Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

The Dial Press, 2009; 435 pages; ISBN 0385342020
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

I have to start off by saying that the Confessions of a Shopaholic
books are some of my favorite reads. Yes, I admit that I love "Chick Lit" and sometimes the cornier and sappier, the better. I would say that it is one of my guilty pleasures, but I actually don't feel guilty about it, so there goes that. With that said I do love me some Sophie Kinsella (aka: Madeleine Wickham, her real name). I'm counting down to her newest Shopaholic installment, Mini Shopaholic, which comes out in September. I also adore Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin. This time around Kinsella offers up a book about a twenty-something girl who can suddenly see (and hear) the ghost of her great-aunt Sadie. Sadie is the "Twenties Girl", and honestly, after reading this I did have the urge to wear a flapper dress, drink a sidecar and dance the Charleston. At the very least the book was a fun romp with some sentimentality thrown in. There is also some romance and of course some mix-ups and situations that the living protagonist, Lara, has to resolve. Sadie's ghost becomes a real character that can't rest until Lara finds a missing necklace (well, real to Lara anyways). This leads to Lara coming to terms with some of the other things going on in her life, like her business, her friendships, and her love life. Although I did enjoy the story, I do feel that the Shopaholic series is more enjoyable. But if you are a fan of any of these authors, I think Twenties Girl should go on your to-read list, especially if you are into vintage or even just the twenties in particular.

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  1. I listened to the audio version of this book months ago and just loved it! I really enjoy Sopihe Kinsella's non-shopaholic books. Have you check out Remembber Me? It's pretty recent too. Thanks for the review. Great blog!

  2. Thanks Cathy! I have read a lot of her other books, and they are good (Can you keep a secret? and The Undomestic Goddess were great). Now I'm curious about the audio version. :)

  3. I need to try this one.

    BTW, I really liked The Women (1939). Norma is AMAZING and 80s flicks :) Have you read Molly Ringwald's latest book? I'm itching to try it.

  4. Hi Juju, I haven't read Molly's book, but I don't read too much non-fiction, I'll have to try it! :)