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Publisher Description

"What to Say Next reminds readers that hope can be found in unexpected places." –Bustle.com

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, calls it "charming, funny, and deeply affecting."

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?

Named a Best Young Adult Novel of the Year by POPSUGAR

“Charming, funny, and deeply affecting all at the same time.” –Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star
“Heartfelt, charming, deep, and real. I love it with all my heart.” –Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

Young Adult
July 11
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

bunnypizarro ,

Open loop

At the end I wanted more. I wanted to know if David started to sit at Kit’s table with her friends. If they would go to prom together and what that would be like. I want to know if David could ever get the courage to play in the showcase.


ytlincoln ,

Favorite book ever !

Honestly can’t describe how much I love this book and I really recommend it. The main characters are so amazing. I love them so much. Wish this book could be turned into a movie ❤️💔

shnauzer123 ,

Absolutely phenomenal

This book, and this book alone deserves an award. Not just any award, but the award for being a book that is simultaneously romantic, sad, heartfelt, sweet, sour, adorable, understandable, intelligently written, encouraging, enlightening, beautiful, fun, and hilarious. It is the book to end all books. Nothing in my 2,573 book collection can hold a candle to this work of art. David, an extraordinarily interesting and intelligent person who is never seen as a person. To his classmates, a freak, and to the reader, an incredibly beautiful amazing ball of emotions and other things you just want to take into your arms and keep him there until everything is better. This book demonstrates the demons of our society, the intricate mindset of those we underestimate, and a peek into the brain of something that is like nothing you have ever even thought about before. That of the other.
Bravo, Julia. Bravo.

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