Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella today. With thanks to Transworld Books for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
The Talbots are having one last party at their family home.
But Effie hasn’t been invited . . .
Effie’s still not over her parents splitting up a year ago. Her dad and his new girlfriend are posting their PDAs all over Instagram – and no one should have to deal with photos of their dad with the hashtags #viagraworks and #sexinyoursixties. Now they’re selling the beloved family home and holding a ‘house-cooling’ party. When Effie receives only a last-minute ‘anti-invitation’, she decides to give it a miss.
Until she remembers her precious Russian dolls, safely tucked away up a chimney. She’ll have to go back for them – but not as a guest. She’ll just creep in, grab the dolls and make a swift exit. No one will know she was ever there.
Of course, nothing goes to plan. Not only does Effie bump into her ex-boyfriend (who she’s very much not over), she can’t find the dolls. And as she secretly clambers around dusty attics, hides under tables and mournfully eyes up the dessert table, she discovers unexpected truths about her family – and even about herself.
With time (and hiding places) running out, Effie starts to wonder if she’d be better off simply crashing the party. Perhaps that’s the only way to find out what’s really going on with her family…
Expect shocking secrets, hilarious mix-ups and an unforgettable romance. Welcome to the party of the year!
Some of my favourite books are by Sophie Kinsella so I jumped at the chance to read The Party Crasher. After just a few pages I had a feeling that I was really going to enjoy this story and I was right. In no time at all I was hooked! I guess that’s mainly down to the main character, Effie along with a generous helping of family drama! I found myself racing through this book wondering how Effie’s plans to secretly infiltrate the party would go.
It’s safe to say that I experienced quite a few emotions while reading this book. There were plenty of comical moments especially when it came to some of Effie’s decision making. Effie definitely had a tendency to act first and think way, way later. To help balance this all out there were some heartfelt moments too as Effie comes to realise certain things as she darts from one hiding place to another. Throughout it all I felt as if I was right there with Effie feeling her frustration, hurt and surprise at certain revelations. Effie certainly had her flaws but I think overall this gave her character a much more rounded and realistic feel. Effie wasn’t perfect and to be honest neither were her family.
A special mention has to go to the setting in this book. I loved the descriptions of Effie’s family home, Greenoaks. The house had a certain dreamy quality that came across as wonderfully quirky. There is a thread of romance running through the story but it isn’t overpowering. I felt that it just added an extra layer of warmth, making the story even more uplifting. The Party Crasher took me on a fun, drama filled journey with a wonderful set of characters!