Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

PictureTitle: Where it Began
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 13, 2013 by Simon Pulse
Source: Birthday Gift

Synopsis: 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.

(taken from goodreads)

review

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.

My cousin got me this book as a birthday present. So, I decided to read the book over the weekend. The synopsis is really interesting: the accident, the memory loss, and Billy Nash gone, it all made the book very interesting! And with all the positive reviews, I thought it really was good. But, as I go on reading, the first few chapters were boring. It was filled with flashbacks. I love flashbacks but in this book’s case, the flashbacks weren’t obvious (so it obviously were confusing) and were very dull. But, as I moved on to the next chapters, it started getting interesting because as young as Gabby was, she had lawyers and court case going on. Her boyfriend’s mom, Agnes Nash, got her a lawyer to fix this matter but she really has no idea what is actually going on.

Vivian, who is Gabby’s mom, is worth hating. None of these would have happened if she did not push her child into a makeover during summer and find a boyfriend and cool friends. I feel really sorry for Gabby every time she has conversations with her mother because all her mother cares about is her appearance. I mean, what kind of mother is she? She shouldn’t cover her daughter with make-ups and make her look like a fake person.

The part where Huey showed Gabby all those photos during and after the accident, IT WAS TOTALLY ANNOYING BECAUSE:

  • Billy Nash set-up Gabby Gardiner so that he’ll avoid legal consequences of the event. He was the one driving the car! But he left the keys to the clueless Gabby.
  • Huey was too dumb to just take photos and kept them for months, especially that Gabby is his friend. Especially that Gabby is his friend!!

3 stars

I would give the book a rate of 3/5. The whole story didn’t really give what I was looking for. Also, I don’t get why’s it called “Where It Began”. And lastly, I hate every character of the story because they were too dumb not to believe Gabby when she said she can’t remember a thing.
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