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Waiting on Wednesday: What Happens Next

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

Expected Release Date: October 9, 2012

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.

(summary via Goodreads)

There’s certainly no shortage of YA books featuring protagonists who can’t remember what’s happened to them. While it’s a narrative device that can feel a little played out (think Ditched), it also can work really well (think Where it Began).  This one is definitely going to be dark, but I have hope that if it’s done well, it’ll be a very compelling read.

The summary might give too much away, though.  Reading through it again right now, I’m sort of irritated by it. What do you think?

What are you waiting on this week?


6 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: What Happens Next

  1. I love your comparison choices but I would switch them. Loved Ditched did not like Where it Began at all. This sounds interesting though!

    1. It’s definitely a case where reader preference is going to play a major role. I got tired of how gimmicky Ditched felt, and I thought Where it Began’s sarcastic, almost caustic tone was super powerful.

  2. I haven’t read Ditched or Where it Began yet (though the last one is on my TBR pile) but this one still intrigues me. I too love books where memory (or the absence of) plays a role. There seem to be many of them this year!

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