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3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,518 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
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, colli ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2010)
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Karen Kaiser
What I really liked about this book was how normal it was. Sure, you've got Beckett, whose life really sucks. And Morrigan, who (despite her bitchy attitude) I felt a little bit of sympathy for. After all, her parents were completely idiots. And Anthony is dealing with his brother's injuries and his own football downward spiral. And Azize has to deal with racism. But as sad as they might be, those are relatively normal problems. Not everyone has intense, fictionalized drama going on. That being ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Max rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This review is for an advanced reader's copy.

I think the premise of this novel was very promising and the climax and falling action were both great, but the writing was, for the most part, not so good. The style through some of the chapters was just plain awful; I understand the author was trying to capture the way teens think, but literally putting in "or whatever," "or something," and other sayings similar every couple of sentences is not necessary. It was actually aggravating and distracting.
Nyrae Dawn
Loved it. Really great voice.
May 01, 2010 Yan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s the biggest party happening in Santa Barbara and everyone’s coming. For some this party can mean something different. Told in eleven different point of views, Tom Leveen covers all the bases when it comes to personality.

The novel begins with Beckett the girl who was once so bubbly and fun had the life drained out of her when her mom got cancer. She promised to never tell anyone—not her father who left and not her best friend, Ashley, who she’s slowly distancing herself from—even when the ca
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Das Schuljahr ist rum und alles wollen nur eines: Party machen und die Nacht zu etwas unvergesslichem machen.
Doch die Party verläuft anders als gedacht...

In diesem Buch gibt es 11 Hauptcharaktere, die man als Leser nach und nach kennen lernt.
Da gerade das Kennenlernen der verschiedenen Protagonisten so interessant war werde ich auf Diese nicht weiter eingehen.
Doch eines kann ich sagen: Jeder hatte seine Eigenschaften, Macken und Schwächen. Keiner gleichte dem anderen und es gab
Jul 26, 2013 Sari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Party is told from the point of view of eleven different teenagers, all attending the same end of year party. Each chapter has bits from the others, only told from different points of view. I'm giving this 4.5 stars out of 5 but I round up instead of down, for Goodreads purposes.

I think Tom Leveen really did a great job - each character has a distinct point of view and their own secrets to hide, which aren't fully disclosed in their own chapter but only after reading the entire book. I have to a
Jan 03, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a mini review:

I just didn't understand the point of this book. There were eleven different characters, why? I was wondering that quite a few times for the part of the book I read. I couldn't even make it to the end. I read to page fifty, and when I found out I wasn't liking it, I just gave up on it. My main thing that I didn't like about it was I just didn't get the importance of some of the characters. Why have a whole part about that particular character when they don't really matter?
Barbara Bell
Apr 28, 2010 Barbara Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Leveen writes ‘Party’ in 11 chapters, one for each point of view presented. While we start with Beckett in Chapter 1, each additional chapter adds more information and additional perspectives, thus, building up the suspense and details that we can only get from the additional players in the story. The headings of the chapters are cool, as well, because all names are printed out, and the chapter’s lead character is highlighted.

Without being preachy, Leveen shows the world of YA that everyone
Sarah (YA Love)
Eleven teenagers, including skaters, a jock, and a girl with a secret, decide to attend an end of the year party. They each have their own reasons ranging from needing to make a friend to getting over being dumped. “Everyone” is expected to attend this party, yet none of them expect to have their lives connect in so many different ways. Each chapter is told from a different character’s perspective, giving the reader an opportunity to see the action from all angles.

I decided to read this book aft
High School Parties-----

How does one get invited? For those of you who are regrettably and "accidentally" left out or to those of you that pretend not to care about attending----you may be surprised at the guest list!

The "GUEST LIST" has a fair share of kids that are invisible to others on so many levels for so many reasons.

Party guest 1: The kid that attends a party hoping that someone, anyone will recognize who they are. This kid is emotionally bullied by their fellow classmates---invisible
Jennifer Wardrip
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PARTY is a novel told in 11 different voices. Each chapter is a different viewpoint of a night unfolding.

The story starts out with Beckett. She is a girl who has withdrawn from everyone and thinks that she is invisible. She talks herself into going to the graduation party of the year, even though she's only going to be a senior at Santa Barbara High.

As the story unfolds, we meet a girl-gone-wild trying to get the attention of her parents. We meet her ex-boy
Apr 22, 2011 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This actually turned out to be one of my favorite books! I've never read a book like Tom Leveen's, 'Party', since it had the 11 narrators, but I loved it. It's rare to find a book that has the perspective of pretty much all of the main-ish characters involved, so it doesn't leave you wondering, 'Wow, i wonder how they feel about this!'. I like the set up of the chapters too, so you're not confused how they randomly switched to a new narrator. When i first started reading this book i thought it w ...more
May 24, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B+

The last day of school.
An epic PARTY.
Friends. Lovers. Enemies. Strangers.
A fight with racial undertones.
An automobile accident.
Lives changed forever.

Told in multiple points of view, Tom Leveen weaves together stories of classmates whose lives intersect, come apart and together before the night is complete. My favorite characters were Azize, Beckett and Ashley, and Morrigan and Josh my least. Each character had both positive and negative traits, each had sympathetic qualit
Jodi Papazian
Jul 08, 2010 Jodi Papazian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads
OK, so I get that this was a novel with overlapping story lines. However, was it really necessary to repeat certain scenes over and over again?

The first narrator is Beckett, who I actually really liked. She was what gave me hope that this book might be pretty decent. She has such a hardknock life that automatically, as a reader, I was sympathizing and rooting for her. (I will say that I was happy to see where her character ended up).

However, from Beckett we went to Morrigan who might be my least
Jan 26, 2012 Zandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s Saturday night and the big end of the school year party is going down. Everyone will be there and each of them has different expectations for the night. Some want to spend one last night of fun with classmates before summer vacation, while others just want to get drunk. A few more just want to get noticed while some just want to make a friend. Party focuses on eleven different teens at the party and each chapter is written from one of their points of view. Their stories connect and intersec ...more
Noelle Jones
Sep 07, 2010 Noelle Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could read this book a million times... The jokes never get old. The only thing I didn't like was Ashley's, "What's the go?" It was really annoying after the first three chapters.
I think Tom Leveen is a friggin' genius! It seems so hard to conjure up eleven different viewpoints and have them collide.
My favorite character is definatly... Azize. Well, either Azize or Brent. Brent's pretty funny. Oh and I can't forget Morrigan!
I got annoyed with Beckett and her drama... I got mad at Anthony re
Sammy Nicholas
Mar 25, 2011 Sammy Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect this book to be good. I read it because it was in my to-read list and I wanted to get it out. The beginning managed to catch my attention and from there it slowly dragged me in. Before I knew it I was telling my poor friends everthing, and thinking about it when I wasn't reading it! This book got better and better, and the ending was great! The characters were so real and believable. I truly liked this book and am very glad I read it!
Apr 29, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. I just put this book down thirty seconds ago after crying my eyes out--in a good way.

Leveen does a FANTASTIC job capturing the voices, the stories, the emotions and the turmoils of several different teens attending the same end-of-year party. The story is face-paced, tense, funny at times, very moving throughout, and ultimately uplifting and deeply satisfying.

What a tremendous first effort by this debut novelist. Leveen is a genuine talent to watch.
May 06, 2010 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I'm the girl nobody knows until she commits suicide." You can't get more chilling than that. Or enticing. It goes without saying that I was hooked by first line. Party is an amazing debut for Tom Leveen! It's contemporary and smart. Tom captures the voices of teen angst. Whether you are a party-goer or not, teens will relate to the various characters in each chapter. Jock, nerd, loner, popular, etc. Tying them all together in one catalyst event in their young lives.
Jul 05, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first book, I am impressed with what this author was able to tackle. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character. I especially enjoyed Josh, the Christian of the book, while not perfect, he never pushed his faith or opinions on others. I want to be like that - different enough that people know I'm a believer, but also not pushing my beliefs on anyone else.
Jul 26, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
while I appreciated the multiple viewpoints of the characters--and the distinct voices of some of them--the language was harsher than I like.
Dec 27, 2013 Charmaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. It made me feel warm and fuzzy after reading, as though the main characters all got to a better place than they were at before that night. Now, the mere idea of the crazy, school-wide party was a bit farfetched, but it was executed realistically. The huge ensemble cast could've ended up as one hot mess (see: every ensemble movie ever, from New Year's Eve to Valentine's Day), but most voices were distinct... or at least helped introduce characters or move the plot along ...more
Oct 30, 2016 Mani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was really good. It was the coolest thing to get to see the story from different perspectives. The author did a Great job!
Jan 10, 2017 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and well written!
Kylara Jensen
This book is more of a 3.5 because I liked it as a 3 but thought it was written really well and interestingly so a 4 for that. I recommend this book to writers but beware the mentions of sex and drinking because it takes place at a high school party.

Ok. This book isn't really up my alley either, but I'm really glad I read it. This book is YA Contemporary Fiction. It's nothing more than a book about 11 kids drinking, getting into fights and having sex at an end of the year high school party. But
Jul 15, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
I have to say I had next to zero interest in reading this book. The cover and blurb made it sound like I would be spending the day with a group of pretentious alcoholic brats. I am reading and reviewing all of the Class of 2k10 books however, and Party is part of that class so when Lena from offered to let me read her copy I was thrilled because it meant I didn’t have to buy it. Harsh – I know. Well the joke is on me because I loved this book so much that I r ...more
May 17, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis (from the inside flap):
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 eleven people, the reasons for being there are WAY more complicated...
to confront my ex
to hook up (since that's what everyone expects)
to make a friend...any friend
to numb the pain
to finally talk to her
to piss off my parents
to say goodbye
As each character
Aug 11, 2011 Les rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
***** Spoiler Alert *****

Basically this book took every teen caricature (wierd girl, man-whore, jock, drunk angst queen party girl, foreign student, skater boy, etc.) and threw them together into an end-of-the-year party. It would have been better if the characters or some of the scenarios had been more believable.

Beckett is the first character introduced and is probably the most likeable. She took care of her mother who eventually died from cancer. Mom wanted to keep it a secret so Beckett had
Jan 09, 2011 Piyola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
This novel/book is about 11 people Beckett, Morrigan, Tommy, Brent, Daniel, Azize, Ryan, Anthony, Josh, Max, and Ashley. This story is written by all of these people. Every couple of chapters the person changes and it is read in first person.
So Beckett, she’s the girl that no one really knows, she used to be really close with a few people but they all drifted apart and found other friends. After her mom died she lived alone and took care of herself. She wanted to drop out of High school and go
McKenzie Templeton
As you all should know, Tom Leveen has quickly been rising up as a favorite author of mine. After reading manicpixiedreamgirl, I was instantly enamored by Leveen's writing style and the amazing way he writes the plot and develops his characters. He does this once again in his novel Party, his first novel actually, and one that I really enjoyed.

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 p
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Tom's novels include PARTY, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL, SICK, RANDOM, and SHACKLED. He is also in the collection VIOLENT ENDS. His novel ZERO was a YALSA Best Book of 2013. His eighth book. HELLWORLD, will be available Fall 2017.
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