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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Myra J.
  • 19-08-2018

Surprised by this book

I read, Girl Wash Your Face, and was so impressed with Rachel, that I looked for more books from her. I found Party Girl, expecting to be way too old to be reading it, but loved her sincerity and honesty if her characters. And, who doesn’t love it when the underdog wins, and ultimately gets her man! Great read! What’s next?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2018

Good story, explicit language warning

As much as I enjoyed the message that was being conveyed in this story, I was sorely disappointed with the language that was filtered throughout it. So many F bombs dropped that I almost couldn’t finish listening to the story. Some of that language was not even necessary and could’ve been an absolutely stunning performance and story.

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  • Pietta
  • 17-08-2018

love love love this book. gonna get the next one.

will be intentionally listwnimg to the series . jard to turn off. will listwn again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-2018

Adorable story

I have to say I was unsure if I was going to like this book at first, but the more I listened to it the more I couldn’t stop. It was such a cute story and the ending had me wanting to know more. Absolutely adorable and fun read! Highly recommend to take some stress out of your work day because it will have you happy your boss isn’t as bad as hers.

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  • Galaxygirl0505
  • 07-08-2018

So fun!

This book was so entertaining! I loved the story and the narrarator was incredible! She was a joy to listen to and really embodied the characters. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Dove W.
  • 06-08-2018

Loved it!!

I listened to this book while traveling on vacation. I loved the life that Rachel gave to the characters while reading the book and it definitely took my mind off those takeoffs and landings during our flights! 😁

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  • Josh
  • 06-08-2018

Easy Listen.

I’ve listened to every book in the series and enjoyed them all differently. This one is sweet and shows the determination of a young professional woman. The added romance and best friends makes it even better!

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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.