Where It Began by Ann Redisch StamplerWhere It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

Where It Began

byAnn Redisch Stampler

Hardcover | August 22, 2013

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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.
Ann Redisch Stampler makes her YA debut with Where It Began. She is the author of several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov, which have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann lives in Los Angeles, Cal...
Title:Where It BeganFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:August 22, 2013Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442423218

ISBN - 13:9781442423213

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where It Began A great novel about loss and carrying on afterwards.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where it Began A very realistic teenage story.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I bought this book thinking it was going to something then my usual books. To get straight to the point I wasnt really too happy. Most books indulge me, i found myself just flipping through the pags and not making any real connections to the characters. Not a bad book, just definitely not one my favourites
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler is one gorgeous and unforgettable book! Laced with humor, exceptional wit and powerful insight, this book gets you hooked right off from the start. It's intense, funny, heartbreaking, taut, mysterious and - most of all - so deliciously addictive! Ann Redisch Stampler did a fabulous job depicting high school relationships, with all their flaws and foibles. The MC's extremely amusing sarcastic tone makes for a great narrative voice that is sure to keep you turning the pages until you hit the back cover. It's a wonderful treat for everyone who appreciates a good contemporary novel. Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed, wired to machines and clueless as to how she ended up there. Her face is smashed in, bruised and unrecognizable. She has a post-traumatic amnesia and her memory of the last night's car crash is gone. Wiped clean. Non-existent. All she knows is what others tell her: she's been at a party with her super-hot-and-rich boyfriend, Billy, and a bunch of his super-cool-and-rich friends. She drank too much. She got into Billy's car and drove it into a tree. And now she can't remember a single thing. Her face, and possibly whole life, is ruined - she's facing DUI charges, being expelled from school and maybe even some serious jail time. Worst of all? Her boyfriend is missing and no one wants to tell her where he is and why hasn't he come to visit her bruised up and miserable self yet. And that's not the only thing people are keeping from her... I was totally in love with this book from page one! The writing was beyond amazing. Witty, hilarious, smart and sexy! For me, Ann Redisch Stampler could write a 1000 pg long description of how to make blueberry waffles and I would probably enjoy every single word of it - that's how fantastic her writing style is. Gabby's narrative voice was - hands down - one of the most enjoyable narrative voices ever. I instantly connected with her, although we didn't really have anything in common (at all). Moreover, I genuinely cared about her and wanted everything to work out well for her. She was quite a complex character- strong yet sensitive, ready to work hard to achieve her goals yet sometimes very naive and impressionable. A typical teenage girl, with all her insecurities, hopes and dreams, longing to be noticed, appreciated and loved. It was really heartbreaking to watch her struggle to hold on to the happy little life she worked so hard to live, knowing all along what she didn't yet realized - that this life was never meant for her. There were quite a few twists and turns that I never saw coming. The plot line might seem a bit predictable at the beginning, but if you think you have it all figured out after the first 20 pages, well, then you're in for a surprise. All in all, it was a fascinating and compelling read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It got me emotionally engaged, it made me laugh, kept me guessing and frantically turning the pages, and in the end left me very satisfied and pleased with the way the whole thing unfolded. I couldn't ask for more. Make sure to add it to your TBR Pile and 2012 contemporary challenge!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Surprisingly really enjoyed this book. I found one single copy at my local Indigo location and it was on considered one of the 3 for $10 teen bargain books. I tend to judge a book by it's cover, or at least based on the flap. Throughout the entire book there is an element of surprise, yet it's very subtle foreshadowing. Gabby is a very well developed character who is dynamic and has active growth. The whole thing playing with amnesia makes it so that it feels like we're actually going through the journey with her. She's remembering her life piece by piece. Slowly we come to recognize her "Before" as she puts it and fall in love with the boy she met in her "After". It's a cute love story with a nice little twist. Definitely recommend it to those who like Sarah Dessen or John Green books
Date published: 2013-04-11

Editorial Reviews

"Gabby’s voice is bitter and cynical, yet compelling and heartbreaking. [R]eaders will cheer for her when she finally recognizes her own worth." bookpage.com