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What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

30199656What To Say Next
by Julie Buxbaum
My Rating: 💚💚💚💚
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Two 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?

My Thoughts

“What if we all jumped out of our boxes and chewed up our stupid labels? Who would we discover?” 

This is my second book by Julie Buxbaum in one week. That should tell you how much I’m loving her writing. She is on my list for auto buy authors now. Just like in Tell Me Three Things, she shows you how high school can be cruel. I honestly can’t get over how real her writing is. I honestly felt like Kit and David were real people that I knew. 

“I am somehow supposed to have bounced back.
I am not supposed to be moping around in my dad’s shirt.”

Kit was really having a tough time here. Her dad died barely a month ago in a terrible car crash. She’s trying to learn how to live a life without him in it. She’s trying to learn how to be herself again. With her friends acting like she should be over it already and a mother who’s trying to push herself into moving on, Kit feels like she’s alone. So one day she decides to sit next to David, the loneliest kid at their school.

“Yes I get myself into trouble in social situations; I like order and routine.”

I loved David so much. Honestly, I became very protective of him. I know this book is a work of fiction, but I want go down to this “fictional” school and kick their asses for messing with him. He deserved all the good things and more. He was just misunderstood and different from his peers. And we all know how people are to others that they don’t understand. 

Kit and David formed a relationship that people didn’t understand. Kit loved David’s raw honesty and the way he saw the world. David had a crush on Kit from afar and always admired her for never being mean to him. They ended up becoming friends and it ended up turning into more. I loved the way their relationship progressed. It was sweet and I loved how they were exactly what each other needed at the time.

This book gave me all the feels and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend if you are looking for a YA contemporary that’s going to pull at your heartstrings.


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13 thoughts on “What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

  1. I adore Buxbaum. I read and loved 3 of her books. This is the last one I have to read, and I finally bought it. I am really happy to hear she delivered the feels, because that is something I adore about her books.

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  2. My friend literally told me the other day that’s she’s reading this book right now and that it’s so good! I haven’t read What to Say Next, but I have read another book by the author called Tell Me Three Things.

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