Book Review #51: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

4 Sep

So, I was fortunate enough to travel to Peru with my best friend this summer. And while I was there, I had an epic travel fail and ended up stuck in Lima for a few days. I was out of books, so I read every English language book left in my hostel’s library. All four of them. This is one of those novels. And this is really just a roundabout way of saying I disliked this book, and wouldn’t have ordinarily chosen it for myself.

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the Shopaholic series, one of my favorite guilty pleasures from my high school era. Twenties Girl features a protagonist not unlike Rebecca Bloomwood – she’s struggling to make ends meet at her job, her love life is a mess, and her best friend is a flighty disaster who’s constantly abandoning her in her time of need. Oh, and her parents are fussy and overbearing.

This book has a supernatural twist. At her great aunt’s funeral, Lara suddenly can see the ghost of her great aunt Sadie. Sadie requests Lara’s help in tracking down a lost necklace, and the adventure begins. Lara ends up uncovering the skeletons in her family’s closet as she searches for the lost necklace, and learning more about her family history than she bargained for. 

And obviously, Aunt Sadie’s ghostly form proves useful in helping Lara develop her business and snag a boyfriend. Aunt Sadie forces Lara to date a man on her behalf – so Lara shows up to her first few dates decked out in 1920s apparel and make up, and hijinks ensue.  Naturally, Sadie finds eternal peace and Lara finds success and love in the end.

This book wasn’t actively bad, but I don’t generally read ghost stories. Particularly not ghost stories that interfere with the tried and true formula of my favorite chick lit novels. The book is kind of funny at times, but overall, not memorable. And there are better books out there.

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  1. HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #51: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella « Cannonball Read IV - September 4, 2012

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