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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  11,333 ratings  ·  1,366 reviews
In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passag
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Gallery/Scout Press
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Irene A. Yes I hated every single character, even the people you weren't supposed to hate, like the nice teacher. I hated her too! I hated the editor (WHAT…moreYes I hated every single character, even the people you weren't supposed to hate, like the nice teacher. I hated her too! I hated the editor (WHAT editor?), and every character and every friend of every single character. I hated Aiden because his feet stunk and he had horrible body odor (that's absolutely all we knew about him except he played soccer with those smelly feet). I hated the story line (be it as it may). And to add insult to injury, there was NO ENDING.! Hated this book more than any other book I've ever read. And, I hate myself for reading it.
Other than that, it was great :) (less)
Laura nothing good comes from this book. I recall the cringeworthy feeling of the show The Slap, and this pretty much shared that all the way through the…morenothing good comes from this book. I recall the cringeworthy feeling of the show The Slap, and this pretty much shared that all the way through the end. I usually pass on my books to my beach friends after reading...not sure what to do with this one other than resell it to the local used book store up the street. Same with Karin Slaughter's "Pretty Girls" (horrifying)(less)

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Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a the ultimate embodiment of a ‘page-turner.’ Great beach or vacation read.

This should be required reading for teenagers. It is a cautionary tale of teenage drinking, drugging, and partying gone wrong. Horribly wrong.

Hannah is super excited for her party, but also nervous. Two of the most popular girls in school will be in attendance and she has to impress them. But how?Her mother, Kim, is strict and uptight. In fact, when all the girls arrive for the party, Kim lays down the law tellin
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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I bought this book on a whim. I think this is one of the first times in a long time that I didn't read any reviews before starting a book.

"One invitation. A lifetime of regrets"

Kim and Jeff Sanders want their daughter to have a wonderful sweet sixteen birthday party. Their daughter, Hannah wants a small affair.... just four girls for pizza and a sleepover. Hannah NEEDS this party to be perfect.

The story is told from four p
Why This Book
The publisher, Gallery Books, sent me a copy of this book either because I won a Goodreads Giveaway or they thought I might like the book (I get lots of books and I can't remember how this one came to me exactly). I'm trying to close up my 2017 Reading Challenge and clean off all the outstanding books my bookshelf, so this one's turn was up next! Overall, it gets 3.5 stars!

Plot, Characters & Setting
Hannah is turning 16. Her parents throw her and some friends a party in t
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
“The police were here. They said what happened was a terrible accident, but we’re not responsible. We weren’t negligent. I mean, it’s not like it was a party party. There were only a few girls. We had no way of knowing they were planning to drink...”

A parent's worst nightmare no matter how you look at it. Whether you are the one whose daughter had the slumber party where something goes terribly wrong or you're the one whose daughter's life changes forever in a serious accident. It sounds horrify
Not quite sure what to think....
Kim and Jeff have worked hard to be perfect and have the perfect family with the perfect children... but all of that is shattered after Hannah's 16th birthday party.... this book kept me reading, but it sure did frustrate me throughout the entire book.... people didn't ever seem to want to take responsibility for their own actions.... Kim was so concerned with what everybody else thought of her, but she couldn't seem to understand why her daughter would feel the s
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
2 1/2 but I'll bump it up to a 3 because it wasn't quite a 2.

I was lured into requesting this book from Netgalley when I received an email that promised me many juicy secrets and perfect people who behave very badly. I admit that I am a sucker for that kind of thing.

This is a great book to pick up if you don’t want anything too heavy, too emotional or basically anything that’ll strain the brain. It makes for a good mindless “beach book” which to me means I can drop it in the sand, get salt wate
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I breezed through The Party, a book about a 16 year old birthday party that goes wrong, and the aftermath that ensues.

Parts of the book felt like contemporary fiction and others felt like a young adult book, due to the alternating viewpoints between the various parents and Hannah, the 16 year old birthday girl.

The story wasn't really mysterious but I raced through it, as it was easy to read, and I was eager to find out the outcome of how it would end. All of the characters were unlikeable at s
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
I was hesitant to pick up The Party, by Robyn Harding, based on a number of mediocre reviews I was reading. Well, now that I have finished, it just goes to show you that entertainment truly is in the eye of the reader because I loved this novel.

Jeff and Kim host a sweet sixteen party for their daughter, Hannah, with some rules: no alcohol, no drugs, no boys. However rules are broken and the party turns tragic. In the aftermath, relationships are tested, secrets are revealed and nothing will be
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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The Party was a much lighter mystery than I was expecting, I would even hesitate to label it a thriller as it’s lacking a true mystery or intensity that I believe would qualify it as such. It actually reminded me of Truly Madly Guilty in the sense that it was about a shocking event that has huge ramifications for a group of people. You do find out what happens pretty early on, so there wasn’t the annoying wait for the big reveal. I apprec
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all! I thought by the time I get to the end it has to get didn't! All the characters were quite unlikeable, not one character had any redeeming qualities! It was an interesting premise but overall it was a waste of time to read, there are too many good books out there to take time to read a book that is not even well written! The ending was ridiculous.
Catherine McKenzie
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got an advanced reader's copy of this book and raced through it. Good insight into both the parents and the kids affected by what went wrong at the party. A good summer read.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Party
Robyn Harding

PUBLISHER Scout Press/Simon and Schuster
PUBLISHED June 6, 2017

A tense and riveting domestic drama about the perfect family and aftermath of a tragic accident that threatens to tear the family apart.

Hannah Sanders wanted a legendary sweet sixteen birthday party. She was finally one of the cool girls at school and needed to maintain her social status. She invited four girls over for a sleepover. Hannah knew the party was not going to be just any party w
Crime by the Book
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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I'd give this book between a 2.5/5 and a 3/5. It's not a really bad read by any means - it honestly just fell flat for me. It was just too average. A lack of psychological insight, tension, and suspense makes this a tough read to get invested in. If you're looking for really light interpersonal suspense and some occasional wit/dark humor about the lengths people will go to in order to project a perfect image to the world, you migh
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's all fun and games until someone loses an . . .

This book showed the ugly side of everyone when a horrible tragedy happens at a sixteenth birthday party. The party starts innocent enough when Hannah's mother Kim starts it with the rules. No alcohol, no drugs and no boys. Then the party is on. The rules, a total waste of Kim's breath. A fact Kim discovers when she is awoken from her two glasses of wine and half an ambien idled sleep several hours later by her blood covered daughter, Hannah. Ki
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Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lately, I've gone through a very fast run of mediocre audio books. I'm sure these books are perfectly fine to read in print, but they absolutely did not work for me to listen to and in most cases, I did not listen very long. Either the narrators are no bueno or the format of the book does not lend itself well to audio.

I want to keep a list, so I won't try them again on audio.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I've mentioned before how much I love family drama and scandals in books. There's something about them that draws me in. The lies, the secrets, the drama. The Party is no exception. I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. With the mixed reviews, I expected to feel neutral about it. Surprisingly, I wasn't. I had a great time.

Hannah Sanders is prepared to throw a great sweet 16 party with a few of her friends. Things go out of control when one of her friends gets hurt. Hanna
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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The Party by Robyn Harding is a book about the ramifications of one wrong decision on your life and the society around you.

Hannah has a sweet sixteen sleepover party where she invites her four closest friends. Her parents Kim and Jeff think it’s going to be clean fun. Kim lays down the rules like any sensible parent no alcohol, no drugs and no boys . But the girls have different idea of fun and party. Soon in the middle of the night Kim is woken up by a panicked Hannah with her hands covered in
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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I was Really looking forward to reading The Party. The premise is right up my alley; I love books where secrets are exposed, values are tested, altercations occur & I already know the gist of the climax- that way, I know what I’m getting Into.

I read The Party in one day & it’s a good summer read. I loved how Robyn told the story of The Party through the eyes of a
Liz Barnsley
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, everyone in this novel was hateful. HATEFUL.

It was extraordinarily compelling though and I devoured it in short order. I'll write up a fuller review for the website when I'm back from my down time but yeah, seriously, parents, be careful what you are teaching your children through learned behaviour!

Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh what to say about this first thought is that there was too much family and teenage drama and not enough mystery for this book to be categorized as a mystery. It also felt like I was reading a YA novel. I enjoyed the book enough to give it 3⭐ but it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm a thriller lover so I was a little let down by the lack of mystery, but for a reader that likes contemporary drama, this book would be great. ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I wasn’t sure what to expect with this new release. I kind of hesitated about even reading it because I am always afraid of what can happen with freak accidents. Been there – done that!

But as I dived into the story, I was pulled in by the twists and turns and the secrets of the family members held. You never really know what people are doing even when you expect more from those you love.

The story is a fast read and deals with most of the family members and their reaction to the events of the par
Leah Bayer
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars

This light, fluffy book is exactly what you'd expect from the blurb and cover: Liane Moriarty light. 2.5 seems like a low rating but I didn't hate it. It was mindless fun, which sometimes you need, but not particularly well-executed mindless fun. I have very few feelings about this one way or the other and not much to say about it. All the characters are terrible but the plot is interesting, though it never really delivers on the wham-moment reveal you are expecting. The drama is a bit
Robyn Harding
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi everyone! I'm so excited about my new novel, "The Party" out June 6. It is a departure for me, a dark story that pulls back the curtains on a "perfect" family who show their true colors after a devastating accident. I hope you will enjoy it and help spread the word!!
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

*Disclaimer: An ARC of The Party by Robyn Harding was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.


Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!


When I first read the synopsis for The Party by Robyn Harding, I immediately thought that this would be the book for me! I absolutely love thrillers/suspense novels, but The Party seemed to have less of a dark undertone and instead had more of a drama undertone. I had never read anything by Ro
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Domestic Drama

The Party by Robyn Harding is a well developed and gripping novel about the repercussions of teen drinking and bullying. It tells the story about 2 families who are essentially at war against one another after an accident occurred in one of their homes due to their teens drinking and doing drugs at a sweet sixteen party. Now, this isn't one of those stories where you have one set of uber cool parents who let their teens drink and party so that t
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is an amazing ride of a story! There are tons of twists and turns and it was so exciting to read it. There were elements in this book that I didn't expect. There were also very important elements, as well, such as the lessons about a parent's responsibilities and the realities of over-parenting or under-parenting teenagers. While the characters were really interesting, they didn't have drastically differe
MaryannC. Book Freak
3.25 Stars

This is one of these novels about a messed up family that used a lot of poor judgment, all of them except the young son Aidan. Hannah is a young girl wanting to fit in at her private high school and to do so she must break through the inner circle of popular pretty girls which include Lauren and Ronni and hope she can be just like them. So when her parents plan a "Sweet Sixteen" party where Hannah invites Lauren and Ronni and a few other friends, the plan is to secretly do drugs and Al
Stuart Smith
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I literally sat down with it in the afternoon thinking I would just get started with a few chapters and it gripped me and held on until the final page. It felt like a perfect mix of the films Notes on a Scandal, Blue Jasmine and Mean Girls.

It is a perfect suspense driven, moral dilemma novel that had me on a see-saw of hating and then empathizing with the characters. You never quite side with any one character and yet you feel terrible that everyone is caught in this situation. And yet…you can’
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Total escapism and I loved it. 4 stars
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