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Ralph's Party Meet the residents ofAlmanac Road in a romantic, engrossing novel that takes you up the garden path, through the front door and into the most intimate parts of other people s livesRalph and Smith are best friends Until they fall for Jemima, their new flatmate Jem knows one of them s the man for her but which one Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above Happily unmarried for fifteen years, it looks as if nothing can spoil their domestic idyllExcept maybe Cheri, the femme fatale in the top flat She s got her eye on Karl and she isn t about to let his fat girlfriend stand in the waySooner or later it s all got to come to a head and what better place for tears and laughter, break ups and make ups than Ralph s party This was okay, but it seemed to take a hell of a long time to get through I liked Ralph, Smith was a complete arse, and Jem was nice I was wondering for 80% of the book when the party was going to happen though as it happened so late EXCERPT Ralph barely noticed Jem the first time he saw her He was arguing with his girlfriend, Claudia, sitting at his desk, cradling the phone under his chin as he carelessly pulled elastic bands into tight ligatures around his wrists in an apparently subconscious attempt to cut off his blood supply and end the painful predictability of it all ABOUT THIS BOOK Meet the residents of the London brownstone on 31 Almanac Road who together weave a tangled web of romance Ralph, a ne er do well ar EXCERPT Ralph barely noticed Jem the first time he saw her He was arguing with his girlfriend, Claudia, sitting at his desk, cradling the phone under his chin as he carelessly pulled elastic bands into tight ligatures around his wrists in an apparently subconscious attempt to cut off his blood supply and end the painful predictability of it all ABOUT THIS BOOK Meet the residents of the London brownstone on 31 Almanac Road who together weave a tangled web of romance Ralph, a ne er do well artist, suddenly realizes he s head over heels in love with his new flatmate Jem, the most fun and sensible girl he s ever encountered Unfortunately, Ralph s best friend, Smith, has already won Jem s affections, although Smith has not entirely given up his passion for the femme fatale, Cheri, who lives upstairs Across the hall, Karl and Siobhan have been happily unmarried for years, until Karl gets a smashing job as a London rush hour DJ and momentarily gets tempted into Cheri s cozy lair.These six star crossed tenants becomeenad, andconfused, as the story progresses until their true destinies are revealed on one crucial night the evening of the extravaganza that isRalph s party.MY THOUGHTS Light, fluffy, funny but with hidden depths, Ralph s Party is reminiscent of the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Ernest I enjoyed this comedic romp, Lisa Jewell s first novel which she wrote as the result of a dare There are a few cringeworthy moments, but nothing out of character Though I must admit that Ralph s character could be extremely irritating at times Jewell s ability to round her characters out is already in evidence here, as is her ability to think outside the box Not everything went as I expected, she has thrown a few surprises in the mix I enjoyed Imogen Church s narrative style, and I will be either reading or listening to the follow up, After the Party, which picks up the story eleven years from where Ralph s Party ends DISCLOSURE I listened to the audiobook of Ralph s Party by Lisa Jewell, narrated by Imogen Church and published by Penguin, via Overdrive All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system, please refer to my Goodreads.com profile or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review is also published on Twitter,and my webpage What was I thinking Aaagh I should have read the signs Warning Sign no 1 the price dropped from about two pounds to about one.Warning Sign no 2 the chick lit label on the cover.But instead I decided to trust the facts.Fact In My Defence no 1 the price dropped from about two pounds to about one.Fact In My Defence no 2 good reviews on Goodreads.So I ended up reading the type of book I hate Let s Describe Everything and Everyone in Detail as Directly as to Leave no Doubt What is Meant What was I thinking Aaagh I should have read the signs Warning Sign no 1 the price dropped from about two pounds to about one.Warning Sign no 2 the chick lit label on the cover.But instead I decided to trust the facts.Fact In My Defence no 1 the price dropped from about two pounds to about one.Fact In My Defence no 2 good reviews on Goodreads.So I ended up reading the type of book I hate Let s Describe Everything and Everyone in Detail as Directly as to Leave no Doubt What is Meant The book is packed with straightforward descriptions of characters and scenes that read like script something like She stood up, went up to the cupboard, took a glass of wine, had a sip, put the glass away, looked into the mirror, and sighed disclaimer this is not a quote Forcing the characters to use taboo words doesn t make them any less paper or wooden Setting the events in London doesn t make the book attractive Ridiculing MS products repeatedly doesn t make the narrative witty Clich situation and the predictable turn of events were the last straw to me Compared with this novel, Bridget Jones s Diary is a masterpiece of the highest writing and creative skills Lisa Jewell is a really good writer and I was surprised when I realised I hadn t read her first book, the cover is simple but perfect for the story behind it Jem is the centre of attention in this book and I love that as she s such a lovely character she s someone you want as a friend as she s a good listener and counts everyone she has in her life as important Ralph is a shy person to begin with but as the book went on he grew as a person and it was good to see his shy side firstly and then f Lisa Jewell is a really good writer and I was surprised when I realised I hadn t read her first book, the cover is simple but perfect for the story behind it Jem is the centre of attention in this book and I love that as she s such a lovely character she s someone you want as a friend as she s a good listener and counts everyone she has in her life as important Ralph is a shy person to begin with but as the book went on he grew as a person and it was good to see his shy side firstly and then for him to come out of his shell put a smile on my face.Smith is a different person altogether, In my opinion he loves being the centre of attention and goes in sulks and moods if things don t go his way I wasn t keen on at the beginning and still wasn t at the end Siobhan and Karl and Cheri are a different story entirely and this story makes you questions your morals and to be honest I wasn t keen on Cheri or Karl but did feel sorry for Siobhan, there was other characters in the book but not very often The last part of the story was a bit slow for my liking but otherwise a great story

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