What Happens Next
By Colleen Clayton
Publication date: Oct. 9, 2012
Poppy (Little Brown Books for Young Readers), 320 pages
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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.
— Goodreads.com description
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton is a gorgeous, powerful and absolutely heartbreaking novel. I devoured this book, feeling equal parts sick to my stomach and blissfully captivated about what I was reading.
As an grownup, I sometimes have a hard time with “issues” books because I just want to jump into the pages, grab ahold of these girls and never let them out of my sight until they have an honest conversation with a responsible adult. It was hard for me to read Sid’s story without wanting to just…SCREAM AT HER. But that’s why this is such an important book for teens. Readers can learn from Sid’s mistakes and applaud her triumphs. It’s the type of book you have no choice but to get invested in.
Beyond my struggles with Old Lady Syndrome (OLS), I absolutely adored it. Sid’s voice was a standout. The boy…oh, my friends, THE BOY. So good.
This is a book I’d highly recommend, especially for school librarians to have in their collection. My only real complaint? The ending was too rushed for me — I would have liked to hang out with these characters for much, much longer. I don’t quite feel resolved!