The After Party

Two Stars

Title: The After Party
Author: Anton DiSclafani
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Length: 384 Pages


From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend?

Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan’s radical behavior escalates, Cece’s perspective shifts—forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is.

A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.

Overall Review:

I was excited to get my hands on this book- it sounded really interesting and I wanted to let myself disappear in the world of Texas Glamour in the 50’s. I don’t know if my expectations were just too high or if there were some holes in the piece, but the book fell a little flat for me.

The book follows two women who are childhood friends and stay friends until the story takes place. The premise is interesting…but all in all, it was just too tidy for me. From the changing of names (they were both named Joan), to the two different sections of the psyche both women represented, and even to the rebellion story…it was just too neat and packaged. It wasn’t realistic for me, and it just missed the mark a bit.

One of the things that bugged me the most was that the women didn’t want to work to change their realities. They had no goals and no drive, and except for the “big secret” that turned out to be a huge letdown for me, there really wasn’t much keeping me going.

I received this ARC from Blogging for Books.