David, who has written about celebrities for glossy mags, delivers the saga of Amelia Stone, who writes about celebrities for a trashy gossip magazine. Amelia's on the L.A. merry-go-round of sex, booze and drugs, and she likes the ride and the A-list company. The patter is bubbly and witty, whether Amelia is getting in trouble at work, getting tangled up in another sexual exploit, snorting lines or puking on herself. Then her parents send her to a luxe rehab clinic after she ODs and gets fired, and on her last day there she learns she's been tapped, on the basis of her wild reputation, to write a column for a major magazine. The hitch? She's now sober, something she's afraid to admit to her employer. Amelia's deliberation on this point is drawn out, though David finds a steady supply of material in Amelia's closet sobriety. Between fake vodka shots and interest from HBO to turn her column into a series (yes, really), Amelia finds her way to a happy, sober ending. There will be inevitable comparisons to Sex and the City (Amelia is certainly cast in the Carrie Bradshaw mold), but pink book jacket connoisseurs will likely prefer the original.
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Fans of Candace Bushnell and Jane Green will lap up David's debut novel, based on her real-life experiences as a cocaine-snorting Hollywood socialite. Billed as this summer's beach read, Party Girl is the tale of twentysomething Amelia Stone, lowly staff writer at Absolutely Fabulous, a celebrity gossip sheet. Amelia's round-the-clock revelry (and frequent visits to the office bathroom for a fix) get her fired from her job. There are the obligatory stint at rehab (the book's best moments, by far) and the chance at a new beginning as a society columnist for a leading magazine. But can Amelia banter about the decadent lifestyle without actually indulging in it? If journalist and television commentator David has done even half the drugs of her fictional creation, it's a wonder she's aliveand coherent enough to write about it. It's hard to muster much sympathy for Amelia, who lacks the self-deprecation of Sex and the City narrator Carrie Bradshaw. This is mildly engaging stuff, most valuable, perhaps, as a cautionary tale (Paris Hilton, take note). Block, Allison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Party Girl is the tale of a girl who thought she wanted all that glitters but found out the price was her soul. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ronnizoom
This is the book I ordered and it was in the condition that it stated it would be in. Good to go!Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know what I was expecting when I picked this up, but certainly not this book. This book was honest and soulful and had you rooting for Amelia to succeed. Good read.Published 15 months ago by knoyes
I heard the author interviewed on a podcast (For Crying Out Loud) and thought the book sounded interesting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by P. Reese
I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was very well written n I couldn't put my kindle down. I was drawn into it n loved how even after she got sober she still wrote about her... Read morePublished 16 months ago by brooke ashworth
This book is a walk through all of the horrors and unattractiveness of addiction. Written by someone who has clearly been there and back. Recommended this seller. Read morePublished 20 months ago by BRENDA ROBINSON
Incredibly insightful, intelligent, witty and hugely entertaining read at the same time, this novel will capture your mind. We have all been Amelia, one way or the other... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by monica Fornier
Just from reading the back cover I knew this would be good, I finished it the same day- I could not put it down. And the entire time I laughed. Cant wait to get the follow up!Published on July 26, 2011 by Liss Ann