"A terrific read! Ann Stampler puts you in Gabby's head and keeps you there until the gripping conclusion. A writer to watch!"
--Alex Flinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beastly
–Jenny Han, bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty
"The relentlessly wry and sarcastic tone of this first-person yarn instantly grabs readers’ interest and propels the story forward. Stampler paints a ruthless portrait of wealthy Los Angeles, but she finds the occasional human being there too. Readers will find much cynicism but also humor and insight into a corrupt system not necessarily confined to the rich. Clever and constantly interesting, this is as much a winner as Gabby.” –Kirkus Reviews
"Gabby is a witty and sarcastic narrator, nailing the superficiality of her exclusive high school and wealthy friends... [Readers] will eagerly anticipate the accident’s entire truth revealed, especially through its surprising and gratifying ending." --VOYA
"Stampler’s story of a girl’s obsession with a guy at the expense of all else is powerful, and Gabby’s alcohol problem, her devotion to Billy, and her overall denial are entirely believable. Gabby’s sardonic voice will draw readers into the story immediately, as Stampler delivers a searing portrayal of power, privilege, and betrayal in the hills above Los Angeles." --Publishers Weekly
"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
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of Afterparty and Where it Began, both for teens, as well as several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor Honor and Notable Books, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann lives with her husband, Rick, in Los Angeles, California.
Since looks mean everything, Gabby's superficial mother gave her an extreme makeover (minus plastic surgery) the summer before junior year. Read more
After reading the synopsis, Where It Began seemed like exactly the kind of story I enjoy. Sadly, I found next to nothing enjoyable about it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Torey White
This book is hard for me to review. I liked it, but it was just ok. I was very frustrated with Gabby, the main character. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Newby
Very good read ! I loved the suspense in the book, who knew that was coming?!? Well done Stampler, well done!Published 13 months ago by Andrea
Gabby has it all, the perfect boyfriend, the cool friends, and a popular life. This all changes in a matter of seconds. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Serenity
This book is a little hard to summarize because it is not a typical chronological story line. Read more
This book was frustrating!!! I couldn't get through it. I couldn't connect to the character or anything. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by nikki
I didn't want it to end. Took me awhile to get into it but it was worth the reading and timePublished on March 2, 2013 by Brianna Walton