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After the Party: The page-turning sequel to Ralph’s Party from the bestselling author

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It is clear now that this is a conversation that needs to be had away from small ears, and Jem follows Lulu into the den, which is a small painted concrete box of a room off the kitchen and is where they keep their computer.

Jem begins to feel quietly disgruntled with everything that Ralph does and Ralph is feeling more and more like he's not even part of his own family.She lives in north London with her husband, two teenage daughters, one cat, one guinea pig and the best dog in the world. So, I think she's a better thinker than is expected for the genre, which I do like, and why I've oddly read more of her books than I probably should have. A small shiny object leaves his hand and hurtles toward her, catching the light as it falls, landing on the pavement within an inch of her toes. Although this is a sequel, don't be put off if you haven't read Ralph's Party, as After the Party can easily be read on its own. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup.

It was so forced that it was evident (reinforcing the Acknowledgments by the author at the beginning of the book) that this book was written for monetary purposes and not because there was a legitimate concept of what happened to these two characters. towards the end, if one more thing happened, i would have been forced to close the book prematurely. Lulu is cleaning poster paints off a small vinyl-topped table, and her husband, Walter, is sautéing potatoes over the hob. Not really one that I’d recommend but I would def recommend lisa as an author, just perhaps some of her more recent books. Right,” says Jem, staring at the photo, at the little soul somewhere on the other side of the world, a tiny person without a family, whose whole destiny is about to turn on its axis.The novel is told from both points of view and there were times when I wanted to shout "Just TALK to each other" but that's the point- they talk to other people about their relationshsip but not each other and things take a bashing because of it.

Life hasn’t turned out that way though and as a flat has turned into a house and their family has expanded to four, it seems that Ralph and Jem are drifting apart. Her writing is light, warm, absorbing and full of humour, particularly through her use of metaphors.Because I didn’t read Ralph’s Party before reading After The Party, I can’t particularly say if Jem and Ralph are the same in the sequel as they were in the prequel.

Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future. The book itself leads us into their lives and sees the end result with both Ralph and Jem getting together and leaving the book with that happy ever after feeling. But you do get the sense from some of the subtext that they're on the right track, which I suppose is more realistic--a positive trend versus some big epiphany of undoing every misunderstanding ever.The flitting back and forth in time felt clumsy - I prefer it by far when Jewell uses a linear structure. At 450 pages, it’s a fantastic book to sink your teeth into and it never gets dull, each page was not exactly a pleasure to read but it sure was addicting. She re-creates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders in both of the state's seasons (they really only have two) and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America.

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