Friday, November 10, 2017
What To Say Next, by Julie Buxbaum
A romance of sorts between two complete opposites. Some great pain is expended to explain the plausibility of this odd couple, which in the end kills some of its magic. David is apparently quite handsome and comes from a family of social royalty (his older sister spins in Kit's world). Kit is more open-minded than her peers.
Overall, the two of them do make a great couple. I ran hot and cold on Kit. She could be nice and kind at times, but was mostly self-absorbed. Some of my lukewarm reaction is due to the harsh way she deals with her mother's indiscretions, but in general Kit is self-absorbed and has trouble showing sympathy towards other. David, on the other hand, is hard not to like. He puts himself in some pretty awkward situations, but his honesty and kindness shows through.
Certainly, when one can critique a character that is complex enough on paper to have faults and strengths that one can have strong opinions about, something is going right. I found the plotting and storytelling a bit drawn out (and cared very little about Kit's various micro dramas), but I enjoyed Kit and David enough that I didn't really care what they were doing. So kudos to Buxbaum for crafting a complicated relationship that is fun to read about.