Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Lara Lington’s new business is falling apart after her business partner refused to come home from a holiday in India. Her personal life is in shambles after her boyfriend, Josh, broke up with her six weeks ago without warning or explanation. And to top it all off, she’s being haunted by the spirit of her great-aunt Sadie described as “a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance”. Sadie is demanding that Lara find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years because Sadie cannot rest without it.

I find Kinsella’s novels to be the perfect summer read — light, fun, enjoyable. But I had a hard time getting into this particular read. I found Sadie to be abrasive and hard to like due to her nonstop screaming into Lara’s face whenever she wanted something.

There is also a lot going in with this novel. Lara is trying to reestablish a relationship with her ex-boyfriend, to find a missing necklace, to salvage her business, and to date an American at the request of her deceased great-aunt. Some story lines were more interesting than others; some story lines distracted from the overall plot. The second half of the novel moves much quicker than the first half, but it was enough to salvage my overall opinion of this book.

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Book Mentioned:

  • Kinsella, Sophie. Twenties Girl. New York: Dial Press, 2010. Originally published 2009. Print. 435 pgs. ISBN: 9780385342032. Source: Purchased.
Book Cover © Dial Press. Retrieved: June 25, 2011.
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3 thoughts on “Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

  1. I really don’t know about Sophie Kinsella. Maybe it is because the only two books I’ve read by her are part of the Shopaholic series, and I just don’t identify with the kind of girl who puts shopping before everything else.

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    1. I see a bit of kindred spirit in Becky Bloomwood (the Shopaholic); she wants shoes and I want books. Of course, I don’t rack up the credit card bills like she does but her closet are my bookshelves. I like Kinsella’s standalone books (particularly Can You Keep a Secret?) more than the shopaholic series.

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