Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella



Sophie Kinsella is best known for her Shopaholic series (and recent movie). But she has written 'stand alone' novels, such as this new release from Random House Canada that are just as captivating.

Twenties Girl introduces us to Lara Lington. She's attending the funeral of her Great Aunt Sadie, who has passed away at the ripe old age of 105, with her family. None of the family really seems to have known or visited Sadie. When a voice shouts out in the middle of the funeral "Where's my necklace?", Lara is taken aback. it seems that no one else can hear the voice - or see the beautiful young woman, dressed in twenties flapper style, doing the shouting.

Lara is stressed - she's still in love with her former boyfriend and is having work issues and money woes. Is she losing it or is she really seeing the ghost of her Aunt Sadie? Yes, she really is..... Lara reluctantly agrees to help Sadie find her lost necklace.

Kinsella has created not one, but two characters that you immediately fall in love with. Lara is scattered, but warm hearted and the kind of person you'd love to have as a friend. Sadie is by turns exasperating, funny, loving and tragic. Their combined story is comic and heartwarming. The interaction between Sadie and Lara is priceless.

I enjoyed this story very much. It combined the best of Kinsella's warm writing with a little bit more. My grandmother is 95 and I so enjoy hearing stories of her life. Twenties Girl will entertain you, but will hopefully make you think about an older person that you know who may have some amazing stories to tell.

Destined to be another bestseller and a five star read for me - highly recommended.

12 comments:

Patti V. said...

I love anything by Sophie Kinsella, so I'll definitely want to read this!

pinkflipflops said...

This is the second positive review I've heard of this.. I best be checking it out!

bermudaonion said...

I'm a Sophie Kinsella fan, so this is on my wish list. I'm so glad it lives up to her previous books.

Laura's Reviews said...

I loved this book also - I think Kinsella created some priceless characters with Lara and Sadie.

My review is at http://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2009/08/twenties-girl-by-sophie-kinsella.html

Lisanne624 said...

Thanks so much for reviewing this one. I've been meaning to buy it, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I love her other books, so I'm glad to hear it measures up!

Jillian said...

I love Kinsella's books! I can't wait to get my hands on this one : )

If you love Kinsella, you'll also love a book called 'Knickles and Dimes'. It has hilarious characters and a really great story. I'd recommend it!

Thanks for the review : )

Jonita said...

I saw this one and was tempted to buy it, but I think I will support my local library and wait for their copy to come in. I can't wait to read this one, thanks for the great review!

MoziEsmé said...

Looks interesting! My grandma died last year at the age of 96 - didn't make it to the funeral, though, as we were in Africa at the time...

margo said...

It looks like a really good book! I have to read it now :) Thanks!

Dar said...

I really enjoyed this one as well Luanne. Another winner for Kinsella.

pinkilili said...

Hi, thanks for the review! I was thinking of abandoning Kinsella, since I got bored with the Shopaholic series but this one sounds like a winner!

Anna said...

I've enjoyed all of Kinsella's books, so I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for the review.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric