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Review What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

 

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.

Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Page Count: 320
Source: My copy.
Rating: 4/5

Looking back, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about rape. This book was spot on, I think: raw, emotional, and heartbreaking.

Sid doesn’t handle her experience in the best way. But, really, what is the right way to deal with something so horrible? Especially for a teen girl who feels that she is completely alone? Needless to say, Sid goes in a downward spiral shedding her of her friends, her weight, and her dignity.

That is, until she meets Corey. Of course, just meeting him wasn’t enough. Hanging on to her reckless ways, she meets him, and she falls in love with him. It takes his concern and his love to help her realize that she is taking the wrong path. Really, she knew it all along, but it takes Corey’s support for her to do something about it.

And Corey really is wonderful. I think Clayton has succeeded in creating the sweetest teenage boy I have ever encountered. He is genuine and true, loving, honest, and supportive – all the traits we, as girls, hope to find in a boy that age.

I thought, at times, the story was rushed. I felt that the book could have gone more into detail with certain scenes, rather than rushing over everything. Sometimes I felt like I was reading bullet points. The ending was rushed too.

Other than that, the author took a trying experience for a young girl and weaved it into a very real account that I felt I could relate to. This book gives hope to those people affected by its subject matter, and I think every teen should read it.