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Party Girl Audiobook

Party Girl: The Girl's Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Landon Brinkley's dreams are all coming true. She's landed an internship with the fabulous Selah Smith, event planner for the Hollywood elite, taking her from small-town Texas to the bright lights of LA. Landon soon finds herself in a world in which spending a million dollars on an event - even a child's birthday party - is de rigueur and the whims of celebrity clients are life-and-death matters. At first, the thrill of working on A-list parties and celebrity weddings is enough to get Landon through the seventy-five-hour workweeks and endless abuse at the hands of her mercurial boss. But when the reality of the business reveals itself, she's forced to make a choice: do whatever it takes to get ahead, or stay true to herself.

Drawing on the author's real-life experiences as an event planner to the stars, Party Girl takes listeners on an adventure among Hollywood's most beautiful - and most outrageous - people, revealing the ugly side of Hollywood's prettiest parties.

©2014 Rachel Hollis (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Heather 02-26-17
    Heather 02-26-17 Member Since 2014

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "Really impressive!!"

    *4.5 stars*

    I've been working my way through new-to-me authors who are going to be at this year's RT convention, and this book is the first from that list that I've really, really enjoyed. Total shocker, especially since the author narrates her own audiobooks.

    Authors narrating their own audiobooks is a no-no, in my book, only because very few have the acting chops and vocal range to pull it off. While Rachel Hollis doesn't excel at male voices, she rocked out her female voices and gave great feeling to her characters. I was amazed at how much I loved the audio, and I'll totally spring for the rest of the series in audio format.

    Party Girl is very "The Devil Wears Prada"-esk, but not in a bad way. It is clear where some of the influence comes from, but it stops short of ever feeling derivative. I was really surprised at how easily I fell in love with this story. The MC, Landon Brinkley, is a hard-working, spunky, high-hair, southern, nonjudgmental character, and I adored her. That is saying a lot, because female MCs have a tendency, for some reason, to cut other women down and come across as the lowest common denomenator. Landon doesn't. She was a total breath of fresh air, and I would read about her any day of the week.

    I stop short of calling this book a romance, for all of my fellow traditional romance-lovers, because the focus of the book is really on Landon's personal development. While there is some romance, it takes a far backseat. There is also absolutely no sex (or any action) on page, which makes it more chick-lit-y, in my book.

    If you want an interesting, engaging, story about a woman trying to make it in the cut-throat world of LA with lots of great side characters and some light romance, don't pass this one up. And the audio upgrade is totally worth it. Rock on, Rachel Hollis.

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 07-13-16
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 07-13-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Unexpectedly Good"

    I was looking for something light to listen to that wasn't a romance or even a boy-gets-girl-loses-girl-gets-her-back chick lit plot. That's when I stumbled across Party Girl by Rachel Hollis. It was one of Audible's suggestions based on my searches and purchases. It was exactly what I was looking for.

    Twenty-three year old Landon, or Brinkley as she is called in the book, moves to California to become an event planner, her dream of dreams. A Texas girl raised to be polite, good natured and kind, she finds herself in a cut-throat event planning company run by the rather ruthless, yet successful Salah Smith. As Landon is thrown to the wolves she does learn and grow in the company where every event seems to be a multimillionaire dollar affair. And of course, she gets herself into, and out of, complicated situations.

    She makes friends who really don't understand her, yet can't help but like her energy and positive outlook on life. Although she may seem a bit Pollyanna-ish, the reader can't help but like her, too.

    Loosely based on the author's life, it's a fun read because the characters are so engaging. At the conclusion I immediately went back to Audible to buy the second in the three-book series.

    At first the narration by the author seems a little rough with the Southern accent, but the reader can quickly adjust and soon associates the voice with Landon. The weakness is there is not much difference between in the voices of the characters, so listening carefully is essential.

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    Sabrina Ralston 07-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So in love"

    Better than I ever imagined and never have I been so hooked on a book like this! I pray they make it a movie because it such a vivid depiction and I can't wait to read the next books in the series!

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    Marty Endwell, NY, United States 06-07-17
    Marty Endwell, NY, United States 06-07-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Want to listen to the next in series"

    Enjoyed this listen. Mean boss but not The Devil Wears Prada. I like the authors story telling style. Performance just ok. Made this purchase with the hope of finding a new series to enjoy and I will buy the next one.

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    kimberly U 05-26-17
    kimberly U 05-26-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Uplifting!"

    Just a lighthearted book that makes you feel good. It's so refreshing to see a young woman overcome negativity with goodness and attack obstacles with hard work & determination.

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    S. Franklin 05-23-17
    S. Franklin 05-23-17

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    "Perfectly Confused"

    This is a great book. One of the first things I noticed was references to the Twilight movies. One of my all time favorite movies & books! The book seems very believable. Everything Landon is put through from the very beginning to the end of her employment. I would imagine coming from the south to LA would be a huge adjustment, then on top of that she has to put up with a horrible boss, 2 of her assistance. She does make some friends but most of the time she's tired, & ready for bed. In the end she has to decided if good or evil.

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    Kathleen Y. Danis 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun light reading, very good performances"

    Definitely recommend for anyone who is looking for a light fun read. Author does a great job for audible.

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    Vickie C 04-28-17
    Vickie C 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "So good!"

    I love everything about this story, and hearing the author read it really makes all of the characters come to life!

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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 04-13-17
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 04-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect Chick Book"

    When you think Summer sun under an umbrella with your fruity drink and a book - this is your book. Total fluff. But I just loved our little heroine!

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    Candyce Bradbury 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If you like Sophie Kinsella, try this."

    While I kind of hate the book cover (it looks like some young, vapid, cheesy rom-com), I really liked the book. Don't get me wrong. The book kind of is all those adjectives... but it's smart, too. The main character is likable, though a bit over the top with the "good girl" persona at times. But the dialogue is fun and witty, and the storyline is good. And the book is narrated by the author, and she does a great job of bringing the characters to life and delivering their lines and personality perfectly. If you like Sophie Kinsella, give this a try.

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  • Naomi C.
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    "Way better than expected.."

    Excellent audible book, I somehow missed that it was performed by the author until the very end of the recording. I had been wondering how the voice actor was such a good fit with the main character, Texan accent and all...now it makes sense. Anyway it was also a very enjoyable book, well done to Rachel Hollis.

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