book review

Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Twenties Girl
Sophie Kinsella
Dial Press, 2010
Paperback, 435 pages

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Synopsis:

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 request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.

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 and about each other. 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.

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Review:

I redeemed this book on BookMooch with my points.

I was hesitant to take up another Sophie Kinsella book because I’m still unsure whether I enjoy her style of writing. Reading her Confessions of a Shopaholic series was so long ago and while I do recall enjoying them, I also did stop following the series. I mentioned to my cousin that I was reading the Twenties Girl and she was quite pleased because she’s a big fan of Sophie Kinsella. So she’s a little biased; nothing wrong with that – I’m biased towards a lot of my favourite authors.

Although certain parts of the novel irked me – Lara’s obsession with her ex-boyfriend, Sadie’s constantly screaming – I genuinely and generally enjoyed the novel. I laughed out loud during certain parts and loved the development of our two female leads. I also enjoyed having the little mystery aspect of the novel and thought that the book was fun to read.

If you’re a fan of Sophie Kinsella, you’ve probably already read this book. But if you somehow missed it, it’s definitely for you. If you’re new to Sophie Kinsella, I would highly recommend Confessions of a Shopaholic as that’s still her best work yet.

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