Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Afterparty by Ann Stampler - Blog Tour and Giveaway!



About AFTERPARTY: A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...

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About Ann Stampler: Ann Stampler was the mild mannered author of literary picture books when she broke out, tore off her tasteful string of pearls, and started writing edgy, contemporary young adult novels set in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and writer’s-helper rescue dog – without whose compelling distraction she would have no doubt penned dozens of novels by now.

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Twitter: @annstampler
The writing life blog: www.annstampler.com/ya
Novel in the Oven: Really Bad Writing Advice (among other things): www.annstampler.blogspot.com

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My Review:
Afterparty is definitely a cautionary tale about choosing your friends wisely.  Emma lives a very sheltered life thanks to her father who is very strict and keeps her on lockdown.  Emma worries constantly about disappointing him, but desperately wants to break free of her staid life.  Emma frets a lot of about her "moral compass" and whether she is a "good girl".  Almost to the point that it seems pathological.  So when she moves to L.A. and meets Siobhan, a party girl who offers Emma the freedom and excitement she desires.  Unfortunately, their relationship is pretty toxic and Siobhan is manipulative and spoiled.  Things spiral quickly out of control and Emma walks a fine line between trying to pull away from Siobhan and appease her.  But by the end, Emma can't ignore the things Siobhan has done and everything comes to a dramatic head.  I honestly did not see the ending coming and it was pretty intense!

READ THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS HERE! http://www.scribd.com/doc/183272047/Afterparty-by-Ann-Redisch-Stampler-Excerpt


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