Life of the Party

Life of the Party

i'm a good girl, bad girl, sad girl, dream girl
girl next door sunbathing in the driveway
i wanna be them all at once, i wanna be
all the girls i've ever loved

Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood is a thrilling new voice in contemporary feminist poetry. In Life of the Party, she weaves together her own coming of age with an investigation into our culture's romanticization of violence against women. In precise, searing language—at times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant—she explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. How does one grow from a girl to a woman in a world wracked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? What is the meaning of bravery? Visceral and haunting, this multifaceted collection illustrates that what happens to our bodies makes us who we are.

Title:Life of the Party
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984801906
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    Life of the Party Reviews

  • Gabby

    I’ve read some poetry over the years and I’ve discovered some of it works for me and some of it doesn’t. This poetry collection just didn’t really work for me, I appreciated the message, but I...

  • Rachel Len

    SO GOOD. ...

  • Bree Hill

    "how can I talk about my grandmother without also mentioning that if everyone is a teen girl, then so are the birds, their soaring cliques, their squawking throats, and the sea, of course, the sea, it...

  • Misian Taylor

    I loved this book. I've read, pfft, hundreds of books of poetry in this blessed lil life and none of them made me feel riotously proud to have been a teenage girl. In the book, Gatwood is working thro...

  • Kaitlyn

    This was one of the best books of poetry I have ever read. It was a brilliant exploration of society's fascination with murder and the stories of victims, as well as being part memoir. I want everyone...

  • Emily

    This is the book that Dead Girls wanted to be, but much more powerful....

  • Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)

    “Life of The Party”Written by Olivia GatwoodReviewed by Diana IozziaI’ve found it. A fantastic book of poetry that hit every expectation, that I found relatable, and that I found to be interesti...

  • Hana  (Lady Bibliotaph)

    Read my full review here!"Maybe I am tiredof hearing people talk about the murderof girls like it is both beautifuland out of the ordinary."-My grandmother asks why I don't trust menThis collection, i...

  • Rachel Elizabeth

    I think I waited an eternity for this book to be released, and it was so worth it. Gatwood clearly masters translating true crime and fear to poetry, while revealing the intimate nature of girlhood an...

  • Natalieee

    I have been an avid fan of Olivia's work since I saw her recorded performances in 2007's Brave New Voices competition. Even from then, I knew she was standout talent. She performs and speaks like poet...