Saturday, March 23, 2013
Party by Tom Leveen
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.
This was a quick read for me.
It's the biggest party of the year and we get eleven different points of view of the same night, only not really. Each person shares their version of the night's happenings, but with very little overlaps. We learn each teenager's hopes and fears for the future. As each story unfolds, we see lives that are intertwined and woven together in ways that surprise the characters. We also realize that each person just wants to be seen, really seen, and accepted for who they truly are.
I enjoyed this debut novel by Tom Leveen and look forward to reading more.
4 out of 5 stars.