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Ready for another Sophie Kinsella Book?
For some reason, I can’t quite get enough of her lately. Ms. Kinsella’s books are satisfying the girly girl in me that I didn’t know I had. While I’m not a huge fan of reading a romantic book solely for the romance, I do enjoy how she incorporates bits of romance here and there into an otherwise fascinating story.
The Basic Plot
Lara Lington is an imaginative young woman who recently started a business with her best friend, broke up with her boyfriend and is “in a good place now”, and seems ready to take on the world – or at least that’s the way things look on the surface.
In reality, Lara is still pining after Josh, is picking up the pieces of her company after a friend ditched her, and is wondering how to keep her emotions and her company afloat. So, after seeing her great aunt Sadie’s ghost at a funeral, Lara thinks she’s had a mental breakdown.
But, this haunting is no mental breakdown. It really is her aunt’s 105 year old ghost. The reason for her inability to “move on” is because someone has stolen her dragonfly necklace, the one she’s worn all her life. She needs Lara to track it down, since Lara is the only one who can see and hear Sadie.
Lara and Sadie’s interactions lead to a lot of hilarious situations, including dating a complete stranger and dressing up in a 1920s flapper dress in a modern bar. Both women are strong willed and opinionated, so they often go at each other in head-to-head shouting matches. Unfortunately, since no one else can see Sadie, poor Lara often looks like she’s arguing with herself (or with someone on an impossible-to-see headset).
While this situation is funny throughout the book, eventually the two come to an understanding. Lara gets a glimpse into Sadie’s life in the 1920s, and Sadie learns popular modern catch phrases. The two become best friends, and by the time the necklace is found, Lara doesn’t want Sadie to go. I love how this relationship develops gradually, and so by the finish, you could feel the ache at the the thought of their separation.
In addition to developing Lara and Sadie’s characters, Sophie Kinsella doesn’t skimp on the other characters like she did in her other two novels I read. She pokes deeper into Ed and Josh’s lives and how Lara affects them both. We see more than their response to the situation, we see why they think and behave the way they do.
She also adds depth to side characters such as her cousin Diamante and Uncle Bill, even though we don’t get to see them as much as we see Lara and Sadie. We see how money plays a role in their lives and how selfishness leads to frequent arguments and disagreements.
How Does It Compare to Other Books?
I’ve read two other Sophie Kinsella books so far, and I think this one is on par with, if not better than, Confessions of a Shopaholic.
The book still has the whimsical writing style, but the plot and the characters are more fleshed out than the other books I’ve read. She gave the main characters more time to develop and change throughout the book, and the problems they solve are accomplished through their own hard work, not happenstance. Additionally, it’s cleaner than Can You Keep a Secret?, so I feel more comfortable recommending it to friends and family who may be interested in the story.
I enjoyed listening to Rosalyn Landor read all the various characters in different voices. Her British accent added a lot to the story, and she made everyone come alive.
I think Twenties Girl is a good, fun read for anyone looking for a romantic comedy.
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