A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.
Emma is tired of being good. Always the perfect daughter to an overprotective father, she moves to Los Angeles dying to reinvent herself. This is 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—and she wants Emma to come with her.
And it may be more than Emma can handle.
Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…
How many lies can you tell your father, your best friend, your boyfriend, and yourself before everything falls apart?
|Product dimensions:||10.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Rick.
Read an Excerpt
It is not the ending I expected. The free fall from the roof and the torn green awnings. Her body landing in a heap at the foot of a hydrangea bush. The hedges lit with pink Malibu lights that glint off the sequined skirt, the blouse half open, and her pale hair.
The thud, the doorman running down the sidewalk, and then sirens and more rain.
Siobhan the Wild and Emma the Good.
I was the good one . . . maybe not so much.
She could batter mean girls with a field hockey stick and make it seem accidental. She could break your heart and make it seem accidental.
And then she couldn’t. Then she was gone.
Maybe she is only temporarily asleep—but more likely, she is only temporarily alive.
Hanging on by her fingernails is what they say.
The wild one is gone and the good one . . . isn’t good. Because good girls don’t usually wear long sleeves to cover where their best friend’s fingernails scored their forearms. Good girls don’t usually slip out their bedroom window in a silver dress and taxi to the Camden Hotel late at night.
Good girls don’t usually kill their best friend.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ann Redisch Stampler has written a wonderfully engaging and equally compelling follow up novel to her shining debut, Where It Began . Afterparty is an explosive young adult book full of tragedy, betrayal, and complicated romance. It was incredibly easy for me to get sucked into this story right away, because the Stampler's writing style just flowed really well and I found myself enjoying the book quite a bit, although there were moments where I cringed a bit at a couple of things that were happening. I found myself enjoying how beautifully written the story was, how the sadness tinged the pages and somehow began to wake up my feels, and how it reminded me of what it was like growing up around other's who experienced some of the things Emma, Siobahn, and other's did. Stampler does a brilliant job of telling a story of self-growth and discovery, mingled with complicated lies, betrayal, friendship, and loyalty. I was drawn in completely by Emma the Good versus Emma the Conflicted. The flaws were real and her constant struggle with reconciling the always dutiful good girl her father expected her to be and the Emma breaking free and becoming reckless, was approached in such a way that it was easy to relate to her character and inner struggles, even if you weren't ever truly faced with that situation before. Readers will appreciate the realism written between the pages and how it brings the characters to life in many ways, lending so much more depth and interesting facets to them. There's a wild and intense fervor hidden beneath the pages of this complicated lesson in morality and realism. that's an inherent part of who Siobhan really is underneath the cover of her nasty disguise. The twists and turns with the story Afterparty has to tell, will keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next. It's full of intense emotion and suspense, written in such a way that it's a fast paced enjoyable read, that isn't too extremely heavy but hits home with all of the necessary elements it needs to make its message clear. One of the most appreciative things about this book, is the way in which Stampler deals with peer pressure among friends and non-friends. If you're looking for a book that reads like some sappy after-school special, then this isn't the book I would suggest to you. If you are looking for a book that deals with everyday struggles that a teen goes through from peer pressure, to dealing with betrayal in friendships, among other things then this is the book that I would suggest picking up. Afterparty , might just surprise readers with how well written and relatable it is.
This is by far the best book I have ever read. I am so in love with the story line and how it plays out throughout the book. It is my all time favorite book and I have yet to find another book that compares or is even better than this one. I could read this book over and over and never get bored fit. I am a very young age so the story line of a girl getting a little rebellious and finding someone she loves is very appealing to me and I always find myself excited to read some new change or part of the book. I also relate to Emma and I think I am somewhat similar to her so I really understand whatever she feels or thinks for that matter. I think this book is really truly something special and it is literally the best.
Wow. This book was fantastic. The writing surprised me at first. It took a few pages to fall into the unique rhythm of it, but once I did, I really, really loved it. I adore books with good writing, and every word in Afterparty was a joy to read. Besides the writing, the characters were the primary force of this book. From Emma to Siobhan to Kahane, all the characters were complex, with messy emotions. They weren't perfect -- but they were very, very real. I was right there with Emma, rooting for her. Sure, she made mistakes, but I can easily see any teen girl (myself) making the same mistakes. As a realistic, raw, and gritty depiction of one teen's life, I'd say this book is pretty much a masterpiece.
Loved it! Afterparty had this great edge to it I wasn't expecting and is one of the best toxic friendship books I've come across. The relationship between Emma and Siobhan was fascinating and utterly realistic as were the romantic elements. I loved Emma's first person narration. It was one of the truest teen voices I've read in forever. I can really envision a teen thinking and talking just like Emma. Overall, loads of fun to read and a book I highly recommend!
A Dark & Intriguing Story of Growing Up Note: This review contains NO spoilers It's just scary to think that these teenage antics, to the extreme, are what's happening to teens today! Whoa! Ann Redisch Stampler has written an intriguing story of a over-sheltered young girl as she navigates through her new high school with all the peer pressures, the bullying, and her need to find herself. This was definitely a read that any parent would dread if it was happening with their own teen. Yikes! Because I know I was filled with dread and apprehension with each turn of the page. Although it started off slow (for me), the story did pick up its pace after Emma moved to California and had "befriended" Siobhan. As I continued reading, the writing seemed more and more like a diary entry of Emma's life or Emma telling her story to a psychologist/therapist. It totally felt like I was in her head...knowing what she's thinking, what she's feeling, and knowing what she REALLY desires. As she gets more and more involved with her "friendship" with Siobhan, Emma quickly goes into the more darker side of her that she struggles with. Yes, like any other teenager, Emma is dealing with A LOT of peer pressure...to the extreme. It's hard for Emma to not want to explore that darker, undisciplined side of herself since she has been so sheltered by her father for most of her young life. Hey...that's called rebellion...hahaha!!! Being a parent, I was absolutely aghast with all the "things" that Emma and Siobhan had agreed to in their "pact." But, all the while, I couldn't put the book down. In all honesty, almost throughout the book, I was nodding my head in agreement of what teens today are doing...well, maybe not to that extreme, or are they!?! I don't know, but the main thought going through my mind is the hope my daughter is confident enough to know what's right and what's wrong for herself. I also felt a lot of compassion for these girls as their lives spiral out of control...and there's always an underlying reason why, that we soon learn why. I loved how Ann wrote this story with real-life issues that many teens and parents are faced with everyday....peer pressure, sex, drugs, and bullying. All these issues can be found with the characters in Afterparty. Ann has deftly created a teen world of how all these issues can be destructive for any teen, in many different ways. In the end, their young lives are struggling to come out to find themselves and who they want to be. Sometimes, it can get dangerous...and it did! Afterparty is a dark and hard look into the mind of Emma and her "friends," and how she deals with it and her overbearing father. A slow read at the start, but a suspense-filled thriller of a teenager's actions as she tries to find who she REALLY wants to be...good or bad, or maybe somewhere in between. All in all, Afterparty was Emma's journey and introduction to an out controlled teen lifestyle that got dangerous. This was definitely a must-read as it takes a dark and hard look at the real issues teenagers do suffer and struggle with every day in high school. I could only give it a four star rating, because of the slow start. I really had to "push" myself to continue reading. But, I am so glad that I did. This isn't an easy read...not in a long shot. The story's pace gradually gets you deeper and deeper into Emma's head and picks up when it took a sharp turn to the dark and psychological thriller side of suspense....well, worth not giving up reading Afterparty. This is my first book that I have read by Ann Redisch Stampler; and she did a phenomenal job of getting me into Emma's head.
It was a really good book. My interest was kept the whole time.
I love a good bad-girl, I do. If I can live a thousand lives vicariously through reading, I'd rather relate to the bad girl over the good girl, not because good girls are boring, but because they are a known quantity. I crave something new and different, but still safe--something I can tuck back between the covers of a good book when I'm done with it. A good bad-girl is just the thing--likeable, but wild, just the right kind of chaotic element to make an equation add up to something a little unexpected. And when you're done with her, just close the book. Emma Lazar has no such luxury, however. She craves the new and different, stepping out into the hot Los Angeles haze, leaning away from her father's overprotective shadow and towards the bright, sparkling beacon of fun that is Siobhan Lynch. As Emma's friendship with Siobhan grows, her relationship with her father begins to falter. With an uninhibited partner in crime, Emma begins to change, and not necessarily for the better. Afterparty explores the life of the good girl, the bad girl, and all the gray areas in between them. Emma agonizes over her identity: is she Emma the Good, taking insanely perfect notes and following her moral compass to an unequivocal North? Or is she Emma the Bad Seedling, as the handsome but perhaps untrustworthy Dylan Kahane calls her: lying, sneaking out, with moral compass spinning wildly out of control? Is she her (junkie, derelict, deceased) mother's daughter, despite all the effort she and her father put in to avoid just such an outcome? Evenly-paced, snarky, and bursting with bad decisions, Afterparty is a fascinating and highly entertaining addition to contemporary realistic YA fiction. I highly recommend it!
3.5 Stars 'Afterparty' is a glaringly realistic young adult contemporary novel that shows what can come of lies, secrets, and unstable friendships. The book follows main character Emma as she adjusts to her new life in California with her overprotective but sweet dad. Emma doesn't expect things to be any different here than they were before, but then she meets Siobhan - another transfer student who is everything Emma wishes she could be. Where Emma is an honest "good girl," Siobhan is a snarky wild girl who likes to play and party. Soon Emma and Siobhan are inseparable and Emma's "good girl" attitude starts to slip away. With Siobhan at her side and their increasingly crazy pacts between them, Emma begins to become what she believes is a normal teenage girl. What she doesn't expect is how Siobhan will react to the new her that comes alive and what will happen on the epic night known as the Afterparty. The description of the book immediately drew me to it, although I don't normally go for contemporary fiction. The premise sounded intriguing and kind of like a teen Lifetime movie, so I thought I'd give it a go. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. The characters were well written with distinct personalities and traits which made them incredibly realistic and easy to identify with. Emma's character reminded me of my teenage self - the Good Emma with the overprotective dad and the "good girl" who always did what she was supposed to. I easily got inside of Emma's head and was able to really empathize with her throughout the novel. The plot was fantastic - full of drama, teen angst, mean girls, and crushes - it was a perfect image of life as a teenager. There were definitely some deeper themes mixed in such as friendship, family, love, and becoming comfortable with who you are - which I thought gave the book an extra depth and meaning. The writing was well done with lots of details and vivid descriptions so that I felt like I was right beside Emma throughout the entire story. The only thing that got me was the pacing of the book. It seemed slow, even sluggish, at times. I had a really hard time focusing because I felt like it was dragging along, which meant I couldn't fully immerse myself into the story like I normally do - which is why I believe I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have. There's absolutely nothing wrong with anything in the book and I'm sure tons of contemporary fictions fans will love it, but the pacing was just off for me and I couldn't get into it. Overall, it was an incredibly realistic and honest look at teenage life with a bit of drama thrown in for good measure. Definitely recommended! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.