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This novel contains mature themes and graphic content.

Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Taylor can't wait to be free; free from high school, the shadow of her perfect older sister, and her disapproving parents. The rebellious party girl has a perfect accomplice in best friend Riley, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who scores them drugs, booze and under-age entry into th
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Published May 21st 2012 by Smashwords (first published November 19th 2010)
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Jennifer Kyle
Oct 16, 2012 Jennifer Kyle rated it it was amazing
Addiction, Love, Loss and Spiritual Rebirth

Warning: This is a hard but so real of a read. Tears will be shed!

The prospect of turning eighteen only means one word to Mackenzie...freedom.

”I was seventeen, and invincible, and ready for a good time, eager and willing to experience everything life had to offer.”

”This was freedom. Sheer, complete, irresponsibility.”

Mackenzie isn’t prepared for life. Well she’s young and partying is just easier than trying or coping. Drugs are her only coping mechan
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 29, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: ARR
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I say this book was amazing. No disrespect, but this book was like a drug and I was hopelessly addicted. I read through the night. Over 700 iBook pages and I read just to get my next fix of each and every word. There were highs and lows, and none of it mattered as long as there was another page to read. I dont know what more to say but thank you to the author for this amazing read. I'll be thinking about it for days to come. GREY!

Review to come.....

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Lucy
Oct 15, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
WOW... LOVED THIS! ...tissues at the ready if you're going to read this. It just plain old hurts...but still amazing!

Didn't expect to love this book as much as I did, when I read about it I wasn't sure it was the kind of thing I'd like so I sampled it first and as soon as I did I bought it straight away and continued to read because I was hooked!

Such a deep and dark read, you see Mackenzie going further and further and down a dark path, sometimes being lead down that path by those you feel
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Sheri
Sep 14, 2012 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Life of the Party is one of those books. You know the type…it makes you think, and I mean really think; it sticks with you long after you have finished because you have become invested in the characters; it makes you cry. I hate it when books make me cry.

Mac and Riley are best friends. Their favorite pastime is to get drunk and high. Hey, they're young, why not? Everything is great until Riley decided he needs to get clean. Mac, feeling abandoned by her best friend, delves deeper into the world
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Monica
This book....the story....it took me to such a dark place. There were times i had to put it down because it made my stomach turn. And all i can say is, Christine Anderson is one hell of a writer.

This book honestly had me in tears. It raised so many emotions in me, some that i felt in my own life, and some that the writer was able to invoke in me.

Mackenzie is in a dark place, and it only gets darker for her. Sometimes, even your best friend can't do or say anything to bring you out of it. And th
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Nikki  Peterson
Aug 28, 2012 Nikki Peterson rated it it was amazing
OK, deep breath. Otherwise I’m gonna just gush all over and make completely no sense at all. That sounded gross and I never do anyway…. Anywho, OMG! I LOVE this frickin’ book!!! It had to be done, sorry. Seriously, now….

Have you ever read a book where it was so good, you got so caught up in it you couldn’t put it down? You hit a part that leaves an ache in your chest? (And it’s not gas, despite what Granny-ma said.) You know what’s coming, but have to read as furiously fast as you can. You jus
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I received this book for free from The Nexus ARR (Authors Requesting Reviews) program in exchange for a free review.

Wow. I almost gave it 5♥'s, but there were times in the middle that dragged a little for me. I found myself rooting for Mac to finally hit her rock bottom (I was getting sick of her being the life of the party.) I nearly reached a point of just wanting to smack her and physically prevent her from her downward spiral and just hurry up and get it over with. But then she reach that lo
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Donna ~ The Romance Cover
4.5 stars!! This was such an emotional read. It was not pretty and covers some intense subjects but it was a book that I couldn't put down. With music and the drug culture prevalent throughout this book is extremely hard hitting, it holds no punches and will hit you in the gut and the heart. With a romance in a drug induced background the author captures love and insecurities, addiction and recovery. (full review to come)
Mollie
Dec 13, 2012 Mollie rated it it was amazing
I feel blessed to have read it.
It's such a powerful story.
So beautifully written.
For 2 days, it was my drug…
...and I loved it.

This author has somehow put me deeply in the characters shoes as if I was struggling with addiction myself. It's amazing, the power her words have over you. I'm getting jittery just thinking about finishing it and nervous about the end. I can honestly say this book feels like my drug. It's sadly beautiful.

Not many have read it.
But I want you to know it.
So here it is in g
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Dee Montoya
Apr 13, 2013 Dee Montoya rated it it was amazing
*****5 Stars*****

Life of The Party is very intense book about friendship, self discovery and faith. This is one of those novels that while it's heart wrenching it delivers a very important message that will make you feel renewed and appreciative for the love in your life.

Mackenzie is a seventeen year old girl who's lost and is desperately searching for something to make her feel complete. She loves her family but they are always busy and have been very absent from her life giving her too much f
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Vicki
Oct 20, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by the author for in exchange for an honest review.

This book hit me HARD because I have loved ones in my life who have been and one who still is involved in the use of illicit drugs. It destroys lives, which this book illustrates so well.

The read is not an easy one in that it's a very emotional ride. I didn't think this book would hit me like that for some reason, but I cried buckets of tears! Of course, this book took me to places it might not take reader who hasn't or
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Airah ♔
I should warn you -- this book is NOT by any means a light YA read. And this isn't your average teen angst novel. This one is so well written -- beautifully dark and emotionally intense. I loved it!

As most of you already know, I don't rave about books which couldn't even hold my attention for the first 100 pages or so. Well, this book is quite long.. but please don't get intimidated. It had me captivated at the very beginning, and ended up being a winner. IMHO, what this book needs is a devoted
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
Jun 30, 2012 Tracey (Life and Literature) rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that made you feel like you had a knot in your stomach? Have you ever read a book that each time you put it down you had to take some time to ease the ache and tension out of your shoulders? Have you ever read a book, barely able to see the words through your tears? That is exactly how I was with Life of the Party. Be warned, this is not a quick, light and fluffy read. This is intense and gripping and hard hitting and powerful and heartbreaking and real!!!

Mackenzie Tayl
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Brandi
Apr 16, 2013 Brandi rated it really liked it
I will have something to say about this one, I just cannot find the words right now. I am a bit heartbroken :(

Mackenzie and Grey...Their love is both beautiful and tragic. The dangerous path they embark on is heartbreaking and the sacrifices Grey makes for her...

"I'm going to make this right"

"If I have the strength to leave, It'd be the greatest gift that I could give. The greatest gift that I can give, I want you to truly live. I love you, Forgive Me"


How quickly life can change and we can spi
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Stephanie
Oct 17, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a must read. It will break your heart, shatter your heart into a million pieces and you will be sad right till the end, but is totally worth it. You will love all the characters in the book and fall in love w/some of them.

This book was beautifully written and I thank you Christine Anderson for writing this amazing book.

Quotes that just stopped me from breathing

"What have you done to her"

"If I have the strength to leave, It'd be the greatest gift that I could give. The greatest gif
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Leigh
Dec 12, 2012 Leigh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
WOW! JUST WOW!!! This book was not an easy read. It gives you an in-depth look into the life of an addict. How that life can quickly and painfully spiral out of control. Even though this story is heartbreaking, it is also inspirational. There is always hope if we are willing to acknowledge we need help and willing to receive it. God is always there even in our darkest moments. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with addiction in their own life or have family members that are.
Stacey
Dec 14, 2012 Stacey rated it it was amazing
At this moment I have not finished the book yet- I'm at 96%, but I can tell you without finishing that this is one of the most powerfully haunting books I have read in a long while and I have NO IDEA why more people are not reading it and loving it.This is without question a 5 star read-I knew that at 50%.

Is this an easy read? No. Not at all. Reading about someone spiraling out of control in a drugged out haze is never pleasant-its gritty, raw and pretty gruesome. But its not all bad. The inspi
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Lauren
Oct 04, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I would like this book with all of the other fab reviews. I was also intrigued by the summary description but it just wasn't for me. The cover just did nothing for me.

Mackenzie got to me right away, she seemed extremely spoiled and self absorbed. She never got better for me through the whole entire story, I just really didn't like her. Grey seemed horrible, I didn't get the appeal at all. I do have to say that
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Melissa
Nov 11, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Sex Drugs and Rock N Roll, what's not to like?

I really enjoyed this book that was until the last few chapters. The amounting suspense built up and built up and then in my opinion fizzled out. I felt as If the author was trying to be inspirational but I was left feeling as if the religious aspect to the story was to forced and overbearing. I was expecting the ending to just complete the book and yet I was really annoyed at the 'fakeness' to it. I feel as if the author could have been inspirationa
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Jessica Alderette
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Kristy B.
Jan 22, 2014 Kristy B. rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. One of the best books i ever read.
I am speachless. I absolutely dont know what to say. Just that this book is amazing and emotional. Its beatiful written.
After i read this book i just lie on my bed and cried. I cried for Gray, for Charlie,for Zack and Alex, for Riley and Mac. Because i love them.
This book is absolutelly perfect. Yes it broke my heart, and i was so sad and i cried so much, but it was worth it.I couldnt put this book away. I read it through the nifht.
This bo
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★Emilia★
Jan 19, 2013 ★Emilia★ rated it it was amazing
let me start this off by saying, READ THIS FUCKING AMAZING,absolutely remarkable, heart wrenching,gut wrenching book!This book deserves every goddamn star I gave it!
Sharadha Jayaraman
Apr 16, 2017 Sharadha Jayaraman rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
The rating is not for all the drugs and abuse that I read about (I empathise with Mac and her messed up life, but I don't relate to it).

It isn't for Mackenzie and Gray's sappy romance arc (too stereotypical, and again, can't relate).

It also isn't for the parties and trash talks that teenagers seem to love to do these days (I'm talking about Mac and Charlie's friendship, eek!).

Also, sorry, I don't buy the religious redemption rant that Ms. Anderson is on about, so the stars aren't for that either
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Balescat
Feb 28, 2015 Balescat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like addiction books.
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Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
Sep 12, 2012 Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* . rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* by: The Nexus!
Life of the Party is a YA Drama written by Christine Anderson. I read this as a R2R with The Nexus! As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

4.5 stars!!
A Powerful, Tragic, Emotionally Driven Read!!!

The Review:
This was an amazing read but I think this book has left me traumatized! And not in a bad, “oh my, I need to take a valium and forget the world” kind of way, but in a “I will never forget Mac’s story no matter how much time passes!” way.

This st
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Hollyberry
Oct 04, 2012 Hollyberry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
First off, all I can think of to say is this book takes you for a ride! It started at a medium pace, and then it picked up, and didn't really stop right until the end.

It is filled with a lot of mature content as far as drug use, so just as a caution for someone younger reading this blog post, or if it is something that you are not interested in reading about, you may want to pass this one by.

This book follows a girl named Mackenzie, and it starts with her close to her last year of high school, a
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Nathan Zalf
Jul 24, 2012 Nathan Zalf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through the current span of my life, I as well as others have come across and experienced the assemblies, discussions and even one on one meetings about the topic of drug abuse in high school and even further like college, university or even the workplace. Some can be utterly boring and a waste of your time while others can be intriguing and very helpful to some. For me, I went to many of these assemblies with an open mind and learnt a lot about the consequences and such of drugs but was never t ...more
books junkie
Mar 10, 2013 books junkie rated it really liked it

DRUGS. They are everywhere. Adults do them. Teenagers do them. Kids do them. They are so accessible, it is depressing and frightening. There are no boundaries, none! Not from the dealers nor from the users. And that is plainly sad. You can see 14 years-old children doing them and reach the utmost bottom when their life hasn't even begun yet. Those teenagers can do anything so as to find their next fix. They neglect everything else, all their other needs as long as they can get high. They destroy

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Rana
Jul 04, 2015 Rana rated it really liked it
I HATE GREY
AND I HATE MAC TOO !


yeah.. i hated him from the first. i HATED mac too !
she was a bitch to her family and i really couldn't get why she hated them so much ?
i really couldn't connect to her in the hating thing !
but i really think that she was bitch
from that you can see that i was team RILEY from the start i loved him i adored him and i really really DON'T think (view spoiler)
so yeah

i
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Writing has always been a passion of mine. Back in elementary, for fun my friends and I would gather around and write stories together--everything from twin girls solving mysteries to a horror involving vampire badgers living in the coulee behind my house.

I like to look back at all my stories and see how my writing has grown. How they progressed from super-sucking to maybe not sucking as bad. Of
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“If I have the strength to leave,
It'd be the greatest gift that I could give.
The greatest gift that I can give,
I want you to truly live."
[...]
"I love you. Forgive me.”
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