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Title: What to Say Next
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.
KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.
DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
I admit, What to Say Next is one of my most anticipated reads this year simply because I loved Julie's other YA book (Tell Me Three Things) so much I know I had to get my hands on the next one!
I dived into the book expecting it to be so much like Tell Me Three Things only to realize it's not. It's different, in a good way. The synopsis was vague that I just assumed it would be like any other YA Contemporary novels but What to Say Next is unique. Reading about Kit and David is like looking into people I know. The emotions felt so raw that for a second I thought I am present in the scenarios the characters were in. Julie's writing is exceptional, there's no doubt about that.
Also, if there's one thing I have observed about Julie's novels, it's that, she loves to add twists when you're already nearing the end and you'd think, oh, so that's it. But no, I was so gobsmacked by the twist in WTSN,(which I wouldn't devulge) that I had to pause and take it all in before diving into the story again. Only a few novels could do this and WTSN is definitely one of them. That revelation though made me look at Kit and David in a new perspective.
Now I understand what Julie meant in her author's note when she said that she'd miss David being in her head because right now, I kind of miss reading about him too. If you want to read about memorable characters and a plot that is so authentic, then WTSN should be on your TBR list.
RATING: 4 STARS
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