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Party Girl: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 27, 2008
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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.
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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.