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Life of the Party [Paperback]

Christine Anderson

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Book Description

Nov. 19 2010

In just two more months, seventeen-year-old Mackenzie will reach sweet freedom. About to graduate from high school, Mac is not sure what happened to the good girl she used to be, but it does not matter. Without a second thought, Mac hurls herself into the dark world of rebellion and does not look back.

Mac's best friend, Riley, is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who can score drugs anytime, anywhere. As Riley introduces her to a lifestyle that includes wild nights, drugs, and questionable men, Mac struggles to overcome her personal demons. Cast in the shadow of her "perfect" sister, Mac must endure the disapproval of her parents every time she returns home. But just as Mac takes a job to support her growing drug addiction, Riley begins questioning all his bad choices. Suddenly Mac, who wants complete, reckless amusement at any cost, is alone.

The world can be a dangerous place. Mac is about to drown in an abyss of her own creation, and only one person can save her.


Product Details

  • 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.  
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2.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw & Real Jan. 25 2014
By Monica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 that's when they have to walk away. As much as it hurts, one can only do so much until they are dragged down with them.

The relationships in this book are so raw and real. I felt everything the author wrote. It tore me apart and left me to pick up the pieces. The book does touch on religious beliefs, which I tend to be neither here nor there on. But whatever you believe in, believing in something is better than believing in nothing. And believing in yourself is where it all begins. This book will stay with me forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars By far one of the best books ever!! May 6 2013
By jena - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was a story that will stay with me for a very long time, Or maybe forever!! The read was very real, and very intense at many parts of the story. I was so truly moved to tears!! Wow, just wow!! I just finished the book and I feel happy yet so sad, there is a HEA but not quite the one you may think or maybe it is what you may think.
I officially know now what everyone says when they get a book hangover!!
The relationships between Ry and Mac and Mac and Grey and even Mac and Charlie they all had levels of fun, discovery, angst and just pure heart ache!!! I absolutely loved, loved this story!! Three days later and I'm still thinking about the characters!!! It was so real!! It reads like you were really there and you can feel everything Mac feels!! It's insane how you can get into the story, I'm still blown away!! Christine Anderson will be one of my favorites for life!!!
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