Welcome to my first ever book review!
Today’s target is Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, whose name you probably recognise in connection with The Shopaholic series.
The Basic Book Reviews I’ll be posting will be just that: a basic review of books from all genres which will provide you with all you need to know to decide whether you want to read it too.
So let’s begin!
Blurb: Lara has always had an overactive imagination. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Normal twenty-something girls just don’t get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara’s great aunt Sadie – in the form of a bold, demanding Charleston-dancing girl – has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can’t rest without.
Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her start-up company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she’s just been dumped by the love of her life.
But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie’s ghost be the answer to Lara’s problems and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?
Genres: Fiction. Romantic Comedy. Contemporary.
Character Development: I’m giving this an 8/10 purely because Lara probably wouldn’t have changed if it weren’t for the ghost of her great aunt.
It would’ve been a 6 or a 7 if Lara had had a different approach to meeting a ghost, and if the excuses she’d given to her family hadn’t been as funny.
Not everyone likes ghosts in their novels, and I’d been wary of the idea at the beginning. But I got hooked pretty quickly, so this was an easy 9.
If you’ve read other books by Sophie Kinsella, you’ll recognise her style immediately. But that’s why I picked up this book, and despite the introduction at the beginning and the world building, it didn’t take long for the main story to get underway. Plus, the overall book had that witty warmth you get from Sophie Kinsella’s books.
Turning Point: Occurs about halfway through, but is definitely worth the wait, so a 10/10 for this one. It was unexpected, and I think my jaw actually dropped when I read where Sadie’s necklace had been all along.
Ending: 9/10. Only because the book ended and I wanted to read more about Sadie and Lara.
Seriously, I’m a fan of this book. It’s got twenties flapper dresses and stories from Sadie’s wild days, and balances the heavy stuff to keep it from being too heavy. So you can read this book if you need a pick-me-up and know you aren’t going to be crying at the end of it.
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