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?
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is a weird (“good weird” 😉) book for me. It has weird (“good weird”😁) main characters. It has a good weird plot. I good weirdly love it!
My attention hasn’t been caught until Chapter 7. For the first six chapters, I thought it was kind of slow-paced, and I hate slow-paced books. But, when I got to Chapter 7, I already thought that “Wow, it’s getting interesting!”
Before reading this book, I have zero idea of what it is about. I think the synopsis is so vague, especially when you get to actually read the book, you’ll just realize that the synopsis gives nothing about what the book is really about; and I think it’s good. It’s good to be surprisingly amazed!
This is my first time reading a book by Julie Buxbaum and I’m thinking why I haven’t read Tell Me Three Things (and her two other novels) before. Now, I’m putting Tell Me Three Things on my to-buy-and-to-read-ASAP list because I REALLY LOVE JULIE BUXBAUM’S WRITING!
What I love about What To Say Next:
- It’s so fun to read! I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know David and Kit.
- It’s like David and Kit are my BFFs and they’re telling me their story! It’s so cool to be part of the their tribe. 😉
- It is such a DIVERSE read! 💓
- It has unique characters and unique plot.
- David is so weird, good weird.
- I get to know more about David’s situation (I’m not gonna say what situation because I think it’s spoilery? 😀)
- I feel so connected with David and Kit.
- I love how the feeling of loss and being different was dealt so real and raw here.
- All these are caused by one thing actually: SUPERB WRITING!
There’s only one thing that I didn’t like about it though. It’s the last part, like the last four or five chapters. I think the ending is somehow good, but I think it could be better. It’s just that I feel cheated. But nevertheless, I want more of David and Kit! 💓
I recommend this if to everyone. You’ll surely love it! It’s now my new favorite YA contemporary novel. Welcome to my tribe!
*Thank you so much to Fay of Bibliophile Soprano and to Penguin Random House for making this blog tour happen. This, however, does not affect my opinion on the book.*
MY RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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