Best friends forever—or else

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.

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AuthorAnn Stampler
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“Good girls don’t usually kill their best friend,” announces high-school junior Emma in an opening, flashforward scene that clinches immediate interest. After living all her life as a social recluse with an overprotective psychiatrist father, the teen seizes their relocation to L.A. and entrance into a prestigious prep school as an opportunity to redefine herself.

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AuthorAnn Stampler
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After years of moving from place to place with her overprotective dad, Emma Lazar is thrilled that her dad’s latest job brings the two of them to Los Angeles.

When vicious mean girl Chelsea Hay insults Emma at her new swanky private day school, the equally sharp-tongued Siobhan Lynch stands up for Emma. Thus begins a friendship that is both compelling and harrowing.

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AuthorAnn Stampler
CategoriesAfterparty

"Afterparty reads like a cross-over of genres into psychological thriller territory—a sort of YA Gone Girl.

"The writing is smart and perceptive and I am sure there are many out there who will be able to relate to much of what occurs in this book, be they YAs with the experiences still current or adults looking back on past experiences."

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AuthorAlethea Allarey
CategoriesAfterparty

"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."

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AuthorAlethea Allarey
CategoriesAfterparty

"I read this book lightning fast – couldn’t get through it fast enough! It’s a great, fast read. By great I mean 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."

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AuthorAlethea Allarey
CategoriesAfterparty

"Ann gives you no time breathe at all; she expects you to experience this book all in one breath. It was a near-death experience; but it was worth it. If you want a hangover from reading a book, Afterparty's the one you're looking for. Deeply provocative and compelling, Afterparty is a story of a friendship gone wrong and the consequences of it: losing control and most of all, losing yourself."

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AuthorAlethea Allarey
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"I thought the story itself was very interesting. This was one of those books that I couldn't stop reading. I just had to find out what was going to happen. I think the author did an excellent job of representing teenage life in an honest and fearless way."

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AuthorAlethea Allarey
CategoriesAfterparty