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Afterparty [Format Kindle]

Ann Redisch Stampler

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Afterparty

It is not the ending I expected. The free fall from the roof and the torn green awnings. Her body landing in a heap at the foot of a hydrangea bush. The hedges lit with pink Malibu lights that glint off the sequined skirt, the blouse half open, and her pale hair.

The thud, the doorman running down the sidewalk, and then sirens and more rain.

Siobhan the Wild and Emma the Good.

I was the good one . . . maybe not so much.

Poor Siobhan.

She could batter mean girls with a field hockey stick and make it seem accidental. She could break your heart and make it seem accidental.

And then she couldn’t. Then she was gone.

Maybe.

Maybe she is only temporarily asleep—but more likely, she is only temporarily alive.

Hanging on by her fingernails is what they say.

The wild one is gone and the good one . . . isn’t good. Because good girls don’t usually wear long sleeves to cover where their best friend’s fingernails scored their forearms. Good girls don’t usually slip out their bedroom window in a silver dress and taxi to the Camden Hotel late at night.

Good girls don’t usually kill their best friend.
 

Revue de presse

"A gripping and sometimes downright scary look at friendship and manipulation." (Kirkus Reviews)

"In Stampler's unflinching look at wealthy, decadent youth and complicated relationships, there are no easy answers. Realistic characters with tight dialogue add to the tension--and there's plenty of it." (Booklist)

"Readers will root for Emma as she negotiates difficult choices and a first romance, and grapples with finding her moral compass. But in her heartbreaking portrayal of Siobhan, a young woman spinning out of control with no one able to catch her—not even her best friend—author Ann Redisch Stampler reminds us that losing a friendship can be just as painful as a failed romance." (Deborah Hopkinson BookPage)

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3667 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1442423242
  • Editeur : Simon Pulse; Édition : Reprint (31 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008J4RR28
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Afterparty - ARC Copy 3 janvier 2014
Par Serenity - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Whoop! So I'm excited that Ann asked me to review her book and so glad I said yes! This book was sooooo good. Ann is a kick-ass writer.

So in Afterparty we follow this chick Emma who is coming from Canada to California. She is a pretty cool girl once we really get to know her. So far she has been know as a goody good girl. The kind that can't watch a movie unless she is the right age for it. Dresses her age, doesn't break rules, doesn't kiss boys, doesn't sneak out, etc. Well we shall see if that lasts through the whole book.

Being a new girl isn't easy, but when your the new girl in California, it's a big deal. Everyone there isn't so welcoming. California you either fit in or you fight with the popular/rich kids. Like trying to knock them to the ground in gym. Riding some chick's horse and having them in trouble for not taking care of it afterward. At least that isn't different, girls will always go after another no matter where. Huh, are girls like this everywhere?

Siobhan and Emma become friends. They are pretty good together, and the whole rules thing aren't really followed. Siobhan skypes a guy, and Emma has told her dad a lie. Emma ends up liking Dylan and talks to him too. These things shouldn't bother anyone, but it does.
Emma's dad has even gone and appointed her a best friend!!! Who DOES THAT! I think he is way to controlling. I can't stand it, plus the girl he appoints for Emma, he becomes friends with the girl's mom. The mom also happens to be crazy controlling! Can't have soft drinks, the bubbles in drinks are bad. Chewing gum is bad. Talking to certain people is bad. Most foods are bad. They claim everything to be bad, with soooo many medical reasons behind it. OMG being in the medical field should not mean you know everything about everything. The parents in the book, I hate them so much. If I had a controlling mom, I would have moved in with someone else. The way I am, I could never ever have someone who is controlling near me. Emma is too strong, but I love her for that. She would be with her mom, but since she is an addict, so her dad deemed her bad.

Okay jumping into the book again before I make this review all about controlling. Now the name Afterparty fits with the end of school year party, you know THE party that no one can miss. It's important to the girls since they made a plan about it, if their lives aren't better after that, they can jump off a tall building. A good pact or bad? Well I can tell you it doesn't go as planned. Got you wondering don't I? Well the end is so fast, that you can gobble it up in no time. The whole book was amazing, but the middle to the end was my favorite part. Just the beginning was a little slow start for me, but that's just because this book is YA and contemporary. I haven't read a ton of those so I have remind myself its okay if there is no paranormal in a book.

Okay so, go out there are pre-order a copy right now! The book comes out in January, so it would be a great read for those of you who would be on winter break. I give this book 5 stars and will have to be reading more books by Ann.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unique and Striking...a must read! 31 décembre 2013
Par Becca Jayne (Pretty Little Memoirs) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I was intrigued right from the first page. I mean, when on the first page when it starts with an ending one-liner as enthralling as that, I think everyone is going to turn that page and keep going.
The book opens and introduces Emma and her father to us. They're moving from Canada to California and right away the difference in lifestyle is a big change for both of them, but people tell them that they'll love California, so they keep that in mind. Emma is and has always been the "good girl" stereotype that she prides herself on being, and knows that if she gets good grades and follows the rules, life will work out great for her. She's started quite a lot of new schools before, and knows the drill and the motions like it's second nature.
Within a short time of starting her new school, Emma meets a girl called Siobhan, who is noticeably the opposite of everything Emma prides herself on; she doesn't follow all the rules, and does what she wants, when she wants to. But to Emma, this doesn't matter at first, and they become really fast friends, quite close right away.

The plot for Afterparty was striking and unique. Not only did it have the power to hold my attention, but it surprised me and threw me into a roller-coaster of complex situations, the fear of rebelling and not being accepted, and being in a self-destructive, yet fragile friendship. The thing I loved the most was the way that Ann had written that makes stopping reading almost impossible. It's a tie between the characters and the overall plot that kept me reading for hours and countless chapters in just one sitting. Both were immensely addictive and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I connected and could reflect upon the story in a ton of aspects.

Emma was a very reliable and relateable main character. I feel that I could relate to a ton of things she was going through and the situations she was put in by Siobhan and the places she put herself in by changing and slowly breaking away from that "perfect" girl she always thought she should be. Changing for her was a huge thing, because she was tearing that reputation of hers away, but I think that being herself was something she had never completely done and maybe Siobhan brought that out in her for the better.
Siobhan...well, she was like a firecracker. Some would even say she was the star of the story. She was so unexpected and when she came into Emma's life, she changed everything for the bad and the good. I've read a lot of novels with characters like Siobhan, but none as great as she was in Afterparty. There was always an alluring and intense atmosphere about the moments when Siobhan's wild side came out, which really set the tone for the book.
Emma and Siobhan's friendship is a really tight-knit thing that is very rocky and at the same time, so strong and vulnerable, and a small hint at the future and conclusion was how much keeping promises or pacts, actually meant to them. And importantly, if a person were to come between them, how that could potentially break them.

Afterparty was a huge hit for me. I can't even put into words how much I loved it or even pin-point the amazing parts, because it was literally the whole thing. Before you've had a chance to take in one surprise, another comes in and takes your breath. It was gripping, one-of-a-kind and incomparable. A must for everyone's book shelf.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing, captivating, well-written ... 31 décembre 2013
Par ham1299 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I read this book lightning fast! It’s well-written, interesting, and captivating. It’s like a train wreck – you know it’s not going to end well, but you just can’t look away. You have to see what happens.

Characters … they were interesting. I liked Emma, most of the time. Didn’t like Siobhan much at all, especially not as the story progresses. It’s clear this girl is unstable, at best. My guess? Bipolar. Read the book and you’ll see. What amazed me was just how much Emma put up with. How blind she was to Siobhan’s manipulation and lies. I felt bad for Emma while also wanting to smack sense into her occasionally! Dylan is clearly into Emma from the start, but she’s obviously too insecure to see that. Which is pretty normal for girls her age. I was rooting for them the whole time, despite everything. And, while a bit more of a minor character, I really liked Megan. She was a great contrast to Siobhan’s crazy.

The lies got old fast, and it was annoying when opportunities to come clean were ignored. I get hiding things from the parents – what kids/teens don’t do that? But, the flat-out lies about pretty much everything in Emma’s life … it was hard to watch things unfold.

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler is a compelling, crazy story about a lonely girl who finds one friend in her new prep school. Yes, part of what pushes Emma and Siobhan together is a mutual enemy: Chelsea. So, I can see Emma clinging to that friendship. It was a refuge as she learned her way around her new home and school. What unfolds is crazy, wild, and in some ways heartbreaking. Stampler tells a powerful story, and I would highly recommend this to fans of contemporary, realistic YA.

Review from proudbooknerd.com
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful characterization with a great plot that drags you in from the start 2 janvier 2014
Par InkBitten Girl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON INKBITTEN.COM

Characters make the story, for me. I can read any genre, and truly enjoy any genre, as long as I like the characters. Thankfully, one of use strongest points of Afterparty is the characterization. Take Emma, the main character. If you're like me, you spend your Saturday nights at home, in sweat pants, writing stupid biology papers and cursing the class under your breath. While I might not want to be out there breaking the rules, taking risks, etc. etc. I certainly wouldn't mind reading about people who do. Emma is more than just an excuse to live vicariously through a character, she's..... Real. You understand her actions and thoughts and feelings. While you may not agree with them, they make sense. You root for her, no matter what she's doing, you want her to win.

Siobhan, on the other hand, is ethereal. Almost too crazy and brazen that you can't believe she's a person and not he personification of a thunder storm. Her wild pacts and plans not only draw Emma from her shell and closer to the brink of no return, but drag the reader through a whirlwind plot with no one able to guess where the story will go next. Even through all this, though, Siobhan's personality and erratic behavior tie everything together so the surprise ending is nowhere near absurd and out of left field.

And love? The all-important quality in every YA book these days? It has the glory and ups and downs of high school. Anyone who knows what heartbreak and hope of your first love will understand Dylan and Emma. And cheer for them despite all the odds. Because, admittedly, most relationships (hopefully) don't have a toxic best friend attempting to sabotage them.

One of the bonus features of this book I absolutely adored was Emma’s relationship with her dad. No matter how frustrated she is with his rules or how disappointed he is in her actions, it's very obvious how much they love each other. It's not a relationship you get to see in too many books. You get the humor and devotion and unconditional support hopefully everyone has the fortune to know in his or her life.

Beautiful crafted with magically realistic characters and a plot that twists and turns, the book is like watching a car crash; you know what will happen on some level, but you just can't believe it. Or tear your eyes away. This is one of those worlds that grabs you and won't let you go. Or let you put the book down. Make sure to get your hands on it as soon as possible and then make sure to reserve a block of time to do nothing but read.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Whew! 1 janvier 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
While I really liked Ann Stampler's first YA novel Where it Began because it was so wonderfully written and the narrator had this really funny sarcastic-teen take on West-Los Angeles private school excess, I love the Afteparty which has all that and what I found to be a much more engaging/suspenseful plot.

Once again, Stampler explores/satirizes the materially spoiled and emotionally impoverished teenagers in a west-side private high school. This time, however, Stampler's witty-wounded narrator hero, Emma is both more sympathetic than her earlier hero and she's matched with a much more compelling fatal-attraction antagonist, Siobahn, whose charisma and beauty cover a haunting emptiness. At one level, it's West LA satire. At another Afterparty is a monster movie with the monster in prada and really good makeup. Beneath this, though, there's a certain sensitivity that pervades the novel. Emma's relationship with the father who has had to raise her alone is genuinely touching and Siobahn, as scary as she is emotionally and at one point physically, remains both sympathetic and dimensional. In short, she's a terrific villain who's arguably the most compelling character in the book. Every time she shows up in the narrative, the book gets this jolt of energy.

Second novels are supposed to be cursed, but it's pretty cleaer to me that this is one of the exceptions. Afterparty is a very satisfying and entertaining read even for a literary-type reader like me.
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