Ralph's Party

Ralph s Party Meet the residents of Almanac Road in a romantic engrossing novel that takes you up the garden path through the front door and into the most intimate parts of other people s lives Ralph and Smith

  • Title: Ralph's Party
  • Author: Lisa Jewell
  • ISBN: 9780140279276
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road in a romantic, engrossing novel that takes you up the garden path, through the front door and into the most intimate parts of other people s lives.Ralph and Smith are best friends Until they fall for Jemima, their new flatmate Jem knows one of them s the man for her but which one Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above Happily unmMeet the residents of 31 Almanac Road in a romantic, engrossing novel that takes you up the garden path, through the front door and into the most intimate parts of other people s lives.Ralph and Smith are best friends Until they fall for Jemima, their new flatmate Jem knows one of them s the man for her but which one Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above Happily unmarried for fifteen years, it looks as if nothing can spoil their domestic idyll.Except maybe Cheri, the femme fatale in the top flat She s got her eye on Karl and she isn t about to let his fat girlfriend stand in the waySooner or later it s all got to come to a head and what better place for tears and laughter, break ups and make ups than Ralph s party

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    1. This is the only book by Lisa Jewell that I didn't like. In fact, I thought every character in it was such an asshole that I immediately made my sister read it so I would have someone to rail on them with. This book started our fascination with "asshole books". An asshole book is a book where the characters are total assholes, yet you're supposed to like them. And, not in a Tony Soprano kind of a way where the character is an extremely complex and well-written creation and a major part of the st [...]

    2. What was I thinking? Aaagh!I should have read the signs!Warning Sign no. 1: the price dropped from about two pounds to about one.Warning Sign no. 2: the ‘chick-lit’ label on the cover.But instead I decided to trust the facts.Fact In My Defence no. 1: the price dropped from about two pounds to about one.Fact In My Defence no. 2: good reviews on .So I ended up reading the type of book I hate: ‘Let’s Describe Everything and Everyone in Detail as Directly as to Leave no Doubt What is Meant. [...]

    3. Lisa Jewell is a really good writer and I was surprised when I realised I hadn't read her first book, the cover is simple but perfect for the story behind it. Jem is the centre of attention in this book and I love that as she's such a lovely character she's someone you want as a friend as she's a good listener and counts everyone she has in her life as important. Ralph is a shy person to begin with but as the book went on he grew as a person and it was good to see his shy side firstly and then f [...]

    4. I was amazed, I really enjoyed this book. I am not a lover of "chicklit" at all but becuase of illness that means my attention span is small, memory terrible and anything that requires the least effort or thinking on my part, is just pointless for me to read becuase I completely lose track of,I am having to find effortless books to read as it is pointless to read my usual choice of a book that is either demanding or requires some thinking on my part, I picked up a load of books at a charity shop [...]

    5. LOVE THIS BOOK! It's funny, it's such an easy read and so quirky! Loved the characters, I found them delightful and so true to real life - refreshing.

    6. Actual Rating: 3.25 This was a surprising read. I did not expect a lot of humour. The only thing that I did not like was that there was so much infidelity. I thought the romance was sweet besides the infidelity part. The characters were good. The ending was good. The overall book could have been longer so we could find out more of what happened. Overall, a good read.

    7. This was a brilliant debut novel which was written some years ago now, but still feels as fresh as the day it came out on to the market. It's strength is the fact that it's centered on the people who live in three, different apartments and their intertwining lives as it showcases all the signs of great things to come from this author. She captures not only the reader's full attention right to the end, but for delving into the ordinariness of various lost souls and exposing their quirky natures ( [...]

    8. Ha I love chick lit. And i'm not one of those people who look down on the recently created genre who thinks that it's sub-par or not "deep" reading. Okay, they are usually a little lighter as in not having to look up every other word and maybe it isn't full of statements that take 5 pages to make a point because it's a story that does what it's supposed to do; carry you away into other people's lives usually about relationships and this little gem is certainly a Jewell. I loved the characters an [...]

    9. I really don't have much to say about this book, which is probably a good thing, because if I did it wouldn't be positive.Jem was insipid, dull and had terrible taste in men.Ralph had boundary issues that bordered on obsessive stalking.Smith started out reasonable, and then turned into not just an asshole but a clingy asshole.Cheri was a flat-out bitch.Basically I found it to be a blah book full of horrible characters. I'm glad it wasn't my first experience with Lisa Jewell, because I've previou [...]

    10. It's been a long time since I've read a whole book in a weekend. It's nice to have the time to do it. Binge reading, how I've missed you :DI can't believe it's been 10 years since this was first published, and I can't believe it's been 5 years since I last read it.I think it speaks volumes about how much I've changed in the last 5 years that this book, which I always loved, has become kind of 2 dimensional to me. I found myself having less and less sympathy with any of the characters who are all [...]

    11. I have lost count how many times I have read 'Ralph's Party' (I am now on my third copy), its one of my favourite books. I love all the characters (apart from Smith), they are realistic and well written, I have always had a kinship with Siobhan for various reasons and I love how she changes in the book, its a positive change and its nice to read. Ralph and Jemima are both memorable characters, they are so similar in so many ways and they do not see it, you want them to be together. Smith is some [...]

    12. Last night while I couldn't get to sleep I finished reading Ralph's Party. While I enjoyed Jewel's writing style, I couldn't get into most of these characters as much as I had been able to with the characters in Thirty-Nothing. Siobhan, Karl, Smith and Cheri have to be some of the most selfish twats in a chick-lit I've read and enjoyed. Ralph and Gem are ridiculously naïve and are clearly a good fit for each other. One of my favorite Mark scenes is where he spills his guts on air and gets a fol [...]

    13. I made a bad mistake in buying (prompted by ) and staring to read this book.I'd finished the first part of Parade's End, a wonderful but sometimes demanding read, and I thought that I'd quickly read this contemporary novel set in South London, where I live. But I've given up after reading 10%. It's shallow and uninteresting, driveling on about the lives of a tedious and predictable set of 30 year olds. I need perhaps to return to my maxim of not reading a book that is less than 30 years old.

    14. I enjoyed reading this book in the end although there were times during the story when I wondered if I should bother reading it.This is the story of 6 people living in the same building and how they interact with each other through friendship, relationship break ups and all the things in between. Sometime the story meandered a bit and left you wondering if it was ever going to get to the point but it came together in the end.

    15. Fun, light read :) First book I've ever read by Lisa Jewell. I'm glad I've got a couple of her other books in my TBR list.

    16. Doing all overdue reviews tomorrow!And by "tomorrow" I apparently meant "two weeks from now." Why does life have to be so packed with sh*t? Need to work on that.After reading The Girls in the Garden I wanted to read every Jewell book out there. I'm almost there, folks! But after initially checking out After the Party and discovering it was essentially a sequel to Ralph's Party, I was stymied. In my mind, I couldn't read the former without reading the latter first (hello, OCD) and unfortunately, [...]

    17. Probably 2.5 stars? I've never had such a bunch of insufferable and unlikeable characters in one book to be honest. Not the worst book I've ever read, though I don't know what that says about my reading habits. (view spoiler)[ Typical that the world feels so sorry for Karl now that he can't have his cake and eat it. And were we supposed to feel bad for Ralph when Jem didn't want him?! He read her diaries and snuck around her room and *sniffed her bra* ffs! Beats me how Jem can be in love with a [...]

    18. Meet the residents of the London brownstone on 31 Almanac Road who together weave a tangled web of romance. Ralph, a ne'er-do-well artist, suddenly realizes he's head over heels in love with his new flatmate Jem, the most fun and sensible girl he's ever encountered. Unfortunately, Ralph's best friend, Smith, has already won Jem's affections, although Smith has not entirely given up his passion for the femme fatale, Cheri, who lives upstairs. Across the hall, Karl and Siobhan have been happily un [...]

    19. I've read a couple of books by Lisa, including this recently. And am honestly confused it it qualifies to be termed as a chick lit!!Feels like it, but yet doesn't!! Probably the reason is coz its not too light, and manages to grab your attention more than a chicklit.Ralph's Party has quite a lot of characters, who stay in the same apartment and its about the lives of each of them. Quite interesting early on , but becomes a slight bit cliched towards the end!!Overall I'd recommend this as a holid [...]

    20. I liked this, it took a while to get started, or my getting into it. It is chick-lit, which is okay. It's defo written in it's time of mid-90's. Took me back to the fashion, music, attitude. A modern take on my beloved P&P. Ralph a true Mr. Darcy. I like Lisa Jewell, solid from her, I'm inclined to read 'Thirtysomething'

    21. This is the third book I have read by Lisa Jewell, and each has been different. Ralph's Party weaves the lives of several people together, culminating in one explosive party. It is easy to get wrapped up in the characters, and we have all met a Smith or a Cheri in our time. An easy, entertaining read for any occasion.

    22. Ralph and Smith choose Jem as their new flatmate (in the basement flat) and she soon becomes Smith's girlfriend, but Ralph is in love with her. On the first floor live Siobhan, who feels insecure about her weight and her boyfriend Karl, who has had an affair with Cheri, who lives in the top floor flat. It all gets very involved and soap opera-y and I was glad when it ended.

    23. Entretenido, sin más. Una trama básica, incluso simple. No conozco a la autora demasiado pero se que tiene buenas referencias y críticas. Claramente no es un buen libro con el que iniciarse a leer Lisa Jewell.

    24. I was looking for a light, funny and pleasant reading, I was hoping to find something Bridget Jones like, but this book has none of that.The plot is pretty predictable. The characters are flat and mostly jerks.

    25. Not very imaginative but has some really nice vibe- it's just the kind of world you want to be with on cold evening time. I especially liked the part of Siobhan and Karl- I wish it was the main storyline!

    26. I did like this book and I didn’t. I thought every character in it was such an asshole. This is a book where the characters are total assholes, yet you're supposed to like them. I didn't find it an effort or demanding to read in any way, and I found the ending as expected.

    27. One of my favorite books! Read like watching the Friends series. Felt like that kind of break too. Nothing too deep. Just an entertaining escape.

    28. Disappointing. It wasn't a hard read, but I somehow feel like I wasted my time reading it. The characters are just plain awful. No, just nope.

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