Monday, June 12, 2006
Book Review: Party Girl by Sarah Mason
Party Girl is a light and funny Chick Lit novel full of hilarious characters and luscious British wit. Izzy Serranti is a party planner from London who, through her batty Aunt Winnie, gets a job planning a charity ball at Pantiles estate. Pantiles is owned by the notorious businessman Simon Monkwell whom Izzy spent several years growing up with on the estate. When he became a teenager their relationship changed and Izzy was bullied by Simon before she and her sister left the estate to live with Aunt Winnie. Fifteen years later, Izzy still has animosity toward him and agrees to plan the ball if she doesn't have to associate with Simon. Reconnecting with Simon's father Monty and brother Will reminds her of how much she loved the Monkwells in her youth and seeing Simon again turns out not to be as hard as she thought it might. Izzy spends several weeks at Pantiles with her adorable friend Dom and grows to admire Simon and his talents. A pet tarantula named Poppet, a merger Simon is conducting and a romance for Aunt Winnie all add to the charms of this lovely novel. The romance is slight, but the relationships among the characters and the quirkiness of the humor are fantastic. Highly Recommended!