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After the Party (Ralph's Party #2)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,322 ratings  ·  174 reviews
From the internationally bestselling author of Ralph’s Party comes a delightful new novel about the power of starting over.

Eleven years ago, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell deeply in love. They thought it would be forever, that they’d found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, and an apartment
ebook, 464 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lauren Fidler
this novel represents the culmination of days of trying to be a goodreads giveaway winner. thank you, goodreads!

of course, as such, the aura of mystery and anticipation surrounding its arrival unfortunately built-up the potential majesty of said-prize.

ah well!

warning, here there be spoilers.

the bangers:
1. the names - sure, it's a bit gimmicky, but the highly literary names were pretty spectacular. jem, ralph, blake, and scarlett - it was a veritable feast of characters and authors. plus, using
It’s been eleven years since Ralph McLeary and Jem Catterick first got together and everyone, including themselves, thought their relationship would last forever. 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. As Ralph tries to get over his feelings of helplessness and Jem tries to remember who she was before the children came along, they both try to figure out how to recapture th ...more
Quick one here. Again, 3-stars doesn't exactly do her justice. I actually do like Lisa Jewell quite a lot, I think in the way that I really like the Whopper with Cheese, or the burgers I get at my local during the lunchtime special. They're a bit better than, say, a shit burger and quite good now and then, but it's not sustenance.

That's kind of cruel, maybe, and I don't mean to be. Really. I like the idea that she's gone back to her first book, Ralph's Party and imagined what became of the char
I love Lisa Jewell and will always read her books, but I can't deny that this book was a struggle to get through at times.
I think I found it a struggle because I was comparing how I live my life with my husband to Jem and Ralph, and I found the story infuriating in so many ways! If Jem and Ralph had just been open with each other from the start then we probably wouldn't have a book and things would have been less complicated, but the sad reality is that most relationships are like Jem and Ralph
I'm a huge fan of Lisa Jewell and I buy whatever she writes.

I must have been about 20 when I read Ralph's Party and I totally fell in love with Ralph and Jem. Plus it was set in North London, where I grew up, and I really felt I was reading about people just like me. I couldn't wait to read After the Party and learn more about these two and I eagerly awaited the release date.

I have tried to read it twice now and I just can't do it.

I accept that this book is probably very realistic, but being ne
Jem and Ralph have been together for 11 years, but now their relationship has fallen apart. A year before, both frustrated with what their lives were like after the birth of their second child, they looked for satisfaction elsewhere, Jem striking up a friendship with a single father and Ralph visiting his best friend--and falling for his best friend's girlfriend. While neither quite cheats, and both resolve to make their relationship work, they don't really address the problems and the ways that ...more
It's eleven years since Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary first got together. They thought it would be for ever, that they'd found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, a flat became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn't quite so simple any more. But through it all Jem and Ralph still loved each other, of course they did. Now the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right toge ...more
One word: seriously?

I was down with the main theme of fleeting youth and the changing of personalities based on having kids, becoming a stereotype, etc. That is something that 30+ people struggle with every day.

Instead, this was a jumble of completely insane and non-issues that deteriorated the relationship of two people. 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 becau
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Wendy Hines
Jem and Ralph are blissfully in love and make the perfect couple. But several years later, it's not going so well. They fell in love at an art gallery so it's bad karma that Ralph feels he has lost his sense of artistry. His paintings just don't look or feel the same and Jem feels like she is Ralph's wife and the children's mother - she's lost who she is.

When Ralph decides to go to California to spend some time with his old friend Smithy, Jem is livid. They have a baby and responsibilities - but
Oct 02, 2011 CS rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Go read Ralph's Party instead, and forget this book exists.
I was nostalgic for my former home London, and I've always liked Lisa Jewell's writing so click! there it was my Kindle. Amazon really makes impulse purchases far too, well, impulsive.

If I'd had to buy the book the old-fashioned way, it would have stayed on the bookstore shelf. Because I would have been able to flip through the book and easily determine that the Jewell magic, at least for me, just isn't present.

I read Ralph's Party eons ago, and I vaguely remembered liking the characters. Howeve
Okay. What happens after Happily Ever After??? This book- that's what. Ralph's party was my first Jewell and aside from Vince and Joy I haven't been disappointed with her stories. This book is the follow up to Ralphs Party which I loved and compelled me to get a hold of each and every one of her others, and I think it might even bypass it--which is a feat since sequels usually are just full of high expectations and typical let downs. We get to see what became of the couple who got together in th ...more
3.5 stars

I love Lisa Jewell's writing. Opening the cover of one of her books is a great feeling. Like visiting old friends that I haven't met yet. :) And I'd been looking forward to reading After the Party for ages. Even though it's been 10-12 years since I read Ralph's Party, I remembered Jem and Ralph's story and was thrilled to catch up with them. I was certainly in for a surprise. Ralph and Jem were in dire straits. I suppose I should not have been surprised. It's hard to write 400+ pages ab
Jessica at Book Sake
This book was a great read that I wish I had the time to have read it quicker. The story life is real, and doesn’t have fluff that can sometimes invade chick lit books, but I find that the authors from the UK are much better at writing stories that hold their own. The way that the two characters realize their love for each other is something that I am sure a lot of people have felt, but wouldn’t openly admit or bother to work through in order to be happy. The fact that these two aren’t married, ...more
Shawn Jaquiss
Jan 20, 2015 Shawn Jaquiss marked it as disappointments  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
The author offers an interesting opportunity to view the challenges which partners in a relationship face after children are born and the different perspectives of each partner. That being said, I don't like this book. The story is broken up with "one year before" for a few chapters then "one year later" for a few chapters back and forth throughout the 100 pages I read. It really disturbed the flow of the story and prevented me from diving in. Each time I was nearly submerged in the story, the ...more
I found myself disliking something about this book but I can't quite put my finger on it. I think it was partly because I couldn't see the characters taking the paths they chose to, based on them in the first book. Also, I think it made me see just how life can become so strained that you can lose your way. As I am yet to go through the stages Jem has, I think I've taken away the lesson of being open and honest and being able to talk things through. Having said I disliked it though, I did want t ...more
Ralph McLeary and Jemima Catterick (Jem) began as flatmates, somewhat serendipitously, during the mid-nineties. Jem was actually the girlfriend of Smith, one of the others in the flat.

Then on one smashing night at the art gallery where Ralph showed his work, they got together in what they still often remember as a fabulous party, and they felt like soul mates. As if life before was nothing compared to what would come now.

Living in London, and moving from one flat to another, life was good. Ralph
Faranita Amelia
I didn't read its first sequel, but it's still okay to read this sequel alone because I think Jewell is good at describing each characters and not confusing eventhough you don't read the first sequel.

First of all, I was excited to read this because I always love the story of a marriage life, especially the struggle in it. I enjoyed every little conflict in the book and found it like it may really happened in a real life. But when the story went on, I ended up not liking Jem because of her habit,
Book Wormy
After the Party Lisa Jewell

This is the sequel to Ralph's Party which was typical chick lit, girl meets wrong boy, girl meets right boy, they overcome various obstacles, they fall in love and we are left waving them away into happy ever after.

After the Party picks up the story of Ralph and Jem 11 years after they meet and fall in love and gives us an insight into the reality of happy ever after, what happens to a couple once the first bloom of romance has worn off, how does life and time change y
Good Morning, Happy 2015!

I give three stars to any book that keeps my interest. So, while "After The Party" kept my interest enough to finish the book, it is not one I will rave about. I found the main female character, Jem, to be tiresome and I lost patience with her. In addition, Scarlett, the young daughter in the book, was a brat. I did not find her to be entertaining nor endearing. Perhaps parents enjoy indulging their children, but outsiders certainly do not see the charm in their bad beha
I struggled to get through this, and I still can't decide how I feel about it. It's obviously not a page turner, and I wouldn't describe it as a pleasant read, but then it's not particulary deep either - it covers too many issues to delve into any individual one. The characters also weren't particulary likeable. Despite this, I found I could appreciate some of the misunderstandings and relate to some of the awkward social encounters, and I ended up actually wanting to find out how it would all e ...more
Andrea Guy
After the Party is a sequel to Ralph's Party...and for some, the book might be better received if the first book is read...well....first. However, as I read, I found that After the Party could stand alone. Lisa gives enough backstory that you don't really need to have all the details of how they got together.

What will surprise most...well, at least it did me, is that Jem and Ralph aren't married. The way the story read, they felt like a married couple, but only Jem acted like she was part of one
Agnes Mack
After the Party is a sequel, and I suppose it's possible that if I'd read the first one, I would have enjoyed this more - but I find it unlikely.

There really wasn't much for me to like here. I imagine that Lisa Jewell was trying to write a book about a couple with two kids, who found themselves drifting apart, but really it was just a gossipy, ridiculous, and not terribly amusing story about a family unit that wasn't functioning very well.

The writing style certainly wasn't prize-winning, but
Unaware that there was a first part to Ralph and Jem's story, I decided to join in on the tour when I was given the chance. It sounded like a not-so-romance novel that would interest me and I decided that I really wanted to read it. I was surprised at how quickly I got into the story and I was really glad that everything felt very realistic, and I was able to connect with the characters.

Ralph's Party starts off Jem and Ralph's story, when they become roommates and then fall in love. Of course, t
This was a Goodreads First Reads giveaway book.I'm not sure I would've bought this book on my own, a "junk food" style book - you know its serves no healthy purpose but sometimes you want to indulge.

I enjoyed it for being what it was - an easy read, not ground breaking must read fiction but a decent story nonetheless. It's a follow up to Ralph's Party. I have not read the first one but don't feel that I missed out on any history or need to know info.

The story was good, the characters realistic (
David Peters
Having been born just inside the M25 and spent a lot of my under 21 years living in England in general, I really enjoy books about British 30 somethings. I end up reading a lot of chick-lit because of it, but quite a lot of it is quite good. So I had high hopes when the publisher asked me to review After the Party, that I immediately went out and read “book one” in the series Ralph’s Party. Ralph’s Party details the lives of the inhabitants of 31 Almanac Road as their lives intertwine. Some rela ...more
Laurie Carlson
“After the Party” by Lisa Jewel

Lisa Jewel catches the very essence of real, every day life with children and a relationship to a “T” in this sequel book to “Ralph’s Party”. You do not need to have read the first book in order to read this book. If I did not read that this book was a sequel, I would never have known it. It is an excellent stand alone book. Lisa Jewel has written a ‘jewel’ of a story!
We are introduced to Ralph and Jem in the beginning of this story by finding out they are now tog
Set in London, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary have been together for eleven years. He is a successful painter and she works part time as a talent agent. They have two children, daughter Scarlett, and brand new baby boy Blake. They thought they would be together forever but clearly the party is over. Ralph really shows no interest in Blake, his artwork is faltering. Jem is exhausted caring for two children, getting up several times a night with Blake and trying to get back to work. If all that i ...more
I re-read Ralph's Party before reading this to rehash my memories of the story so far. Although it really isn't essential to do so, as the book (although sort of labelled a "sequel") stands well on its own, I was glad to have read it again because you can see the maturity in Lisa's writing jump out at you.

As Ralph and Jem have grown, so has Lisa's writing. The characters have become so much more complex. There was so much more depth to them than in Ralph's Party and I think that is a reflection
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Eleven years ago, in Lisa Jewell's debut novel Ralph's Party, Jem and Ralph fell in love. After the Party tells us what happens next, shattering the illusion of happy ever after with the reality of the responsibilities of a long term relationship. Jem and Ralph are now parents to two children, three year old Scarlett and 4 month old Blake, both conceived after unexplained infertility and several miscarriages. Family life has a put a strain on their relationship, Jem is tired a lot of the time, R ...more
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Lisa Jewell (born 19th July 1968, Middlesex, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).

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