When Party Girl was released by HarperCollins in 2007, it was hailed as the book that launched the "Quit Lit" movement. With a movie deal in the works, the book that started it all is now back to entertain audiences yet again with a story that shows the surprising hilarity of a sober life.
Celebrity journalist Amelia Stone is the quintessential Hollywood party girl: she stays out late, rubs shoulders (and occasionally more) with celebrities and ingests copious amounts of cocaine.
But after losing her job, her friends and much of her mind, Amelia makes the drastic decision to end her drug abuse. Once sober, she's hired by a big-name magazine to write a column detailing her wild adventures and she starts seeing the man who could be her Mr. Right.
There's just one problem. Overnight, Amelia has become the new face of Hollywood nightlife, and her editors-who don't know she's come clean-want her to play the part. As the lure of her former fast-and-furious lifestyle begins to pull at her, she must decide whether to save herself or salvage her reputation as the ultimate party girl.
Why you should read Party Girl in 2021?
Anna David’s tell-all debut “fiction” novel was written in the mid-aughts and first published in 2007. The story behind this story is wild on it’s own…
But in 2021, this vivid ride takes us back to a time before digital technology dominated, and COVID-19 disrupted, so much of our lives. In Amelia Stone’s crazy, drug-fueled Los Angeles, only mansions have video camera doorbells and people actually leave voice messages on home, office, AND cell phone lines. It’s a world where Hollywood strivers kiss hello on their cheeks, share cigarettes in recovery, and don’t have a clue what the Like button or #MeToo movement are.
At its core, this book isn’t really about the superficiality of Hollywood or the end of Analog. It’s a page turning dive through substance abuse and recovery based on Anna’s hard won, real-life expertise. In the decade and a half since she wrote it, Anna put her head and heart into helping people survive the darkness, find themselves, and tell their stories.
I came across her work looking into the digital archives of another inspiring healer who discovered redemption in helping others after hitting the bottom himself. Anyone who has dealt with addiction, trauma, or personality disorders will find something valuable in these pages.
My digital and analog libraries don’t have many books like Party Girl. But, I couldn’t put this one down. See if you can guess which real life celebrities star in her crazy party stories!
I’ve been obsessed with time travel since Marty McFly and Doc Brown escaped from those Libyan terrorists and flew back into 1955.
Anna says she wrote Party Girl to help lower the stigma of seeking help. Some wisdom is timeless; this novel is worth reading now.