Party by Tom Leveen
Random House BFYR, April 2010
Summary from Goodreads:
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 have had this book on my to-read list forever. Last night I was in the mood for something contemporary, something I was pretty sure I'd enjoy. Tom Leveen's 2010 debut absolutely delivered. Party is unique in the fact that each chapter is told from the point of view of a different teen, eleven in all.
Each teen is getting ready to head to the party of the year, or is at the party of the year, or is observing the aftermath of the party of the year. Some of the connections are obvious--Morrigan and Josh, Brent and Matt, Beckett and Ashley. Other connections will surprise you--Azize and Matt, Beckett and Max. There is some overlap in the story telling, which is to be expected, but reading different views of the same event gives readers a birds-eye view. Learning only a little bit of the night's events propel readers to read faster, eager to put the whole puzzle together--and, of course, see how the night ends. Party is a quick, fun read that contemporary fans will enjoy. It's also absolutely refreshing to read a book by a male author featuring realistic and believable points of view, both male and female.
Enjoy your reading!