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Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
435 pages
Published July 21st 2009
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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 last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

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 each other along the way. 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.

Review:

I could have loved Twenties Girl. It had amazing potential and I’m really disappointed that it didn’t give me any feel good feelings.

I hated most of the characters. I really hated Natalie, Lara’s headhunting partner. I have an intense dislike for Sadie, her great aunt, she was always yelling if she didn’t get her way, and she did some infuriating things. I’ve never met a character that I just wished would shut up and be killed off, oh wait, this character is already dead. Sadie was just awful. She hurt Lara so many times by ‘yelling’ at someone who was alive. Sadie could make anyone into a puppet by ‘yelling’ in their ear, excluding Lara, and it got old fast. There really aren’t enough ways to say how much I disliked Sadie.
Lara has an evil sister, parents who never quite believe her, an uncle who didn’t play his part well enough to be called a villain, and lest I forget Lara who is pining after a guy who dumped her.

Of course, there are some things I liked. The search for the necklace had a few great moments. Our Mr. American Frown (Ed Harrison), who doesn’t come in until the story is about halfway done, starts off as a really good love interest, until the end when he just seems bleh and I thought, “Why is he here again?” He made the story bearable, he had a personality that wasn’t dreadful, and his interaction with Lara was cute.
Basically all the parts without Sadie were good, or the parts where she wasn’t acting like a spoiled child.

I’m battling with the rating. I’m not sure if I want it to be two stars or three, but I think I’ll leave it at three because of Mr. American Frown.

** I can’t believe how much I disliked Twenties Girl compared to Can you keep a Secret?. I’m also seeing similarities in the characters. The family of the heroine is not supportive, there’s always an evil relative, an American business man plays the love interest, and so on.

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