Blog Tour: Afterparty | Ann Redisch Stampler | Review | Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on the AFTERPARTY blog tour for author Ann Redisch Stampler. Full schedule can be found here. Tour is hosted by Book Nerds Tours.

Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Released: December 31st 2013
Review Source: Blog Tour - Simon Pulse

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.

Emma the good versus Emma the not so good. Afterparty follows the story of a girl, Emma, who's on a journey to break her typical good girl role with the help of a new found friend, Siobhan. It's a crazy journey. Emma's dad is insanely over protective. Not even exaggerating. They have just moved to California, a place where Emma sees potential in breaking free of her good girl tendencies. Meeting Siobhan is exciting for Emma. She has a crazy personality and it's exactly what Emma is looking for. Or is she?
Siobhan claims to know exactly how to "help" Emma. But the more Emma gets to know Siobhan the more she realizes that this isn't how friends are meant to treat each other. Backstabbing? Lying? Those aren't exactly traits of a BFF. And then there's an Afterparty going on. How will it end? Find out by picking up your own copy!

First things first, the Title of this book totally had me. I don't know why "Afterparty" just sounds completely intriguing to me. So, that ladies and gents is why I wanted to read this book. I have to say, I was not disappointed. Honestly, I don't think I've ever read something like it. The main character, Emma, is easy to like. I just wanted to take her under my wing and say "a little teenage rebellion never hurt." And, that's kind of what Siobhan did. Only, it did end up hurting...more than one person.

I really, really loved the writing style of this book. It was refreshing to read something different. Actually, everything was different than the usual YA books I read. The friendship was different, the love interest, the parent involvement. So, I'm glad I got the chance to read Afterparty. Although I will admit Siobhan frustrated me so much at times. And, Emma's dad was so irritating because he was totally, beyond over protective. I almost couldn't believe how tough Emma had it. But, hey characters making you mad? It happens. The best books make you have feels! Dylan, the love interest, is definitely a guy I'd have a crush on. I mean, I'm already crushing!

I don't want to spoil anything about Afterparty, but you should definitely pick up a copy and devour it in one day, as I did!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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.


3 Winners will receive a Copy of Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler.
1) Winner will receive a Complete Afterparty Swag pictured above!
1.) Emma’s Bob Marley tee shirt that her dad doesn’t approve of.
2.) Dylan’s Curt Cobain tee shirt that Emma’s dad would approve of even less if he knew where it ended up — and when…
3.) Siobhan’s gold nail polish — with a couple of other colors thrown in.
4.) Mara’s bakelite bracelets.
5.) Emma’s Roman Holiday movie poster
6.) The mother-of-pearl barrette that Siobhan takes out of Emma’s hair
7.) Emma’s Chicago snow globe
8.) Emma’s entire stash of Stila makeup
5 Winners will receive a Surprise ART Bookmark by James Vallesteros.
Must be 13+ to Enter
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  1. Can't wait to read this. It sounds really great.

  2. Great review. I think I am going to have to check this one out.

  3. Dear Bianca,
    Thank you so much for being a part of the BookNerd blog tour for Afterparty! And I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for posting, especially the made you have feels part of it!

  4. This sounds powerful! Also, I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to read two books in a series back to back, lol. I hate the frustration of loving a book only to discover that the next installment is a year+ away! ;-)


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