Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Twenties Girl

Twenties Girl

by Sophie Kinsella


Paperback, 480 pages
Published on: July 21st 2009)
Publisher: Black Swan 
ISBN: 0552774367

Twenties Girl
 Blurb:  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.

I initially thought that Twenties Girl was a stupid name but as you turn the pages you get engulfed in the world of the Twenties Girl. Sophie Kinsella doesn’t fail to give us yet another hilarious, smooth and breezy read. 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.
For me, Kinsella now means a good book, worth time and money because she never disappoints me.
Lara’s life is in a mess. Her partner in the business goes for a vacation to Goa leaving the business staggering. She has had a break up and her parents are nagging her to move on. It is under such circumstances that she attends the funeral of her hundred and five years old Great Aunt Sadie. The otherwise dull funeral takes a turn for an exciting beginning when Aunt Sadie lands up as a ghost, a ghost who only Lara can see and hear. Sadie wants Lara to find her dragon necklace before she is gone permanently.
I loved the name Sadie. I don't know why but I feel emotionally attached to this name. So maybe it was due to my prejudice that I loved the character of Sadie to a great extent. Sadie's character has been exquisitely shown and her flowery dresses especially made me want to be the ghost she was.
The plus point for all the Kinsella lovers is that this is not just chick-lit. This is a ghost chick-lit. A book with a ghost who lived her life actually in the nineteen twenties. It is strongly linked to Twenties and describes the era well. It explores the attitudes, the fashion, the hair, the make up, the slang - again not in hoardes of boring detail, only where neccessary.
When I read the book, at Goodreads I wrote that "It didn't look like it was Sadie who was bugging Lara. It seemed as if I was sitting by the window of her office and was bossing her around everywhere."
Most of the times I hate reading e-books but Kinsella got me glued to the screen. The novel is really very gripping.
For Kinsella, I would say she has a commendable imagination that leaves you mesmerized. She has wonderfully pulled off the ghost story and made it a really enjoyable read. From Lara’s embarrassing moments to the twists, I liked everything in the book.
I just loved some parts of it. Some sentences, which are in the book, will be in my mind for all my life. The book is beautifully written and is packed with humor and mystery. I smiled all the time I read it.
I also like how Kinsella is able to fit a romantic story line in the story, but she doesn’t have to make it a central point of the entire story. She still focuses on the bonds that are formed between two young women who have nothing in common.
The only thing that was a little disappointed with that Lara resembles a lot to Kinsella’s other heroines. I didn’t even like the cover. It was not as good as her other books have. But that’s not a great deal compared to all the entertainment filled in the book.
Twenties Girl would be on the list of the best books I have read so far.

Review originally published on: http://vaultofbooks.com/aplus/review-twenties-girl
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