By Ann Redisch Stampler
Publication date: Dec. 31, 2013
Simon Pulse, 384 pages
Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother — whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s 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. In other words, she’s everything Emma is not.
And it may be more than Emma can handle.
Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…
This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler’s spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.
— Goodreads.com description
Oh my gosh — reading Afterparty made me feel like I was trapped in a nightmare. In a good way.
Afterparty is about “good girl” Emma, who has a kind but helicopter-parenting father. She moved to LA and meets Siobhan, an outcast with a wild streak. And things get wilder and wilder until they spiral out of control and you just want to, like, INTERVENE.
It’s a very difficult book to read (especially if you have Old Lady Syndrome, like me), because you can see so clearly all the things every single character does wrong. But it got my heart pounding as the stakes got higher and higher. And I really appreciate that when things hit the fan (which you know from the get-go that they totally do), you can’t completely blame one person, because every character has made mistakes and poor choices.
Some scenes got a little too wild for me to believe and took me out of the narrative, but the overall drama and the layers upon layers of lies and twists sucked me straight in. I definitely recommend this one to anyone who appreciates a story that takes the realistic, everyday mistakes any teen could make, but amplifies them tenfold in the form of a meaningful and exciting drama (think the feelings you get from Pretty Little Liars but heavier).
PS: I saw a tweet from the author online that a lot was changed (something like 30 pages!) from the early version I read and reviewed…just FYI!