on October 9, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
How can you talk about something you can’t remember?
Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still…), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.
Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect… or so she thinks.
Witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.
I’ve read so many good things about What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton from so many bloggers that I trust. It’s been at the top of my to read list for months. I finally got the chance to read it and it certainly lived up to all that high praise.
What Happens Next is sort of an issues book. I don’t want you to be put off by that, though. Because Sid is the type of character that you don’t find in heavy books often. Something horrifying has happened to her and she doesn’t deal with it that well. Throughout the book she is witty and funny. Her inner monologue is infectious. You really can’t help but adore her and that pulls you even farther into her story, because it breaks your heart to see what she doing to herself. Colleen Clayton did a great job finding a balance with the ugly aspects of what she’s going through and the Sid’s fabulous personality.
Sid’s relationship with Corey is also beautifully done. It evolves slowly and realistically. Their romance was so sweet and swoon-worthy for sure. I also loved Sid’s friendships and her relationship with her family. They were all very close. You could feel just how torn Sid was about telling her friends and family. It was easy to understand why she didn’t, but also so hard to sit back and watch. I wanted to do something!
All in all, I loved What Happens Next. It’s a stunning and heartbreaking debut. I recommend it for any YA fan, not just readers of ‘issues’ books.