4 out of 5
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.
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press (July 21, 2009)
When I first started Twenties Girl, I thought oh no, Sophie Kinsella has lost her touch. I also thought this was an attempt to cash in on the paranormal romance craze. I shouldn’t have been worried though. After reading 100 pages, she was right on track with a great paranormal Chick Lit story where her main character, Lara finds the true meaning of life with her great aunt, Sadie, helping in a ghostly form. I don’t think anyone else can write Chick Lit like Kinsella, although, I really enjoy her books written under her real name, Madeleine Wickham much better since they are a little darker in tone than the Shopaholic series.
I really did enjoy this one and found myself staying up late to finish it. I was also a little sad that it was over and didn’t leave room for a sequel.