Review: What to Say Next

Book Title: What to Say Next
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Published: 2017
Page Count: 287
Rating: 4/5

So I purchased this book because Tell Me Three Things was one of my favorite reads last year and now that I’ve read What to Say Next, Julie Buxbaum has become an auto-buy author for me. I liked Tell Me Three Things better than this one, but What to Say Next was still just as charming and cute as I expected it to be.

What to Say Next follows the perspectives of our two main characters, Kit and David. Kit is in a grieving stage due to the fact that her father died recently in a car accident. Her two best friends, Annie and Violet, are not my favorite characters. They act like they want Kit to move on immediately and forget about it by just going back to normal. And while some people can move on in that way, it doesn’t seem to work for Kit. Insert, cute and adorable David. David has Asperger’s (according to a doctor) but he doesn’t seem to agree with it. He sits alone at school wearing his headphones and blocking out the rest of the world. He is very smart and he keeps a notebook on him with all the information he needs to remember his classmates names. He keeps track of who hangs out with who and he has a trust and do not trust list. Kit decides she doesn’t want to deal with her best friends one day and decides to sit with David at lunch and it sparks a friendship. Kit tells David she wants to figure out more details of her father’s accident. They call it “the Accident Project. David wants to figure out the mathematics of it and help Kit with figuring it out.

{swoon} David is officially one of my favorite male characters. Before I started reading this book, I read some of the reviews on Goodreads and noticed some people said that David is like a robot and not romantic at all. Well, they are high school students, so romance can only go so far and I thought he was a perfect romantic gentleman. David is bullied so much through this book with attacks of death and students telling him to die and I just felt for him. I knew high school students were mean but not that mean. Kit is also a very lovable character and I really enjoyed her parts. I’ve never lost a parent so I didn’t feel her grief but it was still very heartbreaking to read the parts when she did break down.

Overall, I loved this book and I guess I didn’t give it a full 5 star rating is because I honestly did not see the ending coming and I didn’t really enjoy it that much. I was expecting something so much more. But I will forever buy Julie Buxbaum’s books because they make me so happy. So if you enjoyed Tell Me Three Things, definitely check this one out!

One thought on “Review: What to Say Next

  1. There just isn’t enough time to read all these books! Aaarrrggghhhh…. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I mean, here I am reading a great review about an absolutely gorgeous looking book 😉 and all I can think about is HOW THE HELL WILL I READ ALL THESE IN THIS LIFETIME??!?! 😭😭


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