Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler
reviewed by Sydnee Thompson
At Winton School, Gabriella "Gabby" Gardiner is a toad among the offspring of the wealthy and influential. Her family isn't rich (although they desperately want to be), and the BMW in Gabby's driveway, as well as the designer clothes her mother religiously wears, are all flimsy attempts to mask her family's utter regularity.
That all changes, however, when Gabby's mom gives her a massive makeover over the summer-transforming regular old Gabby into a tanned, slim blonde that even Billy Nash (resident bad boy and Gabby's biggest crush) can't help but notice. They start dating and Gabby's life is perfect.
Well, at least until she gets drunk out of her mind at a party, steals Billy's car, and crashes it into a tree.
Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler details Gabby's struggle to remember what happened the night of her near-fatal crash. She wakes up in a field, alone, next to the shattered remains of Billy's midnight blue BMW with no recollection of how she got there.
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