After Perfect

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Christina McDowell with After Perfect.

by Christina McDowell

Quick take

‘“ Remember, Bambina. The best revenge is success,” her father tells her as he leaves for prison…’ An irresistible story about love, greed and delusion, and how the truth—after it knocks you down—really can set you free.

Why I love it

In the Prousalis family, love and money were so intertwined that they seemed like one and the same. The eldest daughter Christina wanted for nothing: a wild animal trainer entertained at her tenth birthday party; when she turned fourteen, her presents included a $2,000 Tiffany watch and a cameo role on Dawson's Creek. And when love faltered—as it did on the day her dad Tom lost his temper and thre...

Member thoughts

29% Love
56% Like
15% Dislike
  • Chloe M.


    "I loved this book! An interesting insight to another part of life that isn't typically showcased. "

  • Emily M.

    Springfield, MO

    "My heart went out to her!"

  • carmen c.

    Fayetteville, AR

    "Christian provides a very interesting perspective of what money and high society can do to a family. "

  • Ariel T.

    Buffalo, NY

    "Christina's story is for the most part, very sad. It is interesting to read about how the very wealthy live, but her downward spiral was often very difficult to take in. "

  • Jill R.

    Woodbury, MN

    "It was interesting to see the other side of the story. "

  • Jordan R.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    "We don't think about the ever lasting effects, its almost an insight to follow wolf of wall street."

  • Maretta K.

    Arlington, VA

    "Loved the Wolf of Wall Street for all its glamorous depictions of new money. However this auto biography had me rethinking and completely connecting with a disillusioned youth and a quest for truth. "

  • Ana M.

    Memphis, TN

    "Her ability to stick allow her parents to manipulate her is heartbreaking & left me thinking about my relationship with my parents long after I finished. Just wish she took responsibility for her part"

  • Sally L.

    Boerne, TX

    "Not a bad read but got tired of the author's constant name dropping and entitled "poor me" mentality. Would have liked her to address her own refusal to live within her means, somewhere other than LA."

  • Megan D.

    Winston-Salem, NC

    "Allows you to get deep into a lifestyle most people will never experience. "

  • naina s.

    Washington, DC

    "This book was okay -- it's very insightful and thought-provoking, but moves at a slow pace and it feels like the author tries too hard in some bits to be extra philosophical and reflective. "