Books from the Backlog #97


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This week's neglected book


What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum


Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36342145-more-than-words?ac=1&from_search=true

Why did I add What to Say Next to my bookshelf?

I have had this book on my shelf for more than 2 years.  I have no idea why I haven't read it yet.  I don't feel quite as bad about that though since my daughter did read it so it hasn't been sitting untouched this whole time.  It looks like a lot of my Goodreads friends gave this book 5 stars, including my daughter and Grace from Rebel Mommy Book Blog who lost her battle with cancer last year.  I might have to read this one during this year's #ReadforGrace event in October.

My daughter was able to meet Julie Buxbaum and Jeff Zentner at an event at her high school a couple of years ago.  She was asked to introduce them and was able to get a book signed and a had a couple of photos taken.  Unfortunately, I was at work that day (like I am every day) but I am glad that she was able to meet them.

Julie Buxbaum, my daughter, and Jeff Zentner
What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?
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Comments

  1. I read this book during ReadForGrace, and I loved it. Buxbaum writes the kind of books I enjoy, adult and YA. The friendship in this book was solid. I remember wishing the romance played out a bit more, but the exploration of grief and family relationships was great.

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  2. This kind of thing isn't my genre but I have seen it get a lot of good reviews on various blogs so I hope you'll enjoy it too!

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    1. I read a little of everything but this isn't the genre that I tend to reach for first. I have my fingers crossed it will be a good one.

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  3. I think this sounds like a great read for the #ReadForGrace event, especially since she loved it so much. Cute cover too!

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  4. LOL, yes, it got some attention and that's great. Neat that your daughter met the authors. I think that's a good plan to read it for #ReadForGrace event.

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    1. I don't feel as bad about my neglected books if someone has picked them up. It should be a quick read.

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  5. I've enjoyed some books by this author and this sounds like a good one too:)

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    1. I have several of this author's books but haven't read any of them yet. I think this year is the time to start!

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  6. i don't read a lot of books like this one, but sometimes one slips through now and then. enjoy
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I am willing to try just about any genre but this is more of my daughter's kind of book than mine.

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  7. It sounds like a good book. I don't generally read books with high school students but you have solid reasons to read it. Enjoy!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I have spent so many years surrounded by high school kids that reading about them works well for me. My kids were spaced out so that I had a short break between one leaving high school and the next one starting.

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  8. I haven't read this one but it's not really my genre.

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    1. It's not the first genre I pick up but I think it sounds like a good story.

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  9. Go for it! It looks great :) Also, Grace had excellent taste in books.

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  10. I feel like the worst person in the world, I had no idea about Grace. I was MIA due to my own personal loss and didn't even realize. I feel terrible.

    As far as the book it sounds really good and I'm jealous your daughter got to meet Jeff Zentner he is one of my favorite authors.

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

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    1. I didn't interact as much as I usually do last year. Sometimes life happens so don't feel bad. Grace was such a wonderful part of the book community and she is very missed.

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  11. I haven't even heard of this book, but if Grace loved this book too, I am going to read it just to honor her especially.

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    1. I couldn't do the #ReadforGrace event last year but I am making time for it this year.

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  12. I think this one looks like a lot of fun. Love that cover too. I've heard good things about Buxbaum's books.

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  13. I, too, have had this one sitting on my shelves for a while. I've loved the other two books I've read by Buxbaum so I don't know what I'm waiting for. I love your idea of reading this one for #ReadForGrace.

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  14. That's a great idea to use it for this year's Read For Grace. 💟💟💟

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