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Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Friday, July 4, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
This was the first book I picked up written by Sophie Kinsella and it was a delightful read! The book begins with Lara, our main character, attending the funeral of Sadie Lancaster who seemed to live an unspectacular life. Sadie was her great aunt but Lara (and the other/only family members in attendance) know nothing about Sadie besides that she lived to the age of 105. During the funeral procession, Lara hears a voice and sees a ghost yelling at her to stop the funeral. It turns out to be none other than Sadie herself (a younger self)! What ensues is a stream of ridiculously funny events!

Lara learns of her great aunt's not-so-ordinary-after-all life through Sadie's 23-year-old ghost. It was entertaining and insightful being introduced to the fashion and way of life in the 1920s and the modern sights of London. Sadie was a funny character and frankly very annoying and obnoxious but her heart and the way she made Lara open her eyes made up for this.

I liked the way the novel came full circle and finished with a funeral except this time around things are different.

Twenties Girl was a really fun novel which also delivered some excellent heartwarming and tear-inducing moments. It will definitely not be the last Sophie Kinsella book I'll read!