Sophie Kinsella - Twenties Girl

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 978 - 0385342032

My rating: 4.5 / 5

Lara Linton 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. 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. (amazon.com)


My thoughts

I have to admit that when I was half way through the book I had a big sigh - another of Kinsella's book, but this one is a bit ueber-over the top. Yet, I persisted and I am so glad I did. Once I got to around 2/3 of the book I wasn't able to put it down.

Lara is attending Sadie's funeral - her great-aunt. Lara never really knew her great-aunt Sadie, and nor does the rest of the family. So to no-one's surprise everybody is just wanting to get the funeral over and done with and get back to their busy daily life. Suddenly Lara hears someone looking for her necklace, but nobody else seems to hear it as well. Lara finds out, it's aunt Sadie who cannot rest without her necklace, and finds herself stopping the funeral because of some murder proposterous accusation - and with that it starts weeks of chaos to come for Lara as she tries to cope with the ghost of Sadie in her life, Sadies love for the twenties and Ed.
The end had me literally moved almost to tears. I really liked the book, though it was bit slow at the start. I loved the message Kinsella wants to bring across and I loved the humorous way she's done it. Everyone's got a body that ages, yet that number on the body doesn't necessarily mean that's the age of the person's mind. And to allow myself to copy this part from a different review, because I couldn't say it any better: Also, the message again that I've come across often lately and that is don't discount the elderly. They have stories to tell, they lived in a time we didn't and they love to look back and remember and share. We just have to take the time.

Tally ho Sadie AND THANKS !