Ok, so this might be more of rant because I’ve discovered one of my bookish pet peeves and it has to do with high school parties. Now, I have absolutely no problem with drinking, drugs and sex in YA books. Teens drink, do drugs and have sex in high school, so sometimes it is important to portray it in YA. I also have no opinions about them actually doing those things. I just felt like I should say that before I start.
Recently I was reading a NA book where the characters go to a frat party and they slow dance. As soon as I read that I got, admittedly, irrationally angry because, no. Sorry. I didn’t go to that many frat parties in college (because there are only so many nights you can stand around on the quad waiting for a ride just to drink in a dirty basement) but I can tell you for a fact, that at none of these parties were there any people slow dancing. A slow song totally brings down the mood of a party, everyone knows that.
But then it got me thinking to how the majority of high school parties I read about in YA are just so out of control with how they are portrayed. There are always hundreds of people, someone’s mother’s expensive vase always seems to break and a lot of times, the cops show up. And for some reason, there always seem to be people dancing. The dancing part is actually what annoys me the most.
Now I’m not saying there aren’t wild high school parties that are thrown at the richest kid in school’s mansion where the entire school shows up, but come on. For the most part, they are usually just a core group of friends getting drunk in someone’s basement or garage. We would play beer pong, card/dice games, or sit around a table and talk. If there was music playing, it was never loud enough that you couldn’t have a conversation. And the only dancing I can ever remember is the group of girls choreographing a dance to Vanessa Carlton’s “White Houses”. No one was grinding in dark corners or slow dancing to a love song. Basically, it wasn’t a middle school dance.
Of course, I’m basing this off my own high school experience, but still. The majority of “parties” I went to in high school, there were at max, 50 people, but most of the time it was just a core group of friends. Very rarely did anyone who wasn’t invited show up, no one’s house ever got trashed, and the cops were never called. And we still had a lot of fun.
I’m sure there were high school parties like this, but I’m just so sick of every single party I read about being portrayed this way. I’d love to read one book with a more realistic version of a house party. Just one.
Does this annoy anyone else? Am I alone here?