2012 · October

Life of the Party by Christine Anderson & Giveaway Winner

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.


Whew! This book takes the reader on a downward spiral of events that helps the main character, Mackenzie, hit rock bottom. Then, the book ends with a BANG from out of nowhere!

At first, Mackenzie seems like a sweet kid. She doesn’t get in too much trouble and doesn’t seem to have too much of a drug problem. She seems like a typical teenager loving to have fun at the occasional party. Her best friend, Riley, enjoys partying too but, it doesn’t take him long to see that they are both heading for disaster if they keep going. That is when Mackenzie meets Grey. He is older and much more knowledgeable in the drug scene! He takes Mackenzie and introduces her to some pretty heavy stuff.

I must talk about Grey for a moment. I truly believe that he loves Mackenzie, especially after that bomb of an ending! He gave up everything for her and he really wanted to try to get clean.

Riley is such a sweetheart and Mackenzie is really lucky to have him. He was amazing with her and let her be really cruel to him and he continued to come back.

The ending was a big SHA-BAMB and came from out of nowhere! You were not really expecting it and I can honestly say that I cried!!! I cried for Mackenzie and I cried for Grey!

Thanks Christine for allowing me to review this fantastic read! It was soo much better than I had anticipated!


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