Before the ski trip, Cassidy "Sid" Murphy was a cheerleader
(on the bottom of the pyramid, but still...), a straight-A student, and a member
of a solid trio of best friends. After the ski trip, she is an insomniac, an obsessive late-night runner, and her best friends haven't talked to her in months.
Taller and more developed than your average
sixteen-year-old, Sid's never really been the object of affection for boys her
own age, so when she's thrown on a ski lift with hunky local college boy, Dax
Windsor, she's smitten. "Come to a party with me tonight," he tells her, but
Dax isn't what he seems. He takes everything from Sid - including a lock of her
perfect red curls - and she can't remember any of it.
Back home, 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 and she can almost forget what
happened. Now, if only she can shake the nightmares and reach her goal
weight, everything will be perfect... or so Sid thinks.
What Happens Next is a natural
and approachable, pitch-perfect portrayal of the aftermath of date rape.
* "Equal parts endearing spunk and heartbreaking vulnerability, Sid Murphy is a character who feels more like family by story's end. The story-and even more importantly, Sid herself-will stay with readers long after the final page is turned. Kudos to Clayton for crafting a powerful, moving debut."
—Kirkus (starred review)
"Debut author Clayton doesn't simplify Sid or her emotions... painfully realistic yet hopeful."
Like Sid, Colleen Clayton grew up in the suburbs just outside
of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Kent State University, she worked as
a social worker for over a decade in residential treatment centers
for troubled teens and as program supervisor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahoning Valley. She
currently lives Ohio with her family and recently received her MFA from the Northeast
Ohio Consortium at Youngstown State University. Colleen invites you to visit her online at www.colleenclayton.com. What Happens Next is her debut novel.