Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com
Sometimes, even with great planning and the best of intentions, things can go wrong - very wrong. In HOUSE PARTY, Casey and Jen learn that the hard way.
When Casey's mother announces that they are going away for the weekend and Casey will need to go with them, Casey and her friend Jen come up with another plan. The girls tell Casey's parents that she can stay at Jen's house, while Jen tells her mother that she is planning to stay with her friend at Casey's house so she won't be all alone. The intent of this deception is so that the girls can plan a party in Casey's unsupervised house.
With Jen's encouragement, Casey agrees to host the party and invite at least fifteen people. Casey works hard to pack away any breakable objects and "party proof" the main rooms of the house. While she is busy with the physical preparation, Jen is busy online inviting people and spreading word about the event on MSN. She announces that she invited more than the agreed upon fifteen just in case some of them can't come. According to Jen, it would be worse than no party at all if no one shows up.
Shortly after 9:00pm the guests begin to arrive. At first the party atmosphere is upbeat, and Casey is glad she let Jen talk her into it. However, in no time at all, her worst nightmares begin to come true. The party is out of control.
HOUSE PARTY by Eric Walters is a fast-paced story that won't sit on the shelf for long. Teens, with or without "party" experience, will relate to the girls and the predictable yet riveting action at their party.