After Perfect A Daughter s Memoir 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

  • Title: After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir
  • Author: Christina McDowell
  • ISBN: 9781476785325
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 fIn 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.

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    1. I’m struggling a bit to figure out why I enjoyed reading After Perfect as much as I did, but I did. The author was born into a life of extreme privilege. Her father was an "IPO lawyer" who was charming, obsessed with wealth and status, and who showered his wife and three daughters with endless luxury cars, houses, vacations and jewelry. But it turns out that the family lifestyle was built on lies. When she was 18, the author's father was arrested for fraud. In the form of an impressively recol [...]

    2. Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.This memoir attempts to provide the "innocent child of a perpetrator's" inside account of the Madoff scandal and associated financial fraud of that era. The author, along with her two sisters and mother, lived a disturbingly lavish lifestyle (which to me sounded kind of grotesque rather than "perfect") until the author was about 18 or so, at which point her father was convicted for being, to say the l [...]

    3. This book left my face feeling sore and tired from all the eye rolling. Perhaps I'll write a book about how hard life was for the 1 week it took me to finish reading this embellished, bull shit sob story.

    4. I was not convinced. Her memoir felt contrived to me. The author is a younger woman who supposedly went from the top echelon of the Washington, D.C. elites to the bottom of sleeping at friends' shabby apartments in Hollywood when she was a waitress or actress. But she was never really on the bottom, she could always stay with her millionaire friends in D.C. or Malibu. The author was expert at constantly inserting multiple names of the rich and famous she supposedly was connected to throughout he [...]

    5. ARC for review. First off let me say that there may be readers who dislike this book from the "Yeah, cry me a river about your privileged childhood when there are orphans eating garbage in Calcutta" and while I can totally understand that reaction, I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this memoir of Christina McDowell, nee Prousalis, the daughter of a man convicted of and imprisoned for insider trading in that it allows us to see the collateral damage these sorts of actions leave behind. Christi [...]

    6. Such an interesting premise: the author is the daughter of a man who was like "The Wolf of Wall Street" and she tells her side of the story here. It's a fascinating look at what it's like to be raised in extravagant luxury till the day it ends in fraud charges, loss, disgrace, and jail. I really enjoyed this true story but eventually had to give up on the book because the writing was too irritating. Sentences like this: "Far from the life my parents had built, and it created a ripple of resentme [...]

    7. I thought this young woman was overly dramatic and a slow learner. So she grew up in a privileged family and nobody ever taught her how to manage finances, how long does it take to learn? Her mother gave her a valuable painting which she sold for $13,000.She sold it (good move) and proceeded to blow every cent on non-essentials! Nothing put aside for rent, no dental check-ups, no repaying her friends generosities - just blew through it. This was after she had been on her own and barely scraping [...]

    8. I have really strong feelings about this memoir. On the one hand, I saw the author felt victimized by her parents. But on the other hand, she was an adult when all this happened. She was in college. Granted, she grew up sheltered and spoiled, but come on! You can't go back to some fancy-pants private college? Take some courses at community college. Work a job, maybe even two. I get why she was reluctant to sue her father for stealing her identity, but come on! In a way, her ignorance reminded me [...]

    9. 4.5+ stars. I read this in one sitting. Captivating memoir written by the daughter of a guy jailed for fraud, among other things. Billed as the "other side of the Wolf of Wall Street" story, there's not a lot about the Wolf himself, other than the idea that the threat of his testimony was going to be very bad for the author's father. In any case, a very well-written account of her family's struggle after all was taken away, materialistically speaking, not to mention emotionally and even their "g [...]

    10. I received this book in my Book Of The Month shipment and wasn't expecting a lot honestly. I didn't really read anything more then the blub online. However, this book really surprised me. The author, Christina McDowell, writes such a intriguing memoir of her life after her dad got thrown in prison for being an associate of Jordan Belfort and bankrupting his family leaving this family in complete monetary and physical ruin. This effected Christina more then all the other family members it seems, [...]

    11. Powerful & close to homeWords cannot express just how deeply Ms. McDowell's memoir impacted me. Prison aside, I feel as though I've read about my own life in a sense, Greek heritage included. One must give McDowell credit for stripping herself bare & bleeding all over the pages of this memoir. While at first it may give some readers a perverse pleasure to see a one-time rich girl's plunge from grace, the fact is the grief, confusion & lack of identity is palpable. Above all, I could [...]

    12. A slushy, poorly written and unrealized memoir by a writer who needs more time in training. I was interested in this book and for about the first 1-2 chapters engaged in it, especially hoping that it would get better as it went along. The story centers around the author's father's trial and conviction for fraud, and the fallout. It's written in an episodic, almost journal-like stream of consciousness, which itself is not very well done. Cliches, clunky writing, "poor me" syndrome, humble-braggin [...]

    13. I grew up in Newport, RI and there was always a fascination there about the rich, and what made them different from the rest of us poor plebs. Generally I would find it difficult to feel sorry about the ones who fall, but in this case we are talking about the children of the rich--children who had been fed a lie their whole lives. This book was written by one of them. Her name was Christine Prousalis, and her father was one of those who fell after the "wolf of wall street" debacle. Her entire li [...]

    14. After reading Christina's open letter to the producers of The Wolf of Wall Street, featured in LA Weekly, I was excited to read her book. I'm not usually one to pick up memoirs, but Christina's story intrigued me and I had to know more about her and her journey.The first thing I noticed and liked about this book is that Christina is unflinchingly honest. I admire that. Christina told the truth when it made her look bad, when it would have been so much easier to skim over things or just omit them [...]

    15. I give this book 5 stars because of the gutsiness of the message; her gutsiness to disclose and also to clearly display the extremes of wealth and poverty, and the narcissism and slime of greed.All abstract terms. In the beginning, I wasn't too sympathetic to this young woman or her family, but as the book went on, I totally felt behind her. What betrayal. It's hard to see beyond our immediate culture whatever that is, but we must. Her family, for the most part, was odious. Yes she was lost. Yes [...]

    16. It is almost appalling to read the privilege and head-in-the-sand lifestyle of this family. I felt very engaged in the story so I'll give it three stars but there's a part of me that was a little disgusted with how every member of this family handled themselves.

    17. I struggled to like this book and forced myself to finish it. Christina McDowell's memoir about her elite D.C. upbringing and sudden descent into poor little not so rich girl (who still had a closet of designer clothes and accessories likely worth more than my house) should have provoked more sympathy from me, I guess? I mean, no, we don't choose our parents and yes, her dad screwed their family over, but.even at the end, when she's trying to put some good out into the world volunteering, I had [...]

    18. This book was addictive and I couldn’t put it down: stayed up way too late finishing it in one night. I grew up lower middle-class, by sometimes we were so poor in the 1980s that saving up for a new winter coat was part of my late summer plans. There are skills that many of us learn early by necessity: how to open a bank account, how to save money for something we really want, how to work hard now towards a goal, and even how to find a job that doesn’t require “hustling” one’s body. Th [...]

    19. Christina McDowell (nee Prousalis) writes about her emotional roller coaster ride, starting from the gates of her lavish life surrounded by the rich and famous, and similarly situated friends, as she cruised through her adolescent and teen years without noticing how the other 99% of the world lived, to a finishing line of despair, drugs, reckless sex and near insanity in the seedy parts of California. Prior to her adventure, her father, Tom Prousalis, was a securities lawyer who marketed himself [...]

    20. After Perfect, by Christina McDowell turned out to be a little different from what I was expecting.And by different, I mean better. The description hinted at Christina’s struggle with drugs and alcohol, and I suspected that the bulk of the book would center around that aspect of her life.I’m glad I was wrong. The story she tells of her life is so much deeper than that. She, of course, does write about using drugs a lot as a coping mechanism, but the actual story is rooted in her struggle to [...]

    21. I was between a 3&4 stars review on this one, but ultimately chose 4 because I read through it wanting to know what happened next. I truly felt compassion for Christina, because even though she was a legal adult, she was still just transitioning between childhood and independence when everything changed. While there was a little too much self pity, which got annoying, I felt it was understandable why she was so lost. Her father was greedy and selfish, but when everything was gone, her mother [...]

    22. This memoir is about a woman who grew up in the tony suburbs of DC with incredible wealth. Only to find that her father is a con artist who was arrested for securities fraud and went to jail. This happened when she was a freshman in college and it traces the 10 years after and how it fractured the family. She went on a downward spiral (for many reasons, not just money). I think it was very well written and there were times I could not put it down. She's super honest and raw and reveals stuff abo [...]

    23. Moving Such a cautionary taleI am so glad she has written this book. There are so many lessons that can be taken from her story. And, she is a talented writer who can really keep the reader interested. I feel so sad for everyone I wish she could get some validation from her father, though Is that too fairytale-ish? Geez, Tom, give the girl a break and apologize!

    24. I changed my mind and switched to 5 stars, because this memoir achieved what the author intended. I got the clear picture and clear message. Well-done.My Japanese review: youshofanclub/2015/06/06/a

    25. Quick, entertaining read but knowing what I know about her and her fathers relationship currently it kind of ruined it for me. Hard to know who to believe, which ruins memoirs. I need truth, or mostly truth.

    26. This book was a quick, easy read, but the author's constant name dropping and entitled personality get old quickly. She was 18 when her dad went into financial ruin. It's unfortunate that she chose to continue chasing fame and feeling sorry for herself instead of figuring out how to support herself without her parents' money, like most adults. Her parents losing everything isn't the problem here; her biggest problem was her own inability to make responsible choices from that point on. I feel lik [...]

    27. Somewhere between two and three stars, After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir kept me interested but not enthralled. McDowell's story is interesting but I wish someone else had written the book for her. There were so many people mentioned in the book that it was impossible to keep them straight when they reappeared periodically. McDowell, her mother and two sisters all bore the brunt of her father's imprisonment for white collar crime and their status as victim of having lead an excessively lavish, [...]

    28. I find books about how the other half lives and falls to be generally entertaining as well as annoying. One that contains the lives of those who are generally seen as modern day villains, the sultans of white collar theft and corruption who's greed helped America into decline, promised to be both. I found it easy reading and perhaps a little too light- basically what you'd expect from the topic that's covered. Its still an interesting story and with a hopeful message of sorts. The writing is pre [...]

    29. My first reaction to this book was not favorable. I thought it was going to be a sob story about a spoiled, ultra-rich, snobbish girl, whining about something that didn’t go her way. The deeper I tread into the memoir, I began to realize that those folks have problems, too, and this girl was a victim of her family’s neglect and selfishness. It gave me an understanding of how wealth distorts reality and distances one from the average person, leaving no trace of empathy or compassion. I’m su [...]

    30. Interesting book, but so typical of young people that they blame everyone but themselves.I'm not saying that her parents were nice people, but she also contributed to the problemsI think it's an important book for people to see the "other side of the coin"

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