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What To Say Next

By Julie Buxbaum


This is a sweet book with mystery, an intriguing plot line, and lovable and unique characters - what's not to love?

Genre: Contemporary

Recommended Age Level: 13+


Rating: 4.5/5


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.

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?

A Review

This is a wonderful book that definitely left me wanting more of Kit and David after it was over. They were both so wonderful and unique, and they complemented each other so well that it would be a difficult task not to love them. The story itself was also fascinating and had plenty of twists and turns – it kept me on my toes the whole time, and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. This book deals with trauma responses as well, but it does so in a way that is graceful and respectful without minimizing or shunning the way different people need to manage their mental health. Give this book a go!

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