“Everyone knows revenge is a dish best served when you’ve had enough time to build up enough vitriol and fury.”
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press
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.
This book has been on my to read shelf for awhile now (most of my books have), and I saw that it was available at my university library, so naturally, I picked it up. The only thing I really know about Kinsella as an author is that she mainly focuses on chick-lit–right up my alley! I didn’t really know what to expect, chick-lit is either a huge hit or a miss for me.
All of the characters are hilarious in their own ways. At first, I loathed Lara, I thought she was desperate and stupid to be honest. I thought, why is she so desperate to be with this boy? Why can’t she just move on and save me the cringing? But when Sadie comes along, I start to notice the change in Lara and she does become more and more understandable. She learns to love herself and sees that she can help herself, and that’s a theme that I like to see develop in a character. Sadie was my absolute favorite! She’s real, honest (sometimes brutally honest), and hilarious. The nice thing about Sadie is that she learns things from Lara too, and it’s not just her telling Lara how it is all the time, the change is both ways.
This book actually made me laugh loudly in the library and sometimes it made me visibly angry! Kinsella really used her writing to connect you with the characters and make you care about them and feel what they were going through. Some chapters were a little bit too long or hard to get through, but they definitely paid off in the long run. Overall, it was a fun fluffy read that I do recommend.
My Rating: 4 Stars