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…
The Party Crasher is a really enjoyable and funny book, I became completely absorbed in it and devoured it in almost one sitting. Rather then focusing on one particular romance there are a few different side stories going on which makes for varied and interesting read. Effie is coming to terms with her parents’ divorce and has become estranged from her dad as she doesn’t get along with her dad’s new ‘money-grabbing’ girlfriend, Kristy. To celebrate the sale of the family home Kristy organises a ‘house-cooling’ party. Wether intentionally or unintentionally, Effie doesn’t get invited and gate-crashes the party in order to retrieve her treasured Russian Dolls before the imminent house sale. It doesn’t quite go in the stealth-like way Effie had envisaged and instead of a quick in and out she finds herself trapped in the house, hiding in cupboards, behind couches and under tables. She unwittingly finds herself eavesdropping on conversations she is not supposed to hear and ends up in in all sorts of amusing situations trying to dodge the party guests. The ‘party crasher’ scenes are absolutely hilarious and makes for really entertaining reading.
Most of the characters are warm and endearing, with the exception of Kristy and her sister, but of course there always has to be a bad guy. Effie’s characterisation is especially good, but also her sister Bean is very loveable. The romance between Effie and Joe is adorable and although not the main focus of the book is was lovely to delve into the past and unravel what happened to fracture their relationship.
The Party Crasher is more about family dynamics with a side helping of romance. A funny story which is full of heart, family relationships, friendships and love. I particularly loved the humour in there and, as I have never read any of this author’s work before, I will be definitely looking out for future novels.
Publisher: Bantam Press
Publication Date (UK): 14 October 2021
Page Count: 336
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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