February 11, 2016 | by Casey | Party Girl
by Rachel Hollis
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Series: The Girls #1 on December 9th, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit
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 readers on an adventure among Hollywood’s most beautiful—and most outrageous—people, revealing the ugly side of Hollywood’s prettiest parties.
This book started as a “I need to read this before Austin Book Fest” for the simple fact that I want to be able to go to Rachel’s table. I mean lets be honest- shes a damn HOOT……how surprised was I …….THIS BOOK…guys, was utterly fabtastic!! Think Legally Blonde meets Sweet Home Alabama and has a love child named The Devil Wears Prada LOL!!!!!! Light and Airy- Rachel writes with whit, leaving all the angsty pillow biting to others. I loved every bit of this read, it was funny and so well descriptive that I was able to live the fantastic life of her characters.
“If I had a power color, it would definitely be SPARKLE”
Landon is a Texas transplant- right in the heart of Hollywood. As a fellow southern girl- I loved her accent, drawl and sassiness. Her character was sweet albeit a bit naive, funny and seriously determined.
“Inside my head is a tumble of incoherent screams that sound an awful lot like someone speaking in tongues. Apparently my inner voice is Pentecostal.”
Getting the chance to intern at the most elite event planning company, Landon knows this is where she will begin preparing for the start of her dreams. However, she finds herself at the short end of the stick with a dragon of a boss and ends up losing her way. Seeing her grow and gain that self confidence she needed to find her way back to her old self really made for a great read.
“Your integrity is the only thing they can’t take away from you.”
I am so excited to read the next 2 books in the series- Landon’s close friends and the supporting characters in the book Max and Miko were hilarious and I am beyond eager to see how Rachel portrays their stories. What a pleasant surprise this book was!
Rachel Hollis founded the LA-based event planning firm Chic Events at only 21. Six years later Inc. Magazine named her one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. She went on to turn Chic into the extremely popular lifestyle website The Chic where readers log in daily for the tips and tricks she acquired after years of planning fancy parties for celebrities!
She has designed and produced fabulous events for many of Hollywood’s elite including Bradley Cooper, Al Gore, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, Sara Rue and Cuba Gooding Jr… just to a name a few.
Rachel grew up in a big loud Okie family. Daddy was a Pentecostal minister and Mama was the church pianist… and PS, she knows the words to all the old-timey hymns in case you want to break into three-part harmony later.
She moved to Los Angeles to go to college and promptly met a boy named David who was as handsome as he was funny. First she made that boy her best friend, and then she made him her husband. 10 years later they have three equally handsome/hilarious little boys named Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. They live in LA where they spend their time doing super cool/sexy things like going to soccer practice and hitting up any restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
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