I’m not really a huge fan of the ‘chick-lit’ genre. Having fallen out of love with the ‘my life is a disaster, I wear giant pants and have an awful love-life’ theme. I did however, used to really love them. And while I no longer read them, Sophie Kinsella has always been an exception to this rule. Because her books are just so immensely funny. Twenties Girl has an added bonus for me, in that it also has a supernatural twist.
The book itself didn’t get off to a great start. It was slow going and took me a while to get into it. Lara, our heroine also looked to have all the facets that I find irritating. She’s lying, she’s crying over her ex, her job is a disaster, and then when the lying extends to a ridiculous situation with the police I started to cringe.
But, I hadn’t yet prepared myself for the effect of Lara’s 105 year old, great aunt Sadie. We first meet Sadie at her funeral. She returns in ghost form on the hunt for a beloved, missing necklace. Much to Lara’s dismay, who seems to be the only one that can see her. But she doesn’t return as a wrinkled, 105 year old woman. Oh no, she returns as a 23 year old, in all her twenties, flapper girl finest. And this is where the book takes off.
The banter between Lara and Sadie is absolutely hilarious. Quite frankly, Sadie is outrageous, from her ability to force people to do anything she wants them to, to her wild demands and whirlwind impact on Lara’s life. One scene where she gets Lara to go on a date wearing exactly what she wants, in full twenties costume, and repeating everything she says, is so funny I descended into full on, loud, belly-laughs.
I did struggle with Lara at times, but she had very much grown on me by the end of the novel. The plot with her ex-boyfriend however, was very irritating and needed wrapping up much more quickly than it did, and elicited more than a few sighs of frustration from me. But the eventual love story was delicious and well worth the wait.
I think that listening to this book as an audiobook enhanced my enjoyment of the story. The narrator really ‘got’ Sadie and the accent and intonation she created for her seemed to make things so much funnier.
The end of the book also delivers are rather lovely and unexpected mystery, which I really enjoyed. I knew the missing necklace would have some greater importance, but I would have no way guessed what. The setting was in London, which is always nice for me to sink into, as a woman who reads genres that are written by mainly American writers, I do love a fabulous British backdrop. The ending was just lovely… funny, romantic and heart warming all at once.
While Twenties Girl does have a bit of a poor beginning, I would urge you to bear with it, it’s a hugely entertaining, laugh-out-loud, romantic comedy with a ghostly sidekick. Or perhaps a ghostly heroine, depending on how you want to look at it. Kinsella knows how to write comedy, and write it really well. The only books of hers I haven’t picked up are her Shopaholic books, and I’m thinking I really must as I love all of her other novels. This is a great, light, funny read I would definitely recommend.
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