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My Life After Now

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,680 ratings  ·  347 reviews
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 s
Paperback, 287 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Jessica Verdi
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I know, I know, I gave my own book five stars. It's totally like voting for yourself in an election -- just couldn't resist. :) ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
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"Because, when it comes down to it, life really isn't all that bad.

And of that I was absolutely positive.


This is my second Jessica Verdi book, and I must say that I'm impressed. This book is powerful, and deals with some very tough issues and taboo topics, that I simply don't think you see enough of in YA novels or in most genres for that matter, and I think that needs to change. I don't want to spoil the book for you, but if you're curious to know what exactly this book de
3.5 stars

My Life After Now first captured my attention because of the mystery which was blurbed surrounding our main character Lucy, she seemed to have a happy life, but something happened to cause everything to tumble down around her. I had a few ideas in my mind of what this could be, but was surprised to find out what the big mystery turned out to be.

I have to praise Jessica Verdi for tackling this taboo topic in her story in the first place. I don’t think I’ve come across a novel which plac
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

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Life After Now was incredibly powerful and absolutely heartbreaking. For the first quarter of the book, my heart was HAMMERING. It's that scared, nervous, anticipating feeling you get when you know something bad is going to happen and you're morbidly curious but also a bit terrified. I knew the story was about HIV, I knew Lucy was going to get it, but part of me was curious to see how it happened, and the other part was terrified. It's just SO SAD. It
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

Do.Not.Miss.This.Book! So Freaking Good.

2013 is such a great year in books. Forget about Top Ten, I might be doing a Top 30 or 50 this time around. My Life After Now is one of the best books I've read this month, I loved how easy and simple the storyline seemed from afar, but was filled with realistic emotions and fears on a deeper level. Going into this book, I knew the basic storyline and the type of issue it covered, but for some reason I expected a very sad read
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished, wtf
I imagine this is how the script for a Glee special in which Rachel gets HIV would read. My Life After Now would probably serve better as a satirical comedy than as an "educational resource." The setting and characters are so campy, the book in danger of being mauled by a bear.

The writing is extremely simplistic. By the end of page two, I thought I was reading amateur fanfiction. You can write realistic fiction for reluctant readers that isn't like the script of an overly bright and outrageous t
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Snagged an arc of this. Thoughtful read. Enjoyed it alot!
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013, ya
Review can also be found here.
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

My Life After Now is one of those books that had a subtle but very powerful impact on me. It tells a story that has reached me so deeply because what happened to Lucy, the MC, is something that can happen to anyone in a blink of an eye and that made me connect with this book, despite my unfamiliarity with the issue it discussed. I have to say that this book may be one of my favorite books for this year because it was extremely heartwarming an
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

My Life After Now is a very emotional, authentic look at the life of a teenage girl who seemed to have it all but who made one mistake that changed her life forever. I’ve never read any novels about HIV, and I was curious to see how the author would handle such a serious subject. I think it was brave of Verdi to write this book - HIV is something that doesn’t get talked abo
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-a, ebook
I struggle with rating books like this. I don't know what the actual publishing definition for the kind of book would be, but I kind of mentally refer to it as a Special Subject Book, using the word "special" in the "Tonight on a very special episode of Blossom..." kind of way.

This was...okay. The subject was interesting and somewhat unexpected (I was guessing pregnancy from the back cover), but with the Special Subject comes the almost inevitable preachy vibe. The preaching wasn't necessarily
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seen on Eat Read Shop.

As a semi-hypochondriac, I try to steer clear of books where any form of illness is the central theme. I already worry incessantly about other stuff so fretting for what I may or may not have on top of that is overkill. Anyway, I was browsing through the new releases when this book caught my eye. I loved the dress! I thought if the blurb sounds as good as that dress looks, then I'm sold. It didn't say much though so I had to check the reviews for clues as to what Lucy did t
Sarah Elizabeth
3.5 stars
This was an okay story about a difficult subject.

Lucy was an okay character, although I was pretty shocked at the massive mistake she made. That being said, she’s not the only person to ever lose herself in a moment and regret it later, this was just a humongously major complication to be left with.

The storyline in this was okay, and I felt Lucy’s panic and fear. It was such a horrible thing to happen to her, and it was almost unbelievable at first. You just don’t expect that to happen
Audrey Gibbons
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Impeccable, striking, and completely unforgettable. Jessica Verdi brings to light issues that aren't always positive. Definitely a must read for every teen--young and old alike! ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 24th March 2013 :


I am sooooo excited for this debut author. Jessica has hit this story out of the ball park. You are going to find many reviewers have the same idea as me. This book NEEDS to be in school libraries, it NEEDS to be a part of the high school curriculum.

Jessica has written such an important story. It needed to be told. It is a story about a 16yr old with HIV. I know the blurb does not say about the ‘what’ that changed Lucy’s life.
Nikki S
As soon as I heard what this book was about I knew that I HAD to read it. Any book that can serve two purposes by being entertaining and giving a lesson at the same time is a winner with me. Before I even read the book I had no doubt in my mind that this would be a 4-5 star read for me. And that's exactly what it was.
Lucy is a 16 year old girl who loves theater, her two best friends, and her boyfriend Ty. But then a week of misfortune brings her to letting all her inhibitions go and getting rec
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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My Life After Now, after being recommended countless times to me by certain people, I knew I had to read it, because I knew I would love it.

My Life After Now covered a lot of really tough issues, like HIV. I actually didn't know much about HIV other than it was somehow related to AIDs, which is really serious. Getting to immerse myself in Lucy's dark, bleak life was truly fascinating because she hasn't always had HIV from the
Mai is a Happy Bibliophile

"Life isn't all that bad..

..And of that I was absolutely POSITIVE."

Have you ever sat down and think of all the things you should be grateful for? Or have you looked into the mirror and see yourself truly?
There are a lot of things we took for granted and mishaps we took a bit lightly. My Life After Now is such a beautiful story about Lucy Moore, an adopted child of two bisexual men, who learned life the hard way. The concept of the story is nicely written and the issues were tackled in a ver
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that I will put in my daughter's hands when she becomes a teenager!
Lucy is a happy sixteen girl who lives with her two dads. She is a devoted and excellent student, lead actress of the drama group, perfect daughter .. But after a few bad events she decides to do only one wrong thing in her life! Precisely because of that one mistake she will suffer for the rest of her life! Once she learns that her mistake cost HIV infection, begins her struggle for love, acceptance an
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Life After Now carries several important messages for teens without a hammer on the head attitude. Even though Lucy should know better, she engages in risky sexual behavior and ends up contracting HIV. Thirty years ago, among my peers, this was essentially a death sentence. It is both unnerving and reassuring that the perceived downside of this infection, now, is never having unprotected sex. I am glad to have HIV brought to the attention of a teen audience, and appreciate Verdi's realistic d ...more
Jillian Heise
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yr-2013-reads
Not what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed reading this book. Deals with a tough issue in a non-preachy, accessible way with a strong teen voice.
Novels On The Run
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 24th March 2013 :


I am sooooo excited for this debut author. Jessica has hit this story out of the ball park. You are going to find many reviewers have the same idea as me. This book NEEDS to be in school libraries, it NEEDS to be a part of the high school curriculum.

Jessica has written such an important story. It needed to be told. It is a story about a 16yr old with HIV. I know the blurb does not say about the ‘what’ that changed Lucy’s life.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
MY LIFE AFTER NOW is young adult fiction, specifically realistic fiction dealing with a serious issue in a teenage girl's life. This is not a thriller, so my review is not really spoiling anything big by telling you WHAT issue the main character is facing in this book. That said, the description of MY LIFE AFTER NOW that is provided on most of the sites I frequent actually does not make any mention whatsoever of the specific topic of this novel. While most reviews and b
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
"Will I die? Will my dads hate me? Will my friends abandon me? Will I ever be able to have sex again? Will I ever be able to have a baby? Will I ever be able to be on Broadway? Will I have to go on medication? Will anyone ever love me?"

I hadn't heard of My Life After Now until I was asked to take part in the blog tour and seriously, how haven't I heard of it? I honestly don't know but I started it Thursday afternoon and by the next morning, I was finished. Talk about an addictive read!

My Life A
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Starting My Life After Now, I had no clue what to expect. I had read no reviews and I had heard very few things about it. The synopsis, however, really caught my attention and I knew I was going to have to give this one a shot. Now that I've finished it, I'm so glad I did.

My Life After Now is so different from any other YA book that's out there at the moment. Sure, it's a very simple contemporary story about a girl going through lots of changes in her life and there's some romance and drama but
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book so much - every part of it was perfect for me. I'm so glad there's finally a YA book out about this issue, and I love the way it's handled in My Life After Now. Lucy's story is an important one, and I'm so glad I got to read it.

The whole idea of this novel is fascinating. Like the tagline of the novel says, you never think it will happen to you, so I hadn't given it too much thought what it would be like to live with HIV, to be honest. My Life After Now really opened my eyes to
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was very clear to me from the start that Jessica Verdi did her research for MY LIFE AFTER NOW. This page-turner was eye-opening, full of compassion and knowledge...

Lucy seems to have the perfect life until she finds out that her boyfriend is cheated and wants to break up, and her estranged mother comes back into town with some shocking news. Before she lets herself spiral into emotions she doesn't want to deal with yet, she decides to grab her two best friends and head into NYC for a night o
Megan (The Book Babe)
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I was really nervous about starting My Life After Now, because I really haven't heard anything about it. But I'm glad to tell you that despite my nervousness, this turned out to be a rocking book! I've never really thought that deeply about STD's, so this came as a shock! By far, this is one of the best "issue" novels I have ever read. It made me laugh, but it also had a lot of serious moments.

When Lucy first finds out, she
Gabriella Cerasuolo
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***Spoiler Alert***
What was the worse choice you ever made? Well for Lucy Moore it was getting drunk that night. If I were her I wouldn't do something that stupid but i can see where she was coming from. She had just got cheated on, didn't get the leading role in Romeo and Juliet, and her horrible mother came back asking for help again. The genre of this book is friendships, family, and health problems.

Lucy went to a club with her best friends Max and Courtney. They got drunk and the next thi
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at YA Love

Somehow My Life After Now escaped my attention until a few days ago. Once I found out what it’s about, I instantly wanted to read it. My debate right now is whether to go into detail about Lucy’s “dilemma” since the summary doesn’t state it and it might upset some readers to know prior to reading. That being said, I’m going to go ahead with openly discussing it because I think knowing that piece of information will prompt more readers to pick this debut title u
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Jessica Verdi lives in Brooklyn, NY, and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She loves seltzer, Tabasco sauce, TV, vegetarian soup, flip-flops, and her dogs. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @jessverdi.

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