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The Party Crasher: A Novel (Hardcover)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Your Life comes a humorous and heartwarming novel about family, set against the backdrop of the most fabulous party you’ve ever snuck into.
“Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter.”—Jojo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars and The Last Letter from Your Lover
It’s been almost two years since Effie’s beloved parents got divorced, destroying the image of the happy, loving childhood she thought she had. Since then, she’s become estranged from her father and embarked on a feud with his hot (and much younger) girlfriend, Krista. And now, more earth-shattering news: They’ve sold Greenoaks, the rambling Victorian country house Effie has always called home.
When Krista decides to throw a grand “house-cooling” party, Effie is originally left off the guest list—and then receives a last-minute “anti-invitation” (maybe it’s because she called Krista a gold-digger, but Krista totally deserved it, and it was mostly a joke anyway). Effie declines, but then remembers a beloved childhood treasure is still hidden in the house. Her only chance to retrieve it is to break into Greenoaks while everyone is busy celebrating. As Effie sneaks around the house, hiding under tables and peeping through trapdoors, she realizes the secrets Greenoaks holds aren’t just in the dusty passageways and hidden attics she grew up exploring. Watching how her sister, brother, and dad behave when they think no one is looking, Effie overhears conversations, makes discoveries, and begins to see her family in a new light. Then she runs into Joe—the love of her life, who long ago broke her heart, and who’s still as handsome and funny as ever—and even more truths emerge.
But will Effie act on these revelations? Will she stay hidden or step out into the party and take her place with her family? And truthfully, what did she really come back to Greenoaks for? Over the course of one blowout party, Effie realizes that she must be honest with herself and confront her past before she’ll ever be able to face her future.
About the Author
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, Surprise Me, I Owe You One, and, most recently, Love Your Life. She lives in the UK with her family.
Praise for The Party Crasher
“There really is no one who can write like Sophie Kinsella, and this book is yet another triumph, packed with brilliant characters and madcap situations. It’s joyous and funny but also contains emotional hidden depths. I absolutely loved it!”—Jill Mansell
“Funny, smart, and supremely entertaining, The Party Crasher features a marriage breakdown, adult siblings in turmoil, and some very uncomfortable truths, raising the question: Can a family this broken ever be fixed?”―Lucy Diamond
“The Party Crasher has all the wit, humor, warmth, and wonderful characters that I love about Kinsella’s books, from the toe-curling embarrassments, where I can feel my cheeks burn for the character, to the deeply touching and ultimately joyous journey she takes us on. I couldn’t put it down. It was a party I definitely wanted to be at and wasn’t going to leave until the very end.”―Jo Thomas
“Humorous and light-hearted, this successfully commits to the notion that, given time, love will prevail.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Love Your Life
“As close to perfect as romantic comedies get.”—Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner
“A joyful, hilarious, and heartwarming tale of the challenges we face when we sign up to be part of someone else’s life. It made me laugh out loud and cry happy tears. I adored it.”—Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare and The Switch
“Love Your Life is as warm as the Italian sunshine and full of fun: a fabulous Italian appetizer, like a platter of antipasti; a stunning, satisfying mix of romance and real life, with characters whom you will fall in love with and who will leave you smiling with joy. Like a glorious dinner party with friends, it kept me happy, warm, and staying up far later than I should so as not to miss a thing. I loved it! It left me wanting more.”—Jo Thomas, author of The Oyster Catcher