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Genre: Romance / Author: Sophie Kinsella / Hardcover / 432 Pages / Book is published 2009-07-16 by Bantam Press

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      23.10.2013 14:29
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      I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham, but for some reason, this book had passed me by. My friend found this book in a charity shop and lent me her copy. Sophie Kinsella is the penname of the author Madeleine Wickham (Sophie being her middle name and Kinsella her mother's maiden name), although the Shopaholic series of books and the resulting film have made Sophie Kinsella is a household name.

      The story is narrated by Lara Lington. There has been a lot of upheaval in Lara's life recently. She left her marketing job to start a headhunting company with her best friend Natalie, her boyfriend has left her and to make matters worse, Natalie met a man while travelling in Goa and has no plans to return to work, leaving Lara in the lurch.

      Her family are concerned about her, but she reassures them that she is okay. While attending the funeral of her great aunt, she is shocked when a younger version of her great aunt begins talking to her and demands that she stops the funeral. Making up a story that she fears her great aunt had been murdered, she manages to placate her great aunt but it doesn't end there. Sally wants her to find her special necklace, and still not sure her aunt's appearances are real, she is stunned when it turns out the necklace is real, but no trace of it can be found.

      Sally keeps disappearing and reappearing at the most inopportune moments, often leaving Lara looking as though she is talking to herself in public. Lara then realises that she can use Sally to spy on people, her ex Josh in particular. Though, will Lara get the answers she wants, or will Sally just cause more mischief and mayhem? The further you read on in the book, the more it becomes clear that Sally is more than an annoyance in Lara's life - in fact, is she Lara's guardian angel?

      The book gets very strange when Sally spots a man she wants to go on a date with. Somehow coercing both Lara and her date to attend, and somehow finding authentic 1920's clothes and makeup for Lara to wear for her date. The night's events also involve cringeworthy dancing in the middle of a small floor space in a busy winebar, again, Sally's idea. While only Lara can see Sally, it seems that Sally can get her point across to other people by shouting in their ear, which she frequently does during the 'date'.

      Things get even more confusing when the story of Sally's one true love and loss is revealed, and a journey of discovery leads Lara finding out things about her family and friends that could turn their worlds upside down. The reason why the necklace of Sadie's seems so important to so many people is also revealed.

      This book is what I would describe as fluffy chick lit. A nice story which isn't too taxing on the brain and is an ideal beach read, or to curl up with on a cold winter's night. This book was a nice idea which was well executed. I liked the combination of the two girls in their twenties and, being an fan of all things 1920's art deco, I liked the 1920's touches that were interwoven through Sally's story.

      I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great and I liked the story. It was funny and sad, and very touching in places. I felt sorry for the character of Sally, even though she was slightly annoying in places, and Lara seemed like a nice person who didn't deserve all the rubbish that was being thrown at her. Another thing that I really liked about this book was that it wasn't predictable. When you think you know what happens next, something new is brought into the story that keeps you interested and makes you want to read on.

      I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the chick lit genre and is looking for an escape for a few hours.

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        15.09.2013 12:16

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        great holiday read

        I have been a fan of Sophie kinsella since I read her very first shopoholic book so I had to purchase this one, and it didnt disapoint.I love this book and couldnt put it down. Its a nice easy lighthearted read, perfect for some relaxing time and wrote in the authors usuall style. I found the heroine very engaging as all of sophie's heroines usually are and you can very easily get lost in this book. The only downside really was it was actually quite sad when the book ended. It was quite an obvious ending but then I find most books like this are as they are not wrote for the surprise. If you are a sophie kinsella fan you wont be disapointed with this. If you prefer serious reading you are best looking elsewhere as this definetly is lighthearted and fun.
        I would give a definite 5 stars for this book.

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        14.03.2013 18:28
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        Easy read

        This book is about a woman whose Grandmother passes away. However, the Grandmother comes back as a ghost that only the granddaughter can see but as a younger version of herself who was around in the twenties. The old lady can not rest as she is in search of her necklace.

        The story follows the granddaughter through all the ventures the grandmother leads her on in search of this neckace and some of those are quite funny to imagine. She also encourages her granddaughter to be more outgoing and spontaneous and to have more fun.

        Although the storyline is far fetched, if an easy read is what you are looking for, this is the one. It makes you smile and is definitely a feel good book.

        This book is an ideal one to read while on holidays or just before going to sleep at night as it makes you feel light and relaxed.

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          16.12.2012 12:22
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          Highly recommended

          As a massive fan of Sophie Kinsella, when I saw a book I hadn't read, I knew I had to get it!

          Lara Lington is a 27 year old, who runs a "successful" headhunting agency with her friend Natalie. Unfortunately, Natalie (the one who knew what she was doing!) has not returned from her holiday to Goa, as she has been waylaid by falling in love with a local. Lara has recently been dumped by her boyfriend Josh and she is currently indulging in a bit of stalking of Josh.

          Lara's Great Aunt Sadie Lancaster has recently passed away in her nursing home, aged 105. Whilst in the home, she was neglected by her family, especially her nephews Michael (Lara's father) and Bill (Lara's rich, successful uncle). Bill Lington is the business mogul who began Lington's coffee, which has developed into a massive chain and has made Bill Lington, his wife and daughter very rich indeed. Bill Lington is also the author of a self help book called "Two Little Coins", detailing how he began his business from nothing but hard work.

          Whilst at Great Aunt Sadie's funeral, Lara is aware of a ghost, in a twenties flapper dress urging her to stop the funeral. Great Aunt Sadies younger self! Surely it can't be! Sadie tells Lara that she was murdered, so the funeral has to be stopped. The police are called, and Lara has to do some VERY quick thinking. Whilst undertaking a task set by Sadie, to find her dragonfly necklace, Lara uncovers some family secrets.

          I enjoyed this story as much as I have enjoyed the shopaholic series and the other books authored by Sophie Kinsella. It was light-hearted and entertaining. I rather enjoyed the descriptions of how it appeared Lara was talking to herself whilst interacting with Sadie. Sadie attempts to get Lara into the swing of 1920's life, including the dress, the smoking and the dancing. Lara is not keen, which is most entertaining, especially when vintage shopping!

          I really enjoyed Sadie's character as a ghost. She is entertaining and quite different from Lara. She enjoys a spot of Charleston dancing and isn't self conscious as Lara is. Maybe that's because no one can see her.
          I was completely hooked with this book and read it in one day. It was easy to read and didn't slow at any point. I purchased this book from Waterstones, after my Dad brought me a gift voucher for my birthday. I paid £5.70 for this, as it was released in 2008, however having read it, I would also think it worth the RRP of £7.99. This book is also available on Amazon for £4.95 which is definitely a bargain!

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            15.12.2012 19:36
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            Twenties girl - Sophie Kinsella

            I have read a number of Sophie Kinsella books over the years and I enjoy them although I would hardly call them quality books, they are fairly well written and definitely constitute as chick lit. Saying that this was a quick enjoyable read I took on my last holiday that I didn't have to think too much about. I wouldn't read it again, once you've read it once, that's enough but it was entertaining enough for a one time read.

            According to an article I read Sophie Kinsella is a writer and fomer financial journalist. She is the international bestselling author of the hugely popular Shopaholicnovels as well as the number one bestsellersCan You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and Remember Me? Confessions of a Shopaholic, the blockbuster Hollywood movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is based on Sophie Kinsella's novel The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic.

            The main female character in Sophie Kinsella books is always the same for me, a bit scatty and all over the place when it comes to life, love and relationships. She's a grown up but not quite grown up yet and this is how I feel about the character in this book, Lara. On the book we are given this synopsis, "Lara has always had an overactive imagination.
            Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Perfectly normal twenty-something girls just don't get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - in the form of a bold, demanding Charleston-dancing girl - has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can't rest without.

            Lara's got enough problems of her own. Her start-up company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she's just been dumped by the love of her life.

            But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous, and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie's ghost be the answer to Lara's problems - and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?"

            I really enjoyed the character of Sadie in this book. She's like the great aunt everybody would love to have in their own family and she seems like a lot of fun. I liked how their relationship developed and how Lara changed for the better in the end. The 1920's era that was Sadie's time was a nice inclusion in the book, hence the title, Twenties girl! When I initially saw the book in the shops I thought it was going to be about a girl in her twenties so it was a bit different of a story than what I was expecting but a good surprise.

            There's always a bit of romance in Sophie Kinsella books too and he comes in the form of Ed who seems nice enough to me but just a bit wushu washy perhaps although again, I like how his character is portrayed in the end too.

            I have Paperback version of this book which cost £7.99 and has ISBN 978-0-552-77436-9.
            Called ,"A fun, effervescent, romantic story, that mingles present-day tensions with an intriguing voice from the past" by the Daily Mail I will let you make your own minds up!

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            18.08.2012 12:21
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            Sweet and funny with some really lovely moments

            So far, this is the first and only book I have read of Sophie Kinsella's but having always enjoyed a bit of chick-lit I decided to give it a go. The plot I'd roughly as follows:

            Lara's life is a mess. She is still in love with her flakey ex boyfriend Josh, Natalie, her best friend and business partner has run off to India and left her to run things alone and unable to tell them these things, she feels cut off from her family. But When she is forced to attend the funeral of a Great-Aunt she can't remember ever meeting and during the service meets a strangely dressed girl no one else seems able to see or hear, her life takes a strange new turn. Her Great-Aunt is not ready to leave this earth just yet, she has unfinished business and is determined Lara is the one to help her finish it! Lara is made to live a sort of double life, trying to fix her business, her relationship and her family issues whilst simultaneously searching for a special necklace she's not even sure exists, dating a man she's not interested in on her Aunts behalf and keeping a ghost occupied without anybody else noticing that her behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic. Along the way she discovers a heart breaking love story, whether or not Josh is all he cracked up to be and which family members she really needs to worry about.

            I wasnt sure about this book when I first started reading it but as you get to know Lara's Great Aunt Sadie you can't help but enjoy her company and keep reading until the end which is fitting and satisfying. A touching book that makes you laugh and think about your own life and family in a new light (with a bit of amateur detective work thrown in).

            Not the usual chick-lit type read in my opinion. I found it lighter and in some ways less interesting than others I have read, although the different type of story line was fun. I would consider reading more Sophie Kinsella in the future, but this time hasn't left me dying to try another any time soon.

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              05.03.2012 16:29
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              A cracker of a novel with strong characters and an intriguing plot

              Review of 'Twenties Girl', a novel by Sophie Kinsella

              I am reviewing the paperback version of this novel, published in 2010 by Black Swan, part of the Transworld Publishing group.
              ISBN 9780552774369, 480 pages. Cover price £7.99, genre:- Modern fiction.


              ==The Plot==

              Lara Lington is the main character of this novel.

              Lara's life is in turmoil, on paper and according to what her family believe, Lara should be doing well. She is in business with her best friend Natalie, the pair run a supposedly upmarket, head hunting recruitment agency. In reality, Lara has been dumped by her boyfriend Josh, has indulged in a spot of stalking and harassment of Josh, her business partner has failed to return from a holiday in Goa where she has fallen in love with a local, leaving Lara to hold the fort.

              Lara knows next to nothing about head-hunting or recruitment and whilst she is trying her best, the business is failing dismally. Lara's personal life is in shreds and her finances are looking decidedly grim.

              Lara's great aunt Sadie has passed away aged 105. Sadie Lancaster had lived in a nursing home for many years and was all but forgotten by the her small family, which consists of nephews Bill and Michael (Lara's father) their respective wives and the three children the brothers have between them. No one had visited Sadie for many years and when the family get together for Sadie's funereal no one has organised flowers or spoken to the vicar about an eulogy.

              Lara's uncle, Bill Lington, is the world famous boss of Lington's coffee, a coffee franchise and the millionaire author of 'Two Little Coins', a motivational, self help business guide which tells of his rise to fortune by means of his own hard work. In comparison, Lara's parents feel like the poor relations and Lara and her sister are somewhat overawed by their uncle, his perma-tanned wife and their spoiled cousin, Diamanté.

              As the funeral progresses, Lara becomes aware of a presence, a disturbingly persistent presence, who tells her to stop the funeral. At first she ignores this presence, putting it down to stress or an over active imagination, but eventually begins to see the speaker, a young woman, dressed in the fashions of the 1920s. Lara realises that the girl is ghost, but no ordinary ghost, this is the ghost of her great aunt Sadie. Sadie has chosen to reveal herself as she was in the happiest period of her long life.

              At Sadie's insistence, Lara makes a feeble attempt to halt the proceedings but fails. The young woman tells her to say that Sadie Lancaster was murdered. Naturally the funeral is halted, the police are called and Lara descends into a spiral of madcap events.

              Her life is taken over by the ensuing situations and it seems that all is not well within the Lington brothers families. Lara delves to get to the bottom of the questions posed by Great Aunt Sadie and as a result uncovers family scandals and mysteries.

              Will Lara resolve the Lington family mystery and reveal the long hidden secrets?
              You'll have to read the novel if you want to know more!


              ==My Thoughts and Conclusion==

              As many readers may know, Sophie Kinsella is a well known chick-lit author, she penned the immensely popular 'Shopaholic' series. I have to be honest and say that her writing style in these books was not really to my taste and as a result, she is an author that I have tended to ignore. That opinion has changed with 'Twenties Girl'. The book was given to me in a batch of books that I received from a local free cycle site. I wavered as to whether I should simply pass it on, but on reading the book synopsis decided to give it a try.

              I am so glad I did!

              The novel is a brilliant piece of writing in my opinion. Yes, it is chick-lit and yes, it is fluffy and light-hearted in places, but the strong story line and amusing characters make this novel highly entertaining and readable. The dialogue is witty, sharp and amusing, the characters are believable and well rounded.

              Over and above the chick-lit essence of the novel, is a strong story line with many twists and turns. The drama begins to unfold from the very first chapter and the book had me hooked from the start. Admittedly, I am a very fast reader, but I had this book read in two sittings, I just couldn't put it down!

              I particularly liked the way the ghost of great Aunt Sadie tried to get Lara to embrace the whole 1920's lifestyle, she was furious when Lara wouldn't smoke or go out dancing. The character of Lara was very well drawn, a thoroughly modern young lady of our times, who had to accept and embrace her own personal ghostly friend, even though she was not spiritually minded at all.

              I feel that Twenties Girl is a typical 'good over bad' or perhaps I should say a 'nice girl going a bit wrong, but turns out all right in the end', modern novel!

              I really enjoyed this book, in spite of not really liking other novels by this author. I may just grab a few copies of her other work to compare on the strength of the enjoyment I got from this novel.
              I would recommend this novel to others, it is a fast paced read with lots of twists and turns along the way.

              Thank you for reading

              ©brittle1906 March 2012.

              N.B. My reviews may appear on other sites under the same user name.

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                18.07.2011 17:44
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                A great read dont worry about the idea of the ghost story

                I am a massive fan of Sophie Kinsella books I have read all of the shopaholic books and all of her stand alone books all of which I have found enjoyable and easy to read. I very rarely buy a book from the shop and generally get them from a car book or a charity shop just because I would rather pay 20p to a £1 for a book than £4.89 which is what Amazon is charging for the paperback copy.

                I wont reveal to much about the book as I don't want to ruin it for anybody however the story is basically a ghost story. When I was reading the blurb I found it to be very different to Kinsellas other books however after reading the book it had me laughing so hard it is not in anyway a creepy mystical story about ghosts it is a great story about Lara Lington and her great Aunt Sadie and how they actually build a very strong friendship despite the boundaries in their friendship (ie the fact Sadie is a ghost). The aspect of the story is that Lara is the only person who can see Sadie and how Sadie uses this to beg Lara to find her necklace for her. Lara is a bonkers character who uses Sadie to her advantage for example trying to get better at her job as a head hunter which she has no experience in but yet has been left to fend for herself and of course trying to get back with her ex boyfriend.

                Lara and Sadie are the stars of the book and how they help each other with every aspect of life. I saw it as Sadie had the ability to see everything whereas Lara had the ability to actually touch things. However the other characters in the book add to the charm. There are characters to love and hate in the book. For example I fell in love with Lara in this book and therefore I hated her ex boyfriend Josh and didn't see why Lara would want to still be with him. I love how the character of Ed Harrison is brought into the book and how Sadie was matchmaking without even realising she was. Then the actually Lington family including Laras super rich Uncle Bill just made me giggle and wonder how she has managed so long with a family who are so selfish.

                Despite the fact the book is very predictable the way it is told is brilliant. I always find the best way to tell a story is that even in the worst situation a writer can make you both laugh and cry without it feeling distasteful. I found the book a little hard to get into therefore when you start reading this story don't worry it gets better. For me the story became another amazing Sophie Kinsella book when Ed Harrison came in I loved how the twenties where incorporated into the book in the most hilarious way. I love the idea of the twenties but can imagine myself seeing a person in the street and staring if they were dressed in twenties clothes. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys light hearted comedy and an easy read. Please do not be put off by the idea of a ghost story.

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                03.06.2011 07:31
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                A book you really should read.

                My sister has always been a huge fan of the author "Sophie Kinsella" and so (thankfully, as it saves me money!) she has always purchased all of her newest books for her collection.

                One of said books she has had for an age, and lent it to me a while back, with me finally relenting her badgering at how good it was, and read it for myself.

                The book in question is - "Twenties girl".

                Lara feels like she may well be floundering somewhat.

                After her so called "true love" decided actually, she isn't his true love and dumps her, then she gets into trouble for almost stalking him, she finds now her career has gone t*ts up too.

                Her Mum and Dad (who she has yet to divulge any of this information to!) has decided that she must attend her great aunt Sadie's funeral, even though none of them have really bothered with her in life, she managed to live to a ripe old age of 105 and so deserves some respect in death.

                Whilst sitting at her funeral Lara finally comes to the conclusion she has lost her mind, this is due in part that she can see and here a 20's styled lady demanding that the funeral be stopped, as she needs her necklace before she can rest, and her name........Sadie Lancaster, or great aunt Sadie to me and you!

                What ensues is a journey of self discovery for Lara.....well that and being bossed around by a 23 year old ghost or seems hell bent on making her look completely insane, and a secret that will change her families life forever........

                I have to say I was really reluctant to read this, after reading the synopsis on the book cover I felt it would be really flaky and just not a very good idea for a story, so I didn't even touch the book for nigh on 12 months, so imagine my surprise when (after reading it completely in two days flat!) I had fallen in love with the story, with parts of it actually making me cry (which of course made my husband think I was insane, he has never been a reader!).

                The entire book, and all the characters in it are so true to life, you feel yourself relating to them and all their little idiosyncrasies, with the obvious exception of Sadie, though even she at times makes you feel warm towards her, though due to how she is written ( a flaky young woman, who is interested only in dancing, drinking champagne and "barney - mugging", I will leave that one to your imaginations!), this is a difficult task indeed!

                The whole book is set on such an improbable situation, but after the first few pages you find yourself believing every single thing that happens, with Sadie's former life unfolding gradually before you, you do become completely immersed in not only Lara's life, but the previous life of Sadie too.

                The entire book is written with such emotion and humour it was a true joy to read, with me (finally!) whole heartedly agreeing with my sister at how good this book is, with my only real criticism being the crappy synopsis on the book!

                Price wise this is available via www.amazon.co.uk for around £4.99, and is worth every penny in my opinion!

                As you may have gathered this comes highly recommended by myself and my sis, with Sophie Kinsella outdoing herself again, with me even going as far as saying that this book was better than the "shopoholic" series of books!

                Thanks for reading x

                ISBN 978-0-552-77436-9

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                  25.04.2011 12:56
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                  A fab read as always from Sophie, highly recommend!

                  I am a bookworm, its as simple as that. I will read pretty much anything from any genre but my favourite has got to be a good old feel good chick lit. I have read many different books from many different authors and Sophie Kinsella is by far my favourite chick lit author. I had read all her books, or so I thought, when I discovered Twenties Girl.

                  I brought my copy from play.com on a Play Trade as a preowned copy, but brand new it is available from most bookstores and online retailers - it is currently £4.79 for a paperback copy on Amazon.

                  As with all of Sophie's books the cover has a girly look to it, bright colours and picture of a character. The 'blurb' on the rear explains the storyline - A woman called Lara has always had an overactive imagination, but now she wonders if she's losing her mind having seen the spirit of her Great Aunt Sadie. Could Sadie be the answer to Lara's problems?

                  Without giving too much away on the story the blurb does sum up the book pretty well, Lara's Aunt has died and the story begins with the family attending the funeral. From the outset Sophie's humour and great way of explaining the mind of a young woman is in full flow, with her witty one liners and a girls desperation to hide the truth of her life from her parents! We are introduced to some of Lara's family at the funeral - a worry wart in the shape of her mum, a laid back father, a famous and stupidly rich uncle with a typically stuck up wife and her gobby rich cousin. It is at the funeral that Lara first meets Sadie's ghost.

                  What follows is a very funny story of a demanding 23 year old ghost bossing her great neice around to track down a missing necklace that Sadie cannot rest without. The lengths Lara has to go to in order to track down the necklace are brilliantly thought out, some of her actions and talking to 'noone' in full view of other people had me laughing out loud. I was very glad I read the book at home, I would of gotten some strange looks out in public giggling away to myself!

                  As with all chick lit books there is love, and heartbreak, there is friendships and fall outs. All brilliantly combined to make a funny book that you will be unable to put down! I couldnt!

                  I dont want to give too much of the story away so will end there but I will say, if you are into your chick lit then this is a very must have read! Sophie Kinsella will have you laughing and crying along to Lara and Sadie's journey.

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                    22.02.2011 16:45

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                    Definite for all girls

                    I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella's and love her light hearted witty style. She manages to capture her female characters so every girl can identify with her! Her wit is second to none and had me laughing out loud. The story is about a twenty-something girl, larea, who sees her great aunt sadie as a ghost. Sadie reeks havoc on her life with some hilarious consequences. Sadie cant rest until lara has found a necklace that belonged to her in her youth and they set of searching for it, with the usual chick-lit outcome of a romantic happy ever after. Even if this is stereotypical, you cannot help feel happy with the outcome. Its a perfect beach read or pick me up and a definite must read for all 20-30 girls. It can even be compared to Kinsellas' shopoholic series, lara is no bloomwood but her story is just as funny. Just picture seeing lara talking to thin air (her ghost!). You'll love it!

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                    Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors so when I noticed that she was bringing out a new book, Twenties Girl, I really wanted to read it but I never got around to buy it - it was just the other day when I received my kindle that I decided it was time to buy it and downloaded it to my kindle!

                    The plot of the book sounded really interesting which is why I wanted to read it, and I was right. its written in a similar sort of style to shopaholic but is quite different as it has quite a lot of different elements in it, one of which being that it is different because it is paranormal, about ghosts and magic although this is integrated into the chick lit bit so you hardly even notice it at times! Lara is going about her life, and its not going too good - her boyfriend has just dumped her and she was sure he was the one and her business is failing after her partner ran off. When she gets an invitation to her Great Aunt Sadie's funeral she feels obliged to go along although she has never met her. Her life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting after her Aunt's ghost pops up during the funeral, desperate for Lara's help finding a lost necklace...

                    Although its not the most realistic of chick lit books, I liked this and it seemed quite different because of this. The best bit of the book, and Sophie Kinsella's real strength in writing would be the characters, they are all so real and the interactions are really good. It was a totally addictive book and I really couldn't put it down, it was just about the right length as well. Its around £3 for kindle, and £4 from amazon I think.

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                      01.01.2011 19:38
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                      My favourite Kinsella book so far

                      Synopsis
                      Lara Lington has always considered herself to be a fairly normal, modern girl. Apart from the small matter of her failing business set up in joint partnership with her now AWOL best friend, undying devotion to the boyfriend who dumped her and the continued sucess of her rich (but tight and unhelpful) world-famous uncle, life isn't going too badly.
                      But inexplicably, her world is turned upside down when she's visited by the spirit of her bossy and dance loving, great aunt Sadie. And Sadie has one last request for her neice to complete - Lara must track down her aunts missing dragonfly necklace which Sadie simply can't rest without.
                      How is Lara supposed to turn her failing business around and convince her ex that he wants them to get back together if she's having to deal with the last request of her demanding, ghost of a great aunt?
                      But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous and their treasure hunt threatens to unearth some intriguing family secrets. Can the two girls from two very different eras, work together to solve the mystery of the missing necklace?

                      What I like about it
                      Twenties Girl is a brillant read. As witty and hilarious as it is touching and Lara Lington is a good character, one who is easy to relate to.

                      My issue with Kinsella's previous 'Shopaholic' book series, is that the main character in that series (Becky) is highly irritating, never learns from her mistakes and brings most of her problems on herself. In comparison, Lara is much more likeable. A normal, 20 something girl living in London and trying to make a success of herself in the business world and also romantically, by reconciling with her ex. At 21 years old myself, I recognise myself in Lara. And when Sadie first arrives, Lara is dismissive of her 1920's fashion and culture, just as most modern 20 something girls would be. In comparison, Great Aunt Sadie is an outgoing, demanding, selfish and at times, rude ghost. This is where the books humour derives from, the clash of personalities between the two main characters and Sadie's determination that Lara completes her last request RIGHT NOW, even if that does mean interrupting a funeral to do so! I literally had tears of laughter pouring down my face as I read the embarrassing situations which Sadie gets Lara in to. And unlike in the case of Becky Bloomwood in the Shopaholic books, I found myself able to root for likeable and slightly quirky Lara.

                      There's a lot of social undertones in this book, mainly about the different times and cultures which the girls are from and how young people can tend to be disinterested in their elderly relatives past, or not make any effort to visit them until it's too late. Lara herself never knew her great aunt and only knows her in death, something which she comes to deeply regret. It certainly made me feel guilty about not visiting my grandmother more before her death. But that is not, I believe, Kinsella's intention. Instead, she is telling us to appreciate our elderly relatives whilst they are still with us because they were young too once, just like Sadie who still considers herself to be a 1920's flapper dancing girl, despite living to be 105 before her death! Furthermore, it is a secret in Sadie's past which could unlock the key to future sucess and hapiness not only for Lara but for her family, who are living in the shadow of a sucessful, billionaire uncle!

                      The plot takes an unexpected turn when a valuable artwork is unearthed and along with it, family deceit and a secret love in Sadie's past are revealed. This wasn't at all the way I expected the novel to play out and I was impressed as the plots in Kinsella's other works are often quite shallow. I liked the fact that it wasn't completely predictable because this is one of my main irritatants of the chilcklit genre (although I did guess straight away who would be Lara's love interest!).
                      The ending is bittersweet. There is no perfect Fairytale ending, although things do get resolved to a point, it is certainly sad also. I like this. It makes it a more interesting read in my opinion.

                      What I dislike about it
                      I dislike the utterly predictable direction of the character's love life. Every Kinsella book I have ever read, I've been unable to guess who the protagonist would end up with at the end of the novel. Twenties Girl was no exception. I'm not a fan of romantic plots and lovey dovey perfect endings. To me, this isn't realistic and it irritates me that nearly all of kinsella's characters 'get their man' so to speak.

                      Sadie gets rather irritating to the point where you're willing Lara to tell her to find her own necklace! She does eventually tone down to the point where you actually understand and feel sorry for her. But in the earliest pages of the book, it is irritating and hard to take.

                      Summary
                      I love all Kinsella's book and this one is possibly my favourite. Funny, witty, touching and easy to read. Slightly different to Kinsella's other works but this is a good thing in my opinion. Well worth a read.

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                        15.12.2010 21:37
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                        A fun read!

                        Lara is in her late twenties and has recently broken up with her boyfriend. She's also recently started up a headhunting business with her best friend. Sounds simple enough, but her friend has since gone on holiday to Goa and stayed there, whilst her ex has changed his mobile number and told Lara's parents that she's been stalking him. Nothing's ever simple in Lara's life.

                        Naturally, Lara's parents are concerned for her and, when the whole family is at the funeral of Lara's Great-Aunt Sadie and Lara starts acting very strange, they become more than concerned, especially when she calls off the funeral claiming that Sadie was murdered. What makes it stranger is that Great-Aunt Sadie was 105!

                        Lara, meanwhile, is a little concerned about herself, as she seems to be able to see someone that nobody else can see. Namely Great-Aunt Sadie, although she's in her twenties in her ghost form, rather than 105. Sadie doesn't want to be buried until she's found a butterfly necklace that means a lot to her and she drags Lara into the search.

                        Being a big Sophie Kinsella fan, it was a given that I would read this book and I wasn't disappointed. This book is an absolute gem and gallops along with great pace. The plot as I have described it does sound a little dry but that is far from the case. There are so many tangents that to write them down would not only spoil the book for someone who hasn't read it, it would also make me slightly dizzy!

                        It's very easy to read, as are all of Kinsella's books and the characters jump off the page and drag the reader into the story. Each main character in the book is well-rounded and you feel a real affinity with them, even with Lara, who at first appears to be a clueless bimbo.

                        There's a lot of description in this book, mostly around Sadie's dresses, who, when she was in her twenties was also in the 1920s. The description of the clothes she wears lets the reader picture them so vividly that you can almost hear the beads rattling. I found this to be one of the best things about this book, simply because it evoked an era that has mostly been forgotten.

                        If you're already a Sophie Kinsella fan, then you'll love this book. If you're not, then this is a good place to start as, unlike some of Kinsella's books, it stands alone rather than as part of a series. A brilliant chick lit read.

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                          04.12.2010 17:10

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                          Very imaginative story, toughly enjoyed

                          Nothing was really going well in Lara Lington's life, she was head high in dept, she had just split up with her boyfriend, her business was going downhill and to make matters worse her parents were on her case about attending her 105 year old great-aunt Sadie's funeral, who she didn't actually know, along with the rest of her family. However, who would have known, but by attending that funeral to a lady that no-one actually even knew existed or achieved anything in her life, Lara's life would change forever.

                          During the funeral, with her parents, sister and her famous multi millionaire show-off of a uncle with his family, Lara thought she was going mad when she started hearing a voice that nobody else could hear. Turns out she wasn't going mad, she could hear and see her dead great-aunt Sadie, and she has to stop the funeral somehow at request (or more like demand) from Sadie without raising suspicions from her family of her being mad (anymore).

                          However later on, with Sadie's help Lara starts to unfold a huge family secret, which will change the world, but can she juggle her business, love life and future, and not to mention a second voice in her ear twenty four - seven, who is incredibly manipulative.

                          Twenties girl is a great easy read book which I toughly enjoyed reading and would recommend it to all women.

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