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Party Girl

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3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  410 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Celebrity journalist Amelia Stone is the quintessential L.A. party girl. She goes to Hollywood's most exclusive, star-studded events, where she rubs shoulders (and occasionally more) with celebrities, stays out until all hours of the night, and indulges in the ultimate sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll existence. In short, she's got everything a party girl needs: the looks, th ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 22nd 2007)
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Anna
Apr 22, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As the author, I'm biased. But I think it's pretty great.
Nicole
Jul 27, 2007 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more mature than the title lets on and rather fun. Maybe I just like drug stories, but hers is so L.A. and somewhat grounding and insightful.
Amy
Nov 16, 2007 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not impressed. The lead character was a self-absorbed, whiny, narcissistic cokehead who spent all her time with other self-absorbed, tiresome characters trying to either be "the next hot thing" in Hollywood or recover from addiction just enough to be semi-functional. The writer is a Candace Bushnell-wannabe and, in my opinion, falls utterly flat. I could barely make myself read the last 20 pages because I'd completely given up on the main character; I didn't care if she didn't get the guy or if ...more
Elizabeth
Mar 11, 2007 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Angelinos who read Chick Lit
Shelves: chicklit, fiction
This book slowly won me over.

I picked up the advance copy at my office, so I don't think it's in general release yet.

After the first chapter, I thought it was so indulgent I kind of wanted to throw the book out the window. However I kept reading and I began to believe that there were some really adroit insights about the perils of living in Los Angeles. Sadly, then it sort of muddled into a typical unrealistic, chick-lit fantasy story. (Sometimes I think I can tell the exact jumping off point
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The Missing Ramone
May 30, 2007 The Missing Ramone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of books dealing with addiction, sex, journalism, and the entertainment industry.
I got an advance copy of this book and let it sit on my shelf for a while. I never read "chick" books, and I didn't really expect to enjoy this.

Boy was a wrong. This novel is awesome-- a lively, gripping read, filled with emotional highs and lows. I am strongly recommending this to all my friends, male or female, as it's a perfect read for the summer.
Courtney
Not quite as good as "The Devil Wears Prada" or "Bergdorf Blondes," but it's a perfect summer read.
Anthony Mark
Jun 20, 2009 Anthony Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: OH YES
Recommended to Anthony by: Anna David
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
How will it end, well you have to find out for yourself

Reading the pages, I can hear Anna's voice and I can imagine each character
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Jillian
Jul 10, 2008 Jillian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone on their way to the beach
I really liked the first half of this book. The pre-rehab part. And don't get me wrong, I have nothing against rehab. But after the protagonist gets out of rehab, the book turns into a rehab brochure. Amelia is constantly saying "At Pledges they say that..." or "Rachel, my sponsor, says that..." It just gets a tad old. But I thought that the first half, with her descent to rock bottom was really well-written.

This book first caught my eye because I recognized the author's name from the slot she
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Ashley
**spoiler alert**
I am not sure where I stand with this book. I wanted so badly to LOVE it, it seemed like it would hook me and become a favorite. Especially with a blurb on the back cover from Jerry Stahl, a man whose's words I fell in love with. But sadly, it failed to impress me. I couldn't decide if we were even suppose to like the main character, who was incompletely unrelatable to me. I get being unsure of your self, I get having a drinking problem and I understand being an addict, but I j
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Rosina Lippi
Jan 09, 2012 Rosina Lippi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
David's first novel is the story of Amelia Stone, who writes up interviews with the rich and famous for publication in a major gossip magazine.

There will be inevitable but misleading comparisons to Sex in the City, because Amelia is indeed a writer, and she does like L.A.'s nightlife. But she's a far shallower character than Carrie Bradshaw. Amelia's on the celebrity merry-go-round of sex, alcohol and drugs, and she likes the ride. The patter is bubbly and at times witty, and it continues on in
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Arra Abella
Mar 06, 2013 Arra Abella rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
COVER -- Obviously showing a girl who loves to party because she is surrounded by martini glasses and pills. Definitely two items that a real party girl always has.

CONTENT -- Party Girl, according to Dictionary.com, is a girl or a woman who is interested in little else besides attending parties. We all know famous celebrities, socialites and heiresses who went through this phase or, worse, still stuck in their mind prison which pushes them to drink vodka like water and pop those pills non-stop.
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Ket Lamb
Devouring Party Girl is like sneaking a peak at a bad girl's diary. If you've made the rounds of L.A. parties, you'll recognize the sleazy characters - the underage celebrity offspring bent on gaining notoriety, the egotistical star who uses People magazine as a catalog to order up his next bed mate, and the smarmy agent determined to nail the catch of the day. Celebrity journalist Amelia Stone's adventures are hilarious and outrageous in the beginning, but when coke and Special K (and I'm not t ...more
Meagan Houle
I'm incredibly ambivalent about this book. The protagonist goes from self-centered, drug-addicted "party girl" to slightly less self-centered, sober normal-ish girl. She does a lot of "growing" during the book, but I felt a lot of it was forced and heavily contrived. Amelia starts out selfish, shallow, weak-willed, spineless, and incredibly hard to like. By the end, she's a slightly better person, but is still really hard to like. I don't insist that protagonists be likable, but this book really ...more
Lorenzo
Apr 24, 2014 Lorenzo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Questo libro e piuttosto deludente. Non per quanto riguarda il tema che puo essere sviluppato in maniera approfondita ed intelligente. Cio che manca in questo volume, a mio avviso, e un maggiore risalto agli aspetti psicologici che spingono una ragazza in quel vortice di sesso, droga e rock'n'roll. In tutto il volume l'autrice ha voluto spiegare la differenza tra una vita spregiudicata, come quella della giornalista Amelia Stone, e un'esistenza piu tranquilla, ma non per questo meno appagante. T ...more
Colleen Wainwright
Entertaining, funny, and very, very honest, it does a fantastic job of illuminating the alcoholic-addict mind and its crazy choices, as well as describing how the process of recovery works. I laughed out loud several times—like her fictionalized self, Anna David has perfect pitch when it comes to humorous self-deprecation—and was really moved at the end. I loves me a sneaker book, and this one snuck up on me, big-time. Perfect summer or weekend read, it's as addictive as the substances it descri ...more
Sacha
Jan 02, 2013 Sacha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna David unravels LA night life with equal parts seductiveness and cautionary tale. I simultaneously wanted to do a shit load of coke while reading it and never live like that ever again. David perfectly captures the tension of leaving one life for another with humor, grace, and style. Former party girls everywhere will recognize themselves at each turn. And it doesn't hurt that David's novel is a page-turner every step of the way.
Amy
Mar 31, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
Well.... Kindof an entertaining book with lots of cocaine. Not.. that I was doing lots of cocaine when I read it or needed it to be entertained by this book. The main character Amelia does ALOT of cocaine. A darker side of chick lit... not my favorite. I like shopaholic NOT truly alchoholic. Not so glam.... not so great! I would probably pass on this one if I were you. Worth of 1.5 stars not many more.
Christy
Mar 11, 2008 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected this to be another frivolous read, propelled only by the lusty descriptions of glitz and glamor. While the details are definitely there, the story focuses more upon the recovery of a party girl, as she goes through rehab, and emerges fresh into a world that wants only to push her back to her former bad habits. A very enjoyable book with more depth than I expected.
Cindi
Feb 26, 2008 Cindi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to study up on some freelance I wanted to do. It's a fun, cheap read, I guess. But the plot was predictable and left some ends untied. But then again, I had an advance review copy, so maybe the author fixed all those things? Dunno. Also, it's horribly shallow and self-centered, so if that's your thing, hit it up.
Glenda
Jul 18, 2013 Glenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the funniest books about someone with an addiction problem that I have ever read. Anna is hilarious and I loved her self-deprecating way of poking fun at herself and being so forthright and honest. I found the writing was great and her sense of humour was bang on with mine. Great read!!
Rio (Lynne)
Dec 30, 2011 Rio (Lynne) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
At the end of the book the author asks if you need to like the main character to enjoy a book? Yes, you do. You have to at least care what happens to them. I did not like or relate to the main character. If you relate to this kind of irresponsible lifestyle, you might like this book.
Sara
Not my cup of tea. I could have been interested in the story, but the main character was too self absorbed and not interesting enough to carry a whole book. I didn't finish it (only read a few chapters in fact), so not rating it.
Lisa-Jaine
Jun 09, 2015 Lisa-Jaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't too sure what to expect of this book and it turned out to be a mix of fun and frothy but also touching on a serious side with a touch of romance thrown in. A perfect read if you want something light but with a message
Mike Partipilo
May 03, 2009 Mike Partipilo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book that deals with addiction, the fall a person can take and the damage that can be caused. The story is also about rising up from the addiction and the positive changes that can come with recovery.
Rebecca
Jan 15, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Stone makes my (long-ago) "Party Girl" escapades look like a night out at the library. So unrealistic for me, but that was the draw! A quick, fun read for anyone wanting to escape for a few hours.
Maggie
Aug 21, 2014 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by Anna David's Party Girl. Amelia was a very real character to me, and while the ending did drag on a bit, I got a lot more than I expected from a "chick lit" novel.
Meaghan
Jan 22, 2014 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
at first i didnt think i was going to like this book - too much drugs etc. but i am glad i stuck with it because the second half was really good. the main character was very easy to identify with.
Sarah
I dislike books that start without any sort of background information, and that's what this book did. A lot of people like en media res, but I do not.
Also, it was just wholly underwhelming.
Christina
This book was mildly humorous but I found the majority of it to be a bit boring. I really wanted to be captivated by Amelia and her antics, but the character was just a little lacking.
Bec Booton (Bec's Books)
I liked this book and I could relate to the main character. I found this at the Library and it just stuck out to me, not something I would normally read but good!
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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) and By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Am ...more
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