The Party

The Party

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds themselves entangled in a legal battle, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies. One invitation. A lifetime of regrets. Sweet sixteen. It's an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah--a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong? But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim's picture perfect life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to unravel. A lawsuit is filed that irrevocably changes their relationship, reveals dark secrets in the Sanders' marriage, and exposes the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah. Harkening to Herman Koch's The Dinner, Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap, and Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, The Party takes us behind the façade of the perfect family, exposing the lies, betrayals, and moral lapses that neighbors don't see--and the secrets that children and parents keep from themselves and each other"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Scout Press,, 2017
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501161247
1501161245
9781501161308
150116130X
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm

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K_ROK Oct 11, 2017

Very entertaining, full of drama and quite the page turner.

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laphampeak
Aug 08, 2017

On one hand the story seemed superficial with your upper white class suburban family and the haughty teens. The birthday sleepover with the four girls sneaking booze and drugs seemed trite..... On the other hand it was thought provoking akin to the series "13 Reasons Why" - a story about a teenager and the subtle and overt bullying that resulted from teen small mindedness and inconsideration that had severe consequences. Shallow maybe but with hidden innuendos between the lines.

debwalker Aug 06, 2017

The perfect family unravels after a disastrous 16th birthday party. Sounds like normal to me!

SCL_Tricia Jul 07, 2017

I enjoyed this book. I was sucked into the story and drama immediately. A light suspense with more drama than darkness. A great summer read that just might get you thinking about what you would do in this situation.

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letstakeashelfie
Jun 22, 2017

This book pulls you in instantly. The pace and unexpected twists and turns keep you locked on the story leading up to Hannah's Sweet Sixteen and the aftermath that is left in its wake.

A full review of this title can be found on my blog: http://www.letstakeashelfie.ca

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