South Beach in the late 1990s is a town of blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em nightclubs populated by celebrities, models, mobsters, heiresses, drug dealers, drag queens, and fun seekers of all stripes. It’s a place where the famous come to party like locals, the locals party like rock stars behind velvet ropes, and the press is savvy enough to know what not to report.
Rachel Baum is a sheltered, career-oriented everygirl when she moves to South Beach from her quiet Miami suburb, searching for a life less ordinary. Quickly making friends among SoBe’s most exclusive scenesters, she spends her days building a career and her nights building a reputation. But in a town where friends become enemies faster than highs become hangovers, the life less ordinary turns into more than Rachel bargained for. As she pursues the endless party in penthouses, dive bars, after-hours clubs, and cocaine speakeasies, Rachel struggles to balance her goals and ambitions with the decadence and excess that threaten to destroy everything she’s always worked for.
With tremendous wit and razor-sharp insight, Diary of a South Beach Party Girl portrays the innermost sanctums of South Beach’s privileged Beautiful People through the eyes of a no-longer-innocent heroine.
“Like a popular and generous best friend, Cooper takes readers behind the velvet rope and into the seedily thrilling world of mid-‘90s Miami.” ~ People
“There’s real wit and pathos beneath the feather boas.”~ Entertainment Weekly
“Diary of a South Beach Party Girl is a novel of emotional grit, psychological depth, and narrative confidence. For pop fiction, this is as good as it gets.” ~ South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“A dishy look at the SoBe scene.”~ Harper’s Bazaar