Book Review #10: What Happens Next

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’ve been super eager to read this book for a while now. If you check out exactly how long it was on my TBR pile before I finally found a copy, you’ll know what I mean.

I went into the story having a pretty good idea of what the instigating event would be, and I wasn’t surprised to be right. What did surprise me was exactly how creepy I ended up finding the character of Dax–especially after the truth about him comes out. The horribleness of what he does to Sid and the ways it impacts her are a big part of the reason why I read this story so fast.

While the events of the ski trip are damaging to Sid, I found it enjoyable and significantly more realistic that she didn’t spend every second dwelling on it. The more her relationships with the secondary characters–Corey, her friends, and some of the others she encounters–shift and change, the less time she spends brooding. And yet, the worse she feels when everything comes bouncing back. That made a lot of sense to me–it wouldn’t have been as realistic if she spent every second of the next year or so hating her life.

The romance was believable and adorable. And how awesome was it to see a male love interest who doesn’t fall into the stereotypical body type standards of beauty exactly at the time that Sid is having issues with the same thing herself. If the author chose those details on purpose, that was masterfully done. Sid’s supportive, strong family was also a relief. The love she felt for them, and they for her, so often goes understated in YA contemporary.

My only issue with the book is that I wish the ending had been more developed. I wanted to know how Sid managed to resolve her issues with her Mom and Corey, as well as how a few other things turned out that featured as minor plot points. Then again, all of those issues might have stemmed from my desire to stay immersed in the story a little longer.

A good, compelling read all the way around. I’ll be on the lookout for Clayton’s next novel.

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