Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: After the Party

'After the Party'
Author: Lisa Jewell

Format: Paperback
Published: Atria Books; Aug. 2011
Pages: 464
Genre: Brit chick lit
Grade: B
Source: Publisher

Synopsis: Eleven years ago, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell deeply in love. They thought it would be forever, that they’d found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, and an apartment became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn’t quite so simple anymore. But through it all, Jem and Ralph still loved each other. Of course they did.
Now Jem is back at work part-time as a talent agent. Ralph, a successful painter, is struggling to come up with new, hopefully groundbreaking, work for his upcoming show. But the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart And in the chaos of family life, Jem feels like she’s losing herself, while Ralph, stuck on the sidelines, feels like he’s lost his muse altogether. Something has to change. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become momentarily distracted—but maybe it’s not too late to recapture happily ever after…

My Take: Oh my gosh people, am I actually writing a book review? Don't get too spooked out! I mean, this may actually start to happen on a more regular basis as my life slowly gets back to normal. I sure hope so! While my life was totally crazy these last few months, I was reading a ton, even if I couldn't find the time to share these fabulous books with you. But I have them all sitting by my trusty computer just waiting for me to find some time to type them all up. And well, it looks like I may have found some time. I am so excited to actually share some thoughts on books again!

These past few months, it was best spent with books that weren't super taxing and didn't take an extreme amount of thinking. My fondest book memories are of Brit chick lit and way back when I was in college I read a bunch of Lisa Jewell's books ranging from Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder, and Ralph's Party and then for some reason, promptly forgot about her. Well, I am glad she was brought to my attention! Her latest, well, at least that I have read, After the Party, meets back up with those we met at Ralph's Party many years later after they've had a couple of kids and life maybe isn't living up to their expectations.

Our two main characters are Ralph and Jem. They are now the parents of two little kids. Life after the party, so to speak, is kind of hitting them hard. They are still in love but their love has lost its way in the chaos that life brings with little sleep, dirty diapers, and juggling a job each.

What I enjoyed most about this novel was that many times chick lit can get a little routine for me, especially as I grow up. This time it's grown up with me. This novel was at time's achingly hard to read because the characters had so many raw emotions and having just gotten married myself I didn't want to read about a relationship on the brink of falling apart from the stress of a couple of children. I wanted these two to be able to make it. I like it when a book can bring out these kind of emotions in me and I don't always expect it from these types of books. I look forward to reading more from Lisa Jewell and I hope there isn't such a big lull in my reading between the next book!

Cover Lust: Definitely the perfect cover for what is inside!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Big Day

We are officially hitched! Photo (c) Jen Philips
I hope you all didn't think I was holding out on you but this past month has been an incredibly intense, emotional whirlwind as I went from a Ms. to a Mrs. As anyone out there who has gone through it can probably attest to the days and weeks leading up the event, you pour whole heart and soul into one day that reflects you and your future husband as a couple so that all of your friends and family can come together to celebrate your two-ness now become a one-ness. What we imagined and hoped for as being a fun and festive celebration of our two lives in the city we now call home, San Francisco, was more fun and love filled than we ever could have imagined and the whole wedding weekend was just completely fabulous. As much of an intense and emotional ride as this past year has been (and all of the money we spent on the wedding), now on the other side I can totally say, yep it was worth it. And, believe it or not, my new husband (still weird to say) totally agrees with me.

So if you'll divulge with me for a moment or two, I'd love to share with you some highlights of our wedding weekend. Seriously photo heavy post ahead!


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