Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood

Life of the Party

i'm a good girl, bad girl, sad girl, dream girlgirl next door sunbathing in the drivewayi wanna be them all at once, i wanna be all the girls i've ever lovedLauded 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 investigatio...

Details Life of the Party

TitleLife of the Party
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherDial Press
GenrePoetry, Feminism, Nonfiction

Reviews Life of the Party

  • 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 feel like a lot of it went over my head to be honest, most of the poems left me feeling confused instead of inspired. All these poems are about violence against women and true crime stories, and some of them were very dark and unsettling. I really l...
  • Reading Tam Ishly
    Really intense yet the writing style is damn too congested and boring.
  • 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, its moody push and pull, the way we drill into it, fill it with our trash, take and take and take from it and still it holds up each time we walk into it. "Five heartbreakingly beautiful stars. This collection of poetry is hauntingly stunning. A well c...
  • Rachel León
    SO GOOD.
  • 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 through the rational terror of having a body the world thinks is theirs. These poems mirrored, validated, explored, and transformed so much anxiety and fear I have felt -- as a tomboy kid, a teenage girl, and as a genderqueer adult working through persis...
  • Lauren Anna
    This is the absolute best. I will make everyone I care about read this.
  • 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 to read this.
  • Emily
    This is the book that Dead Girls wanted to be, but much more powerful.
  • Lola
    I absolutely love Olivia Gatwood and her poetry, but if I'm being honest, Life of the Party sat on my nightstand for a while. It sat there while I read other things: some for class and some for pleasure. I knew I would have to be in the right frame of mind to really get into Life of the Party. Gatwood's poetry, while excellent, is not easy. It is not gently reassuring or encouraging. Instead, it asks you tough questions and forces you to examine ...
  • 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 interesting and especially thought-provoking. Olivia Gatwood’s poetry is very feministic, showing the darker sides of being a woman and / or a female in today’s world. This poetry felt very realistic and absolutely challenged many of my conservative opini...
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    Instagram | youtubeoddly confused at the message this book was trying to convey. The introduction was strong, but the poems were average, unoriginal and blend.
  • 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, inspired by True Crime, and part memoir, made me feel so many different things. I honestly and truly enjoyed every single poem in this book. I loved how she sometimes changed up the format of her poems, rather than having them each be the same formula...
  • Anne-Marie Chicoine
    (disclaimer : i am not a big reader of poetry) this collection has some of the most beautiful poems i've ever read - 'ode to my lover's left hand' hello????? how can language even do things like that? i've loved olivia for a few years now, i think she's a brillant writer, outstanding performer, very funny in her podcast. theorically, i love a thematically cohesive poetry book and the narrative construction of life of the party was definitely one ...
  • Janine
    An excellent concept with some notable poems. Unfortunately, it felt under-edited and unfinished. Some of the poems in here didn’t feel like they belonged or were just weaker than the rest (I Always Want to Make My Poems Timeless and Ode to my Bitch Face). Also there was some weird essentializing of girlhood. 3.5/5 stars
  • 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 and obsession. Highly recommend this book, or her previous collection.
  • Shakhla
    I loved this book and its author) "I don't want to be in a good mood just because it makes people feel comfortable"
  • 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 poetry is her first language, with such ease, that even the harshest, most daunting topics, always sound like a caress at points. Since then, her work has only improved. I would instantly click on each new video that appeared on Button Poetry's YouTube c...
  • Lisa
    LIFE OF THE PARTY by Olivia Gatwood is a collection of poems inspired by the author’s own life experiences, as well as true crimes and violence against women. While reviewing any piece of literature is difficult, I find poetry even more difficult, as it is such an extremely intimate creation. If I were forced to pick but two words to describe Gatwood’s collection, it would be hauntingly beautiful, or perhaps disturbingly beautiful. Gatwood is...
  • Breana Menzel
    Pink lip and powdered nose in the casket / a dozen sobbing men in stiff suits / yes, even then, we are girls / especially then, we are girls / silent and dead and still / the life of the party”I’ve been a big Gatwood fan, obsessing over her online presence and readings. However I didn’t know she’d released a new book until I saw it in a bookstore. My first impression of the cover and title led with disappointment. While pleasing to look a...
  • Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
    was expecting more from this book then what there was. I did relate to some of the lines in the poems in this collection. I didn't feel connected to it like i do with other poetry which is important to me. I feel that the poetry that I connect with is the ones that I enjoy more and stay with me. The poems that I don't connect with I usually don't remember that much. I do like this style of poems just these weren't for me, I guess.
  • Mandy
    This poetry collection made me squirm. It made me feel uncomfortable. I had to put it down and pick it back up. My heart dropped into my stomach and stayed there and I still feel a bit sick. Olivia Gatwood wrote a collection so good it made me flinch while reading a poem that felt like maybe it was modelled after my life. Not a collection for the faint of heart perhaps. But a beautiful example of words affecting their readers.
  • Ashlyn
    This was by far the biggest trigger ever for a book because it's entirely about women and sexual assault with a female serial killer twist now I understand so much more but definitely recommend time and time again just know "rape" is a huge factor in alot of these poems but not as strongly and straight forward.
  • Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
    Olivia Gatwood is a stunning writer. Some of these poems were incredibly difficult to read, but spoke entirely to the experience of living in a world that is violent to women. It’s an absolutely gutting collection of poems. A must read.
  • Heather
    I really enjoyed this beautiful collection of poetry. While I was reading the collection I felt as if I knew the author and how she felt every step of the way. The writing style was absolutely amazing and was very well composed. Anything she writes I will read solely because of how impactful this collection was. Absolutely beautiful!
  • Verónica Del Valle
    I think I am so obsessed with Olivia Gatwood’s work because she shows me the parts of myself I’ve called ugly and reminds me that they are beautiful. I am more at peace with the frantic and neurotic and obsessive and lovelorn parts of myself after finishing this book. “I know, how many gods can a girl have? Who will she go home to when she dies?”
  • Kendall Earles
    Surprise, surprise! I loved this collection with all of my heart. It is truly a collection, one poem leading to the next. Exactly what I needed it to be.
  • Riley
    3.5 stars
  • Tamader Morgan
    Beautifully narrated.
  • Zara
    Hot damn. These are haunting and sexy and scary.
  • Keeley
    I was drawn to the subject matter of growing up and the everyday traumas we experience as women, which Gatwood clearly addresses.However, these are more journal entries or stream of consciousness reflections than poems, which weakened the potential impact this writing could have had.