By: Sophie Kinsella
Release Date: July 21, 2009
Source: Used copy from thrift store
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 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.
I came across this book for one dollar at a thrift store and couldn’t pass it up! Knowing that Sophie Kinsella wrote Confessions of a Shopaholic (and I LOVE that movie), I grabbed the book to give Kinsella a try as an author.
This book was endearing, hilarious, and empowering. With so many elements and aspects to the main storyline, Kinsella keeps the reader interested at every turn of events.
The story revolves around Lara Lington, who is mysteriously accompanied by her great aunt, Sadie Lancaster’s ghost. It turns out that Sadie – whose family never really visited or cared for – is back in search of her dragonfly necklace, and she wrangles Lara into the search.
This journey allows Lara to not only find out some amazing history about her great aunt and the 1920s, but also allows her to find herself. After coming off of a bad breakup, Lara takes chances with Sadie that she never would have before and ends up finding herself and blossoming into the young woman she was meant to be.
There are so many great things about this book. For one, it is quite funny. I found myself smiling and giggling at various points in the story. Also, this book was empowering. Lara’s journey and self-discovery is very encouraging to me as a young woman in my 20s. Kinsella’s writing is very conversational and easy to follow.
I also loved that this story was set in London. Considering most books I read are set in the United States, this was a fantastic change of pace!
I started this book not knowing much about it or even if I would like it, and ended up loving it! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fun, but fast-paced contemporary read.
Rating: 4 Stars