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November 23, 2012

Review: What Happen's Next by Colleen Clayton

Title: What Happens Next 
Author: Colleen Clayton
Publication date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Poppy
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Challenges: Contemporary, Debut
Source: Library
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
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.
For a book to physically pain me, is nearly impossible. I don't know how Colleen Clayton managed to do that, but she did. While reading "What Happens Next", there were moments where I felt pain right in the middle of my heart, but there were also parts where I felt like my own body was feeling the pain. To read about such a sensitive topic as this, was hard. I've had a very close friend who experienced something like this, and I know it's also happened to so many girls out there. For me, I honestly enjoy reading realistic fiction, because it gets you to read about tough, life situations. Even though it was a bit painful to read about this book considering many girls went through the exact same thing, I'm still glad I did. What Happens Next made me learn things that I never actually knew, and it did open my eyes to a lot of things.
The main protagonist, Cassidy, also known as Sid, goes to a Ski trip with her school. Sid has always been a normal teenager. A straight A-student, a member of the cheerleading squad, and having her two best friends. Sid also always felt a bit unconfident about her looks. Thinking that just because she's got those extra curves, or those extra pounds, and that flashing red hair, that she's ugly and no boy would ever be interested in her. Therefore, in her Ski trip, she meets one handsome guy who actually seems to have an interest in her! The problem is that, Sid doesn't mind that he's a "few" years older, and when he invites her to a so-called party, she actually sneaks out and meets up with him. I was literally smacking my ipad screaming "NO NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ARE YOU CRAY CRAY?" That's like the first rule our parents teach us. NEVER go ANYWHERE with strangers! I just kept thinking, is she stupid? or is she that naive to actually just go to an address some stranger wrote for you on a paper? Anyhow, the damage is done, and things just get nasty.
After the incident, Sid really just broke my heart. Her situation was crazy. She lots her friends, and her social life practically got flushed down the toilet. Except for some students who thought her sneak out was cool. When Sid decides to help in the A/V room, she meets Corey, who is also known as "The Living Stoner" at her school. One thing that was weird, was that he wasn't hot!! Not like one of those dreamy bad boys we always read about in YA novels. I'm not sure if the fangirl in me really enjoyed that, but it was a different taste! I also liked how Corey really helped Sid through the difficulties she was facing, and boy, were those some difficulties. Like I said, Sid BROKE MY HEART! She was going through so much pain, and to keep that all inside, I know it must have torn her apart. She did crazy things, and was mentally and physically affected by what happened. I just wanted to kill her (again) for not confiding in anyone about what happened! Anyhow, I really loved the ending, and was really glad that things were starting to get better and better for her. It really pains me to know that girls are suffering from what Sid also suffered, and I really just want all of them to never give up, and not let what happened eat up all of their future and their dreams. I truly recommend What Happens Next to every young adult reader, especially the girls out there. 


  1. Aww, I love eye-opener YA novels! I've nothing but fabulous things for this book and I'm glad you enjoyed it just the same. I think this book is important, it sounds like a book every teenage girl should read. I would totally be smacking my ereader if a character were getting in a car with a stranger too! That's terribly frustrating. But I'm so glad that Sid was able to help out the main character, he sounds amazing. Lovely review, Farah!

  2. Gosh this sounds fantastic! After all the 4 and 5 star reviews lately, I've had a change for heart about this. I didn't think it would be for me at first but now I am willing to give it a try. Beautiful review!

  3. I wasn't really planning to read this book, until I saw all these extremely positive reviews popping up. Your review only adds to my curiosity to read this book. I like it when authors tackles difficult subjects and mold them into a good story :) Outstanding review ^^


  4. Ok, this is book I'm going to have to pick up. It sounds exactly type of book I would love to read. Nice review!

  5. Ooh, I want to read this so bad now. Great review, Farah!

  6. This sounds really emotional, and I would probably be screaming "no!" at the book... It definitely sounds like something young girls need to read. Great review... I think I am going to find this and give it a try...

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  7. It is difficult to read about such touch subjects as this and very sad to see what the character is going through especially if they keep it to themselves. Sounds like an intense but read but important issue to address since so many girls do go through this. Great review!

  8. Lately I've been reading about "hard" topics! I mean I read Flawed and like you said it made pain in the middle of my heard. Few books managed that and I always end up loving them. I'm adding this one on my to-read list but right now I need a break and something different.

    Great review!

    Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

  9. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! It's one of those novels that took me by surprise with its depth and I really loved it. It's tough to read, but so beautiful and rewarding in the end. Fantastic review! :)

  10. Great review, Farah! I've only seen and read gushing, 4/5 star reviews and yours definitely convinced me that I must give it a go! I love poignant, finely-crafted YA contemp. :)

  11. This is my most anticipated read of the year. I can't wait to get this in my hands and finally read it! I am really looking forward to getting to know Sid and her problems. I always find it hard to read such books with tough topics but nonetheless I am very excited about this one! So glad you enjoyed this! Absolutely wonderful review, Farah!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  12. I have been hearing such awesome things about this book and actually just took it out from the library. (Not that I really have time to read it, and most likely won't get to it. I always do that.) I love books like this too. Thanks for the fab review!!

  13. I think this would be a book that would make me cry really hard. Beautiful review, Farah!

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