school nemesis and her dropkick ex – all of them are very distinct and loveable or frustrating (or both). In fact, all of the characters in My Life After Now feel like real people – they have their flaws but their personalities are so distinctly different.
My Life After Now deals with a difficult subject, but Verdi does a good job in covering all the bases, from Lucy’s parents’ reaction, her relationship with different people in her life, and her actions all felt completely plausible and realistic. If you like contemporaries that cover slightly unusual subjects with a strong parental influence (which, let’s be honest can be quite rare in YA), I definitely recommend My Life After Now .