After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky. Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable—unless the staircase breaks her first.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Stacy Stokes is a brand and marketing professional in the consumer products industry. She spent three years studying improv comedy at Chicago’s Second City and iO theaters. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book--a quick read that kept me turning the page! It had a very smooth flow, which could've been tricky given the story wove past experiences into a celestial present. The detailed reflections of the main character transported me back to high school, the feelings of social pressure, drama and crushes that dominate your world at that moment but seem so trivial looking back. Will recommend to friends.
The cover of Where the Staircase Ends is absolutely what drew me to the book in the beginning, then I read the synopsis and there was no going back. I just knew that I had to read this one. In the end, while there were some missing steps, I am happy I did! The story begins with Taylor walking into school, and everyone staring and turning around and whispering with each other, some not meeting her eyes and others glaring. She discovers what the rumor is, and it is horrible, but what makes it so much worse is that it was her best friend, Sunny, who started it. She is angry, and when she sees Sunny in the hall surrounded by their friends, she thinks about hitting her. But when Sunny comes over to her, with her eyes shining, she thinks she might get an apology, Instead, she gets her heart broken. All Taylor wants at that point is to not exist. A few days later, she gets her wish. Taylor ends up standing in front of a staircase that reaches into the sky, seemingly never-ending. She cannot turn back, not even her head, so she has no choice but to climb. As she climbs, higher and higher, she encounters "ghosts" from her life. Some of them, she wants to see, to hold on to. But others, she wishes would just go away and leave her alone for good. But on the staircase, what she wants only matters a little bit. So she starts a journey, through memories the ghosts bring, of the events leading up to Sunny's betrayal. What revelations will Taylor have, what secrets might she see? Will she realize her own part in what happened in her life, or will she close her heart to it, and to forgiveness? This is Taylor's journey. I really enjoyed the story, but there was a while there at the beginning that I struggled to relate to Taylor. One of the biggest issues for me was the feeling that the book was written for a younger YA crowd. The characters seemed very young, even though they were 16 or so years old. Being in my 30's, I struggled relating to any of them. The pacing was also a little slow. However, as the book progressed, I found myself getting more involved in the story, and the memories Taylor relived. The book took on a more serious tone, and picked up steam, and Taylor struggles became something I could relate to. By the middle, it had hit its stride and from then on it was smooth sailing. Taylor was a good character, and by the end I really cared about her. She was broken, and confused, and I completely understood.The journey that she made was not an easy one, and it was handled well. It was believable, her reactions. Sunny was a humdinger, though. Wow, she was not the best BFF. But the staircase showed things that made me understand Sunny more, and she redeemed herself in my eyes. The love interests in the story were both very different. One definitely out did the other, and I like the result of the triangle, of sorts. Where the Staircase Ends is a thought-provoking, often heart-breaking, joyful and emotional roller coaster of a book. Despite the issues that I had, by the time I finished the last page, there were tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. I would absolutely recommend it to the younger YA crowd. To the older YA crowd, and the not even close to YA crowd like me, I would say to give it a chance. It might not seem like it is your kind of story in the beginning, but if you keep going with it, the payoff is definitely rewarding!
This was an awesome book about friendship, betrayal, loss and ultimately finding yourself and letting go. Taylor starts climbing the stairs after she is involved in an accident and we are to believe they are the stairs to her final resting place. But with each step she takes we see a flashback from her former life - most of them involving her best friend Sunny who is both friend and foe for Taylor. Taylor expects the steps to lead somewhere, that there will be an ending - but what will she find at the end of the steps - or will there even BE an end? I really loved the way the author kept making the characters more complex with each story. I went from liking certain characters to disliking them and then some I liked again by the time it all unfolds. Highly recommend this book, it is definitely a page-turner and really makes you think about your own life and how you look at the world. I received a complimentary ebook to review.
I'm glad I got the opportunity to read and review this book. It was a completely unique and refreshing read. And although at first I didn't think I was going to enjoy it all that much, I became undeniably hooked. The author made a fantastic job at depicting the twisted little world that is high-school and the minds of teenagers and the damage they can cause. Taylor, our main character gets in an accident after wishing to disappear. Her attitude totally plummeted due to the wrong-doings of her best friend. After her accident she wakes up and finds herself in a vast space surrounded by nothing but sky and before her a massive endless staircase. She starts to call out for someone but is only answered by the lonely echo of her own voice. She begins her journey and climbs up the endless stairs. Along the way she encounters what appear to be ghost-like figures of the people she knows and they each bring a different memory. Each one bringing back moments and memories about how the whole dilemma with her best friend started. I truly loved how fast paced this book was. It begins to pull you in instantly. And I'm sure most of that engrossment was not only because of the story, but because of the authors writing. It was absolutely amazing! It made the story flow perfectly and uniquely. The majority of this book is composed of flashbacks and I find that for me that tends to be a problem because it can sometimes get confusing, but not in this book. It was very well-written. Also, the characters in this book were very well written and articulated. Each one's voice was distinct and easy to tell apart. They all had different traits that made them equally interesting. The only thing I wish would be different is the backstory on the characters. I felt like I wanted to know more about them and to have just a little bit more to hang on to, but other than that this was a very great book with a really lovely and valuable message. I think that not many books succeed at giving out accurate representations about high-school, but this one definitely did. It also emphasizes the importance of forgiving those around us and ourselves. I really hope more people hear and find out about this book and ultimately end up reading it because it really does deserve the attention.