Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: Party by Tom Leveen (Review)

Title: Party by Tom Leveen
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: April 27th, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Drama
Medium: Hardback, Bought

As you all should know, Tom Leveen has quickly been rising up as a favorite author of mine. After reading manicpixiedreamgirl, I was instantly enamored by Leveen's writing style and the amazing way he writes the plot and develops his characters. He does this once again in his novel Party, his first novel actually, and one that I really enjoyed. 

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.

First of all, the plot of this novel was great. I love the way Leveen composed a plot in which all the characters eventually intertwine to form a complicated, almost mysterious plot. It was lively, fun, and still very serious as it showed the consequences of partying and drinking. Not only does it show the negative outcomes of drinking, such as anger, lust, and danger, but it also shows what good things can come out of partying, such as friendship, love, and forgiveness. This plot shows that not everything is in black and white, and shows multiple viewpoints on a subject. This plot was enlightening, original, interesting, and wonderful testament to today's generation.

The characters were all so amazing in their own ways. Every character was original, unique, and interesting, and if these characters were real people, I would love to know (almost) all of them in real life. Each character was realistic and spoke more or less like they should, aka, like teenagers do today. But at points, I do feel like some of the characters felt slightly robotic. Mostly towards the beginning, just the first few characters, seemed a little fake to me. Thought the last half of the novel was splendid, and had absolutely no faults and the characters were divine. It was completely believable and I loved every second of it.

The writing was grand, as usual, and as we come to expect from Tom Leveen. He writes the point of view of a teenager flawlessly, and it always goes off without a hitch. His passion for working in theater and with young adults seems to rub off on his work, as he manages to 
write from the role of a teen and make it believable and interesting. His writing always impresses me and never ceases to surprise and inspire me. This novel is yet another great 
masterpiece from Tom Leveen and I loved it, and I cannot wait to read more of his work.

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