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Party Girl

The Girl's Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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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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  • 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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  • Jason
  • 14-01-2019

Disappointed by the lack of class

Knowing Rachel Hollis to be a Christian author, I was surprised and dismayed at the number of f-bombs and other foul language she sprinkled throughout this book. I’ve read plenty of books by Christian authors who never wrote swear words, but just handled it by describing the character swearing—“he spewed out an expletive,” “she swore angrily,” etc. There was just no need for that in a book that’s supposed to be clean and uplifting, and I’m really disappointed in the author for stooping to that. The story was interesting enough, and I now know more about the (ludicrous) prices of some of the status symbol items mentioned as belonging to the rich—I couldn’t help but look them up. ($100K+ handbag, for example—how do they sleep at night?!) It would have been a decent book without the language and a few other obscene comments, but as it is, I’m returning it and won’t be reading the sequels.

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  • Shelby
  • 13-01-2019

I loved it!

Rachel Hollis paints a fun, romantic story of almost every girl’s dream, to move to LA and make something of herself. Except that everything doesn’t go as planned, not everything is cupcakes and lattes all day, and realistic life is clearly painted in every page. I love that Landon is adorably sweet and naive to how the world might work outside of her small town, but she has this inner super power of positivity that should be every little girl’s role model. Finding Prince Charming was an adorable touch, but not everything is perfect, which represents a real relationship not a fantasy. I also love that her friends are clashing personalities, all complete opposites that melt together to create the perfect cohesive group. Party Girl is an uplifting story of hard work, staying positive even when it’s hard, and above all staying true to yourself.

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  • shailynelizabeth
  • 10-01-2019

It was just what I needed!

It was just what I needed as a single mom of two boys who keep me busy and on the go with sports every day is the week. I needed a book that would easily keep my attention, have me laughing, pull at my heartstrings and have me smiling from ear to ear, that was absolutely that book! Having Rachel read the book just adds to its greatness! I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to enjoy the next two in the series!!

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  • Alana R Page
  • 10-01-2019

Very Fun Read

This was a very cute, fun read and made my commute fly by. I couldn’t stop thinking about the story and I couldn’t wait to hear more. The country accent was annoying at first, but I grew to love it!

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  • Stacie Best
  • 09-01-2019

Really fun!

This book was fun and light and just an overall good read! loved it and I loved the sweetness of Landon! Cant wait to read more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-2019

I enjoyed every bit of it!

Loved it! Can't wait for books 2 & 3! I think Rachel is an amazing narrator.

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  • Courtney
  • 04-01-2019

Silly but Cute

Love Rachel Hollis, especially "Girl, Wash Your Face" so thought I'd enjoy her novel. It was a silly, sometimes funny, always a little cheesy, overall cute book. Didn't go very deep and the ending was very predictable, but it was an easy read with a bit of girl drama and romance mixed in.

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  • Ruthi Riley
  • 02-01-2019

Great story

This is The Devil Wears Prada, only better!! I enjoyed this story very much. Kudos!

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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.