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Party Girl

The Girls, Book 1
Written by: Rachel Hollis
Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
Series: The Girls, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face comes the story of a small-town girl finding her way in Hollywood one misstep at a time.

Landon Brinkley’s dreams are all coming true. She’s landed an internship with a fabulous event planner for the Hollywood elite, taking her from small-town Texas to the bright lights of LA. Landon 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 survive the seventy-five-hour workweeks and 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.

Revised edition: This edition of Party Girl includes editorial revisions.

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

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Binge Worthy Emotional Roller Coaster

First of all, I was shocked when I got to the end and found out it was narrated by the author. I’ve tried to listen to a few audiobooks that where narrated by the author, and most were....painful. Consequently, I generally avoid them. If I’d realized this was the case here I would have likely passed over Party Girl. I’m sure glad I didn’t. Not only was it very well performed, it was an emotional roller coaster! I laughed out loud, I was pissed off, heartbroken and I cried. I listened to it all day and stayed up until 3:30AM just so I could finish it. Totally recommend it. In fact, I think I might pick up the book for my 14 year old daughter.

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loved it!!

I loved this story! Landon was a character that I would love to have as a friend!!

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Fun!

This was a great fun read. Kept me intrigued and invested with the characters. I also love Rachel Hollis.

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Such a fun listen !

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I fell in love with Landon and her Texas charm.

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Everything I wanted it to be ❤️

This book was EVERYTHING I wanted it to be. I found myself smiling in the best of parts, and feeling the sadness of the main character in her times of struggle. It’s a heart warming story of the value of maintaining who you are in any scenario. Rachel Hollis has developed a cast of characters that support one another so well and I can’t wait to read (listen to) the next book ❤️

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Loved it!!!

Everytime I had to stop listening for some reason or other, I could hardly wait till I got back to it.
Well written, loved the story and narrating. It's great listening on audio while getting things done at the same time.
Rachel Hollis is a fantastic author.

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Loved this book!

What a wonderful book! So sweet , and so good!!! I can’t wait to listen to the next one.

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fun!

Funny and light book good for when you just want to listen and relax. Cute story that keeps you cheering for the main character.

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Great story

I can't wait to listen to the rest of the books in the series.
I enjoyed this book, and the narration. It has the perfect mix of an interesting story, personal details and suspense to make one not want to put it down.
I loved how the main character despite hardships she has to go through as a new girl trying to fit in, maintains her integrity and sense of who she is, she wins over the hearts and reaches success by staying true to who she is.

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Overall this was a cute story

I do believe this is the first book I have read from this author. I enjoyed the characters but at times found Landon's naivety to be quite extreme.

I will say though, if this is anything like what Hollywood truly looks like and acts like, I don't understand the draw to work in it!

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  • Holly Helscher
  • 2016-07-13

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 K (Dentist in my Spare Time)
  • 2017-02-26

Really impressive!!

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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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  • Tracey Henson
  • 2019-09-06

Loved it!

This book was fun and light reading. Loved the characters. I was pleasantly surprised by it.

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  • ShopGirl
  • 2019-09-26

Authors aren't narrators

First, I really enjoyed this story line. It's basically The Devil Wears Prada but within the party planning industry rather than fashion industry. The characters are all interesting and well developed, and that makes the reader want to see how they fare in the sequels. The gang is fun and energetic, and the romance within the story is very sweet as well.
That said, I almost returned this book because I could not get into it with the narration by Rachel Hollis. She speaks quickly and with a very heavy southern accent that made it hard to become engaged at first. Every character, males included, have the same voice so it's difficult to know who is speaking. I spent a lot of time backing up to hear lines again. I signed into my account in order to return the book after making two attempts to get into it. While there, I again read the reviews. So many enjoyed the story that it made me angry that I couldn't listen to it. I decided to keep it and try again. I listened to a different book and then came back to this one. After a fashion I got used to the accent, and she even seemed to lighten it up a bit later in the story. I'm glad I stuck it out because I was fully involved by the end. Still, not all authors are voice actors. If you can't read a story and at least attempt to give different voices to different characters, you should not be a narrator. I find myself wanting very much to listen to Book 2 now, but I almost dread having to struggle through the beginning again. Please hire a real narrator next time.

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  • Cat Lover
  • 2018-12-10

For 20-Somethings...

I don’t really understand all of the 5 star ratings. The story isn’t original... it’s basically a ripoff of “The Devil Wears Prada.”

I could see enjoying this if I were still in my 20’s but I’m not. The characters are immature, but it’s entertaining. Don’t expect it to be a literary masterpiece... it’s a very light, beach read.

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  • Cindy
  • 2020-03-26

Just a perfect Love story!

So nice to listen to a fun love story, a positive perspective, awesome moral character, business adventure... friends.... all mixed together and thoroughly enjoyable from the first page to the last page!

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  • Patti Grant
  • 2020-03-08

Girly Girl book

This was hands down the cutest story ever.
Narrated by Rachel Hollis.
Can’t wait to read Book 2 and 3

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-28

LOVE

Amazing book....total wish it was a movie I would definitely be the first one there to watch it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-19

I couldn’t love this book more!

I absolutely loved this story! Beautifully written and I could feel myself there. I was sad that it had to end. It was definitely one of my favorites!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-03

Relatable & Funny

Whether in Event Planning or Hair Styling, from Texas or Wisconsin, Raised Pentecostal or ;) Pentecostal this book was so relatable and hilarious for any girl who remembers first being on her own in a new city at a young age and naive as can be! Loved it!

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  • kristi RIMMER
  • 2020-01-11

I love these kind of books. A strong girl that walks her way through a whole new life. in a new city etc... loved it !