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Afterparty Hardcover – December 31, 2013
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Gr 9 Up—Emma is tired of being "Emma the Good," so when she and her father move to Beverly Hills for her junior and senior years of high school, she decides it is time to change. She understands her father's fears-her mother was an addict and died of an overdose-but he is smothering her with his rules and protectiveness. On her first day at school, she meets Siobhan and the two bond. Siobhan is everything Emma isn't-wild, unafraid, free to do what she wants with a mother who often eggs her on. Emma also meets Dylan, an enigma to whom she is immediately attracted-handsome, smart, a rebel. Siobhan and Emma make a pact that Emma will, during the course of her junior year, sneak out of the house, attend parties, drink, have sex, and attend the legendary Afterparty at the end of the school year. Emma becomes fairly comfortable living her dual life, and her friendships with Siobhan and Dylan grow, until Siobhan hooks up with Dylan at a party and the two begin dating. This is the beginning of the end as things start to spiral out of Emma's control. She is a strong character whose struggle to balance parental expectations and the typical teen desire for freedom reads very realistically. Siobhan, as the bad girl, and Dylan, as the bad boy love interest, are slightly more predictable but still well drawn and relatable. Most of the other characters, including Emma's dad, Siobhan's mother, and Dylan's parents, as well as the "mean girls" at the exclusive private school they all attend, are much more stereotypical. Overall, the book reads like a blend of a standard teen romance with Beverly Hills, 90210 and still manages to be appealing.—Janet Hilbun, Texas Women's University, Denton, TX
Good girls don’t usually kill their best friend, announces high-school junior Emma in an opening, flash-forward scene that clinches immediate interest. A social recluse with an overprotective psychiatrist father, Emma seizes her family’s relocation to L.A. and her entrance into a prestigious prep school as an opportunity to redefine herself. When most of the female students appear to be straight out of the movie Mean Girls, Emma latches on to rebellious and manipulative Siobhan. Together, they set their sights on Afterparty, the height of L.A. parties, and create a bucket list of bad behaviors to check off along the way. While Emma pretends to make fellow student Dylan just another check mark, she falls hard for him, causing a strain with ever-controlling Siobhan. In Stampler’s unflinching look at wealthy, decadent youth and complicated relationships, realistic characters and tight dialogue add to the tension—and there’s plenty of it. Grades 9-12. --Angela Leeper
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Formerly Good Emma's friendship with Siobhan is a result of a perfect storm. Shortly after moving to a ritzy section of LA with her obsessively overprotective psychiatrist father, she starts a swanky private school on the same days as Siobhan, who never met a rule she didn't try to break, Emma's mother died years ago of a drug overdose, and her father expresses disapproval for Emma by shaming her, anyone can see how she'd fall prey to mean-girl Siobhan, how she didn't figure out that Sib going after the guy she liked wasn't a friendly gesture, the manipulation, the controlling behavior. But at some point the bullying, abusive behavior should have been obvious. Except for that perfect storm.
Stampler has such an engaging writing style and gave Emma an intelligent, ironic voice that made me like and root for her, even when I wanted to shake some sense into her, even as she made poor decision after poor decision. I wish I could have given her a big hug, and taught her how to talk about her thoughts and feelings, something I would have thought her father would have done a better job of. I wanted to get into her father's face and ask him how he seemed to nothing in all those years studying and had so little success in applying that information.
AFTERPARTY is a novel ripe for a sequel with so much mystery around her background. For instance, we learned Emma's mother, a drug addict, was a patient of her father's before they married. Hello ethical violation! I wondered if her mom was actually dead. Why did they move so frequently? Why did her father change her name slightly every time? I'd definitely like more.
I didn't particularly like the ending and resolution of the conflict. I didn't hate it, but I thought it was too easy.
Themes: friendship, school, mean girls, drinking and drug usage, partying, parent/child relationships, lies, first love
I liked, but didn't love, AFTERPARTY. I will look for Stampler's future books.
Emma and her Father have finally settled down in California after constantly being on the road with her Dad's job, on her first day at her new school she makes friends with Siobhan, and it's not long before these two are inseperable, Siobhan soon has Emma lying to her Dad, sneaking out to parties, skipping school, drinking and smoking weed, seeming to become more mentally unstable as time goes on, Siobhan proves what kind of a friend she really is when she hooks up with Dylan, a boy that Emma has had a crush on from her very first day.
Starting to realise how mean and spiteful Siobhan really is, with the more Emma tries to distance herself the worse she becomes especially after Emma starts dating Dylan herself.
It's when against her better judgement she goes to the Afterparty (a yearly huge party), which she and Siobhan had been planning to attend for most of the year, that tragedy strikes.
When Emma finally comes to realise what the pact that she made with Siobhan really meant it will change both their lives and leave them both fighting to live.
While I did enjoy this I found that I couldn't seem to stand most of the characters in this story, and unfortunately that meant that I couldn't really seem to care what happened to quite a few of them.
While I did like the concept, the characters let me down.