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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (Nov. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450271812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450271813
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 22.6 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great start for a new author Nov. 1 2012
By Sheri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 of drugs, trying to forget Riley and everything that is wrong with her life.

I loved, loved, loved the characters in this book (which I guess is why I felt so much for them that I was bawling my eyes out by the end). The author let us get into Mac's head and really enjoy being there. Mac, though young and stupid and obviously making mistake after mistake, was real. She had real problems and real choices and real feelings. And Grey...I so love Grey. It is obvious from the way he treats her that he loves Mac, but he is young and free and has the world ahead of him, so of course he makes mistakes, too. When he realizes, however, that things have gone too far he does the only thing he can think of to fix it, even if it is the wrong thing. We do not see much of Riley for most of the story and mostly get to know him through Mac's feelings and memories of him. Though Mac feels he abandoned her, he had always been there just waiting for the right time.

I think the thing I really loved about this story was about how realistic it is. From Mac's mom and dad (just ignore the problem, it will go away) to her sister and Mac's feelings of inferiority around her (which I can relate to having two perfect older sisters myself) to the drug use. The author did an exceptional job (in my humble opinion) of detailing and describing Mac's drug use and feelings. I did find myself thinking a few times, can someone really use that much cocaine and still be alive/walking/standing/coherent? But, I have absolutely no first-hand knowledge of the subject so it could be true. Even if it's not accurate, the author did a great job faking it and making me believe it was real.

I sincerely hope this author writes more books in the future. I loved everything about this story from the characters to the story to the writing style. She is an amazing storyteller and I thank her for sharing her story with us.  
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Addiction Oct. 6 2012
By Lauren Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 the interaction between the characters was great. Riley was my favorite character out of all of them. He seemed to be the most sincere and most humane, always protecting and trying to do the right thing.

Overall the story was well written even though I had a hard time finishing it to the end.
Raw, Gritty and Emotional!!! May 6 2014
By Shelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a very well written and thought provoking book. It deals with the raw, dark and realistic subject of drug use and addiction. The characters were well-developed and “real”. They made me care for them, worry about them, feel frustrated with them and left me completely invested in their story. The fact that I liked the characters, even the ones that might have been “questionable”, says something about the author’s ability to create an interesting and intense cast of characters.

Mackenzie is a seventeen year old girl who enjoys the party lifestyle. She is always looking for the next excuse to get drunk or high… usually the weekends are a good enough excuse. She partakes in this reckless behavior along with her best friend, Riley. They are inseparable and “partners in crime” in this drug induced pastime. When Riley comes to his senses and realizes that his life is going nowhere, he stops the partying and tries to change his habits. Mackenzie is not ready to change. She is young, invincible and wants to continue to have fun.

Mackenzie comes from a professional family. Her parents work long hours and this leaves her to fend for herself, she essentially has no rules. She has grown up in the shadow of her older sister. She has always felt inadequate to her in every way. Mackenzie gave up on trying to impress her family. She lives the way she wants to with little regard for the consequences.

Mackenzie’s life changes when she meets Grey Lewis. He is a gorgeous, sexy singer in a local rock band. She is immediately drawn to him. Despite his efforts to keep his distance from her, he is drawn to her too. He lives the reckless and carefree lifestyle of a rock musician and soon Mackenzie is immersed deeper into the drug world. Grey is older and has more life experience than Mackenzie. He didn’t have the upbringing that Mackenzie had. He has never had a good opinion of himself, but rather thinks of himself as a screw-up and a loser. Despite their excessive drug use, dependency and general dysfunction, Grey and Mackenzie have an undeniable love for one another.

I could go on and on about the story and the characters, but I don’t want to give too much of the story away. There is a lot that happens and it had me feeling every kind of emotion imaginable. I felt like I had been on an emotional roller coaster by the end of it. The up’s and down’s were intense and I felt as though I was living through it right along with the characters. It’s the type of book that will stay with you long after you have finished it. It does have a religious/spiritual aspect to it, but it isn’t overdone. I would definitely read more by this author!
amazing and poignant in its portrayal of addiction. my thoughts on life of the party April 27 2014
By Hello-booklover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very real poignant look at falling down the rabbit hole of addiction and crawling out of it. Riley loves Mackenzie always has. One night he nearly dies from a bad trip and this shakes him to the core. Changing his ways so he can be there for Riley when she hits bottom has her question him as a friend. Meantime she meets Grey and they connect.

Riley is a great guy and truly loves her. We see this in the end and when she realizes this it is so beautiful to see. Grey is sweet kind and wonderful in his own way. He didn’t help Mackenzie by helping her with her addiction but she also hurt him by guilting him into things because he loved her. Grey is a up and coming rock star and falls for Mackenzie. He was a recreational druggie until Mackenzie and than he became more hardcore.

Mackenzie is over the edge in her addiction. Falling further and further down the rabbit hole and out of control. She brings others down with her including Grey. They love each other but are each others addiction as well. Grey does realize this and makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Mackenzie. In the end Grey was a hero in his own way and he did it for love.

A poignant and very real look at addiction and love. Love from others and addiction not only to drugs but to a person as well. The diary portrayal of Mackenzies life brings us into her world as she escalates her addiction and falls. Once fallen she is saved twice by love. Love from Grey and love from Riley. So beautiful but sad at the same time.
Emotional but, worth it! April 5 2014
By Jennifer B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It was heart wrenching and real. I cried and laughed but, I am leaving with more understanding than I have ever had about addiction and recovery. I have a friend that has dealt with a heartbreaking few years with her daughter. (She is healthy now and thankfully easing her way back into society.) I feel like I now, have a very small idea what it was like for each of them.

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