What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

What to Say Next

byJulie Buxbaum

Kobo ebook | July 11, 2017

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**"What to Say Next reminds readers that hope can be found in unexpected places." –Bustle.com

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, calls it "charming, funny, and deeply affecting."**
  
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.
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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?

Named a Best Young Adult Novel of the Year by POPSUGAR

“Charming, funny, and deeply affecting all at the same time.” –Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star
 
“Heartfelt, charming, deep, and real. I love it with all my heart.” –Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

Title:What to Say NextFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 11, 2017Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553535706

ISBN - 13:9780553535709

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good This is a fantastic read no matter your age. The characters are so vivid it is easy to picture them in your head. I especially enjoyed David’s relationship with his sister. And Kat. I could relate to her so much in her grieving. The way life can’t just be the same after losing someone. How her friendship with David developed. Nowhere near the same but this story reminded me of the Rosie Project.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review posted on Goodreads! Mini review: DNF I have read the authors other book Tell me Three Things. I didn't enjoy that book. But once I heard that one of the main characters was on the spectrum I decided to read it. Unfortunately it didn't work for me. I liked reading about David. He was sweet and well written. It was Kit that I had the problem with. Something about the way she thought was rude and immature. Kit constantly mentions that it surprises her that David doesn't make an effort to 'act normal'. Not everybody cares about fitting in and meeting society's standards of 'normal'. I certainly didn't care. I found that the authors writing style with Kit isn't that different from her other book. High school is really exaggerated in this book. There's a lot of girl hate. And Kit's character is written similarly to her other female character. I honestly think I am done with this author. Her books just don't work for me. I do not recommend. There are better contemporary novels.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising and Good. *3.5 star rating* Julie Buxbaum's What to Say Next looks as promising a glass of iced, cold pink lemonade. No jokes. When I first saw its cover and read the summary, I discovered that this could be the cutest summer read ever. The word I can use to describe this book is "good." It surely was not amazing or phenomenal or *insert extremely positive adjective here* but hey — I enjoyed it. I loved the back-and-forth perspective change between the two protagonists, Kit and David, who were interesting, conflicted characters, who, by the end, I discovered were quite similar. Buxbaum introduces us readers to this book by making it seem as if high school is like what we see it is in movies. That's acceptable; this is a chick-lit book, after all. However, learning who Kit and David really are helps us understand that everyone is conflicted in some sense - that we are all able to create different personalities that do not describe us well. Kit, the so-called popular girl at school who seems to be getting everything she wants in life, finds that her life completely changes when her father dies in a car accident. And everything starts crumbling. She finds that her friends are acting too fake, not wanting to address what actually happened, and that her mother is hiding more secrets about her and her father's relationship. Her life collapses until she starts to pay attention to the "weird" David Drucker. And I loved that David was Kit's remedy, and that she was his. That's the kind of love I want - the one that you do not expect and that fits so well in your life. Agh. I guess you can tell that I totally supported the characters' relationship and loved it. But. There's always a but. It felt forced. I felt that Kit kind of moulded herself into David's arms without really wanting to. Buxbaum wanted to create a relationship that was unlike others, so she put the 'weirdo and popular girl' together. And of course that will cause audiences to go mad and excited, because it's different than all of the other contemporaries out there. Yay for that - but meh. In addition, I was bored every now and then, which made me take around two weeks to finish this. *frowns* What to Say Next makes me feel like I do not really know what to say next. It was DEFINITELY GOOD. I loved the concept and relationship, and aside from a few negative spots, I definitely recommend it. *A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for a honest review. Thanks so much!*
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book! What to Say Next is a great dual-perspective novel that covers depression, friendship, relationships and has a well-written autism representation. I'm a huge fan of dual perspective novels. I love that I can read one book from multiple perspectives and get that "insider" knowledge.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Expected I've grown out of teen romances - but this one hooked me from the first page. Perhaps I'm a sucker for opposites attract - but I found the interactions between the 2 main characters to be refreshing. However the climax of the book leaves much to be desired.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay The book was okay. The author did a great job of depicting what goes on in the mind of a person with aspbergers, but the book itself doesn't have much going on. I'd pass.
Date published: 2017-08-08