I'm very excited to introduce you to my Rockstar Author who is Ann Redisch Stampler.She is the author of several picture books but what made her one my favorite YA writers was her debut YA book,Where It Began.It was a well written story,the plot was amazing and throughout the book I couldn't stop thinking was it really the heroine's fault and who would actually do this to her.I loved the book's twist in the end!Fortunately for us,her career as a YA author is far from over.Her second book Afterparty hits shelves on January 7th 2014 and if you read the book's synopsis,your first reaction will be to add the book to your TBR list.Incredibly talented and down to earth are two of the reasons that make Ann Redisch Stampler a ROCKSTAR and why I admire her as a person and an author!
Title: Where It Began
Publication Date: March 6th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4.5 stars
A teen’s world comes crashing down in this compulsively readable YA debut that’s as literary as it is commercial.
Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed looking like a cautionary ad for drunk driving—and without a single memory of the accident that landed her there. But what she can recall, in frank and sardonic detail, is the year leading up to the crash.
As Gabby describes her transformation from Invisible Girl to Trendy Girl Who Dates Billy Nash (aka Most Desirable Boy Ever), she is left wondering: Why is Billy suddenly distancing himself from her? What do her classmates know that Gabby does not? Who exactly was in the car that night? And why has Gabby been left to take the fall?
As she peels back the layers of her life, Gabby begins to realize that her climb up the status ladder has been as intoxicating as it has been morally complex...and that nothing about her life is what she has imagined it to be.
Read the first 3 chapters HERE!
Publication Date: January 7th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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 is not.
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, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...
This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler's spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.
Interview with the lovely Ms Stampler
About the author
WHERE IT BEGAN marks the YA debut of Ann Redisch Stampler. She is the author of several picture books, including THE ROOSTER PRINCE OF BRESLOV. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband.