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Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Domestic Drama
The Party by Robyn Harding is a well developed and gripping novel about the repercussions of teen drinking and bullying. It tells the story about 2 families who are essentially at war against one another after an accident occurred in one of their homes due to their teens drinking and doing drugs at a sweet sixteen party. Now, this isn't one of those stories where you have one set of uber cool parents who let their teens drink and party so that they can be their kids best friends, but rather, a story of kids going against what their parents rules and doing it anyway. When this drinking and drug popping does happen, one is seriously injured and a back and forth game between the two families (both of which appear very vindictive) ensues.
Overall, I found this to be an enlightening story even if it was a little out there for my taste. I guess I just can't imagine how vindictive some people can really be because that's not the type of person I am. With that being said, some of the characters really got on my nerves - mainly the two mothers (one of which the accident occurred in her home and the other the mother of the girl who was hurt)- but even still, I liked them for their parts in the story. The kids in the story are your typical teenagers who go behind their parent's back and break the rules because being popular is more important.
What I liked most of all about this story is the dual point of views used. It goes back and forth between 3 parents (Lisa, whose daughter was injured), Kim (the mother who owns the house where the injury occurred), Jeff - Kim's husband, and the daughter Hanna (who had the sweet sixteen party). This is unique because the sole focus isn't solely on adults but the teens as well which to me, makes it a good adult and YA novel. It's like Mean Girls for both adults and young adults which is pretty cool and unique.
In the end, I really did enjoy the story and read it in only a few hours because I found it to be very gripping. The whole "eye for an eye" thing and "mean girls" come together in this one and I found it to be a very interesting read as a whole. If your a fan of domestic drama (with a little bit of thrill - the ending really got to me-) then this book would be a perfect match for you.