I Owe You One
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everythingFixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

I Owe You One Details

TitleI Owe You One
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherDial Press
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

I Owe You One Review

  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    *Sigh*This review is difficult to write. I adore Sophie Kinsella’s books for many reasons. Unfortunately, I found I Owe You One to be a letdown. I had an issue with the characters, the plot, and the romance. I started off reading with an eye roll with the introduction of Fixie and her cliched nickname. Right away, I knew something was off. I would have appreciated something a little bit more clever and nuanced than a character who is defined by a stupid nickname. Fixie’s character annoyed me i *Sigh*This review is difficult to write. I adore Sophie Kinsella’s books for many reasons. Unfortunately, I found I Owe You One to be a letdown. I had an issue with the characters, the plot, and the romance. I started off reading with an eye roll with the introduction of Fixie and her cliched nickname. Right away, I knew something was off. I would have appreciated something a little bit more clever and nuanced than a character who is defined by a stupid nickname. Fixie’s character annoyed me in the beginning, but she did grow on me. She does go through the typical Kinsella transformation and develop somewhat. The side characters are uneven and encompass one cliche after another. Then there is the plot. It’s just one giant mess. The romance: Fixie’s relationship with Seb was bizarre, to say the least. One minute he’s dating someone else, then he is dating Fixie, then they break up and he is back to the old girlfriend, and then he is back with Fixie--just like that. There was very little tension and depth to their relationship, leaving much to be desired. There are some bright moments that shine through and reminded me of classic Kinsella. However, these moments were not enough to save I Owe You One. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    3.75*If there is one word to sum this book up with, it would be...“cute”! Fixie matches her name perfectly. She has an intense drive to always fix something if she feels it’s out of place. An itch that unless scratched will dive her crazy. Sometimes this obsession will get her in way over her head.Sitting in a coffee shop she saves a strangers lap-top from a sudden rush of water seeping from a collapsed ceiling. Which introduces Fixie to the lap-tops’ owner, Sebastian. He’s so grateful he immedi 3.75*If there is one word to sum this book up with, it would be...“cute”! Fixie matches her name perfectly. She has an intense drive to always fix something if she feels it’s out of place. An itch that unless scratched will dive her crazy. Sometimes this obsession will get her in way over her head.Sitting in a coffee shop she saves a strangers lap-top from a sudden rush of water seeping from a collapsed ceiling. Which introduces Fixie to the lap-tops’ owner, Sebastian. He’s so grateful he immediately writes an IOU on her coffee sleeve. Fixie never really considered cashing in the IOU, but when an old crush, Ryan comes waltzing into town desperate for a job...Fixie wants to help. It’s what she does. It’s who she is. She immediately seeks out Sebastian to cash in her IOU for Ryan.Do you believe in fate?It was sweet, it was cute and oh so endearing! While it was somewhat predictable, that was ok! I mean most rom-coms are! That’s why we love them! As the story-line unfolded I grew to love Fixie and all her quirks! This was my first ever read of Sophie Kinsella and I am a new fan! I will definitely be watching for her next release!A fun buddy read with Susanne! Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing House and Sophie Kinsella for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI've read most of Sophie Kinsella's novels (even some that she wrote under the name Madeleine Wickham) and this one ranks right near the top. It really seemed to showcase all the things I have previously loved in her books but yet also didn't feel something I have read countless times before. The main character clicked with me and I enjoyed her interactions with her family and love interest.Fixie Farr has always tried to follow her late father's wishes with putting family first. But why 4.5 starsI've read most of Sophie Kinsella's novels (even some that she wrote under the name Madeleine Wickham) and this one ranks right near the top. It really seemed to showcase all the things I have previously loved in her books but yet also didn't feel something I have read countless times before. The main character clicked with me and I enjoyed her interactions with her family and love interest.Fixie Farr has always tried to follow her late father's wishes with putting family first. But why should she always be the one pulling up the slack at the family's housewares store when her brother and sister get to do whatever the hell they want? The problem with Fixie is she just can't say the word "no" and everyone likes to take advantage of that fact. While in a coffee shop, Fixie manages to save the day and a handsome stranger thanks her by giving her an IOU on a coffee sleeve. She brushes it off as a joke, but the more she gets thinking the more she actually considers taking the man up on his offer. He might be able to provide a solution to her problems and get people to stop coming to her because she is "Ms. Fixit". It was pretty easy to relate to Fixie because most of us have felt like our kindness was being taking advantage of at one point or another. So right off the bat she was an easy person to root for and someone you wanted to be happy. Sometimes with the author's books I feel like the stories and characters can be a little over the top but this one seemed toned down in that respect. It had a little bit of quirkiness but in a fun way and in no way did it hurt the story. While Fixie growing as a person is certainly a key part of the story, the romance is really what kept me reading. I thought Fixie and her love interest had good chemistry and I liked seeing the ups and downs of their relationship.Overall, another fun read by Sophie Kinsella! If you have loved her other books, I highly recommend checking this one out.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 25%: This is the third Sophie Kinsella book that I've DNFd, so I think it is officially time to call it quits on her books. She clearly is just not for me. Womp :(
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    All of the snow we've been hit with recently has given me the opportunity to read like a mad woman, so I've been flying through my NetGalley backlist in hopes of keeping up with my arc schedule. I'm not sure if reading The Lost Man by Jane Harper has put me in a slump, but I've been finding it difficult to get into a new book and enjoy it from beginning to end. Perhaps it's my growing sense of noticing the little things I was previously able to overlook, or maybe it's just the fact that I'm need All of the snow we've been hit with recently has given me the opportunity to read like a mad woman, so I've been flying through my NetGalley backlist in hopes of keeping up with my arc schedule. I'm not sure if reading The Lost Man by Jane Harper has put me in a slump, but I've been finding it difficult to get into a new book and enjoy it from beginning to end. Perhaps it's my growing sense of noticing the little things I was previously able to overlook, or maybe it's just the fact that I'm needing to space out my ARCs with some older reads, but I thought for sure this one would be a hit as it's been ages since I've picked up anything romantic or humorous. I struggled to connect with Fixie and found it difficult to root for a woman who lets everyone walk all over her. This one wasn't for me, but I'm still a huge fan of Kinsella's and will give her next book a try. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy for review.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read enough books by Sophie Kinsella to know that the main character, whose nickname is Fixie because she’s always trying to fix other people and situations, will eventually have character growth. In Fixie's case, she lets her family and a man she’s been crushed out over since she was ten years old walk all over her. Even though I had faith she’d grow a backbone at some point, it was still hard to read all the ways she’s refuses to see things clearly or speak up for herself. One of the thin I’ve read enough books by Sophie Kinsella to know that the main character, whose nickname is Fixie because she’s always trying to fix other people and situations, will eventually have character growth. In Fixie's case, she lets her family and a man she’s been crushed out over since she was ten years old walk all over her. Even though I had faith she’d grow a backbone at some point, it was still hard to read all the ways she’s refuses to see things clearly or speak up for herself. One of the things Fixie does is rescue a fellow coffee shop patron’s laptop when the ceiling caves in from water damage. Sebastian writes on a coffee sleeve “I owe you one.” The ways the two pay each other back is a big part of this novel, as is the way her relationship with her older brother and sister and the family business play out.As with other Kinsella novels, this is an easy, fun read. Thanks to NetGalley and Dial Press for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES FEBRUARY 19, 2109. For more reviews, please visit http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    A fun escapist read full of whimsy and charm! This book was quintessential Sophie Kinsella! Full of fun flawed realistic characters, wity dialogue, and loads of humor... I can always count on a Kinsella book to take me away for a few fun hours, make me feel good and induce me into laughter until tears are coming down my face, and this book was no exception... sophie’s books never take themselves too seriously and are full of many laugh out loud moments... warning: don’t pick this up unless you h A fun escapist read full of whimsy and charm! This book was quintessential Sophie Kinsella! Full of fun flawed realistic characters, wity dialogue, and loads of humor... I can always count on a Kinsella book to take me away for a few fun hours, make me feel good and induce me into laughter until tears are coming down my face, and this book was no exception... sophie’s books never take themselves too seriously and are full of many laugh out loud moments... warning: don’t pick this up unless you have your sense of humor intact, don’t read while drinking, especially a carbonated drink, and don’t read around other people, unless you’re OK with them looking at you strangely because you’re laughing at what appears to be nothing....Fixie was a kind caring sweet girl who really needed to find her backbone... I really liked her and I think she would make an amazing friend, but the girl sure did frustrate me! Fixie is a people pleaser she wants to make sure everyone around her is happy... her friends, her family, her coworkers, and of course the men in her life.... One day Fixie was at a local coffee shop when a man asks her to watch his laptop when he steps out to take a phone call... the ceiling starts to cave in, Fixie throws herself on top of the laptop and saves the day... The man who’s named Sebastian and of course is handsome issues her an IOU to repay her for saving his laptop and livelihood... Fixie is pretty sure she will never use it, that is until her lifetime crush Ryan enters the picture like a wounded puppy... what ensues is Fixie being walked all over by Ryan and her siblings, add in the stress of trying to keep the family business afloat while her mom is out of town... thank goodness Fixie has some good friends in her life who eventually help her see the light and get a back bone... as in all SK books there was some major much-needed character growth in the story, and that extended to most of the secondary characters as well....The romance in the story was sweet but slightly confusing... Sebastian who I really liked was a little all over the place when it came to relationships, it was something that confounded me and I had trouble wrapping my head around... I felt there was real chemistry and respect between Fixie and Seb, so I cannot understand why a certain bimbo (whose name I cannot remember) was around for as long as she was, really kind of threw a wrench into it for me... having said that though I thought this book wrapped up perfectly and that final chapter was book perfection!A perfect romcom with wonderful characters and plenty of humor! Absolutely recommend! 🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head A-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cryA-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cryYou tell me that you love me every dayWhen we're alone I really feel in loveBut when you're out with friends I see a changeYou treat me bad, I feel like second bestI want your love (I want your love)Give me your love, girl (give me your love)That's how I feel, I want it to be realI want your love (I want your love)Give me your love, girl (give me your love)I need your touch and I, I owe you so muchA-E-A-E-I-O-U-U I sometimes cry(Oh) A-E (I really care) A-E-I (I really care) O-U-U(I really care, care, care) I sometimes lieDo you realize some things you sayI know you do, it makes me so confusedI'm sure this ain't the way that love should beLet's get… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h1MDlJM...*** many thanks to Random House for my copy of this book ***
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    I have been wary of trying this author because I've heard mixed reviews on all of her books. I decided to take a chance on this new novel and it didn't turn out the way I hoped.Where do I start with this novel? This really was a bit of a mess. Should I begin with Fixie's character? Wow... talk about annoying, having men walk all over her, and making ridiculous decisions because she's so blinded with wanting a man that badly? Fixie is a character that tries to "fix" everyone but yet she is such a I have been wary of trying this author because I've heard mixed reviews on all of her books. I decided to take a chance on this new novel and it didn't turn out the way I hoped.Where do I start with this novel? This really was a bit of a mess. Should I begin with Fixie's character? Wow... talk about annoying, having men walk all over her, and making ridiculous decisions because she's so blinded with wanting a man that badly? Fixie is a character that tries to "fix" everyone but yet she is such a giant hot mess that the entire novel she let's people walk ALL over her. Fixie is presented with a situation of trying to save the family business.. .but can she do it instead of focusing on fixing everyone else? All of the characters in this novel were SO beyond basic. Can I talk about how much of a douche bag Ryan was? Seb? Ok... seriously I felt like the conversations were robotic between Fixie and Seb. The author tried to add a romantic aspect between Seb and Fixie... What was that? YIKES. The downfall of this book was characters. So surface level and there was zero feeling to any of the characters. I was beyond disappointed in this book. This book definitely wasn't for me.2 stars for me on this one.Huge thank you to Random House Publishing and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.Publication date: 2/5/19Published to GR: 12/2/18
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie Kinsella is like book comfort food for me.In my early twenties, I read every book as it came out, and I can remember where and when I read them. They are fun and funny and always have lovable characters you come to know as friends. In recent years, Kinsella has added an emotional edge to her stories crossing over more into domestic fiction than rom com, and I’ve enjoyed that adventure, too. So where did I Owe You One measure up? Fixie is the main character, and her motto is “family first. Sophie Kinsella is like book comfort food for me.In my early twenties, I read every book as it came out, and I can remember where and when I read them. They are fun and funny and always have lovable characters you come to know as friends. In recent years, Kinsella has added an emotional edge to her stories crossing over more into domestic fiction than rom com, and I’ve enjoyed that adventure, too. So where did I Owe You One measure up? Fixie is the main character, and her motto is “family first.” Her father owned a housewares store, but he has passed away and left the store to Fixie’s mom and her siblings. And Fixie is the one left holding the bag all the time, being the most responsible and making sure the business stays afloat. Fixie is asked to watch a stranger’s laptop in a coffee shop, and she saves it from being destroyed… The owner of the computer is an investment manager, Sebastian, and he’s in her debt for saving his laptop, so he gives Fixie an IOU. Ryan, Fixie’s childhood boyfriend, comes back into her life, but he’s jobless, so she puts that IOU to work, hoping that Seb will hire Ryan. But things unfold and snowball, and Fixie is at a crossroads. Will she take on life on her own terms, finally?I found Fixie a trademark Kinsella main character. Zany, cute, warm, endearing, and I loved her, flaws and all! The romance was fun, and I loved laughing while I read. Overall, I would say I Owe You One landed more in rom com land than domestic fiction, and I am totally ok with that. I felt like I had my classic Kinsella back! Thanks to the publisher for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    As always I had such a fun time reading Kinsella's books! They make me laugh on more than one occasion and always make me swoon with romance. I owe you one wasnt one of my favorite of hers strictly because the majority of the characters made me so upset with their actions and words to Fixie. I wanted Fixie to stand up for herself and say what she truly meant, we did get that but I feel like it was to late in the novel. Overall I did enjoy this book. Fixie was a well rounded character who you cou As always I had such a fun time reading Kinsella's books! They make me laugh on more than one occasion and always make me swoon with romance. I owe you one wasnt one of my favorite of hers strictly because the majority of the characters made me so upset with their actions and words to Fixie. I wanted Fixie to stand up for herself and say what she truly meant, we did get that but I feel like it was to late in the novel. Overall I did enjoy this book. Fixie was a well rounded character who you couldnt help but root for but her siblings and lovelife took a little to long to turn around.
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I just realized that the only Sophie Kinsella book I read before this is My Not So Perfect Life. I think I always have the intention of reading at least the first in the Shopaholic series, but then never get around to it. Nevertheless, as soon as I saw this on NetGalley I wanted to read it. Partially because my one experience with this author was a good one, but mainly because . . . . . I have a massive girl crush on Isla Fisher and I Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I just realized that the only Sophie Kinsella book I read before this is My Not So Perfect Life. I think I always have the intention of reading at least the first in the Shopaholic series, but then never get around to it. Nevertheless, as soon as I saw this on NetGalley I wanted to read it. Partially because my one experience with this author was a good one, but mainly because . . . . . I have a massive girl crush on Isla Fisher and I want to cast her in the lead of every one of this author’s books. And guess what? She’d be perfect for this role too. The story here is about “Fixie” – daughter, sister, employee extraordinaire, Fixie has spent her life being the “fixer” of other’s problems and always living by the motto “Family First.” Unfortunately for me, Fixie’s personality traits made me want to say . . . . I could never get on the same page (no pun intended) with poor Fixie. From her childhood crush, to her worthless siblings, this girl was taken advantage of again and again and I just wanted to . . . . . This was a miss for me, but only due to my own irritation. I’ll definitely still pick up whatever she releases next.ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 Stars* (rounded down)It’s Fixie or Forget it!Fixie Farr is a gal who needs everything to be perfect. Whenever something is out of place she freaks. Truthfully, Fixie’s anxiety gave me a tiny bit of agita, I wanted to tell her to breathe, relax and let her know that everything would be alright.The thing about Fixie is that she never ever puts herself first. Since childhood, the motto “Family First” has been ingrained into her, thus that is how she lives her life - even though no one else in 3.25 Stars* (rounded down)It’s Fixie or Forget it!Fixie Farr is a gal who needs everything to be perfect. Whenever something is out of place she freaks. Truthfully, Fixie’s anxiety gave me a tiny bit of agita, I wanted to tell her to breathe, relax and let her know that everything would be alright.The thing about Fixie is that she never ever puts herself first. Since childhood, the motto “Family First” has been ingrained into her, thus that is how she lives her life - even though no one else in her family appears to live by that motto. She is a gal who has never had any confidence and she lets people walk all over her, including her brother Jake and Ryan, a guy she’s crushed on for most of her life. Unfortunately for Fixie, time does not heal all wounds. While at a coffee shop one day, a man named Sebastian asks Fixie for a favor.. he asks her to watch his laptop for a minute. Then the ceiling comes crashing down, literally. Fixie, of course, does what she does best, she saves the day. Then Sebastian gives her a coffee sleeve with an IOU on it. Fixie never imagines taking him up on it. This is a novel that grew on me as time went on. Admittedly Fixie’s character annoyed me at first, her inability to relax and let things lie.. Once Fixie’s character calmed down, I too, settled down and grew to like her. This however didn’t take place overnight, and I wish Fixie had found her footing earlier. Though this novel was predictable, I found it to be endearing and I ended up liking Fixie, for her sheer determination and will. “I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella is the second book I’ve read by this author (the first being “Confessions of a Shopaholic” seventeen odd years ago). Revisiting a past author is always fun and this was no exception. This was a buddy read with Kaceey! So glad we took yet another trip down memory lane Kaceey!Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Random House and Sophie Kinsella for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 2.2.19.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    I am a newer fan to Sophie Kinsella's work but having loved all of the books I've had the chance to read so far I was really looking forward to I Owe You One. Unfortunately though this contemporary romance just really didn't live up to what I've come to know and expect from this author.At the center of this story is Fixie Farr, and I was willing to try not to roll my eyes every time I read her name and give this book a fair shot. Fixie has gotten her nickname due to the fact that she likes to fi I am a newer fan to Sophie Kinsella's work but having loved all of the books I've had the chance to read so far I was really looking forward to I Owe You One. Unfortunately though this contemporary romance just really didn't live up to what I've come to know and expect from this author.At the center of this story is Fixie Farr, and I was willing to try not to roll my eyes every time I read her name and give this book a fair shot. Fixie has gotten her nickname due to the fact that she likes to fix everyone and everything around her but usually has her own issues she hasn't fixed, such as a long time crush on a not so nice guy.So with Fixie trying to fix those all around her and ignoring her own dilemmas she ends up meeting Sebastian. Fixie happens to be in the right place at the right time to come to Sebastian's rescue saving his laptop from some runaway coffee which leads to him giving an IOU and the couple beginning a relationship.Now in typical Kinsella fashion our main character starts off a hot mess and does eventually make some improvements but it just wasn't grabbing me the way it normally would. Most of the side characters aren't that likable either which didn't help matters but the romance was really incredibly lacking. We have a guy with a girlfriend suddenly in a relationship with the main character that is so so serious then they split and he goes back to the other woman. At this point Fixie gains the insight to not mess with someone in a relationship only to do just that yet again... sigh. In the end this one just didn't end up a favorite of mine but I will still continue to look forward to reading more of Kinsella's work in the future.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    “Family is it, Fixie. Family is what drives us. Family is everything.” How many times have we heard this? Although I agree with the sentiment of “family first”, I also agree that we each need to be aware of how family relationships impact our health and functioning. This is the overall theme I took away from I Owe You One, and it's a good one. Family often represents that place we can come home to no matter where we are, but when family isn't a safe space to be in, it can get real ugly fast. “Family is it, Fixie. Family is what drives us. Family is everything.” How many times have we heard this? Although I agree with the sentiment of “family first”, I also agree that we each need to be aware of how family relationships impact our health and functioning. This is the overall theme I took away from I Owe You One, and it's a good one. Family often represents that place we can come home to no matter where we are, but when family isn't a safe space to be in, it can get real ugly fast. Spoiler contains my spin on the book synopsis: (view spoiler)[Fixie is this story's heroine, and as this nickname suggests, she accepts the placement of problems on her shoulders. Fixing things is just who she is. So when the family matriarch takes a time out, all the siblings are reunited to keep the family store running in her absence. Fixie's mother leaves her with simple instructions, “Just don't lose the shop, Fixie. Or let the family break up.” Did I say simple? Turns out these tasks couldn't be more complicated. Familiar family roles and behavior patterns quickly return like a carpet stain, leaving Fixie feeling responsible for the cleanup. But Seb, the romantic interest in this story, helps her learn the uncomfortable albeit valuable lesson of tough love. As Fixie and Seb exchange IOU's throughout this book in response to a variety of transferable favors, readers learn that the absence of family can be just as consuming as tangible dysfunction. (hide spoiler)]Lighthearted and humorous while integrating important life lessons related to avoidance and the true meaning of love. I so enjoyed this book. Check it out.Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of I Owe You One. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.Source: NetGalleyAuthor: Sophie KinsellaPublisher: Random House Publishing Group - Random House, The Dial PressGenres: Women's FictionPub Date: February 5, 2019Note: Quotes were checked against a finished, published copy.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Hey, when I used to be a ‘nornal’ reader 😃 ie prob read a book every so many weeks, I had a few authors I was fiercely loyal to and didnt really stray too far from them, Sophie Kinsellsa was one ( I started to read her books as our neighbours daughter had been in the same class at school ) I really loved her books and even now when I see the hardback ‘Shopaholic’series on my shelves they bring a smile, like a memory of a good time from the past......so it was with interest, now my reading habits Hey, when I used to be a ‘nornal’ reader 😃 ie prob read a book every so many weeks, I had a few authors I was fiercely loyal to and didnt really stray too far from them, Sophie Kinsellsa was one ( I started to read her books as our neighbours daughter had been in the same class at school ) I really loved her books and even now when I see the hardback ‘Shopaholic’series on my shelves they bring a smile, like a memory of a good time from the past......so it was with interest, now my reading habits have ‘altered’ that I decided to read this.......Firstly I would say the authors writing style hasn’t changed, Its light, airy, focuses on the ‘nice’ and silly side and generally is all very ‘marshmellowy’, the plot centres round a family shop, the family that run it and the main star of the book ‘Fixie’, I know, I know but once I got past the name and didnt baulk every time I read ‘Fixie’ ( named as she fixes things ) I kinda liked her, I kinda liked all the characters, even ‘Jake’ the flashy n’eer do well who I pictured as Channing Tatum ( but thats my problem 😃) The story is basically how Fixie conquers her fears in and of allaspects of life and has adventures along the way, usually involving the shop and/or men!......one man in particular who she falls for, loses, falls for and then...well....gets him!Oh shes an ex Ice skating champ as well which makes for an interesting chapter when she visits the Christmas Ice rink at Somerset HouseIt all ends up nicely packaged and with a bit of a self satisfied smugness but its what millions want it to end like, in that respect it doesnt fail and delivers its target and then someIts a comforting book, you can almost write the books progress yourself as you know whats coming, but sometimes thats all readers want and needThere are some truly very very funny moments in the book and some ‘standard’ averagely funny moments.......It was almost like a trip down my memory lane of reading and for thousands, actually probably millions this book will be a joy, it does exactly as it says on the tin For that reason I am saying for many it will be a certain 10/10, for me it was a huggable and nice warm feeling of a 8/10 and 4 stars
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  • Umut Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of my most anticipated releases this year. I read all Kinsella books, and I love her as a contemporary writer. Her books just warm my heart and take me to another world.This one is a bit tricky. I really didn't like the beginning, but later on it felt like more Kinsella style. Witty, fun, and more creative even with chick lit romance. I thought the details at the beginning about the side characters and time spent for them was too much, as they were quite unlikeable too. I don't have This was one of my most anticipated releases this year. I read all Kinsella books, and I love her as a contemporary writer. Her books just warm my heart and take me to another world.This one is a bit tricky. I really didn't like the beginning, but later on it felt like more Kinsella style. Witty, fun, and more creative even with chick lit romance. I thought the details at the beginning about the side characters and time spent for them was too much, as they were quite unlikeable too. I don't have an issue with Fixie being flawed. That's who she was and she went through a self-realisation phase, which I enjoyed actually. I also enjoyed their meet cute with Seb, and how that evolved. It would be a 4 star read if the structure was more neat, a little more creative in story line and more time spent on the Fixie and Seb, which was the cute part according to me. If you haven't read Sophie Kinsella ever, I would recommend My Not So Perfect Life, I still long for a book from her that has the same vibe. Anyhow, I would read a new book from Kinsella any day, she's still my favourite contemporary writer :)Thanks so much to the publisher for sending me a proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review: DNFTrigger warning: Abuse of power and authority. Making someone feel small. Ceiling falling on top off someone’s head. I received this E-ARC via Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really looking forward to reading this! I have enjoyed Kinsella’s books in the past. Unfortunately I didn’t like it. I really liked Fixie! I simply didn’t care for anyone else. Nor did I care for the story. As I read on I started to get bored and was pulled Mini review: DNFTrigger warning: Abuse of power and authority. Making someone feel small. Ceiling falling on top off someone’s head. I received this E-ARC via Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really looking forward to reading this! I have enjoyed Kinsella’s books in the past. Unfortunately I didn’t like it. I really liked Fixie! I simply didn’t care for anyone else. Nor did I care for the story. As I read on I started to get bored and was pulled out of the story. This was a personal thing. I still recommend.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet, comical, and delightfully uplifting!I Owe You One is a charming, heartwarming read that takes us into the life of the thoughtful Fixie Farr as she struggles to keep her family’s home goods shop thriving while juggling an on-again/off-again relationship with her high school crush, two overbearing, older siblings, and a back-and-forth IOU with a handsome businessman.The prose is well turned and light. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are unique, amusing and reliable. Sweet, comical, and delightfully uplifting!I Owe You One is a charming, heartwarming read that takes us into the life of the thoughtful Fixie Farr as she struggles to keep her family’s home goods shop thriving while juggling an on-again/off-again relationship with her high school crush, two overbearing, older siblings, and a back-and-forth IOU with a handsome businessman.The prose is well turned and light. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are unique, amusing and reliable. And the plot is a smart, engaging tale full of quirky mishaps, tricky moments, awkward situations, delicious chemistry, romantic drama, self-reflection, and the intricacies of familial relationships.Overall, I Owe You One is another light, refreshing, entertaining read by Kinsella that's perfect for fans of insightful, witty, contemporary romance novelsThank you to Random House and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    This book was okay. I’ve only ever read Finding Audrey by this author and I remember disliking that book, but this one was a little better. This book was cute, and I thought Fixie’s family and their shop was cute, but this book didn’t have anything memorable for me, and I feel like it’s way too long of a book. I think Sophie Kinsella has a habit of over-writing if you know what I mean.. I just am not interested in thaaaaat much detail. Idk I thought this story was cute but I don’t think this aut This book was okay. I’ve only ever read Finding Audrey by this author and I remember disliking that book, but this one was a little better. This book was cute, and I thought Fixie’s family and their shop was cute, but this book didn’t have anything memorable for me, and I feel like it’s way too long of a book. I think Sophie Kinsella has a habit of over-writing if you know what I mean.. I just am not interested in thaaaaat much detail. Idk I thought this story was cute but I don’t think this authors writing is for me. Thanks to Penguin Random House for a copy of this book!
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I have read and enjoyed all of Sophie Kinsella's books and I was delighted to receive a copy of her new book I Owe You One.The story is about Fixie who has been infatuated by Ryan since she was ten years old. She works in her family's shop and still lives with her mother.Fixie is a character that I could not connect with and unfortunately I didn't find the story as amusing as the previous books by this author.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exch I have read and enjoyed all of Sophie Kinsella's books and I was delighted to receive a copy of her new book I Owe You One.The story is about Fixie who has been infatuated by Ryan since she was ten years old. She works in her family's shop and still lives with her mother.Fixie is a character that I could not connect with and unfortunately I didn't find the story as amusing as the previous books by this author.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    The main reason why I didn't give this five stars is that Fixie bugged me up until almost the 50 percent mark of this book. She was a pushover and I noticed that both times she got swept up in a man, that's all that mattered. I also thought the ending was a bit weak with the mother not being informed about all that went on. I think that would have been better going forward for the family. Maybe there should have been an epilogue of six months later or something. "I Owe You One" follows Fixie Far The main reason why I didn't give this five stars is that Fixie bugged me up until almost the 50 percent mark of this book. She was a pushover and I noticed that both times she got swept up in a man, that's all that mattered. I also thought the ending was a bit weak with the mother not being informed about all that went on. I think that would have been better going forward for the family. Maybe there should have been an epilogue of six months later or something. "I Owe You One" follows Fixie Farr. Fixie works alongside her mother and her siblings (who show up some of the time) in their family business. We find out that Fixie has an overwhelming urge to fix things and can't sit still if she sees anything out of order. This ends up leading her to meeting a man named Seb who asks her to watch over his laptop while he steps outside to take a phone call. Fixie ends up seeing that Seb's laptop is about to be damaged and puts herself in the way to keep it safe. That act has Seb providing her a written IOU on a coffee sleeve asking her to please come to him if she ever needs anything. And suddenly one day Fixie has a need to call in the IOU.All in all I thought this book was a great standalone. I do love to read Kinsella's older books from time to time, but her newest books are a lot of stronger in my opinion. That said, Fixie kind of sucks for a bit of this book. Fixie is obsessed with her late father's saying that "family comes first" so she has allowed herself to be a doormat to her siblings demands. Why her mother doesn't say anything baffled me and I ended up not feeling warm and fuzzy about her after a while either.Fixie also harbors a longstanding crush on her childhood friend, Ryan. Though everyone and their mother sees that Ryan is just not that into Fixie, she decides to go all in with the guy when he returns from living in LA talking about how feckless Hollywood is. What surprised me though is that Fixie's recollection of Ryan is a golden boy, but her best friend and even her sister point out the guy dropped out of uni and was not that smart. When Fixie uses the IOU with Seb to help Ryan get a job I maybe shrieked. Things don't get any better when all of a sudden Fixie, her brother, her sister, and her uncle are left alone for a couple of months to run the family store. All of a sudden Fixie is a mess and obsessed about her whatevership with Ryan.The other characters pale a bit though. Ryan should have someone following behind him at all times saying "douche."Seb was okay, but honestly I don't like how the friendship/relationship progressed. And I don't know...he was definitely more developed than the character of Luke Brandon in the Shopaholic series. But there are a lot of things that happened with Seb that bugged me and I don't want to spoil for other readers. Fixie also has a longstanding fear of her brother Jake and honestly I didn't like him at all. The book's message about standing by people who do terrible things because of family made me cringe. Sometimes you have to not enable and or be a doormat to people and just move on from them. And the recollections of the things that Jake did had me disliking the character from beginning to end. His transformation felt phony to me. Fixie's relationship with her sister wasn't much better. Which made me wonder why her father was so adamant on family first when two out of three of her kids sucked.Fixie's best friend and her marriage problems were interesting though. I cracked up about how that got resolved. The writing was very good and the flow worked too. The ending didn't ring very true to me though. We have everything all working out, but one wonders what happens the next day when the mom in this family finds out what has been going on.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Fixie Farr's family runs Farrs, a hardwares store. Technically, it's more like Fixie and her mom run the store, while Fixie's older brother, Jake, and sister, Nicole, flit in and out, doing their own thing. Fixie has always been intimidated by her siblings. Jake is pursuing his MBA and prefers the posh side of life; he's always after one business deal or another. Nicole, recently married, lives at home while her husband works abroad. Fixie lives by the motto of "Family First," ingrained in her b Fixie Farr's family runs Farrs, a hardwares store. Technically, it's more like Fixie and her mom run the store, while Fixie's older brother, Jake, and sister, Nicole, flit in and out, doing their own thing. Fixie has always been intimidated by her siblings. Jake is pursuing his MBA and prefers the posh side of life; he's always after one business deal or another. Nicole, recently married, lives at home while her husband works abroad. Fixie lives by the motto of "Family First," ingrained in her by her late father since forever. This means running the store and looking after family, even at the expense of her own dreams. She's lusted after the same boy since grade school, Ryan Chalker, and still lives at home, dutifully tending to her family's needs. One day a stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop. When Fixie saves it from being destroyed, he gives her an IOU. Meanwhile, Ryan returns to London from Los Angeles. At the same time, Fixie's family dynamic faces a radical change. Will all of these moments force Fixie--who earned her nickname for her desire to always fix things--to face up to her fears, to become more forceful? Or will she let her family and the people in her life still walk all over her? And will she cash in on that IOU? "Some people hear the Lord Jesus guiding them; I hear my dad, before he died, saying in his East End accent: Family is it, Fixie. Family is what drives us. Family is everything. Family loyalty is basically our religion." This book had to grow on me. In the beginning, Fixie drove me a little crazy. I was less irritated with her devotion to her family (perhaps I could relate there), but I was annoyed at how clueless she was in her adoration to Ryan Chalker, who was just terrible. And truly, Fixie's siblings were pretty awful to her, too. There were very few side characters in this one who were easy to like. Even Sebastian, whose laptop Fixie rescues (and who, obviously, becomes her love interest), goes back to his girlfriend a little often for my taste. Which is sad, because otherwise the Fixie/Seb dynamic is quite enjoyable and really quite funny. Still, the poor girl was clearly under a lot of pressure with her family and the store, so I get some of her behavior there. As for Ryan, I'm not so sure what her excuse was!Still, this book wins you over with time. Fixie is an engaging character and really, rather endearing. She can't help but be who she is and she really can't help whom she is surrounded by (except Ryan--let's just all agree he's awful). When Seb enters the scene, things become more funny, and things pick up as Fixie starts to grow into her own skin. This growth is a Kinsella staple, and she does it well. There's moments of her trademark humor, as well. Overall, this one is predictable but sweet, and once I got past some of Fixie's issues, I enjoyed it. It's a light, quick read. 3+ stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review (thank you!). Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Of the several books written by Sophie Kinsella that I have read, this one is my favourite. I like Fixie and her mother who seem normal and sensible, but find Ryan, Jake and Nicole self centred. Fixie Farr has always lived by her father's motto: "Family first", but her brother and sister really test this motto when their mother goes to Spain for health reasons and leaves the three siblings to manage the family business. When Fixie saves a man's computer, he writes her an "I owe you one" on a cof Of the several books written by Sophie Kinsella that I have read, this one is my favourite. I like Fixie and her mother who seem normal and sensible, but find Ryan, Jake and Nicole self centred. Fixie Farr has always lived by her father's motto: "Family first", but her brother and sister really test this motto when their mother goes to Spain for health reasons and leaves the three siblings to manage the family business. When Fixie saves a man's computer, he writes her an "I owe you one" on a coffee sleeve. What happens next? I won't spoil it for you. Read the book to find out. I read this light and entertaining standalone novel of family, love and empowerment in one setting. Novels written by Sophie Kinsella always put me in a good mood and make me laugh. I highly recommend I OWE YOU ONE to everyone looking for a fun quirky read. Thank you to author Sophie Kinsella, NetGalley, Random House Publicity and The Dial Press for a digital ARC of I OWE YOU ONE and the opportunity to write this unbiased review.Posted February 3, 2019 on Goodreads, and NetGalleyPosted February 5, 2019 on iBooks and Savvy Reader
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  • Irena
    January 1, 1970
    For the last three years in a row, Sophie Kinsella puts a smile on my face every time I finish her newest book. I mean, there is a reason why she’s my favourite author, but I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with every book she ever wrote.However, ever since she published My Not So Perfect Life it’s like we’re on a happy train and we’re not getting off. Every book she writes is pure perfection, and I Owe You One is one of those treasures.The thing is, when you read a book by your favourite author For the last three years in a row, Sophie Kinsella puts a smile on my face every time I finish her newest book. I mean, there is a reason why she’s my favourite author, but I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with every book she ever wrote.However, ever since she published My Not So Perfect Life it’s like we’re on a happy train and we’re not getting off. Every book she writes is pure perfection, and I Owe You One is one of those treasures.The thing is, when you read a book by your favourite author, your expectations are high. You can’t help it!So going into I Owe You One, I expected to like it, I wanted it to make me feel better, make me laugh, swoon and root for characters… and it delivered.The story follows Fixie who got her nickname because she likes to fix things. She wants to make everything better for everyone, and to her, family always comes first.One day in a coffee shop a stranger asks Fixie to watch his laptop while he goes away for few minutes. In that amount of time, the roof above starts to sink, but Fixie can’t leave the laptop, so she protects it with her body, and even though she ends up wet to the bone, laptop ends up untouched.The story goes from there. The stranger, who’s name is Sebastian writes her a note with which she can ask him anything in return, because now he owes her one.Going into the story, after few chapters readers can already assume how the story might end, because it is obvious from the start what a douche Ryan, Fixie’s love interest, actually is.I mean, it’s been a while since I read about that kind of jerk in my books. A perfect character to hate, if you ask me!However, it’s not always about the end, it’s about the journey!I like how I Owe You One is characters based story, and we get to see not only different type of persons who functionate together, but also their development through the story.I like how all of them have their flaws and the author really made them real, so by the end of the book readers will probably have the feeling like they know them. At least, that’s what happened in my case.The writing style was amazing, as always. I flew through this book.In the end, without spoiling anything, I just have to say there is one scene closer to the end of the story, that made me feel chills while reading (and they were good chills!). They were more like tingles.It was such a beautiful scene, and out of everything this novel provides, I think that scene is how I will remember it.I would recommend this book to everyone who likes funny scenes, romantic moments and family dynamics in their books.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 Stars!
  • KP
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie Kinsella has a formula for her books:Step 1: The heroine. She’s an exceeding accomplished doormat and/or highly stupid.Step 2: She excels at being doormatty and stupid and things don’t go well for her. She’s surrounded by clichéd obnoxious humans.Step 3: She has this huge epiphany and she changes and magically alters the entire character and behaviour of people (the said obnoxious ones) around her, overnight.Step 4: She gets the guy and there’s a happily ever after.In the meanwhile (befor Sophie Kinsella has a formula for her books:Step 1: The heroine. She’s an exceeding accomplished doormat and/or highly stupid.Step 2: She excels at being doormatty and stupid and things don’t go well for her. She’s surrounded by clichéd obnoxious humans.Step 3: She has this huge epiphany and she changes and magically alters the entire character and behaviour of people (the said obnoxious ones) around her, overnight.Step 4: She gets the guy and there’s a happily ever after.In the meanwhile (before she has that epiphany), you feel like wanting to bang your head against a wall because you can’t stand her stupidity for a second more. But you push through, because hey! You know all about the formula!
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  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsFull Review on The Candid CoverI Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella is everything I hope for in a contemporary novel. The characters are quirky and flawed, and the concept is super unique. The family theme in the book is also enjoyable to read about.If there is something that I have come to expect from Kinsella’s writing, it is her eccentric characters. I love all of the characters in I Owe You One, even the side characters are lots of fun. Fixie is a perfect narrator for the book and her f 4.5 StarsFull Review on The Candid CoverI Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella is everything I hope for in a contemporary novel. The characters are quirky and flawed, and the concept is super unique. The family theme in the book is also enjoyable to read about.If there is something that I have come to expect from Kinsella’s writing, it is her eccentric characters. I love all of the characters in I Owe You One, even the side characters are lots of fun. Fixie is a perfect narrator for the book and her flaws are very relatable. She goes through a lot of growth as the book progresses and it is hard not to root for her when things start to go her way.The concept of I Owe You One is so fantastic. It is such a romantic idea to have a stranger write an IOU on a coffee sleeve. This sets up the story for some interesting meetings and interactions. There are so many hilarious scenes that balance out some of the drama in the book.One of my favourite themes in contemporary fiction is the theme of family. Fixie’s family life is very relatable and she has her fair share of sibling rivalry. Her brother and sister are well-developed characters and have their own issues to deal with. The family shop is the one thing that they all seem to have a vested interest in, even if their ideas clash.If you are a fan of Kinsella’s other novels, you are sure to enjoy I Owe You One. There is a cast of engaging characters and the story is so much fun to read. I can’t wait to find out what she writes next!
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 adorable stars to Fixie Farr! Review to come!
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I Owe You One is a predictable, easy chick lit read that goes down fast but has little substance. I've been reading Sophie Kinsella since the very first Shopaholic book and I'm afraid that her books have each successfully become thinner copies of the last. Fixie's story could be so much more compelling if the characters were more than just one-dimensional caricatures.Fixie's older brother Jack, is the Golden Boy who hasn't made good. Her older sister Nicole, is the Gorgeous Girl who hasn't made I Owe You One is a predictable, easy chick lit read that goes down fast but has little substance. I've been reading Sophie Kinsella since the very first Shopaholic book and I'm afraid that her books have each successfully become thinner copies of the last. Fixie's story could be so much more compelling if the characters were more than just one-dimensional caricatures.Fixie's older brother Jack, is the Golden Boy who hasn't made good. Her older sister Nicole, is the Gorgeous Girl who hasn't made good. Both are flighty, vein, insubstantial, and of course fixed by Fixie.Fixie is -- of course (again)-- the girl who can do just about anything but doesn't believe in herself enough. Sadly, she learns--through the help of a man--that she is someone to be believed in. I wish Fixie had learned to believe in herself on her own . Even more sadly the previously mentioned man, Seb, is himself a total caricature--a perfect man (rich, handsome, kind, etc.) trapped in a relationship with a shrewish woman. (eyeroll)It makes no sense to have a character like Seb be in a relationship with a woman that he doesn't respect or even like. Why should Fixie settle for someone who can't even stand up for himself? And how can he really help Fixie when he can't even help himself? (And why does the girlfriend have to be shrewish? Couldn't she and Seb simply work better as a couple who realize they are better as friends?) It's problems like this (which are very problematic) and the one-dimensional caricatures passing as characters that make I Owe You One a disappointing read.
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  • Krista Regester
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 WHY did this make me smile ear to ear? I HATE ROM COMS. Or do I? I keep reading them… what does this say about me? I don’t want to like them, and for some reason I ingest them like a starved animal. I’m pretty sure that Sophie Kinsella’s goal is to make me like love. ::GAGS:: This book is about a quirky lady named Fixie… who, you guessed it… FIXES THINGS COME ON NOW.
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