Monday, July 30, 2012
ARC 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.
What Happens Next was an earth-shattering book. The emotions in it were very raw. I cried several times while reading the book. What happens to Sid is always a tough topic to deal with. I think the author did a fantastic job conveying the emotion of what a victim goes through. The whole book had me captivated from the beginning to end. There wasn't a boring moment. The ending of the book was great. I was sad when it ended. I wanted to know more about the characters and what happens in the future. I wasn't ready to let them go. However, it seems like What Happens Next will be a stand alone novel. I liked most of the characters. The only one I didn't like was Kirsten. She dropped Sid for a stupid reason, and only came back to her because she needed someone to listen to her. I loved Corey. He saw all the problems Sid had and knew she was broken, but he was still her friend when she didn't have any others. I loved this book. It was mesmerizing at times, and heart breaking at others. It made me smile, cry, laugh, and get angry at times. Every book should make you feel this way, but it's only the excellent ones that do. What Happens Next can definitely be included in that category. This is Colleen Clayton's debut novel, and she did a wonderful job. Based on What Happens Next, I will read anything she writes in the future.
I give What Happens Next: 5/5
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I received this ARC from the publisher for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.