Book Review : Party Girl by Rachel Hollis

June 16, 2015 Book review 10 ★★★★

This is a book that I picked up on a whim for the most superficial of reasons!  I love the author’s instagram feed.  I feel like it just adds a burst of colour, style and humour to my day when I see her photos so of course I wanted to see what a book of hers would feel like.  The answer, pretty much the same as the above!

Book Review : Party Girl by Rachel HollisParty Girl by Rachel Hollis
Series: The Girls, #1
Published by self published on December 9th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Humorous, Literary, Contemporary Women
Pages: 312
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

First Line of Party Girl by Rachel Hollis:

“I’m singing….or, really, bellowing might be a better word.”

My Thoughts on Party Girl by Rachel Hollis:

This book is just what you might find under a definition of totes adorbs in a modern slang dictionary!  From the start to the end, it full of colour and glamour and fun.  Landon has moved to LA to work with a famous party planner and she is determined to learn everything she can about party planning from her idol.  She quickly learns that she has the boss from hell though as Selah’s main skills are sucking up to clients and berating her staff.

I loved how smart and ambitious Landon was.  She is such a positive thinker and knows the meaning of hard graft.  The events that she worked on are all described in their full chic glamour and I could visualise just how stunning they were.  It was one of my favourite parts of the book and even the hustle and bustle and mini disasters were fun to read about.

It also features a lot of fashion and descriptions of what the characters are wearing.  Which is something I personally love but I know it’s something that lots of readers hate so I just want to put it out there.  It’s description heavy in lots of parts about the clothes, the parties, the locations but it not in an annoying way, just in a way that makes you feel like you are flicking through a glossy magazine.

The relationships in the books are a lot of fun too.  Landon’s roommate Max is a character I was intrigued about so I’m happy to see the next book is all about her.  And the romantic plot was just the way I like it in a chick-lit book, it was romantic, funny and not overly graphic.  I wouldn’t spoil the book for anyone by saying just who HE is but my money was on him from the beginning.  Predictable?  A bit but when you are enjoying it this much, who cares!

I picked up this book on a Saturday when I wanted a feel-good book and it didn’t disappoint.  I had a big goofy grin on my face during the overture moment at the end and felt happy at just how it all ended.  Mission accomplished!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Party Girl by Rachel Hollis?

I’d highly recommend this to you if you are looking for a feel-good, happy book that features a loveable main character, a romantic plotline and lots of beautiful, glamorous events.  Fans of Aven Ellis, Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Kinsella should also enjoy this one.



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10 Responses to “Book Review : Party Girl by Rachel Hollis”

  1. Danielle

    I was trying to figure out why I recognized the name and I follow her on Facebook it turns out. She’s super funny so I can imagine her books being great. Definitely going to keep an eye out for this one. I haven’t read a fun book in a looooooooong time! Btw we Defo need to organize a bookish day of fun and lunch soon!!!
    Danielle recently posted…Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Review

    • trish

      I know Rachel is a lot of fun and her books just ooze it too. Well worth picking up for when you want a light, feel-good read. And yes, we need to plan a day out, I need to hit some Dublin bookshops! 🙂

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    This sounds like a fun read! I love that Hollis writes what she knows and for this kind of book I don’t mind detailed clothes descriptions because the party industry has a strong fashion component. It does drive me crazy if I have to hear about ever brand the main characters wear in a mystery or something that has nothing to do with clothes. I’ll have to pick this one up. It sounds like perfect summer reading!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR

    • trish

      For some reason I don’t mind it, even in a mystery, as it helps me visualise the character. Plus I like fashion so I’m always nosey about their clothes choices. And yes, it’s a great summer read as it’s so light and fun.

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