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The Party

(Final Friends #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,235 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Jessica Hart and her best friends invited dozens of people to their "get to know each other" party. But some people came who weren't invited. And the evening ended in horror. Most figured it was a suicide. They figured wrong. Reissue.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Pocket
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Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Pike is a children's books and young adult author I used to read when I was a pre-teen and young teenager. I read him now out of nostalgia, but also out of genuine interest; because he's still a reference in the YA/crime/paranormal genres for me. And if not romance, then that's the kind of novels I'd like to write.
The whole country was in love with phonies, she felt. The bimboes on sitcoms, the rock dopers on MTV, the rich liars in D.C. It made her sick just going into the
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-books
Christopher Pike's Final Friends trilogy were some of my favorite books from my childhood. When someone mentioned Christopher Pike in a nostalgic book post on the Nest I went rummaging around Amazon for old copies of these now out of print favorites and ordered books 1 and 2.

I was prepared that the books I enjoyed as a tween or teen would not live up to my memories, but I was surprised to find myself immersed once more 15+ years later in the world of Jessica Hart, Michael Olsen, Bubba, Sarah,
Aug 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly skimmed the last half of this because honestly- this book was terrible.

Bland characters, sterotypes to the max, too drawn out, etc.

It's safe to say that I am very disappointed and I won't be continuing in the trilogy.
Paul Hamilton
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All right, look. I’m re-reading this from my junior high days and I feel like it’s redundant to say that this is dated af and it shows. Of course it is - it’s almost 30 years old. That said, some of the racist and sexist nonsense is still around in our everyday life (ask any tall black guy if it’s ever been assumed that he plays basketball and see what he says). And in a lot of ways, Christopher Pike probably should have stayed away from writing female characters who say things like they’re on a ...more
Mindy Atwood
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this probably 20 years ago, but rereading for fun. I think I probably read every single Christopher Pike book when I was a teen. Brings back a lot of memories, especially the times when cell phones and all digital crap galore didn't exist. I'm definitely going to revisit more of his old titles.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourites from back when I was a teenager, I discovered the ebook version of this series and decided to give it a whirl. Having not read it since 20 years ago, I was surprised and how much detail came flooding back to me as I got through the first chapters and immediately the entire plot of the series and all of the characters came back to me. Having said that, I still quite enjoyed reading the first part of this triology, and am eager to get through the next two, despite knowing how ...more
I read this bc I am in a Christopher Pike book club. Rated three stars for many reasons, five stars for book club discussion content.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Hart is new to Tabb High and decides to have a party to get to know each other with Alice, her best friend. They've made sure to invite all the popular people and their other friends- new and old. Then something goes wrong. A gunshot is heard and someone dies. Police say it was a suicide, but others know it wasn't.

The Party was a great book as far as I'm concerned. There are about twenty mini plot twists everywhere and you never know what will happen next. It's not like the run of
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i thought this one was in a way, quite similar to remember me, i enjoyes this book as i do every book written by christopher pike! and am edging to read the sequels
i like how there are soo many love triangles going on in the book and cant wait to find whoe ends up with who

would recommend to anyone that likes a mystery
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Okay so I accidentally reread this over the course of the last couple days? And I know...I KNOW IT'S NOT GOOD. But I flippin' loved these books when I was 11. So sentimentally, this is the best. Also, I read it in like 45 minutes. Thanks, C-Pike.
This feels like I'm reading the beginning of some teen tv drama. It's not that bad. If you ignore the bits that date the book to the late 1980's, it could easily be set in today.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I mean wow.

Let's just start with the plot:

So I bought this as a compilation of all three books in this trilogy. Until the End is what it's called. The synopsis on the back explains that there's a party, and somebody doesn't leave alive. I think the reason all three of these books have been put together into one is because they can't stand on their own. Nothing happens in this book, "The Party." Nothing. Normally, with a thriller, the mystery begins within the first, what? fifty pages? I'm
Warren Chan
My first Christopher Pike book. The whole time I was reading this, I kept getting the Boris the Sprinkler song "Do You Want a Grilled Cheese?" stuck in my head. The lyrics are "I got my guts in a knot / My hair in a spike / You're thinking I'm Spock / I'm Christoper Pike." Every night before I went to bed, it was there. Every morning when I woke up, it was there.

Christopher Pike is such a step up from R. L. Stine for teen thriller novels. The writing is worlds better. The characters in this book
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven't read this series in over 15 years so I was looking forward to it. After finishing this first entry, it's definitely on the lower end of the 3 star rating. Not because it's necessarily bad, but because it's all set up. The murder occurs in the last 25 pages of the book, paving the way for the rest of the trilogy. The rating is also helped by the fact that we really get to know the characters before the murder kicks off. However, a couple HUGE downsides that I did not notice as a kid: ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Carson hall
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: too-bad-to-read
I should have listened to the reviews, but NO, I had to see for myself. This is just a horrible book. I could not finish it. I have read some YA and earlier books that really made a positive impact, but this was a train wreck. I could not finish it, it was that bad. I'm going to be 60 next month and I love reading kids/YA books, but this one brought back such bad memories of high school for me. I think the target audience is the "cool kids" the popular ones, and I cannot relate at all.
That rating stands... mostly for nostalgia purposes.
Faye Oppitz
Three and a half stars. Obviously not aimed at my demographic, but I liked it enough to want the read the next two in the series.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll keep reading these for the greater good (aka “book group with my sister and her best friend via messages over the Marco Polo app), but this is a hot mess. It’s not aged well at all.
Tehn Forte
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my fave teen horror series ever!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Trying to get rid of books. Thought: oh I have too many of these 80's/90's paperbacks. I will just read through them. It will be easy. I think it took me 2 weeks to get through this one? And it's in one of those 3 volume monsters from Walmart that murder your tendinitis.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Christopher Pike, RL Stine, Joan Lowery Nixon, Lois Duncan
OK, so when I was a kid I loved myself some Christopher Pike, I mean loved...I also loved Joan Lowery Nixon, RL Stine (before Goosebumps, I was a little too old when Goosebumps started up) and Lois Duncan (don't watch any of the books about her movies they're pure buckets of poo). I guess I just liked teenagers involved in suspenseful situations.

All this reminiscing concludes with this book series by Christopher Pike called Final Friends. I've own Books Two and Three of this series forever and
Tabatha Shipley
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
What I Loved:
-Overall good thriller. Didn’t see the ending coming from the start.
-Cute side romance plot.

Who Should Read It:
-If you, like me, once loved Christopher Pike, try rereading it like I did! Let me know if you think it held up.

For Full Review (including what I didn’t love): (0:01:27)
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I remember touching the spines of Christopher Pike novels when I was a young teenager, carefully studying the titles to find one I'd perhaps missed, enjoying the bright blues, oranges, greens and pinks of the jacket colours. They were always so vibrant, so weirdly terrifying, so strange and alluring. I read every single one of his books by the time I was fourteen, and I always wanted more.

Oddly enough, I don't remember reading the Final Friends series until I was an adult. At 37, these books are
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
‘The Party’ is the first installment in the ‘Final Friends’ series. Jessica and her best friend, Alice decide to throw a party in order to get to know more people at their new school. After witnessing a high turnout, unfortunately the party doesn’t end on a high note as someone is found dead in a dark room. Most people assumed it was a suicide while a few truly doubted it.

Despite being a horror book, the chilling moment only took place within the last few chapters. Instead, the book mainly
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-like, dull
I feel like book one was supposed to be longer. It ended at an odd part and didn't feel like a full story. I understand that it's part of a trilogy, but it wasn't a full novel by itself. I actually do own the full compendium (although I am getting rid of it) but am absolutely not continuing the series. NOTHING HAPPENED! For the first 200 pages, there is nothing. Just meaningless drama. To pull off a murder book, you either have to end the book with the murder and make the characters and the ...more
{my thoughts} - This book is about a couple of friends. Alice and Polly two sisters, Jessica, Michael, Sarah and Nick. It begins with two High School having to merge and classmates and friends having their lives turned upside down. It talks about the trial and error of friendships, getting to know one another and learning who you can and cannot trust. The book is mainly about Jessica and Michael but near the end it changes it's focus. This book ends with an odd twist but if you have read {pike} ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I think I would rate this closer to 4 stars than 3 so maybe 3.5 stars would be about right.
This was a good read but definitely leaves you wanting to see what happens next, which makes me glad that I bought the whole trilogy.

I will say this, Sara has to be one of my most favorite characters I have read in a long time even though she is just really a secondary character of sorts. She is so feisty and sarcastic and just well, kind of mean but truthful at the same time that you can't help but love
Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
3 stars.

This was an ok start to the trilogy. I know that since this was the first one it's not going to be scary or mysterious right off the bat but I was hoping for something more exciting then what we got. The story didn't start picking up until the last 60 or so pages.

There are some characters I like: Nick, Jessica, Polly, Bubba, Michael, and Alice.

Then the characters I don't like: Clair, Sara, Billy, Maria (I liked her until she got ticked at Nick for defending himself), Kats, The Rock,
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and

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