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Party

by Tom Leveen

Random House Children's Publishing | April 27, 2010 | Hardcover

Party is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.54 × 6.1 × 0.96 in

Published: April 27, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375864369

ISBN - 13: 9780375864360

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from One night. One party. In Tom Leveen's debut novel, Party, the lives of eleven teenagers revolve around- you guessed it- one beautiful night in Santa Barbara at one party. Not your usual type of novel, instead of chapters, it's broken down into the points of views of the eleven characters. It's an interesting take and definitely proves to be effective, drawing your interest in right from the get-go. It's all about viewpoint in this novel and how one character feels or sees another. They're different types of people, with their own personalities and histories, but on this night, all of them will be connected in ways they never expected. Beckett, Morrigan, Tommy, Brent, Daniel, Azize, Ryan, Anthony, Josh, Max, and Ashley- for them, this one party is so much more that end of the school year bash. One doesn't want to feel so invisible, one wants to confront their ex, and another wants to finally talk to the girl he's been crushing on, to name a few. Since the setting takes place over such a short amount of time, there's only so much that can be fitted in... but I never felt bored in any way. The author does a great job showcasing the interactions between the characters. It was fascinating to see how each of them related to one another, finding the connection that either brought them together, or vice versa, tore them apart. In the end, it will be one night they'll never forget.
Date published: 2010-06-01

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Party

by Tom Leveen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.54 × 6.1 × 0.96 in

Published: April 27, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375864369

ISBN - 13: 9780375864360

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Beckett Morrigan Tommy Brent Daniel Azize Ryan Anthony Josh Max Ashley I’m the girl nobody knows until she commits suicide. Then suddenly everyone had a class with her. You know the one I mean. You don’t pick on her, because you don’t know she’s there, not really. She sits behind you in chemistry, or across the room in Spanish. You’ve seen her naked in the locker room after physical education—a contradiction in terms if ever there was one—but you don’t know what color her eyes are. What her name is. What grade she’s in. She’s always been there, like the gum under your desk in math class. And when you do bother to explore under there with your fingers, the first thing you do upon contact is jerk back and say, Ew! And when that girl leaves, it doesn’t matter, there’s another one ready to take her place. To be That Girl Who. That Girl Who always reads comic books in the library during her free period or lunch. That Girl Who wears the long, flowy dresses and Rastafarian tam and peasant tops—except for that month freshman year when she wore a Tony Hawk T-shirt after seeing an absolutely spectacular X Games in San Diego with her best friend and her family. That Girl Who smiled at you once and who you maybe meant to smile back at, but couldn’t find the time because you just got a text from a friend you were going to talk to three minutes later in the hall. It’s no big. Girls like that are like
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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.

About the Author

Tom Leveen is the artistic director and a co-founder of Chyro Arts Venue, an all-ages nonprofit visual and performing venue in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has been involved in theater since 1988, directing over 30 plays. He frequently works with young adults at Chyro’s various events including theater, visual art exhibits, and especially the live music scene. Tom is an Arizona native, where he lives with his wife, Joy. Party is his first novel.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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