Book Review: After Perfect by Christina McDowell

Posted June 6, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the PR company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: After Perfect by Christina McDowellAfter Perfect by Christina McDowell
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General, Literary, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: the PR company
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three-half-stars

In the tradition of New York Times bestsellers What Remains by Carole Radziwill and Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey, Christina McDowell’s unflinching memoir is a brutally honest, cautionary tale about one family’s 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 lived…a life she finds out was built on lies. Christina’s 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, Christina’s 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 McDowell’s beautiful memoir is a Blue Jasmine story from a daughter’s perspective.

“After Perfect” by Christina McDowell was a very raw and intriguing story. Christina Prousalis was used to living a life of luxury that most people couldn’t even imagine. One day everything falls a part as her father is arrested for securities fraud. Christina’s father was a lawyer who lived life way beyond his means. Mr. Prousalis was one of the guilty players that was collateral fallout of Jordan Belfort, who was the “Wold of Wall Street”. Christina worshipped her father and thought he was the greatest. Christina decides to share her memoir in “After Perfect” on how she had to recover from this disaster of falling from grace.

I have to say that I really appreciated McDowell’s view on what happened to her and sharing her life. I get that she came from a privileged life and now she is middle class like most others, but what I am most proud of is the fact that she was brave enough to tell her story. Since Christina was so used to a man taking care of her, she wasn’t used to being an “Adult” that had to take care of herself, so everything just falls a part. I like how detailed Christina wa sable to get in dealing with her seven-year journey.

The fact that Christina’s memoir is brutally honest is impressive. McDowell is a good story-teller, so I will be interested to see if she ends up writing something else. HEr writing can use some improvement but then again whose doesn’t? I really want to see how McDowell continues to improve her life.

three-half-stars

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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