What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
How can you talk about something you can’t remember?
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.
I bought this book on a whim without ever having heard of it but it sounded interesting and the cover drew me in. This is a more intense young adult novel than I am used to as it deals with real-life and scary issues but the author did it in an informative and moving way.
Corey is kind and caring. He goes out of his way to help Sid, even when she is mean to him. There relationship is adorable and I love how he is there for her. I just wish Sid would realize all the people who care for her and seek out their help rather than facing her demons alone.
However, the entire book was such a huge build up and the end came too soon, leaving me a bit disappointed with too many unanswered questions. I felt like the book wasn’t “resolved” until the final sentence and think another few chapters or even an epilogue would have helped the reader to grasp a better more holistic picture of how Sid’s journey turned out. But with that being still I still loved this book and it made me “feel something” which is the main thing I look for in my reading experience. 4/5 Stars.