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Review: Twenties Girl, by Sophie Kinsella


Description from Amazon:
Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.Sadie, however, could care less.Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.

I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella’s latest book. Lara Lington is fairly typical of Kinsella heroines: she’s sweet, but a bit ditzy. Nonetheless, Lara is completely charming, even when paired with the howlingly funny Sadie. And that’s another reason why I love Sophie Kinsella’s books; they’re always funny without being over the top. Granted, things are a bit predictable in this novel, but I really found myself rooting for these characters as I read along. I also really liked that Kinsella made Sadie into a ghost from the twenties; I always enjoyed reading about the period. In addition, the romance story arc is believable.

You have to suspend your sense of disbelief at some of the plot of this novel (for example, I found it hard to believe that someone with Lara’s personality would have the temperament and patience to start a business). Nonetheless, the novel is a fun, light summer read, one that I enjoyed reading a lot.

Also reviewed by: An Adventures in Reading, Peeking Between the Pages, S. Krishna's Books, Kay's Bookshelf

Comments

Serena said…
Sounds like a great, fun summer read
S. Krishna said…
I enjoyed this one, though I still haven't written my review. I found Sadie to be really annoying at the beginning so I was having some trouble with it, but she quickly grew on me. I completely agree you have to suspend your sense of disbelief to enjoy this book! Nice review!

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