Review: Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

Where It Began
Release Date: March 6 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Synopsis:

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

My Thoughts:

I was extremely excited to read Where It Began. Ann's writing style is unique and amazing. I really felt like I was inside Gabby's mind throughout the entire book. 

This is one of those books that you just cannot stop reading once you've picked it up. It is extremely easy to identify with the character`s. Ann has an amazing ability in making you feel like you are there the whole time.

This is one of those books that I think all teenage girls should read. What girl doesn`t want to be popular. What girl doesn`t want to date the hottest guy in school. But how far and what lengths will you go to to keep yourself in that world. When do you start looking at yourself instead of keeping those blinders on.

Gabbys world is turned upside down and Ann takes us on a whirlwind journey as  Gabby tries to find herself.

I really enjoyed Where It Began. I know that this is going to be a book that I will return to again and again. 

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  1. I loved this book! From the start I felt I could relate to Gabby and the author's voice really shined through. I agree that it's a great read for teenage girls. Thanks for sharing.

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