Twenties Girl

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:...

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Title:Twenties Girl
Author:Sophie Kinsella
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Twenties Girl Reviews

  • Leah

    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.

  • Fenia

    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. ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Lindsey Rey

    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

  • marnelle angela

    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!

  • Exina

    3.5 stars

    It 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 stars

    It 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!

  • Michelle

    It took me a while to get into “Twenties Girl”, but once I did… I was all the way in! Having a second heroine made the plot more complex than most of the meet-cute, happily-ever-after I have come to like from Sophie Kinsella – but I found myself loving Aunt Sadie. For a ghost, she’s just brimming with life!

    I don't think the publisher’s summary does the book justice. It's not so much about a search for a necklace as it is about a career girl, recovering from a break up, who strikes up an unlikely

    It took me a while to get into “Twenties Girl”, but once I did… I was all the way in! Having a second heroine made the plot more complex than most of the meet-cute, happily-ever-after I have come to like from Sophie Kinsella – but I found myself loving Aunt Sadie. For a ghost, she’s just brimming with life!

    I don't think the publisher’s summary does the book justice. It's not so much about a search for a necklace as it is about a career girl, recovering from a break up, who strikes up an unlikely friendship and gets a fresh perspective from an outsider on her own life. It's fun to see Lara grow and learn from this perspective, but the best part, as always with Kinsella, is the humor. What would you do if you have a friend who has special abilities? Perform bar tricks, spy on your ex-boyfriend, find out what goes on in business meetings behind closed doors…awesome!

    This one requires a complete suspension of disbelief, even without the presence of the ghost. But it's always fun to see how masterfully the plot lines are wrapped up. Lara really develops a believable relationship with her Aunt Sadie and the story line involves mystery, romance, and above all, family values. I was happy to read about supportive parents as I found them very familiar, and the charm of this story was just a total joy.

    I’m so glad I picked up this book, it was such a welcome surprise. A bit different from Sophie Kinsella’s usual formula, but it has her usual brand of endearing characters and humor. This is something I’ll revisit again and again!

  • Zoë

    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!

  • Katie B

    Sophie Kinsella's books are comfort reading for me. But despite the fact I have a good time reading them, I had some reservations about this one because the story line involves a ghost. However, even though that aspect is a bit of a departure from her previous books, this one still had the fun and charming elements I have come to expect in her novels.

    Lara Lington is attending the funeral for her great aunt Sadie who she hardly knew, when a much younger Sadie appears in ghost form. Lara is the on

    Sophie Kinsella's books are comfort reading for me. But despite the fact I have a good time reading them, I had some reservations about this one because the story line involves a ghost. However, even though that aspect is a bit of a departure from her previous books, this one still had the fun and charming elements I have come to expect in her novels.

    Lara Lington is attending the funeral for her great aunt Sadie who she hardly knew, when a much younger Sadie appears in ghost form. Lara is the only one who can see her, and Sadie demands Lara help find a necklace that is dear to her so she will be able to rest in peace. While the pair don't seem to have much in common, they might just learn something from one another.

    Even though the story was a bit out there, I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. Lara was an easy character to root for as she's having a hard time getting over a breakup and the business she started with a friend is in serious trouble of folding. Sadie had a lot of spirit and it was fun watching the two interact. While there are definitely some crazy moments, everything just comes together really well. Definitely recommend if you have enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's other books.

  • Laurel

    Sophie Kinsella is a guilty pleasure of mine. This book made for a fun and much needed escape for me today.

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