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?
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is that type of book where it slowly takes you into the characters’ lives. Once inside, I couldn’t stop reading. Both are experiencing their own struggles. Despite their differences, they are similar in many ways. This sparks a connection between them. Each one found an interest in the other and it soon leads to more unexpected outcomes. I enjoyed reading the sad, sweet, and funny moments provided in this book. It was a journey of self-discovery and friendship. Healing and blossoming into who they are were the other journeys I got to explore. Overall, I recommend this heartfelt tale to all.