Willdowdean is fat. But she's OK with that. Willowdean reckons the best thing to do with a bikini is to wear it. Her mother organises the annual town beauty pageant, and fondly calls her daughter Dumplin'. Willow's OK with all that too, but when love comes to call, and best friends start to change, then suddenly Willow isn't quite as okay with everything, so how is she going to deal with these new challenges? And when is she going to get another kiss like THAT one, again?
Written from the perspectives of both Harvey and Alice, in Side Effects May Vary, Julie Murphy weaves a compelling story of friendship, relationships and love, with a little bit of death thrown in for good measure; at least for a while. When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend Harvey, who's loved her forever, to help with compiling a crazy 'just-dying-to-do' bucket list, that's as much about revenge as it is about redemption. But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission. Now she must face the consequences of all she's said and done and discover just what happens when we say our 'final' words, only to find that life isn't through with us yet. Sharp, witty and poignant - this is a book written for all ages.