Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What Happens Next- Colleen Clayton

Title: What Happens Next
Author: Colleen Clayton
Source: Borrowed from the library
Series: Standalone
Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary:

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.

First though about this book: There is no way this a a debut novel. This is so good and put together. This novel felt like she has written hundreds and she knows exactly what the reader wants and she delivers it.

Sid is a cheerleader who does not fit the cheerleader look like her team mates think she should, she has two awesome best friends and she is a straight a student. Her family is amazing, her mom is a single mom raising her and her adorable brother. Sid begs her mom to be able to go on a ski trip with her two best friends and she relents. One night she is invited to a party by a college guy name Dax and she goes. The next morning she is missing a lock of hair and her memory of the night before is non existent.

Sid withdraws into herself after the ski trip, she blocks out her family and friends as she tries to work out what happened and how to deal with it. She starts running because it makes her forget, she also becomes friends with Corey who is listed as the school's biggest stoner.  I sympathized with Sid, she was trying to deal with what she was feeling the best she could. She also realized how unhealthy she was dealing with the situation but was not able to find any other way to deal. Corey is a surprisingly deep character, on the surface he seems like a laid back guy who likes hanging out in the AV room but there is more to him, he is sweet and compassionate.  Her best friends are so supportive, they reach out to her and when she pushes them away they wait until she is ready and are supportive  and help her in anyway they can.

This story is emotional, and scary because unfortunately horrible things like this happen to people. Sid is just one of  thousands people that this has sadly happened to. What makes her different is how compelling her story is. I wanted to hug Sid and I want everyone to read this book.  You are never alone. There is always someone there for you, even if you feel like you cannot go forward, you can and this book shows you how to do just that.

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