- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316198684
- ISBN-13: 978-0316198684
- ASIN: 0316198684
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What Happens Next Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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It all starts innocently enough: Cassidy Sid Murphy and her two best friends head off on a much-anticipated school ski trip. But when Sid meets handsome, older Dax Windsor while waiting in line for the ski lift, she can’t believe he’d be interested in a girl with crazed red hair and a bubble butt. She sneaks off to his place the following night and wakes up the next morning with no memory of what happened and her sweater on inside out. Instead of telling her friends and mom about the date rape, she spins lies and literally runs from the truth—sometimes up to six hours a day. When she meets Corey Livingston, a so-called druggie, Sid learns to see beyond his reputation, and, as they fall for each other, he lovingly pushes her into some tough conversations. While Clayton’s debut perhaps tackles a few too many issues (including Sid’s eating disorder), the final chapters—which focus on Corey and Sid’s authentically realized relationship—will move readers, as Sid starts to reclaim her sexuality and begin the painful process toward healing. Grades 9-12. --Ann Kelley
"Debut author Clayton doesn't simplify Sid or her emotions... painfully realistic yet hopeful."―PW
"Layering first love over trauma reveals a true struggle between moments of hope and despair that feels realistic for a young survivor, and Sid is a strong-voiced, sympathetic narrator who is easy to root for."―The Horn Book
"Girls will see themselves or someone they know in this thought-provoking story as it gets passed from friend to friend."―SLJ
"By turn heart-breaking, comic, and intensely truthful, Sid's story is a small gem of a book... This exceptional novel is an essential acquisition for all libraries serving teens."―VOYA
"Colleen Clayton's characters stuck with me long after I finished reading this great debut novel."―Lucy Christopher, Printz Honor Winning author of Stolen
"Real teenagers. Real issues. Real writing. I read What Happens Next in one big swoop. Heartbreaking, but still filled with hope and promise, author Colleen Clayton knows that the past can't be rewritten, but you can ruin the future by not learning from it."―Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of I'll Be There
"I absolutely devoured this book, and found myself reading the final pages more and more slowly, trying to put off seeing it end. I haven't been this in love with a set of characters in maybe forever. Sid's sassy spunk is as vibrant as her wild hair, and her painful dilemma made all the more real by her struggle to keep it hidden beneath her I-Got-This grit. Corey's gentle acceptance, sensitivity, and loyalty make him totally swoonworthy. This book is for every girl who thinks she's got everything under control, for every girl who thinks rape can't happen to her, and for every girl who thinks she knows how she would respond to the worst. May we all have a bit of Sid in us -- smart, strong, spunky, and ultimately aware that we can't do it all on our own."―Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List, Bitter End, and Perfect Escape
"Sad, funny, and true, this book hits all the right notes"―Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker
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I appreciate realistic YA fiction as an avenue to introduce teens to difficult subjects. I had high expectations for WHAT HAPPENS NEXT addressing the very real problem and threat of date rape after having a drink spiked with a drug. This novel fell far below my expectations. I can usually tell if I'm going to love a book in the first two or three pages, sometimes in the first paragraph. I knew I was going to be disappointed after the first chapter, but had some hope for improvement. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT had almost no tension, even when I knew she was about to be date raped. Cassidy's first person narration went from taking a drink to waking up the next morning not remembering what happened. I should have felt something, empathy for Cassidy, anger at the guy. I felt nothing. I never connected with Cassidy. I am a rape survivor and I've counseled a number of survivors. I felt an inauthenticity in Cassidy's reactions and response to her attack. What I read seemed more like writer Colleen Clayton did some research about the aftermath of date rape rather than talking to actual survivors. I didn't feel any heart, as if she had checked off some effects of rape and plucked them into the book. Everything was neatly packaged, predictable, too easy and too convenient.
Clayton did a great job giving Cassidy a unique and interesting voice. The POV was the strongest component of the book.
I'm rated WHAT HAPPENS NEXT a generous 2 of 5 stars, for voice and tackling an important topic. I might try another novel by Clayton, but I'd download a sample first. If a reader is looking for a book on the subject of date rape, I'd put this near the bottom of the list.
"ur a Br@ don't b 2 L8" (Page 31)
Br@? REALLY? And now, with autocorrect it would take more time to text that out than to just write brat. Colleen Clayton does this various times in the texting conversations, but then when a word that someone may actually abbreviate comes up, she spells the whole thing out:
"When someone would finally pick up it was ur mom saying u were sleeping or doing h-work" (Page 61)
Really, she spelled out "someone," but shortens words like talk to "tlk"? Also, she doesn't use the incredibly well-known abbreviation for homework of HW and instead says h-work? I honestly thought that was someone bleeping out the word "hell" and thought to myself "what's hell work?" because she has just shortened "bulls***" to bs***.
It may seem petty, but since there are quite a lot of text and chatting conversations it really started to build up and make me annoyed at this book.
Clayton also does a beautiful job writing this book. The writing was just so perfect and she relayed the feelings that Sid was feeling so well, I was feeling them too. I loved Sid, I loved Corey, I loved Ronan, I loved Liam and I basically loved every character in the book besides a certain one. Clayton has this way of turning such a terrible, terrible act into something beautiful, but realistic at the same time.
I can't even tell you how I feel about the ending. It was just so well done. It wasn't a happy ending. Everything didn't just work out. But there was growth and honesty in the pages that mimicked real life and left me feeling happy and content.
This book was amazing. Hands down a fantastic read. And I feel like it hasn't gotten a lot of hype, which it definitely deserves. Maybe I'm just late to the party but everyone needs to read this book. Right now. I'm so sad that I waited till now to read it.
And Colleen Clayton. Write more books. Right now. & I hope you're happy because I don't even know what to do with myself. This book tore me apart but managed to put me back together again. Maybe a little like Sid, the "Irish Princess."