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What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
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Oct 03, 12

bookshelves: bullies, eating-disorders, families, friendship, music, school, self-esteem
Read in October, 2012

** spoiler alert ** When sixteen-year-old cheerleader Sid Murphy is date raped while on a ski trip with several classmates, she can remember nothing about the incident. She tells no one about what happened, not even her mother or two best friends, Kirsten and Paige. Her initial avoidance of them angers them, and they shun her at school, leaving her completely alone. When she volunteers to work in the AV room rather than attend one of her classes, she is at first repulsed and then attracted to Corey Livingston, a classmate with a reputation of his own. As the two grow closer, Sid starts seeing a possible bright future. But there's just this "little" thing that keeps tickling at the back of her mind--that rape and how it changed everything in her life. Desperate to erase the parts of her--her large breasts and her butt--that seem to attract male attention, Sid began running at all hours of the night and eating next to nothing. She clearly needs help, but she keeps blowing everyone off. The author has done a great job of creating a likeable character in Sid while exploring her emotions thoroughly. The high school years can be fueled by gossip and assumptions, many of which are completely wrong and downright presumptuous. Teen readers are sure to race through the pages of the book to find out what happens next. In the end, while everything isn't perfect for Sid, she has the resources to survive and to begin to heal.
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