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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
  • 26-02-2017

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
  • 13-07-2016

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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  • Colleen Braune
  • 07-03-2018

Loved It!

What did you love best about Party Girl?

Being a Texas gal myself, I loved seeing a small town girl pursue and nail her dreams...without losing that down home southern integrity we are all born and bred with!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, it has to be Landon! I love the naivety of the character from a small west Texas town to the big relentless LA - and if this is really a fictional telling of Rachel Hollis' life, I so want to be her best friend!

Have you listened to any of Rachel Hollis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to Girl, Wash Your Face prior to this book (which is what led me to it), and I think because the first was more of a bio, it was just kind of reading the life of the book. Not that it was performed badly, just that this one was EXCELLENT! I love that Rachel incorporated that southern twang, the Latino accent for Diego, and I could actually feel Brody smirk at times!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did want to listen to the entire book at once, but I kept it to the work day. Was able to finish in two days!

Any additional comments?

I loved the writing and the narration of this book. I think I may have found it a bit juvenile had I read it, but Rachel really put her all into narration and I felt connected; like I was a part of the story. And I loved that!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2018

Feel good book!

loved it! my first experience with audible and a Rachel Hollis book. I look forward to the next one.

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  • Liz Fox
  • 21-06-2018

Fun listen!

This book was such a fun and easy listen! I truly enjoyed the storyline and characters!

Can’t wait to read the next within the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-2018

Lighthearted and easy to listen to

I really loved this story of Landon coming to LA to make her dreams come true. Since it is narrated by the author she knows how it should be read to make you feel what all the characters are feeling.

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  • Enrique
  • 16-06-2018

A book version of Devil Wears Prada

SO SO GOOD

If you are a fan of Devil Wears Prada then this is the book for you

addendum The main focus is not on fashen it is about making it in the event planning business but it hits all of the same beats and there is plenty of fashion in it if that's your thing.

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  • Eden Robinson
  • 08-06-2018

AMAZING

This is such a great book. I can't wait to read number 2.... and 3

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  • Rachel Anderson
  • 07-06-2018

Love love love

This book was perfection & leaves you wanting more of Landon & Brody! Thank you Rachel Hollis!

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  • Faith Wise
  • 27-05-2018

Love it!

This was such a fun book to listen to while sitting on planes traveling to Kenya. I wish the whole series would be turned into a movie.

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  • Naomi C.
  • 03-03-2017

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.