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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061374008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061374005
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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From Booklist

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 alive—and 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.

More About the Author

Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint, 2014) and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013).

She was the sex and relationship expert on G4's Attack of the Show for over three years and is a regular guest on The Today Show, Fox News' Hannity and Red Eye, The CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew, The Talk, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Inside Edition and various other programs on Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E. Her Sirius radio show was the network's number-one specialty show and she's written for The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Playboy, People, Cosmo, Us Weekly, Redbook, Maxim, Movieline, Women's Health, The New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, xojane and Salon, among many others.

Anna is the CEO of the addiction and recovery company TheAfterPartyGroup (www.theafterpartygroup.com) and has been an editor at the websites Styleclick, Dipdive and The Fix, an assistant editor at Parenting and a staff writer for Premiere. She is currently doing graduate work in drug and alcohol counseling at UCLA and speaks at colleges across the country on addiction.

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Being a male reader it was very interesting seeing inside the female characters mind.
Kenny Shelton
The story deals openly and honestly with addiction, the problems that arise and the damage that can be done as a result.
M. J Partipilo
Just from reading the back cover I knew this would be good, I finished it the same day- I could not put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne May on August 13, 2010
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I won't lie, I was first attracted to the covers of Anna David's Bought and Party Girl novels. And after reading the descriptions about how if you are intrigued by celebrity glamour and lifestyles then these would satisfy your reading cravings, I figured I'd give them a try. And they truly did. I loved Party Girl, not for a light and humorous book, bust just for a wild, witty, ironic ride to the dark side of a party lifestyle and back through recovery. I didn't put the book down once I began the first page of Amelia's party of a life.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on August 3, 2007
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Amelia Stone is a party girl, in every sense of the word. In fact, her story begins with her being caught in a compromising position with the cousin of the bride at a party being thrown at her mother's house. The story then goes on to describe her almost having a menage a trois with two groomsmen, before sobering up and falling asleep. Because this is what party girls do. Living her life in a haze of cocaine and alcohol, Amelia stops partying only long enough to turn in her articles at Absolutely Fabulous (an Us Weekly-type celebrity gossip mag), feed her cats, and catch some zzzzz's. Other than that, you can find her at the hottest industry parties, doing drugs in the bathroom, staying up all night, and using Ambien and alcohol to fall asleep. That is, until her hard-partying lifestyle catches up with her and Amelia finds herself in rehab.

Though she doesn't believe she has a problem with alcohol, Amelia is willing to admit she has a drinking problem. When she checks in to Pledges, her life is in shambles, she's been fired from her job, and she doesn't know what she's going to do for work. One month out of rehab later, she re-enters the world only to find that an admirer of her party girl lifestyle (the publisher of Chat, a different magazine, with a more Cosmo feel) is offering her a job to write about the crazy nights she used to have. Amelia knows she can't pass up this opportunity, but can she make a living out of writing about a life she no longer leads?

If you're the sort of person who reads Perez Hilton or Pink is the New Blog every day, and can't live without her (or his) Us Weekly, Party Girl is going to be right up your alley. This book has all the fun and entertainment of reading trashy gossip rags without the guilt, since the characters are fictional.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DK on August 13, 2009
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Fist before I trash anything I will say that the author clearly knows how to write well; how the book was written was the thing that kept me there until the end of it. Each situation was well illustrated and I give anyone credit who can paint a vivid picture in my minds eye.

HOWEVER, I was told I would laugh, I would be held captivated; the whole time I was reading it I was wondering when that would happen, then I realized I was half way through the book.

Every situation and interaction between characters in the book, in other words, the entire basis of this novel was that a) the main character lived an interesting life, saying intelligent things and giving intelligent insight, and that b) other people were amused by the main characters' anecdotes and found them to be unique, well told and funny. Both a and b were not true. "Party Girl" has many good reviews already from my fellow readers and I simply cannot understand them; at no point was the main character living an interesting life, experiencing interesting things, or commenting about them intelligently. I have heard better tails told by party girls I went to high school with and, I imagine so has everyone else. When the main character tells an anecdote to other charters and then informs us, the reader through her narration that those people being told the anecdote laughed and laughed, and furthermore proclaimed how unreal, improbable and hilarious the tail was, than that had better have been just as funny, and crazy to us as it was to the those other characters; it simply was not. Her insights were not clever or intelligent; she was just shallow from beginning to end; and the end was a fantasy as well.

In all honesty I finished reading because I did not have another book for the subway.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Mark on June 20, 2009
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Party Girl is somewhat Auto-Biographical about the 1990s life style of Anna David, the books Amazing Author!
The writing style is so very subtle, but extremely exciting
Anna quickly draws you into her world of parties, drugs, and her relationships. Then the big moments, her termination, one final incident that leads to rehab. Then a huge business opportunity after rehab
Reading the pages, I can hear Anna's voice and I can imagine each character in my mind. Anna helped me experience what it was like to use Cocaine, she described it using a method I had never read anywhere else
Her character Amelia Stone is not a heroine, shes a woman who you might love and hate all within a few pages!
Her writing style makes Party Girl and her new book Bought simply a must read!
I simply loved it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marina Saavedra on April 7, 2009
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First I must say that I have enjoyed Anna's articles and have been a fan of hers before she wrote this book.
I enjoyed this book because I felt it was honest, and Anna, through her words, had the ability to make me experience something I never have. I have never been drunk and I have never tried a drug in my life, yet I was able to feel what it was like as I read through the book. I can't wait to read Bought when it comes out in May.
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