Released: April 2010
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Around The World Tours
It's saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story, the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.
Party is one of those type of books that reminds me of a 90's teen movie. You know the type of movie you watched before high school that was based on this one epic night that brought all these people from different sterotypes together and something crazy, fun, disastrous, and everything in between happened. And the entire time you're watching you think to yourself woah - I want a night like that!
I know this read isn't for everyone. It has a lot of language, and I know a lot of readers who just aren't into these types of stories. For those that love a handful of characters who intertwine each others lives and like a book that cuts the bull and gets to the point - this is your read. While I did really enjoy it, I didn't love-love it. My main problem was I didn't like a few characters, but their purpose seemed to be the fillers anyways. But there were a few characters such as Beckett, Morrigan (love to hate her), Tommy, Max, and Ashley that I could not get enough of. I was so glad a lot of the book was focused on them. All in all, this was an entertaining read that gave me some good laughs. I'll definitely look out to see what Tom Leveen puts out in the future.