The Party Crasher
The Dial Press
published October 12, 2021
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When does everyone stop protecting the baby of the family and let them grow up? Effie is the youngest of three and still sees her parents’ marriage as fixable even though they have broken up and her father is dating someone new. As her father and his girlfriend prepare to sell her childhood home, they plan a closing party that Effie can’t bear to go to.
This is pure Kinsella as she tackles this coming fully into adulthood with a little bit of romance and a lot of charm. Everyone reaches that point where they are an adult, but aren’t sure what an adult really means. For Effie, she heads to the party that she has claimed she wouldn’t go to and it’s a comedy of errors as she tries to stay hidden. Once there, she sees everyone is dealing with something they are trying to keep hidden and for the first time in her life, she feels she should be taking care of everyone else.
The author does such a good job of developing real characters that you like and root for despite their flaws. It isn’t just Effie that you are rooting for, but the whole clan. And as hi-jinks ensue while Effie tries not to get caught, she gets to see the real family that everyone protects her from and hear a little too much about what others think of her.
The story drew me in and I felt the emotions right along with Effie. And I was rooting hard for Effie and Joe to work out their differences. I think this is Kinsella’s best book in a while. If you are a fan of her wit and charm, you’ll fall right into this book.