What to Say Next

What to Say Next

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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
9780553535693
0553535692
9781524764753
1524764752
Branch Call Number: YA FIC BUXBAUM, J.
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 21 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 02, 2020

When quiet and antisocial David talks to popular and loveable Kit, their high school year is changed forever. The story is set in both of the characters' perspectives, which I think is needed because of how different they are from each other. I really enjoyed how the author described Kit, the main female. Everyone at her school, especially David, would agree on the fact that she's the most social and kind girl that everyone adores. In reality, Kit doesn't think she's that important. She speaks as though high school isn't what it's like in the movies and that most people are just nice to your face. No matter how many people tell her they're there for her, Kit still believes she's lonely. Her insecurities are what make her seem more real-life and relatable. However, David was always there to make her feel better in whatever bizarre or quirky way he could. Most romantic novels have these grand gestures and huge lead-ups to major relationship events, but Julie's story was rawer. Kit and David's small, yet cute acts of romance make this story fresh and authentic which is why I would recommend this to those who are looking for something new. - @AnythingYellow14 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
What to Say Next is the 2017 young adult novel written by Julie Buxbaum. The book follows the newly formed friendship of Kit Lowell and David Drucker, two people found on completely different ends of their high school social ranking. As the duo navigate tragedies and some harsh realities together, they soon start to struggle when things don’t turn out the way they first seemed to be. I actually did enjoy this book for the most part but I do think it was too dragged out. Both David and Kit eventually grew on me as I really admired how real and honest they were with each other. The whole "twist" with Kit and the truth of her accident really made me dislike her character and the way she then treated David. I believe the book would have been much better off with the climax of events being David's Book being stolen. 3.5 Stars @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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blue_dog_23889
Jan 11, 2020

12+

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pink_panda_2405
Aug 03, 2019

I loved this book. it was cuute

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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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MariaBinu
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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MariaBinu
Feb 16, 2019

MariaBinu thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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