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Party Girl: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 27, 2008
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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.
Amelia Stone is a journalist for a celebrity magazine in Hollywood, she gets paid to interview celebrities and go to glamorous parties. Who would not love that life? The problems start when she takes her partying a little too seriously and ends up relying on cocaine and narcotics to keep her going.
Party girl is a great book; it’s almost a little too good. As a former party-girl coke-addict myself, albiet in less glamorous circumstances, I cringed in recognition when I read David’s descriptions of coke-fuelled nights and come downs. The taste of cocaine at the back of your throat and paranoia were all too familiar.
The book follow’s Amelia’s journey into rehab and recovery. At times funny and moving it’s a testimony to David’s writing that you have sympathy for Amelia and root for her success despite her narcissistic and selfish ways.
Eventually Amelia becomes a likeable and relatable character and I’m glad that David avoided the obvious conclusion of a relationship being her salvation. Instead Amelia finds a way to save herself.
I was so engaged with the character and willing her to succeed I would truly love for there to be a sequel. It would be great to see her navigate a new career and dating sober with all the humorous adventures that could entail.
This is a well-written novel that anyone looking for an engaging read will enjoy.
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.Read more ›
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This is the book I ordered and it was in the condition that it stated it would be in. Good to go!Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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