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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,311 ratings  ·  201 reviews
It's Saturday night in Santa Barbara and it seems like everyone is headed to the same destination. The reason is simple: to celebrate the end of school. But for eleven different people the motives are bit more complicated—to be noticed, to hook up, to make friends, to numb the pain, to get over an ex, to say goodbye. As each character takes a turn and tells his/her story, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Ember (first published April 1st 2010)
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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.
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
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
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
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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?
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.
Barbara Bell
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
Jodi Papazian
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
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
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
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
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
"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.
Mike Wittmann
This is a great read for any fans of Tom Leveen or YA in general.

The book tells the story of one night, a party to kick-off the summer, with eleven different points of view. Each of the eleven have different expectations or goals for the night; forgetting about an ex, hooking up, talking to the person or their dreams, or simply to make a new friend.

Leveen succeeds at being able to take each point of view and add something significant to the previous chapter. I really enjoyed how he would casual
Sammy Nicholas
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!
What a book, what a hell of a book. And of a party, as well.

Finished the book in a sitting, a pleasant but full of real life not-pleasant at all situations.
The book just flies by by the story-telling of eleven different characters, that are somehow linked to the same party and as the event goes by, each character tell its story from their point of view.

Each one of them has a reason in going to the party, but the outcome, neither of them could imagine.

A real life book of fiction people that could
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.
Antoine Esguerra
When I read this book, I thought that it was going to be told by a single person. 11 people were put in this book all of them told their stories as time went on. This book shows a story line about the trust of friends and that trust is put on the line with a lie. (Not suitable for immature readers) (Contains inappropriate contents)
Braden Waller
This book was so good! I read this book in a matter of hours and could not put it down. The characters were real and I was able to see them clearly in the setting that they were in. The plot was realistic and very relatable as well. The story centers around one party, and every chapter is a different character, so there is a fresh perspective each time you turn the page. And with each perspective comes new opinions, new bias, new life experiences, new story to be told. This book also reminded me ...more
Avion Hay taylor
while I appreciated the multiple viewpoints of the characters--and the distinct voices of some of them--the language was harsher than I like.
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
Firstly, I have to say that I love the premise for this book. I've always been fascinated (in book or movies) when there are multiple characters just going about their lives yet in an instance, they're all connected due to one common thing. In this novel's case, the occurrence that brings everyone together is a party. Told through eleven points of view, each character has a very different reason for attending this end of the year party which you soon find out once you begin reading.

Now, I love m
I absolutely love a novel that brings me through an entire range of emotions from start to finish, and this novel does that tenfold. What starts off simply as a few high school kids headed off to the biggest party of the year quickly turns emotional and intense.

Written from the point of view of eleven different characters, their narratives unfold and overlap to tell the story of one really dramatic evening that nobody saw coming. Each chapter told from a different character’s point of view is s
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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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
11 Teens from Santa Barbara High School are about to attend what might be the biggest party of the year. The school year is finally over and it's time to have fun. This story is told in 11 chapters, with each chapter pertaining to each of the teens in which the story starts with Beckett. She's the girl no one remembers or notices, the girl with a secret. When you begin to read Beckett's part, you'll have no choice but to keep reading and learn about the other people who are attending the party. ...more
"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 different people the reasons are way more complicated. As each character tells his or her story, the individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that they never saw coming."

The author of this book was trying to connect the lives of different people due to one speci
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Tom Leveen has 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and director. He was the Artistic Director and a co-founder of two companies: Chyro Arts Venue, an all-ages nonprofit visual and performing venue; and Is What It Is Theatre, a community theatre that operated for 13 seasons. Tom lives with is wife and son in the Phoenix area. PARTY was his first novel, followed by ZERO (a 2013 YALSA Best Boo ...more
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