Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Where it Began by Ann Stampler

Where It Began
Young Adult: 384 Pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: March 6th, 2012
Challenge: None
Series: None
Source: From author for review
Buy the Book:Amazon
Find the Author: Website

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.
Where it Began was a novel that I was eagerly awaiting. I was desperately looking forward to diving into this one!

Unfortunately, I was a little underwhelmed. The book had qualities that I loved, and other's that I didn't love.

What I really liked was the fresh storyline. Ann Stampler delivered an exciting and suspenseful storyline. The sense of confusion that Gabby felt and went through was conveyed very well in the writing, that you, yourself are learning everything all over again just like Gabby.

I really enjoyed Stampler's writing style. It was a simple style that flowed smoothly. She brought out the great qualities of the storyline and characters with her writing.

What I didn't love so much was Gabby's attitude. For the most part, I loved Gabby, but she was so hard on herself. She always refereed to herself as a nobody and "sub regular". I wanted to grab and shake her. Her low self-esteem got irritating at times. Billy was a great character, annoying but great. After all, I wasn't supposed to like him, so the author did a great job at that! He was controlling and manipulative, he definitely got my blood boiling a few times!

What I didn't love was the length of the book. The story had some lulls, and I think that was due to it's length. If the book would have been at least 100 pages less, I would have enjoyed it more. There was some dialogue that I don't think was necessary and it caused the story to drag at times.

Aside from those few things, I liked this novel as a whole. It wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but that doesn't deter my overall decision. If your looking for a beach or vacation read, then this would be a great pick!
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  1. My blood definitely boiled while reading this book, so she did a good job at making us dislike characters lol. I'll agree the pacing was kind of slow.

    Great review :)


  2. I wasn't a huge fan of this book either. As you said there were parts I like and others I didn't. I really had a problem with Gabby's parents in this novel. I wish they could have accepted her for who she was.

  3. I really ended up liking this book too, which I was surprised about since the early reviews I'd seen were mixed to negative. I really liked the writing style and understood Gabby's view of herself since it was what her mother led her to believe even if it was a little hard to read.

  4. Hmmm, first of all, pretty cover! I love the light across her face, but this book doesn't sound like my cup of tea. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts :)


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