Life of the Party ~ Christine Anderson
This is an adult romance type novel? - (Rated NC-17)
5 out of 5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Taylor can't wait to be free; free from high school, the shadow of her perfect older sister, and her disapproving parents. The rebellious party girl has a perfect accomplice in best friend Riley, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who scores them drugs, booze and under-age entry into the only club in town. But then everything changes. A traumatized Riley suddenly decides to give up the party life, and a wide-eyed Mackenzie meets Grey Lewis, a broodingly talented, gorgeous older man she falls instantly in love with. Though Riley warns her to stay away, the aspiring rock star's body and ample drug supply are too tempting for her to resist. Previously inseparable, Riley and Mackenzie go their separate ways.
When summer hits, Mackenzie has new friends, a new apartment and new drugs to mask the pain of Riley's absence. And of course, she has Grey. But despite the fierce, consuming passion they share, the mysterious bad-boy always leaves her guessing. Is Grey really a good guy? Or was Riley right about him all along? Mackenzie's in too deep to care. Unable to curb her mounting addictions, before long the lust-for-life teen totally loses control. She forgets Riley, forgets life, forgets everything but Grey and their next hit.
But luckily for Mackenzie...Riley has never forgotten about her.
With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I say this book was amazing. No disrespect, but this book was like a drug and I was hopelessly addicted. I read through the night. Even though this book was long, I read just to get my next fix of each and every word. There were highs and lows, and none of it mattered as long as there was another page to read. I don’t know what more to say but thank you to the author for this amazing read. I'll be thinking about it for days to come. GREY!
Okay, this book left me shaken after reading it. It was so emotional for me, I couldn’t read another book for several hours just to get it out of my system. And I think that is what makes the difference most times between a 4 and a 5 star book for me. Those that I can’t stop thinking about or give me an emotional response when someone mentions it, that is a 5 star read if I’m choosing between 4 and 5.
The characters in this story are hard to like. The moral code for these characters is almost non-existent. I don’t have to like the main character to enjoy the story. In this case, I did like her just not her choices. This was a long road that only seemed to get worse it seemed at times as the story went on. Yet, I couldn’t tear myself from the pages.
As for Riley, he didn’t do it for me. He seemed to lack what Grey had. Staying power. Grey just got under my skin and I couldn’t get him out. Riley just kind of rolled off me. I liked him I guess for all he did, but liked him less for all he didn’t. Grey although probably, on the surface was the worst choice for me, just did it. There was a bit of insta love going, but not enough for me to take away cool points.
Be warned, this book will probably make you cry. Even though it’s been like a week since I read, my eyes are being to water just thinking about this story. I’m such a sap.
Overall, some people may not like the ending or rather how things were resolved. I have strong beliefs so it didn’t bother me much. And since the majority of the book wasn’t preachy, I won’t get into what that is. If you like Beautiful Disaster, Thoughtless, Easy, Reluctant Dom, or Poughkeepsie, you will probably like this one although the moral code is awful here.
My book boyfriend, Grey.
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