What Happens Next

What Happens Next

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Before the ski trip, Cassidy "Sid" Murphy was a cheerleader (on the bottom of the pyramid, but still...), a straight-A student and a member of a solid trio of best friends. After the ski trip, she is an insomniac, an obsessive late-night runner and her best friends haven't talked to her in months. Taller and more developed than your average sixteen-year-old, Sid's never really been the object of affection for boys her own age, so when she's thrown on a ski lift with hunky local college boy, Dax Windsor, she's smitten. "Come to a party with me tonight," he tells her but Dax isn't what he seems. He takes everything from Sid - including a lock of her perfect red curls - and she can't remember any of it. Back home, 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 and she can almost forget what happened. Now, if only she can shake the nightmares and reach her goal weight, everything will be perfect...or so Sid thinks.What Happens Next is a natural and approachable, pitch-perfect portrayal of the aftermath of date rape.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 26mm | 280g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Poppy
  • London, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316198692
  • 9780316198691
  • 313,940

About Colleen Clayton

Like Sid, Colleen Clayton grew up in a small, suburban town just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Kent State University, she worked as a social worker for fifteen years, as well as in residential treatment centers for troubled teens and as Program Supervisor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She currently lives Ohio with her family and recently received her MFA from the Northeast Ohio Consortium at Youngstown State University. What Happens Next is her debut novel.show more

Review quote

"Sad, funny, and true, this book hits all the right notes" "Miranda Kenneally, author of" Catching Jordan "and" Stealing Parker"""show more

Rating details

5,214 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 35% (1,842)
4 37% (1,920)
3 20% (1,038)
2 6% (294)
1 2% (120)

Our customer reviews

The are some books that leave a mark on you. Those are usually the messy stories. What Happens Next is exactly that kind of YA book. It's messy because it the characters are put in difficult situations where they ask hard questions. It's a book that challenges the readers preconceived notions of what we believe and we value. Colleen Clayton's debut novel is the kind that turned me upside down and inside out. Reasons to Read: 1. How to deal with consequences: Sid is young. She's young and she's growing up. And she makes some choices. Those choices lead to heartbreak and pain beyond compare. There are a lot of books out there that have characters who go through incredibly trying circumstances, so this isn't new. But what is different here is that Sid is absolutely determined to fight her way through this. Importantly this a story where the characters learn not only to face consequences (fair or unfair) but how to deal with them which just isn't addressed nearly enough. 2. Another look at sexual assault: I'm grateful that more authors and readers are engaging in discussions on sexual assault. Our perception of sexual assault has changed drastically in recent decades. I believe that's a good thing. And I'm also thankful to have books like What Happens Next that explores the story of a girl who, in retrospect, made a poor choice and was deeply harmed. Sid has to wonder if she's to blame for what happened to her (which is tragic, truly). Sid also struggles with how to work out the pain of an event that she doesn't even remember, a different kind of pain altogether. 3. An uplifting story: Sid's story isn't picture perfect, Colleen keeps it realistic for her readers. Sid's story, however, is inspiring and an encouragement to all of us. The story of a girl who triumphs over the harm done to her and struggles with herself is beautiful. It's remarkable, just like every individual who is ever sexually assaulted and comes through it. And the relationship development is so lovely and sweet! There are definitely a number of issues and problems that this book brings up and deals with; it can be overwhelming at times. There's a lot going on here for one little book, and there's just so much to say about these various issues (rape, eating disorders, self-esteem, bullying, drugs, etc). ARC received from HBG Canada for review; no other compensation was received.show more
by Brenna Staats
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