Life of the Party by Christine Anderson

Title: Life of the Party

Author: Christine Anderson

Publication Date: May 21, 2012



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.

Natalie 5 Star Review
A gritty powerful tale of addiction that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

I read Life of the Party a while back and as much as I tried to forget it I haven’t been able to. Christine Anderson did a wonderful job describing the harsh realities of drug addiction. The characters were well written, realistic and brought out so much emotion. I had such a love hate relationship with Mac and Grey. I hated what they were doing to themselves, the destructive choices they made but I loved how they loved and cared for each other. I cried, I got angry, I actually yelled at my Kindle. I tried to stop reading, I would put the story down wipe the tears from my eyes and take cleansing breathes but then I went right back to it. I needed to finish, to see Mackenzie’s journey through to the end and I am so glad I did. 

This was a tough read filled with heartbreak but in the end there is hope and that made all the tears it took to finish this book worth it.

About the Author

Writing has always been a passion of mine. Back in elementary, for fun my friends and I would gather around and write stories together–everything from twin girls solving mysteries to a horror involving vampire badgers living in the coulee behind my house. 

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