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After the Party (Ralph's Party #2)

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"Lisa Jewell’s writing is like a big warm hug. After the Party is a touching, insightful, and gripping story which I simply couldn’t put down." —Sophie Kinsella

From the internationally bestselling author of The House We Grew Up In comes an irresistible novel about the power of starting over.

Eleven years ago, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell deeply in love. They thought
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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
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Leah
Apr 14, 2010 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Graeme
Jul 28, 2010 Graeme rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emma
Jan 09, 2010 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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Amanda
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
Adrienne
Sep 30, 2011 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Lynsey
May 24, 2010 Lynsey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Courtney
Sep 12, 2011 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lydia Bailey
Feb 24, 2017 Lydia Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this as an absorbing light read. The last LJ book I read was disappointing but here she's back at her best following up on the characters of Ralph's Party. I thought it was going to follow a very predictable pattern but it had lots of surprises, twists & turns. I felt like banging the two main characters heads together a number of times but it all makes sense in the end; It's chick lit- but good chick-lit!
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
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CS
Oct 02, 2011 CS rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Sarah
Jun 26, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
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
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Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
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
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
Feb 03, 2013 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
Liz
May 28, 2010 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Karen
May 15, 2010 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one became a chore rather than a pleasure to read and I wasn't hooked on it. Its well written but I lost patience with the characters and the lack of communication between them. I loved the character of Scarlett, the little girl - such an endearingly precocious child!
Helena Wildsmith
Feb 03, 2016 Helena Wildsmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the thing I love the most about this book is the refreshing honesty. As a wife and mother myself I really felt for Jem and found myself nodding along with her thoughts - although not her actions! Will definitely keep an eye out for more books by Lisa Jewell.
Kathy
May 17, 2017 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lucy McLaurin
Jun 13, 2017 Lucy McLaurin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Ralph's Party many years ago and remember enjoying it. So when I found this book, which details what happens after, I had to read it!

I did enjoy the read. It was nice to reconnect with Jem and Ralph and discover that happy ever after isn't always.

The routine of life after babies can be mundane and almost soul-destroying, and this does effect a relationship and this story shows this happening.

I won't say anymore but worth a read to see that sometimes life isn't always what you think it sho
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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
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Vicki
Feb 17, 2010 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Lisa Jewell’s books and have been excited about this one for quite a while. After The Party is a sequel to Lisa’s debut novel, Ralph’s Party, published in 1999, and I was certain I had read it. However, I had it muddled with ‘Thirty Nothing’ for some reason, and as it happens Ralph’s Party turns out to be the only book by Lisa Jewell that I haven’t read! Even worse, I ordered Ralph’s Party at the same time as ordering this new book, but something went wrong with the order and ...more
Jael
Aug 03, 2011 Jael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Something wasn't right. Jem wasn't entirely sure what it was. It was something about Ralph, about his smile, his demeanor. He seemed, well, fake was the only way she could think of to describe it, as though he was pretending to like her. He was clearly very happy with his home life and his children, and seemed to be enjoying his work, but whenever he looked at Jem, it was as if he wasn't seeing her anymore." (Pg. 339)

It's been 11 years since author Lisa Jewell visited the characters from Ralph'
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Well it has been 11 long years since Lisa Jewell released a book entitled Ralph's Party. She wrote and I read Ralphs party (unbelievably) 11 years ago and even back then her writing was great.

In Ralph's Party we meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road, who consist of flatmates Ralph and Smith and their new neighbour who moves in, Jemimah. Upstairs live Karl and Siobhan and they have been unmarried for fifteen years albeit happily. When Cheri moves in to the flat above them she causes havoc by deci
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David Peters
Sep 05, 2011 David Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Idris
Aug 02, 2011 Idris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the party is the first book I read written by Lisa Jewell and I admit I didn't know this author or any of her previous works, so when this book came into my possession, it was an absolute mystery to me. I didn't know what I was going to find in these pages and if I would like her writing style, or hate it. But, I'm glad I read it, because I have met a really talented writer.

After The Party is the sequel to one of her earlier books, Ralph's Party. This time the book begins more than eleven
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Tara
Jun 06, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cindy
Jul 29, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
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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 was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & ...more
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