Ralphs Party

Ralphs Party

by Lisa Jewell

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Overview

Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road ... Ralph and Smith are flatmates and best mates - until, that is, the gorgeous Jemima moves in. And suddenly they're bickering about a lot more than who drank the last beer. Of course, Jem knows that one of them is the man for her - but is it Ralph or Smith? Upstairs, Karl and Siobhan have been happily unmarried for fifteen years - until, that is, Cheri moves into the flat above theirs. Cheri's got her eye on Karl and doesn't see why she should let a little thing like his girlfriend stand in her way ... Sooner or later its all got to come to a head - and what better place for tears and laughter, break ups and make ups than Ralph's party?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140279276
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Jewell is the bestselling author of fifteen books, including her most recent novel, the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Then She Was Gone. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Ralph S Party 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was stuck in hospital and my boss turned up with this book, which he thought I might like. So of course I had to read it, though it's not really my cup of tea. To give the book its due, it's written with considerable spirit and wit. I was fascinated by a descriptive section late on in which someone is described as having 'squandered breasts'. What on earth are squandered breasts? But top marks for inventive prose.The story left me cold. Lots of twentysomethings in London, and a lot of stuff involving toilets.
michelly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It has been years since I read this book, but I do remember that I loved it at the time. It may have been just the "read" I needed at the time but it provided such fun "chick lit" type of enjoyment that I immediately requested another Lisa Jewell novel for my birthday that was coming up. (I never actually read the other one because I am very flighty...but I do intend coming back to it one rainy day when the mood is right).
CatieN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Smith and Ralph have been friends for many years; yet, they are polar opposites in just about every way. Most evenings, they sit in front of the TV with their beer and cigarettes. Ralph decides that another roommate might liven up their social lives. Enter Jem. She is tiny and cute, a genuinely nice person and a lot of fun. Things definitely get very exciting for both Smith and Ralph. In the same apartment building lives Karl and Siobhan. They live a boring but domestically blissful life until Siobhan finds out about something big that Karl has been keeping from her. Another apartment dweller is Cheri, a beautiful, selfish, shallow girl who manages to insert her destructive self into everyone else's lives in the building. I would describe this as a romantic drama/comedy which starts out with a bang, bogs down a little in the middle of the book, and then tpicks up again at the end but with no real surprises for the reader. Quick, fun read.
scovel More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into this novel. I'm not sure if it is because of the writing technique or the fact that this is a British novel and that sometimes takes me some time to feel comfortable in the text. Ralph's Party is the story of young 20 something's in London who are trying to figure out their relationships. Each of them is in a messy friendship or relationship or older relationship that has fallen stale. Everything for everyone changes the night that Ralph has a party. His party brings out everyone's true colors and things are never the same for any of the characters. A fun, quick read about love, loss and how to get through all the tough times.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A wonderful fun and girlie read from the beginning to the end. I easily fell in love with each character and was able to keep their relationships to one another straight - made me fall in love with brit chick lit. Taking in place in one building in London, with a cast of characters that are so woven together it makes the stories smart and a pure joy to read. As they intermix and mingle, it made for scenes that made me laugh completely out loud. In the basement are two men who are looking for a third flatmate and in walks Jem, a female looking for her dream come true - man that is. The first floor houses a couple who have been dating for more than 15 years with very little ups or downs. Finally, on the second level a very beautiful woman lives who has her eyes on one of the men in the building, while another has been pinning after her since she arrived 5 years earlier. The book was definitely a journey and although there were times where I may have been able to guess the outcome, I still enjoyed the road the book took to get to the end. As I can't spoil the book - I will have to say that the ending was abrupt and I can't believe that a sequel has just been released this year! The review for After the Party will be posted tomorrow. A read that I would recommend to those who may not always read brit chick lit, as I completely enjoyed this one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Chick lit, with all of the predictable twists. It was okay, nothing memorable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for anyone who likes to read about fellow twentysomething year olds trials and tribulations in the single world. Very entertaining and an excellent read, couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Lisa Jewell knows how to pull the reader in and believe in the characters, their faults and all. This is a story about 6 people and their 20/30 something lives and their realizations of finding true love. It was funny, magical and witty. Different from other brit chick books, because a least 1/2 of the book is coming from the point of view of some of the male characters. A must read for anyone that likes comedy romances with some twists and turns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lisa-thank you for writing such a witty book. Just so you know, the cover picture selected for your book is a picture of a bunch of very close friends that live in San Diego, California. We loved seeing ourselves on the cover, and tried to pick out which character each of us represented! Our lives are similar (musicians, chefs, photographers, artists, etc.) to the characters in the book. Thanks again, we hope our true friendship in the picture captured the energy of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was hard for me to put down - it was so entertaining. I'm hoping that the author's next novel, 'Thirtynothing,' is just as good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This realistic tale of friends, lovers & enemies brings to life the true nature of love in the 90's & beyond. I received the book as a Christmas present and had to read it in a day. I laughed, cried and felt many of the emotions the author must have felt while writing this fabulas tale. It was extra special for me since I had taken my first visit to London this year and could imagine the setting. Lisa is a gifted author and I look forward to reading her next novel. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone of age who has a zest for life...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book while traveling through Europe. When I read the back cover, the thing that made me want to read this book, when we are in a relationship we never say what we are thinking . This book goes on to tell the story about lovers, friends and neighbors all intertwinned but never knew it. I recommend this book to any one who is interested in a funny , can't put it down until the end version of love, lust and friendship in a circle of friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lisa Jewell is a fresh,spunky, smart new author...we should be seeing more of her work. You fesibly could read this in a weekend.Bloody funny! This was non-stop laugh out loud comedy and spirt. I enjoyed the colorful characters and surprise twists. You will never guess what could happen next. You actully 'felt' what Ralph felt...and you really are anticipating 'Ralphs Party' all through the book. A must read...this isn't a classic...but you won't regret spending good time reading this quickie.