Twenties Girl
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. 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.

Twenties Girl Details

TitleTwenties Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2009
PublisherThe Dial Press
ISBN-139780385342025
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Twenties Girl Review

  • Zoë
    January 1, 1970
    You all obviously know how much I love Sophie Kinsella, so I'll go straight into my thoughts about this book! Although there was a good romance in this book, it wasn't the main focus of the book. Instead, this novel put most of it's emphasis on family and friendship and I really liked that! Sadie definitely got on my nerves a lot, mostly because I was listening to this as an audio book and the narrator made her voice especially annoying while saying her lines. However, she had a surprising amoun You all obviously know how much I love Sophie Kinsella, so I'll go straight into my thoughts about this book! Although there was a good romance in this book, it wasn't the main focus of the book. Instead, this novel put most of it's emphasis on family and friendship and I really liked that! Sadie definitely got on my nerves a lot, mostly because I was listening to this as an audio book and the narrator made her voice especially annoying while saying her lines. However, she had a surprising amount of character development keeping in mind that she was the GHOST of a 105 year old woman. I really enjoyed how this was a mystery as well, there was so much going on that you almost forgot about one part of the story when it showed up again! The one critique I have, though, is how long this book was. I felt like there were too many dead ends while trying to find that one necklace and it was starting to get a little repetitive. I think it could have wrapped up a little quicker, but it still was a fun read!
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  • Laurel
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie Kinsella is a guilty pleasure of mine. This book made for a fun and much needed escape for me today.
  • Exina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIt was fun! I really enjoyed this book. I liked Sadie’s fierce and oppressive character and the comic situations made me laugh. Although some scenes were extremely embarrassing: Sadie forced Lara to do things nobody would do unless threatened lethally.Anyway, Lara needs a development: at the beginning of the story, she is a naive, self-deluded, obsessional, sometimes infantile young woman, with a serious “allergy” to her own family, and without real friends. But she has a strong sense o 3.5 starsIt was fun! I really enjoyed this book. I liked Sadie’s fierce and oppressive character and the comic situations made me laugh. Although some scenes were extremely embarrassing: Sadie forced Lara to do things nobody would do unless threatened lethally.Anyway, Lara needs a development: at the beginning of the story, she is a naive, self-deluded, obsessional, sometimes infantile young woman, with a serious “allergy” to her own family, and without real friends. But she has a strong sense of justice, she is persistent, kind, honest, and true to her principles, even if they look idealistic. By the end of the novel, she learns a lot about life, love, friendship, family, people surrounding her, and of course about herself. The story is more a coming-of-age novel in chick-lit style than a romance. The plot is slow in the first half of the story, but the mystery of the dragonfly-necklace and the life-story of Sadie are really interesting, and smartly developed. Kinsella’s humor is very entertaining, so I really recommend this book! Originally posted on my blog on October 26, 2012.My favorite quotes.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Lara Lington thinks of herself as a fairly hip twenties girl, living in the 21st century. But the last thing she expects at her Great Aunt Sadie’s funeral is for Sadie herself to appear and demand for the whole thing to be stopped. Lara thinks she’s going mad: how on Earth can she hear and see a dead person? It turns out Great Aunt Sadie is actually a ghost and a ghost with a mission: to track down her missing Dragonfly necklace. Sadie eventually manages to convince Lara to help look for the nec Lara Lington thinks of herself as a fairly hip twenties girl, living in the 21st century. But the last thing she expects at her Great Aunt Sadie’s funeral is for Sadie herself to appear and demand for the whole thing to be stopped. Lara thinks she’s going mad: how on Earth can she hear and see a dead person? It turns out Great Aunt Sadie is actually a ghost and a ghost with a mission: to track down her missing Dragonfly necklace. Sadie eventually manages to convince Lara to help look for the necklace. Can they find it, and can Sadie ever rest in peace?I received Twenties Girl way back in July just before it was released but never thought of picking it up until now because I was worried I wouldn’t like it. I am in no way inclined to read a ghost story and I’ve never wanted to before. I also wondered exactly how it would work writing a ghost story, would it be a real ghost story or a magical-type ghost story in the vein of Alexandra Potter? I can thankfully reveal that it is a fantastic ghost story with a hint of magic that really sells it.Twenties Girl really is an outstanding read. It took me a few pages to get into it and I was worried I wasn’t enoying it, when up popped Sadie and I was glued to the book from then on in. I thought the plot of the missing necklace was well thought out and I enjoyed Lara and Sadie’s search for the aforementioned necklace. I would love to see the Dragonfly necklace in real life, I have to say, as it sounds really beautiful.The whole story is narrated by Lara and is greatly enjoyable, particularly when Sadie comes into the picture and Lara wonders if she’s going bonkers. Not only does Lara have to contend with an at-times-annoying ghost, but her best friend (and business partner) has done a bunk and her boyfriend has just dumped her, so you can see why she thinks she’s going mad; the scene in the funeral parlour where Sadie first appears was beyond hilarious. I thought Lara was a lovely character and I enjoyed her interaction with Sadie. I also thought it was hilarious when Lara decided to spy of her ex-boyfriend Josh and she bugged his table – that had me laughing out loud. Lara was funny, likeable, and yes, she probably was a bit bonkers, but I loved her regardless.For me, the real star of the show, though, was Sadie. I thought Sadie was a fabulous character – outgoing, talkative but also incredibly nice and rather prone to teenage strops. I enjoyed unravelling the story of Sadie’s life and finding out exactly why the Dragonfly necklace was so precious to her. I didn’t find Sadie’s constant chanting when she wanted attention annoying, I merely found it endearing and, also, quite amusing. She told a great tale about her life and growing up in the Twenties. I thought Sophie Kinsella described the 1920’s fabulously. I could imagine the dresses Sophie described, and the music playing throughout, and I enjoyed learning the 1920’s slang, it all added to the charm of the book and I really couldn’t put it down.I loved everything about the book and once Sadie made her appearance I couldn’t put the book down. There are a few other characters in the book, Ed Harrison being a favourite of mine. I loved how he went along with Lara when she asked him on a date (spurred on by Sadie, of course) and thought Ed made a fantastic male character. I also liked Lara’s family, the Lingtons, and was so so pleased Uncle Bill got his comeuppance. The story really takes a turn halfway through the book and I wanted to race to finish it to find out if all would come well in the end.I have got to say that the ending gave me tears in my eyes. I knew it was going to happen. All through the book I just knew how it was going to end and I still didn’t expect it at all. I didn’t want to leave Sadie and Lara’s world and you have no idea how sad I was to leave it! This really was an outstanding book – making me laugh, making me cry and giving me an unputdownable read. A truly outstanding novel from Sophie Kinsella, her best to date and truly one of the best books of the year.
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  • marnelle angela
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book.At first I thought that this is going to be just another Sophie Kinsella book, full of chicklit drama, but it sort of surprised me. There are several Sophie Kinsella trademarks I have noticed in this book:1. Lara Lington. The heroines in the her books look like they're always helpless at first, they have this problems in their works and in their relationships. But then at the end, these heroines will be very lucky and make a breakthrough in their careers and they would discover I loved this book.At first I thought that this is going to be just another Sophie Kinsella book, full of chicklit drama, but it sort of surprised me. There are several Sophie Kinsella trademarks I have noticed in this book:1. Lara Lington. The heroines in the her books look like they're always helpless at first, they have this problems in their works and in their relationships. But then at the end, these heroines will be very lucky and make a breakthrough in their careers and they would discover the thing their really good at.2. The leading man, Ed. I like Sophie Kinsella's leading men.They have this mysterious air around them and they are very sweet.3. Evil sister, cousin, uncle. In this book, Lara has an evil sister and uncle who seems to be really mean and would do things to make Lara feel as if she's like a poor Cinderella. 4.FUNNY! Yeah! i think most of Kinsella's books are really witty! there are lots of situations in this book where Lara made embarrassing actions. I most of the time, am surprised to hear myself laughing so loud.ROFL!
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  • Lindsey Rey
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really loved this one! It was over-the-top in an absolutely perfect, hilarious way that made reading it so much fun. I was cheering for Lara the whole time and I loved her interactions with Sadie. ALSO ED HARRISON <3 <3 <3
  • Fenia
    January 1, 1970
    OMG. This book surprised me so much!! 'Remember me' was my first Kinsella book,and though i loved it, i must say i loved Twenties Girl even more! The story was so unique and funny and heart warming. ♥I did not relate to Lara,and sometimes she pissed me off,but she had such a character development..she turned out amazing! Sadie was the sun,life's joy and the personalization of fun! She was the best ghost i've ever 'seen' or 'read' . Ed on the other hand...I LOVE HIMMM!!! He's like a modern Mister OMG. This book surprised me so much!! 'Remember me' was my first Kinsella book,and though i loved it, i must say i loved Twenties Girl even more! The story was so unique and funny and heart warming. ♥I did not relate to Lara,and sometimes she pissed me off,but she had such a character development..she turned out amazing! Sadie was the sun,life's joy and the personalization of fun! She was the best ghost i've ever 'seen' or 'read' . Ed on the other hand...I LOVE HIMMM!!! He's like a modern Mister Darcy and i couldn't help but falling in love with him just as Lara did. The ending was satisfactory and really emotional. I loved reading this book so much. Its a laugh out loud,cry your eyes out,page-turner and stay up late reading it,kind of book. ♥ ♥ ♥
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie Kinsella made me feel like I was visiting with a best friend every time I went on another zany, warmhearted adventure with Becky Bloomwood--and Kinsella herself seemed quite a kindred spirit when my sister and I attended her book talk for "Shopaholic and Baby" a few years ago--so I suppose I should not be surprised that Kinsella could make me care so much about the twenty-three year old Flapper ghost of a one-hundred-and-five year old lady who died lonely and came back to "haunt" her pres Sophie Kinsella made me feel like I was visiting with a best friend every time I went on another zany, warmhearted adventure with Becky Bloomwood--and Kinsella herself seemed quite a kindred spirit when my sister and I attended her book talk for "Shopaholic and Baby" a few years ago--so I suppose I should not be surprised that Kinsella could make me care so much about the twenty-three year old Flapper ghost of a one-hundred-and-five year old lady who died lonely and came back to "haunt" her present-day great-niece. But, gosh darn it, Sophie, you made me care SO much! I don't know how you did it, but you did! It was like magic. For the first 1/4 of the book, I thought, "this is kinda cliche, kinda lame, a bit dull, but, hey, I'll stay with you..." Lara (modern-day girl) and Sadie ('20s ghost) had the altercations one might expect of such a clash of generations and, um, states of alive-ness. The discord with styles of music, slang, etc. Ho-hum. Yet, somewhere along the way, this transforms into a beautiful, heartfelt relationship, a true friendship. Sadie and Lara deserve one another, both for their bad qualities and their good ones. They help bring out the best in each other. Sadie helps Lara with relationship struggles and career woes, all the while feeling that her own life had been little more than a shell after she lost her own love when she was in her early '20s. But Lara learns that her great-aunt (whom she only visited once while she was alive) was actually a really cool gal with an amazing and inspiring life; and it only remains for her to convince Sadie of this! There is also an interesting little mystery involving Sadie's missing dragonfly necklace, and some suspicious behavior by Lara's mega-rich and successful (and pompous!) Uncle Bill. There is some romance, too (and might I say THANK YOU, Sophie! I liked our handsome and thoughtful gent in this tale so much better than Luke Brandon!) but it's not the driving force of the tale. Rather, it is the relationship between Sadie and Lara. There are some genuinely touching moments; I must say that the characters in this "fluffy chick lit" resonated with me more than some of those in classic works I've read. Kinsella is true talent! The tale left me wishing I could have got glimpses into the lives of my departed grandparents when they were in their '20s, and to spend even more time with my eighty-six-year-old grandfather--though, thankfully, I have appreciated what a good thing he is all these years! I don't need this book to make me realize THAT :-) "Twenties Girl" does have the trademark Kinsella humor, but it really touches the heartstrings, too. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*I hope this is good but don't think I'll pay hardcover prices for it evenif it is! Still, I felt Kinsella could be a kindred spirit when we saw her at the author talk last year and her love of the 1920s furthers my suspicion!!!"Writing Twenties Girl was like going on my own magical mystery tour. My U.S. editor Susan Kamil had once said casually, "You should write a ghost story one day." This comment stayed with me for years. I loved the idea, but didn't know who my ghost could be. I've always loved the glamour and spirit of the 1920s, and the idea came to me of a flapper ghost. A feisty, fun, glamorous girl who adored to dance and drink cocktails and get her own way. I wanted her to be a determined character who would blast into the life of someone with no warning and cause havoc. I then decided she should haunt a thoroughly modern girl, with all the culture clashes and comedy that would bring.Having come up with this idea I loved it, so it then remained to plunge myself into 1920s research, which was no hardship at all, as I find the era fascinating. I researched vintage make-up, vintage dresses, read fiction from the period, investigated 1920s slang, and tried to channel as much I could of those feisty flappers who cut their hair short (shock!), smoked cigarettes in public (shock!), had sex (shock!) and generally rebelled in all the outrageous ways they could.The book isn't a period piece though. It's a modern story about two girls and their sparky friendship, right here in the 21st century. One of them just happens to be a ghost from the 1920s. It's a quest, a romance, and a coming of age... and above all a comedy. It's no exaggeration to say that writing the character of Sadie made me look at life differently, and I hope some readers feel the same way. —Sophie Kinsella"
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I will never understand what kind of Jedi mind tricks Sophie Kinsella employs with her books. If any other author wrote this story I would have thrown it down in frustration. I'd be writing a scathing review about cheap plot devices and sloppy characterization. But, I'm not. I enjoyed this book. I devoured it in a couple of hours. I was thoroughly entertained by it, despite the fact that it's not really a "good book." This is the power that Kinsella has. Her energetic writing style and likable, I will never understand what kind of Jedi mind tricks Sophie Kinsella employs with her books. If any other author wrote this story I would have thrown it down in frustration. I'd be writing a scathing review about cheap plot devices and sloppy characterization. But, I'm not. I enjoyed this book. I devoured it in a couple of hours. I was thoroughly entertained by it, despite the fact that it's not really a "good book." This is the power that Kinsella has. Her energetic writing style and likable, if hugely flawed, characters are sort of impossible to dislike. Think about Becky Bloomwood, who is kind of an idiot and irresponsible at best. And yet, you want to be her best friend. It's the same with Lara, the heroine of Twenties Girl. She's a bit of a sad sack and allows herself to be completely spun around by a domineering ghost. Yes, a ghost. And yet, she's adorable. You root for her and want her to solve the mystery of the missing necklace. Jedi mind tricks. I can come up with no other explanation. I'm not even going to recount the storyline here, like I normally do, because if I type out the plot of Twenties Girl I will start asking myself a lot of tough questions about why I actually liked such a ludicrous story. So, I just won't. It was a fun, brainless and totally engaging Summer read. I enjoyed the heck out of it. And now I want to learn how to dance the Charleston.
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  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    January 1, 1970
    Very sweet book and I loved the message about appreciating the elderly and older people in our lives. Actual rating 4.25 stars!
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    For me this is one of the best chick-lit books ever.It is funny, original, and surprising.It has a family secret to uncover and a magical twist. I have read all of Kinsella’s books, but this one is most definitely my favorite.
  • Ferdy
    January 1, 1970
    Liked some parts of the story, the main characters though were seriously awful, they were both so irritating. Lara was an obsessed, deluded, idiotic stalker. She spent so much time stalking her ex boyfriend and coming up with silly reasons about why he dumped her, she was beyond daft when it came to him. Worst of all was when she used Sadie to brainwash him into dating her again, she was demented and behaved like a total buffoon in most aspects of her life. I suppose, she was better towards the Liked some parts of the story, the main characters though were seriously awful, they were both so irritating. Lara was an obsessed, deluded, idiotic stalker. She spent so much time stalking her ex boyfriend and coming up with silly reasons about why he dumped her, she was beyond daft when it came to him. Worst of all was when she used Sadie to brainwash him into dating her again, she was demented and behaved like a total buffoon in most aspects of her life. I suppose, she was better towards the end as she finally managed to gain some common sense and a backbone. She was actually quite likeable when she stood up to her uncle and business partner, otherwise she was mostly a flailing mess.Then there was bloody Sadie, she was a selfish, spoilt, whiny brat. All she did was scream and shout, and if things didn't go her way she'd throw a massive fit and then pout for ages. Like Lara though she did become more tolerable at the end, but that was mainly down to everything finally going her way rather than actual character development. The secondary characters were much better than Sadie and Lara, they were far more entertaining and likeable. Liked that the romance was only ever really a side story, and there was quite a bit of focus on Lara's work and family life, as well as all her trying to help Sadie with the missing necklace and whatnot.
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  • Indri Juwono
    January 1, 1970
    #2010-64#”Kalau kau tinggal di suatu tempat, tidak peduli berapa lama, kau perlu melibatkan diri dengannya. Kalau tidak, kau tidak benar-benar menjalani hidupmu. Hanya berfungsi.”h.334.Twenties girl. Gadis 20-an. Gadis dari tahun 1920 bernama Sadie Lancester. Selalu berusia 20 tahun. Karena dia tidak fana. Dia hantu. Arwah penasaran yang tidak mau dikubur karena belum menemukan kalung kesayangannya.Sadie menghantui cucu buyutnya, Lara, untuk mencari kalungnya. Lara yang mulanya terganggu dengan #2010-64#”Kalau kau tinggal di suatu tempat, tidak peduli berapa lama, kau perlu melibatkan diri dengannya. Kalau tidak, kau tidak benar-benar menjalani hidupmu. Hanya berfungsi.”h.334.Twenties girl. Gadis 20-an. Gadis dari tahun 1920 bernama Sadie Lancester. Selalu berusia 20 tahun. Karena dia tidak fana. Dia hantu. Arwah penasaran yang tidak mau dikubur karena belum menemukan kalung kesayangannya.Sadie menghantui cucu buyutnya, Lara, untuk mencari kalungnya. Lara yang mulanya terganggu dengan kehadiran Sadie, ditambah dengan kepusingan pekerjaannya karena rekanannya meninggalkannya, akhirnya bisa bersahabat dengan Sadie. Lucunya, Sadie memaksa Lara untuk berkenalan dengan Ed, salah satu eksekutif yang ia taksir, seseorang yang baru tinggal di London tapi tak pernah berjalan-jalan. Konflik disajikan antara hubungan Lara dengan keluarganya, dengan Josh mantan pacarnya, pamannya yang pengusaha terkenal, pencarian kalung, pencarian kandidat headhunting, perkenalannya dengan Ed, dijalin dengan cerita yang mengalir lancar dan lucu, tanpa berkesan banyak kebetulan. Mungkin lebih banyak kenekatan.Menariknya adalah, perindahan loncatan antara hal-hal yang dialami oleh Lara terjadi sangat apik, seperti membuka hari. Tidak terasa terburu-buru, tetapi runut menceritakan kejadian pada satu waktu ke waktu yang lain. Satu ketika ia berbicara tentang menghadapi klien, lalu malamnya berkencan dengan Ed, yang dirangkai dengan kehadiran hantu Sadie yang mengganggunya.Yang menjadi nilai tambah saya adalah Kinsella menceritakan dengan detail setting profesi Lara, bagaimana kesehariannya, kesibukannya, yang membuat tokoh ini istimewa, membuat kesibukan hariannya memang menjadi bagian dari cerita tanpa terasa sebagai tempelan belaka.Cara mengungkap misteri siapa Sadie sebenarnya terasa agak kebetulan, tapi, itulah khas tokoh tak-mau-menyerah Kinsella, ketika semua kekesalan menghimpit, kekuatan terbesarlah yang akan keluar. ***Sophie Kinsella selalu menjadi favorit saya. Walaupun ceritanya sering berupa cinderella story, tapi cara pengemasan dan kelucuan barunya membuat karyanya dinanti. Yang saya kagum, ia berhasil lolos dari prototipe 'Becky Bloomwood' dari Shopaholic series yang melambungkan namanya. Banyak penulis cerita serial yang tidak bisa menulis sesuatu yang berbeda dari karakter barunya. Namun, Kinsella berhasil lepas dari jeratan itu. Tokoh-tokohnya selalu memiliki identitas baru, bila dibandingkan dengan tokoh di Shopaholic, menyelesaikan masalah dengan cara yang berbeda-beda. Sehingga bisa dibandingkan Emma Corrigan di Can You Keep a Secret?, seorang gadis yang tak sengaja membocorkan rahasia dirinya pada seseorang yang tak ia kenal, yang ternyata rekanan kantornya, Samantha si pengacara super pintar yang kaget dan menemukan dirinya adalah The Undomestic Goddess di daerah pedesaan, Lexy si bukan siapa-siapa yang mengalami amnesia 3 tahun dalam Remember Me? adalah sales karpet, dan Lara ini, twenties girl, dari perusahaan headhunter yang didatangi arwah penasaran.Apakah tidak ada persamaan? Tentu ada. Kinsella selalu membuat gadis-gadis ini tidak terlalu cantik,tampak bodoh, kekurangan cinta, dan mendapat pangerannya karena intensitas pertemuan. Namun gadis-gadis ini selalu memiliki kekuatan tersembunyi, ide-ide dan keberanian, prinsip percaya diri yang kuat, bahkan untuk mengambil risiko. Di saat uang tidak bisa menyelesaikan segalanya.Inner beauty itu memang ada. Kecantikan tidak tersembunyi dalam kaki jenjang, pinggul ramping, atau rambut pirang. Justru ketidaksempurnaannya membuat gadis-gadis ini dijatuhcintai. Melalui dialog-dialog cerdas dan lucu, sifat sedikit manja tapi mandiri, walaupun betis besar, badan agak gemuk, menjadi tak nampak karena lebur dengan kehangatan dan persahabatan yang diberikannya. Karena ketidaksempurnaan berarti ada sesuatu yang harus diisi untuk mengimbangi. Mereka seperti girl next door yang bisa menjadi sahabat anda, kekasih, saudara. Terkadang bingung dan bengong, namun manis, ramah, dan berani mengambil sikap.Tidak usah repot untuk mengatakan ini bacaan ringan atau berisi. Sebut saja ini kisah cinta, persahabatan, keberuntungan, ide, keberanian dan kenekatan. Untung juga saya dapat buku ini dari sahabat. Terima kasih kang Hippo atas e-booknya, terima kasih Ijul atas bukunya..
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  • Cleo
    January 1, 1970
    This was a FUN read. If you like romatic comedy and light ghost stories and light myster it is for you in spades. British author and takes place in London - the perspective on the American boyfriend is interesting. Starts slow but accelerates to the end. Sorry when you turn the last page.
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  • Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
    January 1, 1970
    Lara is having some major life issues currently including, her ex- boyfriend, a job that she isn’t too sure about and now a dead aunt who might be haunting her. Lara is just trying to keep her imagination under control and get her life on track, but maybe her dead aunt Sadie is just what she needs to get everything in line.The author does a great job creating Lara’s personality. We can see right from the beginning that Lara is a little stressed and has a lot going on, but is working hard on putt Lara is having some major life issues currently including, her ex- boyfriend, a job that she isn’t too sure about and now a dead aunt who might be haunting her. Lara is just trying to keep her imagination under control and get her life on track, but maybe her dead aunt Sadie is just what she needs to get everything in line.The author does a great job creating Lara’s personality. We can see right from the beginning that Lara is a little stressed and has a lot going on, but is working hard on putting up a good front. Lara doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or trouble anyone. Lara grew on me when I was reading the book and I ended up rooting for her the whole time to get everything in order. Lara did get a little stuck on the ex-boyfriend issue, but it does end up working on in the book.The story follows Lara as she is in search of her great-aunt Sadie’s necklace. Lara is somewhat looking for the necklace while trying to keep going with her career. I loved the banter that occurred between Lara and Sadie during the book. The banter alone would keep me listening to the book. I loved the relationship that developed between the two of them and how much that Lara could learn about Sadie’s life. Sadie was an amazing second character since she was a ghost stuck in the past it was an interesting view on life. I enjoyed how it brought the Twenties Girl idea to life through Sadie.The story moves along at a nice pace and is easy to follow along. I loved how the story unfolded and it kept my attention most of the time. The story gets busier towards the end, but overall a great pace.My major complaint with the book would have been the romance. I have read several Sophie Kinsella books and enjoyed the romance portion of those books. The romance in this book felt slightly as an afterthought in this book. The book is focused mainly on Lara and getting her life back together and trying to figure out what she wants out of life. I did enjoy the romance at times and felt it was cute, but at other times I felt it could have been almost a second book.I would suggest this as a nighttime read. There were a lot of parts where I felt that the book could be put down and picked back up. The book kept my attention while listening to it, but I was able to take some breaks and not feel like I missed anything.
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  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    I have always been fascinated by the 20s. You had the so-called Jazz Age, women fighting for the right to vote in the U.S., etc. and all of it ending when the U.S. enters the Great Depression in the 1930s. I never much thought of what the 1920s was like in England, and now I still would want a book about that since "Twenties Girl" did not hit the mark for me.The big reason why I didn't rate this above 2 stars though is that I hated the main character Lara. She was awful. She honestly only gets a I have always been fascinated by the 20s. You had the so-called Jazz Age, women fighting for the right to vote in the U.S., etc. and all of it ending when the U.S. enters the Great Depression in the 1930s. I never much thought of what the 1920s was like in England, and now I still would want a book about that since "Twenties Girl" did not hit the mark for me.The big reason why I didn't rate this above 2 stars though is that I hated the main character Lara. She was awful. She honestly only gets a bit better a couple of chapters before the book ends which is just way too long for me to be reading about an insufferable character. I guess you can say the other main character in this one is Lara's Great Aunt Sadie. Sadie is a spirit that is tied to Lara for whatever reason and is now following Lara around to find her necklace so that Sadie can move on. Lara's life is a mess. She is trying to hold onto her dwindling recruiting business after her best friend goes off with some random guy. Her parents are concerned about her since she has grown obsessed with her ex boyfriend who dumped her via email. Okay that last bit is a jerk move, but her texting and also stalking the guy didn't win me over to her side. When Lara attends her great aunt's funeral and realize her spirit is back from the dead and "haunting" her, Lara initially hopes she's just imagining things. But when she realizes Sadie is here to stay, she does whatever she needs in order to get her life back.I don't know. This could have been a funny book, or a book version of Ghost (without the weeping and wailing at the end). But it just didn't work. Lara is insufferable. She uses Sadie in order to make herself more popular. She also uses her to manipulate others around her (to hire her as a recruiter) and uses her to force her ex to get back together with her. Sadie is no prize either since she uses Lara right back to get her to do what she wants too.There are additional characters in this book, and a side plot dealing with Lara's jerk of an uncle, but honestly I don't even want to go down that road.The writing was okay, the flow was too. I think if I had liked the central premise and characters more this would have been a 4 or 5 star read.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Twenties Girl is classic Kinsella with a paranormal twist. The story kicks off with Lara Lington, another fashion-conscious, twenty-something working gal in London. She has just been dumped by the "perfect man". And - bigger bonus - she is left in the lurch by her best friend/partner to run their new head-hunting business alone. While attending the funeral of her Great Aunt Sadie, Lara is shocked when Sadie materializes in front of her and demands Lara track down her beaded dragonfly necklace. I Twenties Girl is classic Kinsella with a paranormal twist. The story kicks off with Lara Lington, another fashion-conscious, twenty-something working gal in London. She has just been dumped by the "perfect man". And - bigger bonus - she is left in the lurch by her best friend/partner to run their new head-hunting business alone. While attending the funeral of her Great Aunt Sadie, Lara is shocked when Sadie materializes in front of her and demands Lara track down her beaded dragonfly necklace. Instead of materializing as her ancient, wrinkled self, Sadie is young and beautiful. Headstrong. Fiesty. A party-hearty flapper girl. The banter and verbal sparring between Lara and Sadie tickled my funny bone to no end. Sadie is scornful of Lara's way of life and doesn't bother holding back her opinions in the romance department either. Sadie quickly learns she has the power to control people's minds by obnoxiously shouting in their ears over and over again until they do exactly as she says. This proves to be useful to Lara who also discovers that Sadie is capable of spying for her, playing matchmaker and closing business deals. These two end up working together very well and learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Vintage costumes from the 20's are donned. Champagne is sipped. The Charleston is danced. Generations are compared. And the villans in this book receive their comeuppance in screwball comedy style.I was surprised to discover two very sweet romances take place in this book. Sadie's own romance is heart-breaking as her past is revealed and she proves to be a fragile, lovable creature after all. Lara's unexpected love match takes place as she works to solve a mystery involving her family.When I crack open a Kinsella book, I feel like I am settling down for a fun evening with a very dear friend. This book is both charming and humorous. The cover is chic and girly. It was a great first attempt by the author in the paranormal arena.
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    I have yet to meet a Sophie Kinsella novel that I don't like. Kinsella remains true to her lighthearted, hilarious style with Twenties Girl and I, for one, am grateful for it.Lara is comparable to the rest of Kinsella's heroines: sweet, idealistic, and a bit ditzy (but not so much that you end up hating her). Of course the plot is rather far-fetched, but that's what you should expect and want when picking up a Kinsella book. It just makes the story that much more enjoyable.Lara and the ghost of I have yet to meet a Sophie Kinsella novel that I don't like. Kinsella remains true to her lighthearted, hilarious style with Twenties Girl and I, for one, am grateful for it.Lara is comparable to the rest of Kinsella's heroines: sweet, idealistic, and a bit ditzy (but not so much that you end up hating her). Of course the plot is rather far-fetched, but that's what you should expect and want when picking up a Kinsella book. It just makes the story that much more enjoyable.Lara and the ghost of her great-aunt, Sadie, make such a fun and complementary duo. When Lara bumbles around, Sadie serves to just throw even more hurdles in her path. Like in her other novels, Kinsella isn't just all about the laughs here. The importance of family, friendship, loyalty and honesty are all major focuses throughout the plot. And, of course, there's the romantic subplot involving a hero who's more sweet than sexy, lending to the overall pleasant feeling about the novel......To continue reading this review, click here to visit my blog, The Eclectic Book Lover.
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  • Farah
    January 1, 1970
    "Kelahiran sebenarnya bukan permulaan. Awal hidup kita bukanlah milik kita, melainkan kelanjutan dari kisah orang lain." - Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale, p. 97.Beberapa waktu setelah kakek meninggal dunia, mama menemukan 2 lembar surat yang beliau tulis untuk (saat ini almarhumah) nenek.Tidak ada yang luar biasa pada kedua lembaran surat itu. Tapi surat itu istimewa.Dua lembar surat yang diketik rapi. Dengan ejaan lama. Menceritakan mengenai mimpi yang kakek alami sebelum beliau memutus "Kelahiran sebenarnya bukan permulaan. Awal hidup kita bukanlah milik kita, melainkan kelanjutan dari kisah orang lain." - Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale, p. 97.Beberapa waktu setelah kakek meninggal dunia, mama menemukan 2 lembar surat yang beliau tulis untuk (saat ini almarhumah) nenek.Tidak ada yang luar biasa pada kedua lembaran surat itu. Tapi surat itu istimewa.Dua lembar surat yang diketik rapi. Dengan ejaan lama. Menceritakan mengenai mimpi yang kakek alami sebelum beliau memutuskan untuk menikahi nenek. Dalam mimpi itu, nenek mengalami kecelakaan. Dan ketakutan akan kehilangan nenek begitu nyata baginya, beliau kemudian memutuskan untuk melamar nenek. Berpuluh-puluh tahun kemudian, surat itu masih disimpan. Dan ditemukan oleh mama saat kami sedang membereskan barang-barang peninggalannya.Memegang surat cinta tersebut ditangan, kami menangis dan tersenyum saat membacanya.Begitu rupanya.Begitu rupanya beliau dapat meyakinkan nenek agar mau menikah dengannya. Seperti itu rupanya surat cinta di tahun 1950an.Surat cinta yang istimewa ini tidak menarik kami kembali ke masa lalu. Tidak seperti Lara yang beruntung bisa merasakan pengalaman seperti apa hidup di tahun 1920an karena keriaan yang dibawa oleh arwah bibinya Sadie ke dalam kehidupannya. Tidak ada kisah-kisah dan intrik yang perlu dibongkar kebenarannya, ditegakkan keadilannya, karena memang kali ini, cuma kenangan dan kerinduan yang berbicara.Tidak ada pencarian cinta sejati.Karena cinta sejati itu ada disini. Disaksikan oleh lembaran surat yang masih utuh dan tersimpan dengan baik hingga hari ini.Menakjubkan bagaimana manusia mengingat orang yang berharga di dalam hidupnya. Kita menyimpan kata, suara, paparan jelas sosok yang dulu pernah ada, aroma yang lamat-lamat hilang dan tak lagi dapat dikenali. Diantaranya pula tersimpan rasa. Semua tergambar jelas di kepala dalam balutan rindu.Sampai hari ini, hampir 16 tahun sepeninggal almarhum kakek, semua rasa itu masih bertahan. Aman. Tersimpan dalam sebentuk kenangan.Tidak perlu lagi rasanya menceritakan bagaimana Kinsella menjalin ceritanya, merupa tokoh-tokoh utama di dalam benak pembacanya, konflik yang dipaparkan, jalan cerita yang naik dan turun dengan harmonisasi tersendiri. Tapi buku ini akan selalu jadi salah satu buku favorit gue di tahun 2012 ini. Buku yang akan selalu gue baca lagi manakala kerinduan itu hadir. Kita tidak tahu kemana kita akan pergi setelah kita mati. Tapi kita tahu, sesudah napas kita berhenti, hidup orang-orang di sekeliling kita akan terus berjalan, sekalipun tidak akan sama lagi karena kita tak lagi ada untuk mereka. Terus berjalan sampai akhirnya mereka menemui akhir kisahnya sendiri.Secara pribadi, berusaha memahami kematian semampu yang gue bisa justru mengantarkan gue pada kesadaran bahwa segala sesuatunya harus dipersiapkan sebaik yang gue bisa. Dan itu melegakan. Mengetahui bahwa suatu hari nanti kita akan dipertemukan lagi dengan semua yang kita kasihi dan mengasihi kita. Entah kapan. Karenanya, pertemuan itu harus dipersiapkan dengan penuh suka cita. Begitu, bukan?"Dan ini kerinduan yang tak akan pernah bisa tergantikan. Saat-saat dimana harapan akan satu kali dekapan rela ditukar dengan apapun yang bisa aku berikan. Peluklah aku lagi di hari kita bertemu kembali. Janji?"20 Agustus 2012. Aku menghapus air mataku di pusaramu.
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  • Nilam Suri
    January 1, 1970
    Buku ini saya selesaikan hanya dalam tempo beberapa jam,ah, betapa menyenangkan...sudah lama sekali saya tak membaca chick-lit,padahal jaman kuliah dulu beberapa teman menjuluki saya sebagai ratu genre buku yang dipelopori Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green dkk ini. Waktu itu rasanya tak ada satupun buku chick-lit (yg diterjemahkan oleh GPU dan dilabeli tulisan "being single and happy" ini) yang tak saya baca. tapi lama kelamaan, terlalu banyak chick-lit yang diterbitkan, dan pesonanya Buku ini saya selesaikan hanya dalam tempo beberapa jam,ah, betapa menyenangkan...sudah lama sekali saya tak membaca chick-lit,padahal jaman kuliah dulu beberapa teman menjuluki saya sebagai ratu genre buku yang dipelopori Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green dkk ini. Waktu itu rasanya tak ada satupun buku chick-lit (yg diterjemahkan oleh GPU dan dilabeli tulisan "being single and happy" ini) yang tak saya baca. tapi lama kelamaan, terlalu banyak chick-lit yang diterbitkan, dan pesonanya mulai pudar bagi saya. apalagi rasanya chick-lit yang diterbitkan kemudian dan sebagus generasi awalnya.tapi, membaca Twenties Girl ini, atau yang diterjemahkan menjadi Gadis Charleston kembali mengingatkan saya, kenapa genre ini sempat menjadi favorit saya.Twenties Girl bagi saya punya paket lengkap yang menjadikan chick-lit sesuatu yang istimewa: wit, humor, and romance. ketiga formula ini buat saya harus ada,dan walaupun terkesan simpel, tapi sebenarnya tak mudah mencampurkan ketiganya menjadi sebuah buku yang ringan dan enak dibaca,tapi juga tidak kosong.untungnya, sophie kinsella masih mampu meramu ketiga hal tadi kedalam tulisannya, malah bisa dibilang, buku yang agak bersifat paranormal ini melampaui buku2 Kinsella sebelumnya.Buku ini bercerita tentang Lara Lington. Di awal buku, Lara digambarkan sebagai seorang pathetic loser.sucks both in love and professional life. Sampai ketika Sadie Lancaster, adik neneknya, masuk ke dalam hidupnya, dalam bentuk arwah. Hidup Lara yang membosankan berubah menjadi penuh warna dengan hadirnya Sadie. Untuk detailnya silahkan baca sendiri,hehehe.Yang pasti, banyak adegan segar dalam buku ini. Bukan adegan yang basicnya sama, tapi selalu diulang hanya dalam penampilan berbeda. Satu lagi yang istimewa, akhir cerita ini tak tertebak. Kinsella tidak memberi hints ttg apa yang akan terjadi di akhir cerita, membuat buku ini berakhir dengan kejutan yang menyenangkan.Perubahan diri Lara, dari seorang cewek yang payah, menjadi seseorang yang istimewa juga tidak terjadi hanya dalam tempo semalam. Kita diperlihatkan bagaimana Lara berubah, dan bagaimana Sadie membantunya. Hubungan mereka yang awalnya hanya didasarkan azaz manfaatpun berubah menjadi sesuatu yang real,and how they end up as good friends.Oh, dan tentu saja kehadiran Ed Harrison yang tall, dark, and handsome membuat buku ini more enchanting.But or course, of all the above are just in my humble opinion.Note to others: Never be ashamed to admit that you like chick-lit (sambil ngelirik tiang yang lg dipanjati seorang aki2). These kind of books are special. And to like them, just emphasized that you are too *wink*
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Lara is going through a difficult time; her boyfriend Josh broke up with her, her new business is not going very well, there is a stock of unpaid bills waiting for her in her apartment, an almost empty bank account. If that is not enough, she is forced to attend a funeral of her great-aunt she never even met, and it means one terrible thing – a family reunion she was successfully avoiding so far.Lara always had the craziest imagination and after her latest troubles it got even crazier, otherwise Lara is going through a difficult time; her boyfriend Josh broke up with her, her new business is not going very well, there is a stock of unpaid bills waiting for her in her apartment, an almost empty bank account. If that is not enough, she is forced to attend a funeral of her great-aunt she never even met, and it means one terrible thing – a family reunion she was successfully avoiding so far.Lara always had the craziest imagination and after her latest troubles it got even crazier, otherwise, how can you explain that at the funeral she sees the ghost of her great-aunt Sadie. She is not only visible but also demanding and commanding Lara to do some unbelievable things!Sadie appears as a twenty-year-old charming girl and is desperate; her favorite neckless is gone and she absolutely cannot continue without it. Sadie definitely not going to leave Lara in peace until she stops the ceremony and finds the missing treasure.Because of a charming and vivacious ghost, Lara finds herself in a chain of amusing, embarrassing and awkward situations. She dresses up in the 20’s dresses and strolls in them in public, asks a random serious businessman on a date and dances Charleston in a local pub. Poor Lara didn’t expect to be tangled in the most incredible events! However, she also didn’t expect to gain a new best friend, learn about her family’s most hidden secrets and find the man of her dreams.Like every Sophie Kinsella’s novel, Twenties girl is a quick, fun and charming read. Moreover, her characters are as adorable as always and you cannot stay indifferent to the adorable flapper ghost Sadie, who is a true diamond of this story and would capture your heart from the first appearance. Her bubbly personality would bring you so much joy. A good mood is guaranteed after reading this novel!However, do not expect crazy plot twist and unexpected ending. It is always quite predictable with Kinsella’s books. The same good old recipe with a couple ingredients switched up.Do reach for this novel if you want to spice up your mood, and want to add a pinch of kindness to your day.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5★sTwenties Girl is the fourth stand-alone novel by British author, Sophie Kinsella. Life isn’t going terribly well for Lara Lington: without saying why, her boyfriend, Josh has broken up with her (but she’s sure he still loves her, he just needs to be reminded); her fledgling business is in trouble since Natalie (best friend, business partner and front of the whole enterprise) has followed some bloke to Goa; her parents are worrying about her financial security and her psychological welfare; 4.5★sTwenties Girl is the fourth stand-alone novel by British author, Sophie Kinsella. Life isn’t going terribly well for Lara Lington: without saying why, her boyfriend, Josh has broken up with her (but she’s sure he still loves her, he just needs to be reminded); her fledgling business is in trouble since Natalie (best friend, business partner and front of the whole enterprise) has followed some bloke to Goa; her parents are worrying about her financial security and her psychological welfare; her sister Tonya (married, kids, perfect life) is far too eager to discuss how well Lara is coping (or not) with her break-up; and her parents are insisting she attend her Great Aunt Sadie’s funeral. And now she’s being haunted? That’s all she needs to put her over the edge. A beautiful young woman in an (admittedly gorgeous) 1920’s dress is demanding her necklace. When the woman identifies herself as Sadie Lancaster, guilt about the neglect shown to her 105-year-old great aunt sees Lara stopping the funeral with a claim of murder. And from there, thing just get crazier. This is a madcap ghost story that’s got intrigue, romance, a good helping of humour and a heart-warming ending. A delightful read.
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  • Muse-ic ♬
    January 1, 1970
    4.5I'm pretty sure this is my favorite Sophie Kinsella book yet!I still got annoyed with some of the characters, but this one had an air of mystery that kept me seriously attached!I do recommend it, but I also want to add that you should be patient while you read. It's worth getting through all those annoying obstacles!It was full of hilarity, plenty of second hand embarrassment, love, friendship, and struggles.I thoroughly enjoyed it!!So I have noticed that all of Sophie Kinsella's adult female 4.5I'm pretty sure this is my favorite Sophie Kinsella book yet!I still got annoyed with some of the characters, but this one had an air of mystery that kept me seriously attached!I do recommend it, but I also want to add that you should be patient while you read. It's worth getting through all those annoying obstacles!It was full of hilarity, plenty of second hand embarrassment, love, friendship, and struggles.I thoroughly enjoyed it!!So I have noticed that all of Sophie Kinsella's adult female characters follow the same general arc:Makes silly life decisions --> makes downright idiotic life decisions and somehow still manages to get through it --> becomes a wiser person from the crazy experience.This entire book was me going back and forth between wanted to punch Sadie were she not a ghost, and wanting to hug her, again were she not a ghost......and also a book character......Lara was too generous with Sadie! I would have lost my patience back in chapter 6 (I just picked a chapter number. I don't know what's actually in chapter 6).Sadie was the most frustrating yet loving companion! She would drive me nuts one moment, then make me love her all over again a few pages later.She's magical!And I miss her....I won't go into details, but let's just say that the romance was a lot of fun and the mystery was so awesome!!Bill Lington though! Haha I really wanted to slap him throughout the entirety of the book!
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Twenties Girl is a fun, feisty and fast-paced read about Lara, a twenty-something whose life seems to be slipping out of control - the love of her life has dumped her, her business partner has decided to take an impromptu holiday with no set return date and she basically has no idea what she's doing. So when she sees the 23-year-old ghost of her great aunt Sadie, Lara naturally thinks she has lost her mind. But Sadie's appearance soon ends up on Lara going on an adventure looking for Sadie's fav Twenties Girl is a fun, feisty and fast-paced read about Lara, a twenty-something whose life seems to be slipping out of control - the love of her life has dumped her, her business partner has decided to take an impromptu holiday with no set return date and she basically has no idea what she's doing. So when she sees the 23-year-old ghost of her great aunt Sadie, Lara naturally thinks she has lost her mind. But Sadie's appearance soon ends up on Lara going on an adventure looking for Sadie's favourite necklace, learning the Charleston and dancing into the night.You know when you pick up a book just at the perfect time? This was Twenties Girl for me. I was in a mood where I really needed a laugh out loud, fun read to help pick me up and this just did it. Lara is hilarious, as is Sadie and they are both infectious, bubbly and people you just want to be friends with. There were so many different little plots that were interesting from Lara's Uncle Bill and his connection with the necklace, Lara's relationship with Josh and then Ed, Natalie - Lara's business partner and then Sadie's lost love and history as well. I feel like this was really well-paced and Lara's character development was fantastic. She really grew up in terms of dealing with Josh, Natalie and then also realising things about family and caring for the elderly. You could definitely see her becoming a less self-involved person along the way while also developing a flair for 1920s fashion!
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  • Yoda
    January 1, 1970
    Laras life isnt perfect, she just got dumped without a warning, her start up company is going less than well and her best friend left her in a lurch. A guardian angel is exactly what she needs at this point in life, instead she gets Sadie. A ghost that wants to relive her prime years through Lara.Its a fun, feel-good novel that is perfect if you need an easy read. I dont usually like stories with ghosts but this was entertaining. Especially when they finally start working together. And the last Laras life isn´t perfect, she just got dumped without a warning, her start up company is going less than well and her best friend left her in a lurch. A guardian angel is exactly what she needs at this point in life, instead she gets Sadie. A ghost that wants to relive her prime years through Lara.Its a fun, feel-good novel that is perfect if you need an easy read. I don´t usually like stories with ghosts but this was entertaining. Especially when they finally start working together. And the last 50 pages were a bit heartbreaking but I managed. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    It always takes me a while to get into a Sophie Kinsella Book. At about halfway through (this time it was page 295, to be exact) I usually start "feeling it".These are the things I think early on:* Are there women in the world who are really this batty?* Why does she (insert name of MC here) keep making the situation worse?!* Why do none of her MC's ever just say no, and mean it?And then I think:* Why am I not able to bounce back from bad decisions as well as these characters?Lara Lington grudgi It always takes me a while to get into a Sophie Kinsella Book. At about halfway through (this time it was page 295, to be exact) I usually start "feeling it".These are the things I think early on:* Are there women in the world who are really this batty?* Why does she (insert name of MC here) keep making the situation worse?!* Why do none of her MC's ever just say no, and mean it?And then I think:* Why am I not able to bounce back from bad decisions as well as these characters?Lara Lington grudgingly attends the funeral for her 105-year-old great aunt, Sadie Lancaster - an aunt she had never met. But that all changes when pushy, demanding Sadie - in spirit form (and stylish 20's frocks to boot) - begins to take over Lara's life.Together their search for Sadie's priceless heirloom leads to adventure, lost love, found love, and a little bit of revenge along the way.Despite all my initial hesitations, I always come away from Kinsella books feeling warm and fuzzy and having a few LOL moments as well. Twenties Girl was no exception.
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  • Cecily Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    I really like Sophie Kinsella, but something about this novel just kinda bored me. I was just wanting it to be over most of the time. Sadie was kind of annoying as was Laura. I think I might have liked it a little more if it was shorter, it just went on and on and was very predictable. I will continue to read more Sophie Kinsella but I think it's fair to say this one is my least favorite thus far...
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    What a hit! Twenties Girl has everything I like in a book: humor, romance, and mystery. Lara and her great aunt Sadie's ghost make a great duo. Loved reading their chapters. I think this is my new favorite Sophie Kinsella book. She writes romance/chick lit well but also from the heart. I was entertained and touched with this novel. 4.5★stars but might bump it up to 5!
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    After reading a lot of crime and thrillers recently, I decided to have some light relief and read this book which was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend.It's absolutely brilliant, laugh out loud funny at times, and very sad at others. Our heroine, Lara, is just one of the funniest characters I have come across and has a heart of gold. Her great aunt, Sadie, is the ghost who is her guardian angel at times, and extremely annoying to Lara at others. The story races along with Lara trying to re After reading a lot of crime and thrillers recently, I decided to have some light relief and read this book which was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend.It's absolutely brilliant, laugh out loud funny at times, and very sad at others. Our heroine, Lara, is just one of the funniest characters I have come across and has a heart of gold. Her great aunt, Sadie, is the ghost who is her guardian angel at times, and extremely annoying to Lara at others. The story races along with Lara trying to reunite Sadie with her necklace before she is cremated. Other revelations come to light along the way and, of course, the romance side of it too is hilarious at times.I thoroughly enjoyed this and, as its my first Sophie Kinsella book, I can honestly say it will not be my last.Good, enjoyable fun. Highly recommended.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up at the library since it is the book of the month for the reading group. I felt it was slow at the beginning, but it became interesting to me as I continued reading it. In the end, I loved this lovely, cute and hilarious story.
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