Sunday, 17 April 2011

Book Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Goodreads Summary:

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, couldn't 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.

My Review:

Reading a Sophie Kinsella book is like snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of tea on a cold night. It's cosy and comfortable, and you know exactly what you're in for. I know it isn't YA but I was having a bad week and I wanted to read something cute, fluffy and hilarious which is exactly what this book was! Most of Sophie Kinsella's novels stick to a formula- whimsical twenty-something girl gets into a crazy situation, everything goes wrong but in the end they all live happily ever after. It works and it keeps me buying her books because I know it will be light hearted and won't leave me in a deep state of depression after I've finished it and Twenties Girl was no exception.

Lara is at the funeral of her 105 year old great-aunt Sadie, who she has never met, when suddenly a girl in her early 20s appears next to her. She is wearing a beautiful 1920s outfit and keeps asking where her necklace is. Lara figures out that it is in fact Sadie and resolves to help her great aunt find her beloved necklace.

Sadie is such a great character. She is bossy and can be a bit self-centred, but she helps Lara to come out of her shell and embrace life. She made me laugh out loud so many times and even though she drives Lara round the bend, Lara comes to think of her as a friend. I loved reading about Sadie's gorgeous 1920's dresses and learning about her past with a boy called Stephen, was the best part of the book for me. Lara is just as adorable as Kinsella's other main characters and being in her head is so much fun!

I also really enjoyed the cute relationship between Lara and Ed, even if my heart ached a bit for Sadie. Lara helped Ed loosen up in the same way that Sadie did for her, and the scenes with the Charleston lessons were so funny to read!

Sophie Kinsella is such a talented writer, and I think one of the things she does best is create a mystery with so many un-expected turns but it is still so believeable. I have been reading her books for years now, and she's definitely an author who I know will deliver time after time. So, if you're looking for something light and fun between heavier reads this book hits the spot perfectly!

Rating: A
Cover: A


  1. Sounds like a fun book! I love reading books like this when the sun is out and I can go outside to read! :)

    I just found your blog. It looks great! Looking forward to reading your reviews!

  2. i love sophie kinsella too. she is such a rainy day comfort read

    i haven't read this one yet though... loved your review and like Leanna, love your blog :D

  3. Thank You so much for this amazing review.I love Sophie Kinsella.Her books are just so awesome.Now I can go ahead and add it to my overloaded TBR pile. New follower here.I really like your blog.Hope to see you at mine.

  4. I also loved this book! Sophie Kinsella's books always make me relax after a stressful day. There are always parts of the book that make me laugh out loud (literally, my mom thought I was going crazy one day while I was reading confessions of a shopoholic). Even though it might be difficult to do I kind of hope she does a sequel to Flapper girl.

  5. Leanna- I know, it's such a beachy/sunbathing read! Thank you! :)

    Nomes- I know, I always know I'll be laughing through her books! Thanks! :)

    Mia- Aw, no problem! I know, I love her too! Haha, sorry for adding another book- I feel your pain with the overloaded tbr pile! Thanks so much, I'll check yours out now! :)

    Natalie- Haha, I know- don't read her books in public if you don't want weird stares! That would be so wicked but I don't know how she could do it! Bet Sophie would find a way though!


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