Sunday, February 17, 2013

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Poppy

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.  -

This book wasn't at all what I was expecting.  There was a lot more mystery and suspense than I thought it would have, and I really enjoyed that.  The characters were good...  I little bit of trouble relating to Cassidy in the beginning, maybe because she made some really stupid choices.  Then again, at her age, I probably would have done the same.

I hate what happens to her, and it was so sad watching her struggle through that issue with Dax.  Corey was a very welcome addition to the story to kind of give it some hope.  I thought he was a great character... although I wasn't sure I bought how quickly he transforms from being the "stoner" into the reader finding out he's actually not. 

The author did a good job with some sensitive subject matter, and it's all the more sad because I have a feeling it happens a lot more than we'd like to think.  But how Cassidy is able to overcome that, and how she's able to grow from it, was gratifying.  With no help from her friends...  I wanted to kick them in the teeth through the mos to of the book.

The author's writing was engaging and the book read pretty quickly.  Bottom line is that I was engaged with the story and enjoyed reading it.


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