MY LIFE AFTER NOW
Verdi forces her readers to face Lucy’s dilemma with unflinching honesty and unfaltering compassion. Her complex and relevant story addresses issues that every teen faces. She deftly deals with the controversial topics of sex education in schools and prejudice against people who receive an HIV diagnosis. A gem of a novel.
Lucy is the consummate good girl. Then, she has the week from hell. Unable to cope, she hits the town with friends — determined to forget her troubles. Before she knows it, a very drunk Lucy is impulsively heading home with a cute guy and loving the risk. When reality dawns the following morning, Lucy pieces together her fuzzy memory of the night before — and realizes she had unprotected sex. One good girl, one bad choice and one diagnosis that means her life will never be the same: HIV. Feeling as though she’s been handed a death sentence, Lucy sinks into a deep depression. When she finally confesses her secret it alters everything she’s ever known. (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 304 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9781402277856, 13 & Up)