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What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

December 22, 2017


SynopsisTwo struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

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?

I was very surprised when I read What To Say Next. I requested this book on NetGalley and was accepted in exchange for an honest review. I didn’t touch it for so long, but as soon as I finished this book, I immediately regretted not having read it before its release to tell you guys about it! But this was just a fantastic story, and I look forward to reading many more books by this author, like Tell Me Three Things, which she released last year, as well as her future books!


This book was written from the point of views of the two main characters, Kit and David, and both of their voices were so unique and captivating. I never got bored while reading this book, and I was always curious to know what each character would say next… #sorry, I had to.


Kit was dealing with a lot of grief throughout this novel because her dad had just died in a car accident. Meanwhile, David, an autistic teen who struggled to interact with other people and understanding the social codes, was the sweetest person, so caring and SO much fun to read from. I really appreciated seeing the representation of autism and how it was done in this book. I loved the author’s note at the end of the book, in which she expressed how much she would miss David’s voice, and I agree. He was a complex, loveable and realistic character I grew really fond of.


Don’t let that cute, innocent cover fool you, though, because this contemporary novel certainly has some darker tones. It was cute, romantic, and beautiful, but it was also tragic, and both of the main characters had to mature and learn how to overcome difficult situations.


Some parts of the book were set in high school, and it was great to read about Kit’s circle of friends and all their dynamics. She definitely grew a lot by the end of this story, and it was flawless. There were always some plot-twists, and despite the size of this short book, I thought the author expanded and explored everything she could about these characters and their lives. It was engaging and well executed.


This is a gorgeous story of love, loss, friendship, and adolescence. I would highly recommend it!


Rating Report:


Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5/5 stars

Writing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars

Pace: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars

Enjoyment: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars


Overall Rating: 4.3 stars!



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