Review: The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

Review: The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella is a classic Kinsella novel that will leave you with warm fuzzies. The main character is enjoyable and the premise is lots of fun. Fans of the author will be satisfied with this new contemporary that is all about family drama.

Review: The Party Crasher by Sophie KinsellaTitle: The Party Crasher
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Also by this author: Finding Audrey
Publisher: Dial Books
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

It's been over 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: Greenoaks, the rambling Victorian country house Effie called home her whole life, has been sold.

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.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

Effie is quite an eccentric main character, which is to be expected from Kinsella, as most of her novels have a quirky, lovable character. Effie is having a hard time letting go of her childhood home and will stop at nothing to try and protect it and her family. She also gets herself into quite a few predicaments over the course of the evening that are, at times, laugh out loud.

❀ Mix of Humour and Seriousness

There is a good mix of humour and seriousness in the novel and the family drama is at the heart of the story. Effie’s father’s girlfriend throws a farewell to the house party of sorts and Effie has decided not to go, but winds up sneaking into the party to retrieve a set of Russian dolls that she wants to keep. She sneaks in and spends most of the evening hiding in bushes and under tables.

❀ Fun and Interesting

The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella is fun and interesting, but not my favourite Kinsella. Also, there is some romance in the novel, but the story focuses more on Effie and her dislike of her father’s girlfriend. It does tie up nicely at the end and is definitely heartwarming. So, if you have enjoyed the author’s other novels, then this one will be just as enjoyable for you.

About Sophie Kinsella

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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, and, most recently, Surprise Me. She lives between London and the country.


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20 thoughts on “Review: The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

  1. Samantha Kozbial says:

    I think I am just a Kinsella super-fan because all her books delight me and fill me with warm fuzzies. Her humor and warmth are always a winning combination for me. The family dynamic was a win for me too.

  2. Emma James says:

    I really enjoyed this one, I think mainly because it wasn’t so focussed on the romance. But I agree the main character did go a bit overboard with her hate for her fathers girlfriend, especially as she wasn’t a young child going through it all

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