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Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
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Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
Advantages: Fantastic story and characters
Disadvantages: None (unless you don't like chick lit)
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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