What To Say Next

Julie Buxbaum

During the summer months, there's one thing I want to do and it's to read. There's no better feeling than taking time for yourself and diving into a new story (ideally sitting by the pool on a warm day). Today I thought I would review my two most recent reads... enjoy!

What To Say Next - Julie Buxbaum

This young-adult novel takes place in a small town in the United States. It's the story of David and Kit, two teens in high school who are completely different from each other. David is socially awkward and has to follow his sister's advices and his own notes to survive school life. After Kit's dad's death, they both become closer and defy the usual "high school protocol". The book discusses grief, autism, family problems, bullying and teenage love. 

I loved everything about this book but mostly the complexity of the characters, they felt so real! From the beginning I wanted to protect David from the mean people at his school and I wanted Kit to see how awesome he was. This is a great summer read with a refreshing story that will make you swoon and cry at the same time!


Fitness Junkie

Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie - Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

If you are into the whole wellness trend, this book is for you! This book is a critique of how our society has become obsessed with health, loosing weight and fitness classes. Janey is a business woman living in Manhattan who's at the top of a wedding dress company. One day, Beau, her associate and best friend since childhood decides that he wants her to take time off from the company. His motive? He wants her to loose weight because she defies the beauty standards set by their brand. In this novel, Janey tries all these crazy diets and classes to end up at a crazy fitness retreat for A-listers. 

What is truly captivating in this story is the force of character Janey has to be able to go through with Beau's request. She falls into strange practices that seem so common for the people that she surrounds herself with: from following a Shamman's advices, to going to a topless yoga class! This satirical book is a must-read and will make you take a second look at your daily habits and everything you see on social media.