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After Perfect: A Daughters Memoir | Christina McDowell
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A searing memoir of loss and redemption. People In the tradition of New York Times bestsellers What Remains by Carole Radziwill and Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowells unflinching memoir is a brutally honest, cautionary tale about one familys destruction in the wake of the Wall Street implosion. Christina McDowell was born Christina Prousalis. She had to change her name to be legally extricated from the trail of chaos her father, Tom Prousalis, left in the wake of his arrest and subsequent imprisonment as one of the guilty players sucked into the collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort (the Wolf of Wall Street). Christina worshipped her father and the seemingly perfect life they liveda life she finds out was built on lies. Christinas family, as is typically the case, had no idea what was going on. Nineteen-year-old Christina drove her father to jail while her mother dissolved in denial. Since then, Christinas life has been decimated. As her family floundered in rehab, depression, homelessness, and loss, Christina succumbed to the grip of alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity before finding catharsis in the most unlikely of places. From the bucolic affluence of suburban Washington, DC, to the A-list clubs and seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, this provocative memoir unflinchingly describes the harsh realities of a fall from grace. Full of nineties nostalgia and access to the inner circles of the Washingtonian societal elite, Christina McDowells beautiful memoir is a Blue Jasmine story from a daughters perspective.
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So here‘s the thing about this review. I‘m biased. I knew the author growing up and read the book on a recommendation from my mom. I have nothing but respect for a girl who tells her truth and Christina McDowell does in this book. A girl who grew up with nothing but the best is suddenly broke, her father is in jail and her good name is ruined. This books teaches a hard life lesson learned by a kind intelligent woman.

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I finished this one last night and promptly passed out. It‘s a riveting account of the daughter of a multi millionaire who lost everything and went to prison back in the mid 2000s when the economy crashed. Christina Prousalis woke up one morning not knowing that her entire life was about to take a drastic turn. The anger I felt towards her parents and how they acted in the aftermath got worse with every page. I can‘t fathom their actions.

Reviewsbylola Thank you for sending me this @Cinfhen I couldn‘t put it down. Now sending it over to @Mdargusch and @emilyhaldi 1y
RebelReader Sounds awesome! Stacking it to my ever growing list! 😬 1y
Cinfhen Her parents were horrible!!! Her mom!!!! Ugh😞It is a page turner but something about Christine felt disingenuous🤷‍♀️ 1y
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Reviewsbylola I was surprised she seemed more forgiving towards her mom. I thought they were equally heinous and unforgivable. @Cinfhen 1y
emilyhaldi Yay! Looking forward to it. 1y
Mdargusch That was quick! 1y
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#GetMovin Not sure anyone can really claim a #perfectlife but growing up Christina McDowell describes a real life fairytale 🏰castles and ponies, private planes, never ending parties and all the luxuries until the FEDS arrived at her mansion with guns blazing and they arrested her father; her knight in shining armor. It‘s a fascinating story about greed, money, want & insatiable need but I was unable to find sympathy for Christina. #ImNotEvil

TrishB I don‘t know this story 👍🏻 1y
eanderson This sounds good! 1y
Mdargusch Sounds like a good one! I‘m not familiar with this story at all. 1y
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Cinfhen @Mdargusch You can borrow it from @Reviewsbylola 💕💕 1y
Reviewsbylola Lol I still need to read it but yes @Mdargusch I have it and Cindy knows because she gifted it to me. 😂😂 1y
emilyhaldi Lol I want to read too!! @Reviewsbylola 1y
Reviewsbylola Ok I guess I better get to it then. 😂 @emilyhaldi 1y
Cinfhen I‘m curious to hear all the Dargusch thoughts on this one...I‘ll be waiting 😉 @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 😘😘😘 1y
Reviewsbylola I started it last night. Wasn‘t feeling Hausfrau! 1y
Cinfhen I bailed on Hausfrau @Reviewsbylola 😂this is an easy read, it sucks you right in 1y
Reviewsbylola I only read 40 pages. I just couldn‘t do it. @emilyhaldi gave it five stars!! 1y
Cinfhen I remember @Reviewsbylola because we were reading at the same time and I was wondering WTF book is she reading?!?! Because my Hausfrau was slow, dark & depressing....like @shawnmooney would say “ I wanted to rip out my eyeballs “ 😂😂😂 1y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola I LOVE dark and depressing.. and moody!!! I thought the writing was incredible 🖤 I think I have a couple of cool littens who are on #teamemily 😉 @LauraBeth @BarbaraBB you guys loved Hausfrau too, right?! 1y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I am definitely on #teamemily, I also love dark stories and Hausfrau was exactly how I like them! And I think @LauraBeth loved it too indeed! So, @Cinfhen and @Reviewsbylola , you may want to reconsider 😉?! 1y
LauraBeth @emilyhaldi definitely with you and @BarbaraBB on this one - dark and depressing is my jam! Loved Hausfrau! I was just thinking of re-reading it 😀 (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola I don‘t mind Dark and depressing. The writing was just too removed for me. @emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB @LauraBeth 1y
Cinfhen Yes, I think @Reviewsbylola defined my dislike better @LauraBeth @BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi the writing felt flat, too detached ~ but I may try again 1y
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My family got such a nice package today from @Cinfhen 😍😍 She included a book each for me, @Mdargusch and @emilyhaldi plus treats for the girls. Thank you so much Cindy!!! My book is the tagged one, which I‘ve been wanting to read! I can‘t wait to see what my mom and Emily got!

Mdargusch What?!?! That is the sweetest! @Cinfhen 💕💕💕 2y
Hollie @Cinfhen that is so sweet! ❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi So awesome!!! Thanks @Cinfhen 😘 can‘t wait to see what other books you included! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks She‘s so sweet!!! 😘😘 2y
LeahBergen Awww! That‘s so wonderful! 💕💕💕 2y
Cinfhen So glad it arrived!!! Sometimes Israel Post surprises me in the best way 😊it's a belated bday for @emilyhaldi and early gift for @Mdargusch 😘😘😘 2y
Kalalalatja So lovely! 💕💕 2y
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#DecDays I mean no disrespect to Christina McDowell but her searing memoir was the first book I thought of for today‘s prompt #YoungDumbBroke Christina is definitely not dumb, her story is about disillusionment and discovery ~ The story is as much Christina‘s relationship with money as it is with her father, mother & house of lies. Having so much to having almost nothing & lacking the tools to manage. {Still something felt disingenuous }

Cinfhen http://spoti.fi/2zUg6mp have a listen 🎵 2y
TrishB Don‘t know song or book! Will have a listen later as scrolling in bed and hubby asleep!! 2y
Reggie Idk, I‘ve never heard of her, but I looked her up online and watched an interview about the book, and agree with your last statement. Something‘s off. But now I want to read this book. 2y
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Cinfhen Her dad was involved in the Jordan Belfar(Wolf of Wall Street) scam..its crazy stuff @Reggie @TrishB but I was left feeling that this chick would of been happy being daddy's bambino and was more pissed off than sorry 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about this book. 2y
Cinfhen I have a book im sending to @emilyhaldi ill send this one too💕😘#HappyHolidays @Reviewsbylola (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Did anyone get your mom salt to the sea??? @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 2y
Reviewsbylola I don‘t think so. @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen So im gonna send that one to your mom after I read it @Reviewsbylola I told her I would 💟 hope your having a wonderful time with the family! 2y
Reviewsbylola That‘s so sweet! 😍 @Cinfhen 2y
emilyhaldi Thanks Cindy, you're the best! I scoured my mom's shelves this morning and didnt spot that book so I think you're good 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Got treats for my favorite little Littens too @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 💕💕I feel like a grandma 👵😂 2y
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Going to start this one tonight...sounds intriguing

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#LyricalApril Day 18 #MoneyGrabber After Perfect written by Christina Prousalis is a timely tale of greed, misplaced love, corruption, assigning worth towards material possessions and the breakdown of a family. I found both the story & the people involved to be overwhelmingly pompous & lacking sympathy. It was difficult for me to truly feel sorry for any of them, as I did not feel any real remorse. I do respect the author for sharing her story.

Cinfhen The band is Fitz and the TantrumsCheck out this video on YouTube:

Hooked_on_books I had the same response to this book. 2y
Reviewsbylola This had caught my eye a few times but something has kept me from buying it. 2y
Cinfhen You aren't missing anything @Reviewsbylola but I'm happy to mail you my copy! 😘hope you're feeling better today! 2y
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Yay! #Bookmail 😊compliments of my lovely daughter 💗She gave thumbs up for After Perfect but bailed on the other two....

Notafraidofwords I loved After Perfect. Great story and accountability. 2y
LauraBeth Oh that sounds great! 2y
Little_Reader I started Tell Me How This Ends Well and bailed after 50 pages. 😔 I hope you give it more of a chance than I did. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Can't wait to hear what you think of Lincoln in the Bardo! 2y
britt_brooke Curious to see how you like Lincoln in the Bardo. I was not a fan. 2y
shawnmooney Ditto - curious about your thoughts! 😍 2y
Reviewsbylola I have become more and more certain I'll hate Bardo. 😂 2y
Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @BarbaraTheBibliophage @britt_brooke @shawnmooney I'm pretty certain I'm going to struggle with Lincoln 😖I gave in to the hype way to early....should have waited....we'll see! 2y
Cinfhen @Little_Reader you saved yourself about 7 hours....good call! I was enjoying until the story dragged and became ridiculous 😫 2y
Cinfhen I'm interested in After Perfect in part to learn the fallout from Wolf of Wall Street @Notafraidofwords @LauraBeth 2y
shawnmooney You have no idea how much I want to read – and then bail on – Tell Me How This Ends because of the field day I would have writing a bail review. With a title like that, they're just asking for it! LOL 2y
Cinfhen @shawnmooney The book doesn't stand a chance!!! I'm happy to include it with the others because I'm never going to read it again... 2y
shawnmooney @Cinfhen Lol. I just read your review. I think it'd be a waste of time and money sending that one to me. 😍 2y
LauraBeth I loved Lincoln in The Bardo! ❤️ 2y
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As I've said in the past, I'm not really a fan of memoirs. That being said, there was something about Christina's story that drew me in and had me rooting for her on her downward spiral. I'm happy I chose this one as part of a precious #BOTM box.

Lauren.Archer I keep seeing this book, but can't see it as an option in BOTM. 2y
morgan_krahn @Lauren.Archer hmm, I wonder why that is! I found it on the BOTM site, but if I remember right I have to go quite a ways back to find it... 2y
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Bright and snowy afternoons are meant for fluffy blankets and books 💙

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Shhhhhh....I'm sneaking in some reading at work 🙈 I am hoping that this crummy Wisconsin weather (rain/freezing rain/ accumulating snow) will keep people home and make for a quiet day. One can only hope.

JenReadsAlot Gotta love Wisconsin weather! 2y
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I'm not normally one for memoirs...but something about this one was intriguing to me. Seeing as thought it's #BOTM eve I thought I would tackle another off my ever growing pile of unread #BOTM picks that life seems to not let me get around to!

mcipher I love that bookmark quote! I want that 8th day. ❤️ 2y
morgan_krahn @mcipher the world would be a much happier place if that 8th day existed! 🤓 2y
Cinfhen Somehow I missed this one, I'm definitely intrigued ❣️Thanks for posting ❤️ 2y
morgan_krahn @Cinfhen well I'm happy I put it on your radar! 2y
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Book mail makes a long Monday just a smidgen more bearable.

Megabooks I did AP as audio, and the narration was mediocre. I wish I had gone print. 3y
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A little nervous that I purchased a book that has a 0% rating here. I haven't started it yet, but I'm nervous. When will I learn to check!!! 😩

Ashley_Nicoletto I have this in audiobook but haven't listened yet. 3y
Megabooks @Ashley_Nicoletto I still want to try it. I've got it on audio too. 3y
Lacythebookworm It sounds like it has potential. Keep us posted! 3y
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Vblancsbooks I read it, didn't think it was groundbreaking, just rich family problems that kept me interested. 3y
Notafraidofwords I read this a while ago and truly liked it. I think her accountability and her desire to make certain things right is more than most people would do. 3y
Megabooks I will @Lacythebookworm ! @Vblancsbooks I do find that interesting when I'm in the right mood. @Notafraidofwords I'm glad you liked it because we more often than not agree on books. 😃 3y
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