Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
Published: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Demographic: YA Contemporary
Pages: 416

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.

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Note: I received an eGalley of this for review approved by the publisher's through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Ann Redisch Stampler has written a wonderfully engaging and equally compelling follow up novel to her shining debut, Where It Began. Afterparty is an explosive young adult book full of tragedy, betrayal, and complicated romance.

It was incredibly easy for me to get sucked into this story right away, because the Stampler's writing style just flowed really well and I found myself enjoying the book quite a bit, although there were moments where I cringed a bit at a couple of things that were happening. I found myself enjoying how beautifully written the story was, how the sadness tinged the pages and somehow began to wake up my feels, and how it reminded me of what it was like growing up around other's who experienced some of the things Emma, Siobahn, and other's did. Stampler does a brilliant job of telling a story of self-growth and discovery, mingled with complicated lies, betrayal, friendship, and loyalty.

I was drawn in completely by Emma the Good versus Emma the Conflicted. The flaws were real and her constant struggle with reconciling the always dutiful good girl her father expected her to be and the Emma breaking free and becoming reckless, was approached in such a way that it was easy to relate to her character and inner struggles, even if you weren't ever truly faced with that situation before. Readers will appreciate the realism written between the pages and how it brings the characters to life in many ways, lending so much more depth and interesting facets to them. There's a wild and intense fervor hidden beneath the pages of this complicated lesson in morality and realism. that's an inherent part of who Siobhan really is underneath the cover of her nasty disguise.

The twists and turns with the story Afterparty has to tell, will keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next. It's full of intense emotion and suspense, written in such a way that it's a fast paced enjoyable read, that isn't too extremely heavy but hits home with all of the necessary elements it needs to make its message clear. One of the most appreciative things about this book, is the way in which Stampler deals with peer pressure among friends and non-friends. If you're looking for a book that reads like some sappy after-school special, then this isn't the book I would suggest to you. If you are looking for a book that deals with everyday struggles that a teen goes through from peer pressure, to dealing with betrayal in friendships, among other things then this is the book that I would suggest picking up.

Afterparty, might just surprise readers with how well written and relatable it is.



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 and an honor book, 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. Her current young adult novel, Afterparty has been recently released.


  1. I really liked this book and I agree that it did a good job of telling a story about a girl who is facing a lot of pressure from every part of her life. Great review!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

    1. I really did too, I liked how easy it was to read and how realistic it was with the characters and the realities they were each facing. Thanks, for your compliments and for stopping by the blog. :)

  2. I'm made it a personal goal to read more contemporaries this year, and Afterparty sounds like it just made the list! I would love to read a book that explored everyday teen pressures in a realistic way, without sugarcoating things.

    1. Oh no, Afterparty doesn't sugarcoat anything and it's pretty real as far as the teen pressures, betrayal of a friend, and outright defying your parents - ie. lying to them and all. I think you'll really enjoy it, it was easy to read and pretty fast paced.

  3. I have heard this book going around but had no idea it was a follow-up! I wasn't intending to read this but might have to look into it in case I see it at the library :) Great review.

    1. I actually enjoyed this book, it was the first one of hers that I read and I thought she really handled the pressures of being a teen really well. Plus, the writing style made it easy to connect with the characters. :)

  4. This sounds like a really great read so I'm going to have to read the first book for sure. I am getting into comtemps lately and really want to give these two a shot.


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