Monday, September 6, 2010

"PARTY" by Tom Leveen

Party! Woop woop! Who doesn't like to have a good time and get funky? What teen hasn't gone to at least one party where naughty things happened? Well, besides ultra introverted teens like I was. That's right. I did not go to a single fabulous party when I was a teen. What I did do, however, was go dancing at clubs on a regular basis. Usually, unfortunately, by myself. I was pretty much a loner. Shhhh.

If I had gone to a party during my high school years, I imagine it would have been exactly like the one described in the novel "PARTY" by Tom Leveen.

The novel isn't really about the party, though. It's about the complicated lives of eleven individual teenagers. Each character struggles with his/her own troubles and has an opportunity to tell a small portion of the tale in his/her view point. What? The point of view of eleven characters in one YA novel!!!! As a writer, that is exactly why I read this book. I am so glad I did.

Tom Leveen did a masterful job at creating these voices, real life struggles and realistic situations. I enjoyed reading every page and so will you.


From : Tom Leveen's website

"It’s saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story – one character per chapter – the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.

Examining friendship, dating, racism, sex, loss, and parents who truly don’t get it, PARTY invites you to join in the fun and drama of the biggest event of the year. Everyone’s invited. See you there!"

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