What to Say Next

What to Say Next

Book - 2017
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When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father's tragic car accident.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780553535686
0553535684
Characteristics: 292 pages

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DW_kcls
Mar 16, 2019

Young adult books are generally written for teenagers. I’ve seen 12-18, but really, just call it “teenager” and be done with it. That being said, the themes in What to Say Next are far too intense, too weighty for the young end of that spectrum. I think the themes would terrify a 13-16 yr old. I know that is a generalization, but while young people are growing up entirely too fast these days, by and large they are still quite immature and naïve. Sadly, I also think What Not to Say is too young for the older end of that spectrum who would probably roll their eyes if they took the time to pick it up.

And that’s too bad because the thing is, I, as an [ahem] older woman, was riveted by What to Say Next. I would have preferred the author write it for adults but still narrated by those teens. Still though 4.5 stars.

I read a quote by Chuck Wendig, a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer.”

Personal opinion time: some of the bravest, strangest, coolest stories right now are being told in the young adult space. It’s stuff that doesn’t fly by tropes or adhere to rules — appropriate, perhaps, since young adults tend to flick cigarettes in the eyes of the rules and don’t play by social norms as much as adults do. (Though teens certainly have their own social codes, too.) I wish adult fiction so frequently took risks on the material at hand, but it doesn’t. And as a person (relatively) new to the young adult spectrum, I used to assume it was all Twilight…

Bravo! Hear! Hear!

Read his whole, fascinating article: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/06/04/25-things-you-should-know-about-young-adult-fiction/
WARNING: it’s a bit raw.

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qwert735
Feb 16, 2019

This was a great book. This social awkwardness and the mushy love made you feel giddy and want to know so much more. Julie did an amazing job writing this.

rachsw Oct 23, 2018

This is a very good book but I don't think it should be in the kid's section. I think this book is gr.8 and gr.9. It is imporpriat at times. Other than this I think you will enjoy it

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twhitehead24
Sep 23, 2018

Enjoyed this book that includes social awkwardness, bullying, high school drama, and day-to-day teen issues. David has Aspergers which makes him social awkward and bullied. He can spout out statistics like crazy but dealing with other people, not so much. Kit has her group of friends that she hangs out and eats lunch with every day. One day Kit decides to get and sit with David at his table, everyone is surprised. Kit finds David refreshing because of his totally honesty. As she continues to sit at his table every day at lunch, their unlikely friendship takes off. When Kit asks David to help figure out what happened in an accident that killed her father, David takes it on. As he works the accident, and their friendship out, things change. What they both find as far as the truth goes, could make or break their friendship, possibly more. Loved this book that is written well and gives a perspective of every individual being and those things that make us each our own person, can be appreciated by others.

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RosaReads2
Mar 08, 2018

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum was one of my favorite books in 2016. It was inevitable that I would devour this one, as well. While I can't say for sure that I loved it more thatn TMTT, I can say that I couldn't put it down. I read until I fell asleep and then picked it right back up when I awoke. The voice she gave to David who is on the autism spectrum was fascinating and enlightening. "They" say reading ficting increases a person's empathy. Well, this is a book that I feel could do wonders to those who misunderstand a person like David. Kit was also an amazingly well-developed heroine. The devastation that occurs in her life gives her new eyes and the ability to see past the stereotypes within high school, as well as seeing David for who he really is. This is a beautifully told story with some humor, light romance and a look into some amazing family dynamics. This book also solidifies Buxbaum as now one of my favoritie YA authors.

I started out listening to this story on audio interspersed with reading. Early in, I could no longer put the book down and read until finished. This is not saying that the audio wasn't compelling enough. It was actuallly very well done and the narration was wonderful.

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qwert735
Feb 16, 2019

qwert735 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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