Sunday, April 18, 2010

Party by Tom Leveen

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, the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.

I love love love the concept of 1 story told in 11 voices, what a great concept that kept me turning the pages. And some of the characters were great as well like Beckett and Ashley, once friends that grow apart for a reason Ashley doesn't know and Beckett doesn't want to share.

But with a few grew characters come so not so great. I found a lot of the guys to be sort of carbon copies of each other. Just because a lot of them were friends doesn't mean 4/5 of them have to be so alike I can't remember who is who a few days later. I think the author could have used the opportunity to explore a few more personalities. Also I found the characters of Anthony and Azize rubbed me the wrong way, their depictions but also their encounter with each other. Not to give too much away but I found their encounter to be majorly serious and then all of a sudden it was ok, it was fine and sort of faded into the background. I think if something like this is going to go down in the book it has to be the focus or not be there at all. It sort of left this strange balance to the tone of the book. But that's just my personal opinion.

Overall I loved the girl's voices but could have done with more variety in the male voices and more of a consistent tone to the book. There is definitely something here though and I loved the concept of the book.

Party will be released on April 27th 2010
Genre: Young Adult
3/5 Stars
ARC provided by Amazon Vine


  1. This book definitely sounds like an interesting one!

    I have never read a book with more than, like, 5 POVs so the 11 voices sounds intriguing!

    Nice review.

  2. I do like a book from several points of view, but 11 seems like too many to keep track of.

  3. Huh. This is such a great concept. I'd love to read this book.

  4. Glad I didn't request this book from Amazon Vine then.

  5. You know, you might want to try another Vine offering: FIRE WILL FALL by Carol Plum-Ucci.

    I thought it was great fun and and it was told in 4 voices.


  6. I totally agree. I just read this one during the read-a-thon and felt like the boys were just thrown in there. They didn't add enough to the story to have their own section.

    I also agree with the incident. I felt like it was a HUGE thing with no punishment.

  7. This one seems interesting. Too bad all the voices weren't very individual.

  8. That does sound like a very promising concept, but to be honest, when I saw the cover images, I thought this was a movie you were reviewing. Sounds like a great plot for a movie.

  9. Fab review!!! Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Thanks and have a nice day! =D


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