Where It Began

By Ann Redisch Stampler
(Simon Pulse, Hardcover, 9781442423213, 384pp.)

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

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.




About the Author

Ann Redisch Stampler makes her YA debut with Where It Began. She is the author of several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov, which 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 lives in Los Angeles, California.




Praise For Where It Began

"A terrific read! Ann Stampler puts you in Gabby's head and keeps you there until the gripping conclusion. A writer to watch!"
--Alex Flinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beastly


eoeUnputdownable!e
e"Jenny Han, bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty

"The relentlessly wry and sarcastic tone of this first-person yarn instantly grabs readerse(TM) interest and propels the story forward. Stampler paints a ruthless portrait of wealthy Los Angeles, but she finds the occasional human being there too. Readers will find much cynicism but also humor and insight into a corrupt system not necessarily confined to the rich. Clever and constantly interesting, this is as much a winner as Gabby.e e"Kirkus Reviews


"Gabby is a witty and sarcastic narrator, nailing the superficiality of her exclusive high school and wealthy friends... [Readers] will eagerly anticipate the accidente(TM)s entire truth revealed, especially through its surprising and gratifying ending." --VOYA

"Stamplere(TM)s story of a girle(TM)s obsession with a guy at the expense of all else is powerful, and Gabbye(TM)s alcohol problem, her devotion to Billy, and her overall denial are entirely believable. Gabbye(TM)s sardonic voice will draw readers into the story immediately, as Stampler delivers a searing portrayal of power, privilege, and betrayal in the hills above Los Angeles." --Publishers Weekly

"Gabbye(TM)s voice is bitter and cynical, yet compelling and heartbreaking. [R]eaders will cheer for her when she finally recognizes her own worth." bookpage.com

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