This was the only standalone book by Kinsella that I hadn’t read, and as I loved I’ve Got Your Number, I was excited to finally get this one from the library. I read most of it this weekend during Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, and although it took me longer than I expected to get into the story, in the end I really enjoyed it.
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.
The premise of the book, that Lara is suddenly visited by the ghost of her dead great-aunt Sadie, took me a while to buy into. Plus, Sadie is a bit of a flake–she comes across as very self-absorbed at the beginning of the novel, and I found her presence more annoying than anything. I mean, Lara has enough problems without this ghost coming around to cause more trouble. In the first third of the book, I found it difficult to like either of them, and Lara’s life is such a mess that you can’t help wondering if there’s anyway she can turn it around.
Things start to look up, however, when she stops letting herself be so controlled by Sadie’s wishes and begins to embrace being a Twenties Girl for herself. There are some funny scenes, particularly Lara’s first date with Ed, and I liked the fact that she really started to care about Sadie as a person. I think it showed a lot about how society tends to think of elderly people as being no longer relevant or having nothing interesting to share, but Sadie’s life story turns out to be fascinating and she ends up making a lasting impact, and not just on Lara.
I can’t say that I liked the book as much as some of Kinsella’s others, but the last half of the book is particularly good and it’s definitely a fun read.
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