By Ann Redisch Stampler
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub Date: March 6 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 Review: Gabby has it all, the perfect boyfriend, the cool friends, and a popular life. This all changes in a matter of seconds. After attending a party with her boyfriend Gabby gets to drunk and takes his car, which she tottales by hitting a tree beyond the speed limit. Gabby wakes up in the hospital looking horrible, she looks like an ad you would see on TV about drunk driving, Gabby can't remember much if anything about the crash, and not everyone believes her, at least her boyfriend's parents don't. Billy being the amazing boyfriend that he is manages to reach Gabby and she believes everything is going to be okay. After all he isn't breaking up with her so that should be a good thing right? Well it's not. Billy is playing Gabby the whole time, pretending to be on her side and telling her everything she needs to say/do, while in reality he is just using her to save himself. So you'd just have to read the book to find out what happens in the end.