Thursday, July 21, 2011

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Goodreads Description: "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."

My Review: My review is probably a tad biased because I'm such a huge Sophie Kinsella fan, but oh well! Twenties Girl was---as all of Kinsella's books are---wonderful. Lara was a funny heroine (though not as funny as Becky Bloomwood!) with her desperation regarding Josh and her floundering attempts to save her lame business. Sadie was all sass and hilarity; she was highly obnoxious and opinionated, and this was why I loved her. Sadie's the friend everyone wishes they could have. Sadie and Lara's banter was awesome; it kept me laughing the whole time. I was also guessing as to where the necklace was the whole time. The mystery whodunit part of the book was spot-on; even when I figured out who had the necklace, I could not figure out, for the life of me, WHY they took it...and that's what made it a good mystery novel. The bits with Sadie and "Mr. American Frown" and Josh were what made it a good chick-lit novel. Of course, it wasn't nearly AS funny as it could have been; usually when I read Kinsella's novels, I laugh until I cry, and this time I merely smiled. But I'll admit it: at the end, when Sadie and Lara parted...I was sad. I would miss Sadie. You don'y get too many characters like her in books. And all of the twenties culture and little tidbits about life in the 1920s only made the book so much more glamorous and fun!

Cover: The cover is in true keeping with all of Kinsella's books (she never puts real people or real images on her covers). The picture doesn't show you this, but the back cover has a picture of a modern 21st century girl---juxtaposed with the flapper girl on the cover---wearing Sadie's necklace. So as far as Kinsella's covers goes, this one is charming and cute.

Overall Grade: A-

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