What To Say Next

By Julie Buxbaum

What to Say Next by [Buxbaum, Julie]

5 out of 5 stars

I am in love. I am in love with Julie Buxbaum’s writing. I am in love with every book she has written. I am in love with this book. But most importantly, I am in love with two characters (I take that back, they are more than characters) named David and Kit. I was in tears at the end of this story and quite a few times during it. My heart is happy.

David is on the autism spectrum. People might say he has Asperger’s but as he will tell you, in the latest edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), instead people are considered to have high-functioning autism.  But people are not linear, they are multidimensional. He carries a notebook where he writes down all his thoughts on everyone in his school and life. It’s a guidebook too, with help from his sister of what to do and not to do.  He is picked on by the “popular” kids. He keeps to himself, walking to class and lunch with his headphones on to drown out the noises. Until one day, Kit sits down next to him. David and Kit and have gone to school together for most of their lives but Kit isn’t usually in his orbit. Kit has her own problems that she is trying to deal with. Her father, David’s dentist, recently died in a car accident. She doesn’t feel like herself anymore but she is surprised to see how good she feels when she talks to the straightforward David. And he begins to feel something too. Oh, my heart can’t take it! As they become closer to each other, David tells her he will help her try and figure out just what happened at her father’s car accident and the Accident Project begins. What will they find out about that and just what will they find out about each other?

If you haven’t read anything by Ms. Buxbaum, why the hell haven’t you?! This is her second YA novel. Her first, Tell Me Three Things, also gave me all the feels. Read it!

You must read this book! You MUST! It is so full of warmth and love and joy and hope. There are some sad parts, yes, I cried. There are some parts that are hurtful and hard to read, yes, I cried but all it’s parts put together make this absolutely one of my very favorite books that I have read this year.

Ms. Buxbaum, you wrote that you hoped that we care about Kit and David as much as you do. Yes we do.

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