The Party

The Party

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First Scout Press hardcover edition June 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."--
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2017.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition June 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501161247
Branch Call Number: HARDI
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm


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flightofabluebird Dec 18, 2020

I love the multi generational perspectives you get in this novel. Not my favourite Harding story, but I still enjoyed reading it.

Nov 27, 2019

This was my first time reading Robyn's work and I found her storytelling captivating & enticing. The character development & understanding of human nature not only in adults but also teens were very on point and taut with drama. A juicy read while enjoying the warm breezes of a Spring sun.

Sep 22, 2018

I found it very difficult to like any of the characters in this book. The adults are self-absorbed, the teenagers are cruel, mean and vindictive the only one that was at all likeable was the young son, Aidan. I read 'Her Pretty Face" by the same author and enjoyed the book, this one was a disappointment.

Sep 15, 2018

I don't know what happened with this book. I read "Her Pretty Face" by the same author and LOVED it. This book was a disaster. The characters were so awful, whiney, and the ending was horribly put together. I literally despised the characters based on how they were portrayed in the book.

Mar 15, 2018

This book was pretty awful. I'm not exaggerating when I say that ALL of the characters are intolerable, save maybe one of the teenage girls, Ronni. The ending is rushed and left me feeling like I just wasted like 5 hours reading it. If you like snobby, rich, money-hungry adults with no empathy and the most vapid teenage girls, you will enjoy this book, but I doubt those two character archetypes seem appealing to most people. I guess if the theme of the novel was money isn't everything and rich snobs suck, the book did a great job delivering that sentiment.

K_ROK Oct 11, 2017

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

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.

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.

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