Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Talk & Giveaway: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT by Colleen Clayton

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Sid Murphy has never been conventionally attractive. Her curves are a little too curvy, her hair a little too red. Sure, she's a cheerleader, but she's always on the bottom of the pyramid because she's "sturdy." Guys in high school seem to want something else, but when she's goes on a ski trip and ends up next to a handsome college student Dax on the ski lift, Sid realizes maybe the guys she grew up with are too narrow minded when it comes to beauty.

Even though Sid has always been a good girl - and her grades reflect that - when Dax asks her to sneak away from the other students and chaperones to come to a party at his cabin she agrees, against her friends' advice. Getting attention is new, getting attention is nice, and Sid doesn't want to seem like a simpering high schooler. The party turns out to be just her and Dax, and Sid has a drink with him, only to wake up in the morning naked in a strange bed, a lock of her hair missing.

Everyone thinks they know what happened, which is ironic to Sid because she has no idea. Back home, her reputation shredded and her confidence shattered, Sid drops her college prep classes, opting instead of volunteer in the A/V room where she's hoping to evade all the stares in the hallways. But Corey Livingston is there too, they type of guy old Sid would've never exchanged three words with.

Sid discovers that the only thing to calm her anxious mind is running. The pounds fall off, and guys start to notice her... something she suddenly doesn't want - at all. Corey liked her even before she lost weight, but Sid doesn't know how she can build a relationship after what happened to her on the school trip. Right now she can't even maintain her old friendships or get along with her family, how can she try to have a boyfriend?

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