Hope you’re all having a good Monday! While the weather has been glorious the last few weeks – at least in England – the world seems such a frightening place at the moment, and reading is something I like to do when I want to escape reality. One of my general reading goals is to read all of Sophie Kinsella’s books, and having added Twenties Girl to my TBR list at the beginning of the year, I decided that lockdown would be the perfect time to finally read it. Chick-list novels are the perfect books to devour during a tough period as they’re comforting, positive and easy to read, and what fits that description better than a Sophie Kinsella novel?!
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?
While Twenties Girl is quite lengthy for a chick-lit book at almost 500 pages, I whizzed through it. As with Sophie Kinsella’s other books, Twenties Girl focuses on a quirky young woman who has an overactive imagination and a tendency to get herself into sticky situations. In this book, the protagonist is Lara Lington. During her great-aunt Sadie’s funeral, Lara discovers that she is able to see ghosts. When the ghost of Sadie in her 20-year-old body appears at the funeral, Lara instantly befriends her and agrees to find her missing necklace, learning more about her family in the process.
Prior to reading Twenties Girl, I had no idea that there was going to be a supernatural element, but Sophie Kinsella incorporated it well. I particularly loved the historical element, with the vintage dresses and formal parties, and the parts where Sadie tries to meddle in Lara’s personal life. She tries to get Lara to go out with a guy she likes, which is a little strange but hilarious nonetheless. A few people suspect that there is something peculiar going on with Lara, but she manages to retrieve Sadie’s necklace and uncover one of her relative’s shady past without anyone finding out.
In terms of characters, I think Lara was my favourite character. While she was quite immature and hung up on her ex, she developed over the course of the novel and was loyal to Sadie. On the other hand, Sadie was very self-centred and demanding, getting frustrated when Lara didn’t do things her way. And don’t get me started on Lara’s uncle – he was undoubtedly my least favourite character in the book and I can’t believe he got away with what he did to Sadie for so long.
Despite these minor criticisms, all in all Twenties Girl is a fun and entertaining story about friendship and family that is hard to put down. It made me wonder what it would be like to have a ghost that followed me around all day and spied on the people close to me. It definitely won’t be long until I read another Sophie Kinsella book – she is one of my favourite authors after all!
What books have you enjoyed reading recently? Have you read Twenties Girl or anything by Sophie Kinsella?