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  • I loved it!

    4.5 stars. Two years ago, Effie’s world as she knew it came tumbling down.  Since that time, her parents divorced, her Dad has met someone that Effie and her siblings don’t really like, and now their beloved family home is being sold.  Effie really has tried to get to know her Dad’s girlfriend Krista, but she acts as a gatekeeper between Effie and her Dad.  Her relationship with her father has become strained and Effie doesn’t know how to make it right. When she learns from her sister that there is to be a “house-cooling” party before they vacate the home, Effie awaits the email invite received by both of her siblings.  But it never comes.  It seems that Krista has not bothered to invite her.  That is, until she receives a last minute invite that is certainly not inviting.  She declines this “invite”, but later remembers her beloved childhood treasure of a set of Russian dolls.  She develops a plan to get into the house, retrieve her dolls, and exit the house without being noticed.  What she hears and sees along the way will be sure to alter her life forever. The Party Crasher is one of my favourite Sophie Kinsella books.  I was engaged and entertained throughout the course of the book. For those of you familiar with her work, this book feels like a more mature read than Kinsella’s previous books.  The characters are well developed and somewhat quirky. I felt an emotional connection to Effie right from the very beginning of the book and hoped she’d find all that she was looking for. There are many humorous moments in this book which I’ve come to expect from the author.  Effie’s stealth-like ability to move throughout the home did not come without its own challenges.  Indeed, at moments she witnessed conversations that only the proverbial fly on the wall would normally have access to.  Her accomplices in this mission were very supportive, especially as time went on. Throughout the book, Effie explores the memories of her family in this house before the divorce.  I found this to be very touching, and reminiscent of time spent in my own childhood home. During this party, Effie is also reunited with a former long-term boyfriend who ghosted her after being together for years.  Their love story is moving and one that added the perfect element to this already amazing book. Thank you to Random House Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Light Laughter Family Dynamics

    You can count on Sophie Kinsella for an entertaining novel. The Talbot Family have had an idyllic life in Greenoaks, a large quirky house. When Tony & Mimi divorce and Tony's relationship with Krista gets serious, Greenoaks goes up for sale. Though Bean, Gus and Effie are all adults out on their own the loss of Greenoaks creates drama. A final gathering becomes a battleground between Krista and Effie. Effie crashes the party to find her childhood Russian nesting dolls. At times I wanted to tell the 'children' to 'grow up" then I'd laugh at some of their actions. I volunteered to read an ARC from Dial Press through Net Galley.

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  • Hilarious!

    Effie's family is selling the family home she grew up in and her father who is newly divorced from the only mother she has ever known isn't acting like his usual self. The woman he is dating has taken over the selling of the house and is throwing a house cooling party and Effie isn't invited, so what can she do but spy on the event from "under a table"? She's planned to go in to find her "worry dolls", her Russian Dolls, but the undertaking becomes so much more. It uncovers a dysfunctional family at its worst and Sophie Kinsella at her best. It is hilarious. I had to laugh out loud at some of Effie's predicaments. Seriously!

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  • Lovely

    Fun, short book about family dynamics and love. Cringingly awkward at times, but Kinsella seems to specialize in those moments.

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