The Party's Over by Caroline B. Cooney
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The most popular girl in her class has to cope with hard truths after high school graduation as she wonders, Now what?
Prom queen. Captain of the cheerleading squad. Girlfriend of the most popular guy in school. Westerly High senior Helen Miranda Revness—Hallie to her friends—has it all. She just wishes everyone would stop talking about where they’re going to college—and asking her why she’s not applying to schools. Hallie has zero interest in four more years of teachers and term papers.
After graduation and an unforgettable summer of parties and romance, everyone—including her boyfriend, Jaz—heads off to college. Hallie is no longer part of a couple or a crowd. Her family, in which she had to grow up fast, is more chaotic and scattered than ever. She tries to get a job, but discovers that a high school diploma will only take her so far. After a shattering heartbreak, she finally has to confront the reality of who she is and where she’s going.
“This sensitive picture of a young woman coming to terms with hard truths about adulthood and growing up in the process is well populated with believable characters. An involving . . . depiction of what it means to rethink basic values.” —Kirkus Reviews
 

About Caroline B. Cooney

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Caroline Cooney was born in 1947 in Geneva, New York. She was raised in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Cooney attended Greenwich High School in 1965 and then various colleges, where she studied Music, Art, and English but never graduated. She began writing while in college. Some of her young adult titles include Driver's Ed, Twenty Pageants Later and the Cheerleaders Series. She also wrote The Face on the Milk Carton, Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio and What Jane Found. The main character in these novels is a little girl named Janie Johnson who sees her picture on a milk cartoon and her journey to learning the truth about her abduction. Two of her titles The Rear View Mirror and The Face on the Milk Cartoon were made into movies. She has won many awards including an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults for for "Driver's Ed" and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers for "Twenty Pageants." Cooney currently resides in Westbrook, Connecticut.
 
Published October 29, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 187 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Hallie's lack of any post-high school planning may be difficult to credit, this sensitive picture of a young woman coming to terms with hard truths about adulthood and growing up in the process is well populated with believable characters.

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Having decided not to go on to college, popular senior Hallie finds her world changing when her friends scatter following graduation.

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Hallie has spent her senior year in the center of the social whirl, organizing everything: dances, cheerleading, the yearbook and more.

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