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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Nov. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450271812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450271813
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06f866c) out of 5 stars Great start for a new author Nov. 1 2012
By Sheri - Published on
Format: Paperback
Life of the Party is one of those books. You know the 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
HASH(0xa06f8ad4) out of 5 stars Addiction Oct. 6 2012
By Lauren Johnson - Published on
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.
HASH(0xa06f8ae0) out of 5 stars IndieReader Review Jan. 18 2013
By Amy Edelman - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Life of the Party" by Christine Anderson is a dark, angst-filled coming-of-age tale that follows the tumultuous life of Mackenzie, a seventeen-year-old on the brink of freedom from the childhood annoyances that have long plagued her.

Christine can hardly wait to be rid of her well-intentioned yet misunderstanding parents, her perfect older sister, Marcy, and her officious brother-in-law, Greg. Already a marijuana user and a consistent experimenter with other drugs, Mac knows that graduation from high school will open to her a whole new world of limitless and irresponsible fun. Her best friend and partner in crime, Riley, is also a user and hard-partier, until he has a bad mushroom-induced experience and "sees Hell," and subsequently turns his entire life around. Unwilling to change, Mac chooses a different path that takes her down a dark road to serious hard drug addiction, as well as an unhealthy relationship with an older man.

Though "Life of the Party" is essentially a young-adult work of fiction, it grapples with very mature themes that might seem too dark for the younger reader. Over the course of Mac's spiraling decline, Anderson very clearly illustrates both the physical and mental effects of an array of drugs. For instance, when Mac experiments with heroin for the first time, she goes into great detail about how, "Wave after wave of warmth was crashing over me - blissful heat, the perfect temperature, pouring all over my body - loosening my muscles until they felt weak and heavy, beyond the point of relaxed." This, if taken out of context, could be misconstrued as advocating the use of heroin. Anderson makes sure, however, that by the end of Mac's journey, the reader is completely familiar with the debilitating physical and mental effects of drug use.

Another theme of this story that might be too mature for some young adult readers is that of physical romance in a serious relationship. While Anderson usually stays within the borders of discretion, in one scene she goes into detail that might be off-putting or even uncomfortable for some readers.

Anderson balances these adult issues with themes that might resonate better with the young adult reader. Mac and Riley's relationship shows the difficulties that many teens experience in making the transition from friends as children to friends as adults. Since Mac's parents are away at work most of the day, Mac sees little of them and learns to survive on her own-a familiar situation for many teens. And finally, the classic bone of contention about having an older, more popular and more successful sibling may also increase this story's appeal to a young audience.

Overall, "Life of the Party" is a mature and thought-provoking work that manages to deal with adult themes as well as those of teenagers, resulting in a tough but gratifying read. As both a cautionary tale and a story of redemption, older teens and adults will appreciate the impact of this novel.

Reviewed by Claire Colburn for IndieReader
HASH(0xa08f02ac) out of 5 stars Addiction, Love, Loss and Spiritual Rebirth Nov. 29 2012
By Jennifer Kyle - Published on
Format: Paperback
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 mechanism. All of her hurts and disappointments have been immediately numbed by drugs and the more drugs she does the more she needs.

Riley is Mackenzie's best friend since middle school. When Riley's partying stops their friendship suffers under a sea of anger and resentment. She may hate his decisions but there always out of good intentions. Riley chose a better path for himself and for her in the long run.

Her world explodes when she falls for Grey... a gorgeous lead singer of the band Serpentine. He is a functioning drug addict with a harsh past. Grey is just a beautiful soul!! Their love for one another is both beautiful and sad. You can't help but fall in love with their relationship and the sacrifices Grey makes for her.

This is a very well written story with an unexpected religious message.
HASH(0xa08f0108) out of 5 stars Raw & Real Jan. 25 2014
By Monica - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book....the 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.

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