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The Birthday Girl From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex Eliza comes a return to adult fiction centered around a mysterious woman's birthday celebration—and what it reveals about her past Ellie de Florent Stinson is celebrating her fortieth birthday with a grand celebration in her fabulous house in Palm Springs At forty it appears Ellie has everything she ever wanted a handsome husband; an accomplished college age stepdaughter; a beautiful ten year old girl; two adorable and rambunctious six year old twin boys; lush well appointed homes in Los Angeles Park City and Palm Springs; a thriving career as a well known fashion designer of casual women's wear; and a glamorous circle of friends Except everything is not uite as perfect as it looks on the outside—Ellie is keeping many secrets This isn’t the first of her birthday parties that hasn't gone as planned Something happened on the night of her sweet sixteenth Something she’s tried hard to forget But hiding the skeletons of her past comes at a cost and all of Ellie’s secrets come to light on the night of her fabulous birthday party in the desert—where everyone who matters in her life shows up invited or not Old and new friends and frenemies stepdaughters and business partners ex wives and ex husbands congregate and the glittering facade of her life crumbles in one eventful night Beautifully paced and full of surprises The Birthday Girl is an enthralling tale of a life lived in shadow and its unavoidable conseuences


About the Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of many critically acclaimed and award winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series the Blue Bloods series the Ashleys series the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi autobiographical novel Fresh off the BoatHer books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like



10 thoughts on “The Birthday Girl

  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Ellie is turning forty and she’s throwing the party year in her Palm Springs house to celebrate Ellie is one that has it all She has the handsome husband beautiful and accomplished children and three homes She’s a fashion designer and has a solid group of friendsYou know what means though right? All perfect on the outside but not so perfect on the inside Ellie has so many secrets Her birthdays aren’t always happy times like her sixteenth birthday That’s one she’d rather forgetOn the night of her party allllll of Ellie’s secrets come bubbling up Everyone in her life shows up to the party whether they were invited or not It all falls apart for Ellie that nightThe Birthday Girl is a dramatic lots ‘o drama mystery I wondered throughout who Ellie really was and what had happened Her upbringing was very different than her adult life I found The Birthday Girl to be a taut entertaining read and while Ellie wasn’t the most likable of characters I came to understand her as light was shed on her early yearsI received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


  2. Debra Debra says:

    275 rounded up Life in the fast lane Surely make you lose your mindLife in the fast lane yeahEager for action and hot for the gameThe coming attraction the drop of a nameThey knew all the right peopleThey took all the right pillsThey threw outrageous partiesThey paid heavenly bills The EaglesA birthday celebration in Palm Springs Hollywood style The best of the best for Ellie's friends to show off her wealth and prestige But behind it all she is worried about her company worried her husband may be having an affair but then again whose husband isn't having an affair she wonders and worried that a blast from her past is coming to her birthday celebration But come on she invited this person so why be so shocked?Nothing is going as planned and this reminds her of her sixteenth birthday which also did not go as planned So what happens when the people who matter most in your life show up and the things in your past you kept buried find their way to the surface? So while reading this book I was thinking what's the big deal? The premise sounded good but fell flat for me This book was meh just meh for me This just did not work for me at all There was the mystery of her past and how it affects her future but I found there to be no suspense whatsoever The big reveal was okay but the build up to it felt as if I was on a slow ride to nowhere Told in two timelines one in the past when she was a teenager living a completely different life As a teenager she was poor and grew up in a trailer who shoplifted with her best friend to keep up with the fashions of the time The other takes place in the present during her lavish birthday party in Palm SpringsI received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own


  3. Jessica Jessica says:

    I received this book for free as part of an Instagram tour Storygram Tours specifically I did to promote the bookI give this book 35 stars which rounds up to 4 I was really looking forward to reading this book because I love Melissa de la Cruz’s books However this book wasn’t as good as I expected it to be As a thrillermystery the book falls kind of flat There wasn’t much suspense For a lot of the book I was waiting around for something big to happen Nothing super thrilling happened until the very end I was also expecting something to happen at her party but nothing really did The big surprise happened in her past the book is told in alternating timelines One thing I did like were the descriptions Melissa de la Cruz knows how to write about rich people and their lifestyle I’ve read many of her books and that is a constant throughout a lot of them I loved reading the descriptions of all the rich people at Ellie’s birthday party They were hilarious; it was like watching a reality tv show Overall this book isn’t that surprising or thrilling but still has entertainment value It’s a uick read so if you want something short and entertaining to read then go for it


  4. Erin Erin says:

    Giveaway winContemporary A Thon Read a 2019 releaseI don't understand what the point of this book was The Birthday Girl is about Ellie who is celebrating her 40th birthday She has what appears to be the perfect life but Ellie has a lot of secrets in her past and now they are all about to come out Birthday is told in dual timelines Ellie's 40th birthday and a very memorable 16th birthday The plot sounds intriguing but the book itself was meh This book is all buildup but nothing actually ever happens By time we arrived at the twist I didn't even care any I just don't understand why this book exists Melissa De La Cruz is a popular writer but maybe someone should have told her that her book was plotless and boring I thought about giving this book 1 star but decided not to because the writing itself was good I don't recommend The Birthday Girl


  5. Cesar Cesar says:

    15 starsPointless That's what this book is PointlessThe first thing I should say is that The Birthday Girl is not a thriller in the sense that the stakes are high and has a shocking revelation The Birthday Girl is a thriller in the sense of a social scandal Correction this book isn't even a thriller to begin with The premise for The Birthday Girl is very bland and it only gets blander as you start to read The thing is it did have the potential to be a good story of a woman who intends to keep her skeletons in the closet and does not want anyone to know about her past that could change their view on her Especially if her secrets are horrifying Here's the thing The story and characters do little to nothing to even make the story sound like a thrillerOur story is about Ellie celebrating her 40th birthday by throwing an expensive party that could probably pay for the rest of my life I am not exaggerating However things aren't going well for her because she's a spoiled rich woman and she receives a text message from a person in her past who knows a secret that could cause her social status and her as a person to crumble downSocial scandals may not seem as scandalous or shocking as the ones you've seen on TV or social media but keep in mind that one secret could lead to someone's downfall and are never looked at the same again But what The Birthday Girl fails to do is even give us a proper thriller let alone a scandalWhat did The Birthday Girl do wrong to warrant such an opinion from me? For starters the characters Specifically our main character Ellie She's very very very annoying and downright hateful for her actions and thoughts She's the epitome of when rich people get angry when one tiny little insignificant thing goes wrong Plus she's very spoiled She comes off as fake and plastic Now at first I thought that this was the way she was supposed to be written based on the secrets she's keeping Putting up a front so no one discovers what she has hidden most of her life Put up a front to hide your secrets But no She's just a spoiled selfish person Plus the things she says and thinks are very outdated that made me dislike herThe plot itself was devoid of any plot The story is told in past and present all on one day Ellie's birthday A lot can happen in a day that could very well change how a person lives their life Ellie's past was interesting because compared to the present that story felt real than the fakeness of Ellie's present Granted it didn't help the overall story arc and the end of the past arc was kind of anticlimactic but it was better than the present story arc The present side of the story annoyed me because half the time it forgot about the plot and was mainly Ellie going around being angry The two did not go well with each other and felt like separate stories rather than one storyThe biggest disappointment was the secret revolving around Ellie I won't go into spoilers but keep in mind what I said earlier about this not being a thriller The cover and the premise gives off a creepy vibe But all of that is tossed out the window and instead we got a shallow plot and secret Like one centimeter shallow This isn't a thriller It's a social scandal type of story I will say that I like reading stories about petty drama and watching it all go down So while I disliked the majority of the story I couldn't help but enjoy the petty drama Verdict The Birthday Girl is not a thriller The Birthday Girl is a shallow book with a plastic main character and a plot that doesn't know if it wants to be a thriller or a social scandal thriller You are not missing out by not reading it Would I recommend it? No Thanks for reading my review Cesar


  6. ABookwormWithWine ABookwormWithWine says:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz is what I would call a light mystery with some heavy shit thrown in at the end All in all it was uite the read and I really enjoyed itWhat it's about It is Ellie de Florent Stinson's fortieth birthday and she has decided to throw a huge party in her new Palm Springs home She invites everyone she knows new friends old friends old flames famous people she barely knows no one is exempt from being invited and no expense is too great After all she has a thriving fashion line multiple homes a loving husband and amazing children; life is good But as the night goes on her old secrets start to bubble up from the past and something that happened when she was sixteen becomes impossible to avoid any longer The Birthday Girl is a fun book that is full of drama and gave me a little bit of a The Favorite Sister vibe The book may not be set on a TV show but for all the drama that is in it and the materialistic sense you get from Ellie and her guests they might as well be the same I happen to like that type of book so this really worked well for me and was really fun to read about The Birthday Girl jumps from present to past which is 24 years prior and mostly told from Ellie's perspective She grew up poor and worked her butt off to own a fashion line which made her pretty amazing in my eyes even if she was incredibly materialistic I know what it's like to go from nothing to so I felt like I could connect with her at least on some level The book is also really short at under 300 pages so it makes for a very fast read that you could easily read in one sitting Songs the book brought to mind Good as Hell by LizzoFinal Thought The end of The Birthday Girl totally blew me away and left me with chills Some people may see where it is going but I clearly didn’t and I loved the surprise It does end up getting a little dark but nothing I couldn't handle and it was considerably tamer than a lot of mysteries out there If you want a light mystery with tons and tons of drama then I highly recommend checking this out


  7. Darinda Darinda says:

    Ellie is turning forty and she has a big birthday party planned She's invited everyone she knows and has everything planned to the last detail Things do not go according to plan though Something is up with her husband her daughter has returned home unexpectedly from college her best friend can't make it someone from her past has decided to drop by and Ellie's waiting on a last minuted business dealTold with alternating timelines past 24 years ago and present birthday party The past timeline is about Leo and Mish two girls from the wrong side of town on the night of Leo's 16th birthday They are best friends and excited to go out and celebrate but things do not end happily The present timeline is about Ellie her lavish party and the things happening in her lifeThis is listed as a thriller but nothing is particularly surprising or shocking Ellie is not the most likable character but she's realistic She wants perfection and to prove that she belongs An entertaining book for readers who enjoy drama and mild suspense I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


  8. Jerecho Jerecho says:

    The cover was captivating The writer was good in description The story was kinda so so Okay let me get it straight I'm looking for the suspense part 👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾 And this book doesn't satisfy the hunger I'm looking for in a story 😭😭😭 Maybe I just want to feel something but I don't get itAnyway it's not a waste but something to think of? What will you be 40? Do you regret something in your past? So many uestions but only time knows the answer 💤💥😊🎂


  9. Mandy White Mandy White says:

    Really enjoyed this book of 2 birthdays 24 years apart The ending surprised me Great narrator and story


  10. Dennis Dennis says:

    1 12 starsI won't roast this book any than I have to—my rating will suffice This book was too pretentious superficial and uite predictable for me I did not enjoy it and would've given it one star but there's a small twist towards the end of the book that made me uestion that rating a tad I think some people would enjoy this book but the reader would have to escape reality for the time being until it's finished


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