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The Party: A Novel

The Party: A Novel

Geschrieben von Robyn Harding

Erzählt von Cassandra Campbell


The Party: A Novel

Geschrieben von Robyn Harding

Erzählt von Cassandra Campbell

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4/5 (350 Bewertungen)
Länge:
9 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Jun 6, 2017
ISBN:
9781508235347
Format:
Hörbuch

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Beschreibung

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, 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 flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders' marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.

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 picture-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.

Freigegeben:
Jun 6, 2017
ISBN:
9781508235347
Format:
Hörbuch

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Über den Autor

Robyn Harding is the author of numerous books, including the international bestseller, The Party, and The Swap, which was an instant #1 Globe and Mail (Toronto) and #1 Toronto Star bestseller. She has also written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family. Visit her at RobynHarding.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @RHardingWriter or Facebook @AuthorRobynHarding.

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  • (4/5)
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.When a sweet sixteen party goes terribly wrong, the terrible aftermath crumbles the foundations of friendships, family, and status.This book is so full of palpable, believable tension! Harding writes people that feel so real, and I get so caught up in their stories. This was a real page turner for me, having to know what was going to happen to each character, and what truly happened at the party that night.I felt like two of the side relationships, one involving the dad, one involving the mom, weren't as interesting and didn't ring as true. The one with the dad especially felt rushed and didn't make a lot of sense in context.Both of Harding's books I've read I've really enjoyed and flew through because I couldn't put them down. I'm still thinking about the last chapter of The Party-it gave me actual chills.
  • (5/5)
    It's all fun and games until someone loses an . . .This book showed the ugly side of everyone when a horrible tragedy happens at a sixteenth birthday party. The party starts innocent enough when Hannah's mother Kim starts it with the rules. No alcohol, no drugs and no boys. Then the party is on. The rules, a total waste of Kim's breath. A fact Kim discovers when she is awoken from her two glasses of wine and half an ambien idled sleep several hours later by her blood covered daughter, Hannah. Kim and her family's life goes downhill after that.It was amazing how people's personalities and opinions changed after this party. Just like the high schoolers, the parent's became selfish, greedy, and childish. The author did a great job with the characters and they became and were real people in my mind. There were so many times I wanted to jump up out of my chair and just beat the crap out of some of these people. Seriously, how ridiculous can one be and still call themselves an adult?A story that looked at teenagers and adults when a life changing crisis and small, insignificant at the time, mistakes can change their lives.Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • (5/5)
    What a great book! I was hooked from the very beginning and just wanted to read it all at once. This could happen to any of us. How many times did we bend the rules slightly for out kids?It's Hannah's sweet 16 party and her mother Kim was pretty clear on the rules. No drugs. No boys. No booze. Well zero for three,they are teenagers! Even Kim's husband Jeff thinks she's wound too tight and sneaks the girls a bottle of champagne with instructions to Hannah not to tell her mother. It's only a little champagne after all, she only turns 16 once. Fast forward a few hours and Hannah is at the foot of the bed covered in blood. And so starts the lies and manipulating and cover ups and lawsuits and what happened that night alters the lives of so many people. But what a tangled web we weave. Often when many of the characters are unlikable, it ruins the story for me but not in this case. And I found pretty much everyone except Hannah unlikable. Hannah is struggling with life in high school. Does being popular come with a price? She has a good head on her shoulders, a good sense of morality even when it will cost her her popularity, much more sense of right and wrong than anyone else in the book, even her parents and the rest of the adults and I really admired her bravery. I read a lot of this book with distaste for those adults. All of the adult main characters and some of the other adult characters in this books just weren't nice people and most were out for themselves. But at what price? These adults lost sight of what's important in their quest to be right, to do what they wanted without consequences. But there are always consequences and the wrong people seemed to be suffering. Ronni did redeem herself a little in my eyes but had her life not changed drastically, she and Lauren would probably go on happily being the popular mean girls.This book raises a lot of questions and issues and it's scary how easily what happened could happen to many of us. When your child has a sweet sixteen sleepover, who runs down and checks on them? Do we trust that the limits we put in place are followed? While it is illegal, do we supply "just a little" alcohol? How much is too much, any at all?This was such a good book, the issues very real in today's society and it makes us question who we are, what we do, how we would react in such a situation. The storytelling is gripping and I wanted to leave everything to the side so I could read it all at once. This is definitely one of my favourites this year and I will be looking for others by this author.
  • (4/5)
    Thank you, Goodreads' FirstReads for my complimentary review copy.From outward appearances, Kim and Jeff Sanders, a wealthy couple, seem to have the perfect life. With their beautiful home, affluent lifestyle, steady jobs, two kids, and a stable marriage, they want for nothing. They decide to throw a sweet sixteen party for their daughter, Hannah. It wasn't going to be anything extravagant, just a sleepover for her and four of her friends. Kim and Jeff would be home, but unintrusive. It would only be pizza, cake, and movies and nothing more. What could go wrong? Everything!The aftermath of what was supposed to be a celebration upended lives, destroyed relationships, and exposed all that was, until then, kept hidden.Overall, I enjoyed this compelling and well-written book. The chapters were short and from alternating perspectives, a technique I prefer because it really helps with character development. The characters, themselves, were true-to-life, with each having grey shades(some more black than white).
  • (5/5)
    This novels takes an incident at a 16th birthday party and maps the ramifications and secrets! The cliques of teenagers and adults, the meanness of bullying, the way events spiral. Lives are changed, destroyed,, turned upside down. It was fascinating, intelligent and I'm afraid very realistic and believable. An astonishing read!
  • (5/5)
    intense! couldnt put it down ! I loved it! would recommend.
  • (5/5)
    Great story and characters so true to life! I know I went to school with kids like this-luckily social media didn’t exist back then!
  • (3/5)
    I really enjoyed the story and the narration was excellent. But I could have done without the many cuss and swearing words.
  • (5/5)
    Great audiobook. I enjoyed the story and will definitely read other novels by this author
  • (2/5)
    These characters... I don't know how this author creates the most superficial, ugly, and spiteful characters, but this book is LOADED with them. The only character I liked was Aidan and he had maybe 30 lines total in this book. So if you're into that kind of thing, this is your book.
  • (5/5)
    I see why the book got bad reviews because the characters are just not likable. However it still made for a great dramatic page turner, which I love. Worth the read.
  • (5/5)
    It was good i think you will enjoy it alot
  • (1/5)
    Did not have a good play...too mean girlish for me
  • (2/5)
    Well written. Powerful story. Poorly contrived ENDING ?! Very disappointed.
  • (4/5)
    The ending was a bit disappointing because Hannah didn’t learn a lesson about true friends vs popularity. Other than that it was intensely satisfying
  • (3/5)
    Ok...the characters in this book were not like able. Not a single one. I listened to the whole thing only so I could find out the twist(spoiler there was none). Most certainly not in the same vein as Liane Moriarty.
  • (5/5)
    Oh my God. This book ripped me to shreds. I was supposed to start mh diet today, but here I am weeping and eating kolaches and sugary glazed donuts in a Shipleys parking lot.

    I am trying to find the words to convey my thoughts about this magnificent, realistic, touching eye opener. Robyn Harding pulled at all of my heartstrings with this emotional roller coaster.

    A sweet 16 sleepover with friends turned into a horrific experience after life altering accident. The consequences for the parents and teens are never ending and tumultuous. Bullying, blame, greed, blackmail. It’s all too much, but it’s a very real and harsh reality. I’d place this book at the midway point between the book “All We Ever Wanted “ and the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why”.

    This book is an eye opener and it is a must-read for anyone with kids or working with kids or with no kids. It’s for everyone! Oh my God! Where is the parents guide to raising wise, responsible children who make good choices in life? It shows that you can be the cool parent or strict parent, 1 parent home or 2 parent home, rich or poor and still end up with kids who fuck up. I have a 13 yo and my anxiety level is through the roof because even though she’s the sweetest girl pie ever, outside influences are everywhere and have a strong impact on her.

    Incredible book and it was narrated by the same lady who narrated Crawdads, so that was another wonderful surprise.

    Read ??this??book?????? with a bottle of wine ?.
  • (4/5)
    I was really hooked by this story, so I feel like I should give it more stars for achieving that. The only thing that bothers me is that the teen protagonist, Hannah, feels oddly drawn. She’s sensitive, smart, and sympathetic but her odd fixation with popularity feels slightly disingenuous. The teenagers in general in this story feel really harshly constructed and overly archetypal. I need another read to expound on this statement, but that was certainly my initial reaction. The adult characters, however, are incredibly authentic.

    It’s a solid story with a captivating arch. If you enjoyed Big Little Lies, you’ll like this.
  • (5/5)
    this book is amazing! one of the best books i have ever read!! anyone would love this book but if you are a mother or father or a teenager you must read!!!
  • (3/5)
    It was a good enough book for Chick lit but I wouldn't say it was great. The characters were a bit flimsy in terms of depth. It followed the new fiction format of "Gone Girl" by giving a very timelined perspective of each character but I guess that is the new thing for the Chick lit genre.
  • (4/5)
    One of the better new “social thriller” novels today. Well drawn characters, good plot line with just enough twists and turns. Very enjoyable read.
  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    A great book with a boring end, so frustrating.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)
    The PartyRobyn HardingMY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️PUBLISHERScout Press/Simon and SchusterPUBLISHEDJune 6, 2017A tense and riveting domestic drama about the perfect family and aftermath of a tragic accident that threatens to tear the family apart. SUMMARYHannah Sanders wanted a legendary sweet sixteen birthday party. She was finally one of the cool girls at school and needed to maintain her social status. She invited four girls over for a sleepover. Hannah knew the party was not going to be just any party when she hid a bottle of vodka underneath the couch. The other girls brought contributions as well. The four girls were having fun until things went horribly wrong. Hannah woke her mom up from a alcohol and Ambien induced haze in the middle of the night There was blood on Hannah’s hands. Hannah’s friend Ronni had fallen through a glass table and had a severe cut on her face. An ambulance is called and Ronni is rushed to the hospital. Hannah’s parents, Jeff and Kim’s idyllic life begin to unravel as Ronni’s mother, Lisa demands retribution. Friends turn against the Sanders and dark secrets are revealed about their marriage and their lives. REVIEWIt’s scary how quickly your life and that of your family can be altered forever. And how easily one lie leads to another and another until you have a huge web of deceit. With the turn of every page, THE PARTY reveals multiple lives spinning out of control by lies, deception and cover-up. ROBYN HARDING’s writing is smooth and easy to read. The book is an amazingly quick read and kept me turning pages until four in the morning. Any parent of a teen should read this book. It’s about the seemingly perfect family, pressures of high school and the impact of bullying. The characters were believable and the story, while a work of fiction, could easily happen anywhere. It’s about what really happened at the party that night. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.
  • (3/5)
    The Party is a domestic drama revolving around an incident that occurred the night of a Sweet Sixteen party. The book is told through the prospective of four narrators central to the happenings of the party and drama that ensues afterwards. Taglined as “One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.”; the reader instantly knows that the party is not going to go smoothly, but it’s the human interaction and truth that bubbles to the surface after, that is meant to captivate.Hannah, the daughter of Kim and Jeff Sanders, is turning sixteen and has recently seen a shift in her popularity at school due to her new boyfriend, Noah. Suddenly Hannah is thrown in to a friendship with the popular girls, Lauren and Ronni, who she would do anything to impress. Hannah has known Ronni since they were little girls, but even as former best friends, she knows she has to shed her good-girl reputation and throw an amazing party to win the girls over. That night things take a tragic turn, when one of the girls is involved in an accident. The events that occur after the incident turn the Sanders’ picture perfect life upside down and reveal secrets along the way that they would prefer had stayed buried. I picked this book up because of the comparisons drawn between Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and Herman Koch’s The Dinner, both books I thoroughly enjoyed. The Party sadly fell flat for me. I couldn’t help but hate every single main character. Each time I thought I could pick out a redeeming characteristic in them, something new was revealed and I found myself intensely disliking them once again. Despite my agitation with the main characters, I did not hate this book! I was hoping for more of a WOW factor or something to keep me on the edge of my seat. While this was lacking, I did find myself speed reading through the second half of the book, wanting to know the outcome of the situation. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a drama to read on the beach this summer. If you’re looking for something with a more psychological thriller or suspense-filled vibe, I would suggest looking elsewhere. Thanks to Gallery Books & NetGalley for providing me a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
  • (1/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    This book was a boring mess. I had hoped it would have a good ending, but it was a surprisingly horrible book.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    It was more realistic than most twisty suspenseful stories. I know a good book when it makes me feel and identify with characters that live outside of my moral character... and when I can guess a few predictable behavior choices but it all.. overall a good read and good narration.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (1/5)
    This book should be labeled as young adult or adolescent fiction. I think teenage girls would like it—just not for me
  • (2/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Every single character was unlikable! I finished the book because I wanted to see how it ended, and then I was disappointed in the ending.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (2/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Maybe entertaining for teenage girls. Based on the reviews I had figured it would be a decent entertaining read... it was drawn out and absurdly shallow and one dimensional. Don’t waste your time

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Kept my interest but hated the ending. Skip it.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich