Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Party Girl by Rachel Hollis / Book Review

By: Rachel Hollis
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Released on: 12/9/2014
Series: The Girls Series #1
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars - a fun read!

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.

I love stories in the Devil Wears Prada-style mostly because I worked for a manager EXACTLY like that. I swear, there were days when you could see her horns peek through her perfectly coiffed executive helmet. Rachel Hollis, a celebrity L.A.-based event planner turned lifestyle guru, certainly knows the business side of event planning, but boy oh boy, does she ever describe what it's like to work for a Boss-from-Hell. 

Landon is such a relatable character. She is smart, ambitious and yet, she wants to do what's right for the customer and the business. In other words, she is exactly the type of person her boss will walk all over with ridiculous demands and impossible tasks. I loved the vulnerable side of Landon -- the side that allows her to break down under pressure, and I also loved her ambition -- the part of her that would force her to get back up. 

Rachel sprinkles the story with supporting characters, who remind Landon that this is a crazy business and that her boss is truly over-the-top crazy. In them, Landon finds the kind of support that ultimately allows her to stand up for herself. 

Now, the romance was in a word -- adorable. SO ADORABLE. It developed slowly and logically. It was sigh-filled perfection.

This was exactly the kind of read I needed to get me out of a reading slump. I was stuck in the mire of YA fantasy, and I was so very bored. A cute, fluffy, chick-lit plot is sometimes the best palate cleanser of them all.