TITLE: Twenties Girl
BY: Sophie Kinsella
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick-Lit
PUBLICATION: July 21st 2009 by The Dial Press
NOTES: POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
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.
It’s been a long time since I read a Sophie Kinsella book. I remember, I stopped reading because I saw a similarity in all her books and that is every protagonist is a liar. I know most plots in every genre has lies, but in her books, all the protagonists deliberately lie just to move the plot and that was a turn off for me. But a prompt in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is a book with ‘twenty’ or ’20’ in the title and I thought it’s time for a Kinsella book. This book have been sitting on my shelf for a long time anyway. And thankfully, I finally picked it up because I enjoyed it a lot. (gosh it kind of rhymes)
A unique plot coming from this author…
Everyone knows Sophie Kinsella, and despite what I said about her protagonist as liars, I know she’s a great contemporary author, especially in Rom-Com genre. Her books always makes me laugh and believe in love. But she never writes a ghost story until Twenties Girl. With that in mind, throughout the book, I can’t help but wonder if it’s all in Lara’s mind, besides things are not going well in her life. Is she really seeing Sadie or just a mental health issue? That added to the mystery of the whole story and made the book unputdownable for me.
The characters are NOT ALWAYS likeable but the story is amazing…
Yes, the main character lied in this book again, in a major way, but surprisingly that didn’t bother me that much because I was more invested in the mystery of Sadie showing up. Still, the main characters, Lara and Sadie aren’t always likeable. I really hate it when Lara can’t move on from her ex. She’s delusional and really, if she’s my friend, I’ll tell her how stupid she can be. She really needs intervention, and that’s why having Sadie’s ghost in her life is perfect. On the other hand, Sadie can also be stubborn and yes, also stupid. In so many instances, she can’t seem to understand the fact that she’s dead. Thankfully, Lara is also feisty in her own way that she tells Sadie the truth even though sometimes she hurt her. Sadie and Lara need each other. They balances each other’s personality and they learn from each other.
Lots of laughs but then there’s the tears…
Even though Sadie can be stubborn and Lara can be delusional and stupid, still that doesn’t stop me from laughing like crazy in almost every scene, mostly because of Saide’s personality and her sense of fashion. And Sadie’s requests that Lara can’t say no to lead to some hilarious scenes. I can’t help but fall in love with Sadie and Lara as a duo and even as individuals. I cheered for Lara as she grows into the person that she should be. She has a lot of potential in life, but for some reason, it takes an intervention from a ghost before she reaches her potential. And Sadie…She made me hurt with her past. Her love story is equally beautiful and heartbreaking.
I can’t stress enough how invested I was in Lara and Sadie that I cried at the end. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a happy ending, which is a certainty in Sophie Kinsella’s books, but still, my tears fell. But it’s not just because of Lara and Sadie themselves, I’m also overwhelmed by the message that this book has. It’s so important. I won’t say something specific because it’s better if you realize it yourself.
Twenties Girl is not your usual boy-meets-girl, boy-girl-fall-in-love and then happily-ever-after romance. Ed (the hero) and Lara’s meet-cute is really unique and of course, hilarious. It’s not even their choice to go out on a date, but really their dates are so hilarious, thanks to Sadie. There’s a heavy plot line that involves Sadie, Lara and Ed that I won’t spoil but it’s a good one. Anyway, I love the development of the romance and at the end, it’s so cute and heartwarming. Plus, I really love Ed. When he starts opening up to Lara, I couldn’t help but really love him.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
Yes, I ended up loving Twenties Girl so much but I know it’s not perfect. For instance, the twists are almost typical and easy to guess. But overall, this is a great book and I highly recommend it. Also, I might start reading Sophie Kinsella’s books again.
Have you read this book? What do you think of it? Any recommendation in the same genre/concept? Let’s chat.