Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Afterparty by Ann Stampler
Published: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 384
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... 

5 Favorite British TV Shows
(I grew up on Agatha Christie, and I do love my BBC fix)
  1. Downton Abbey
  2. Sherlock
  3. Skins
  4. The Pride & Prejudice Mini-Series with Colin Firth, which could play continuously on a loop as far as I’m concerned
  5. Foyle’s War (So sad it’s all over. Reconsider, Anthony Horowitz! There are addicts out there who need another season.)

About the author:
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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