twenties girls

Lara, the protagonist of Sophie Kinsella’s newest novel Twenties Girls, has a lot in common with Kinsella’s other comedic heroines.  Her life is falling apart, both personally and professionally — her boyfriend dumped her for no apparent reason, and her partner has seemingly abandoned their newly launched business.  She has a lot more to worry about than the death of a 105-year-old great aunt that she never really knew, but her parents insist on dragging her to the funeral anyway. 

It’s at this point that Twenties Girls departs from the usual path of Kinsella’s work. For at the funeral, Lara is suddenly besieged by the ghost of her great-aunt Sadie, who, it seems, cannot rest peacefully until her treasured dragonfly necklace is found — and she needs Lara to do it.  Struggling twenty-somethings, we see regularly in Kinsella’s brand of chick lit; likable ghosts, not so much.

The story that ensues is one of Kinsella’s best.  Always humorous, Kinsella is at her funniest in her scenes with the ghostly Sadie.  The Sadie Lara (and only Lara) is able to see is the 23-year-old version, which is the age Sadie always felt herself to be inside.  She doesn’t understand Lara’s worry and concern; her 1920s life revolved around parties and clothes and dancing.  And she doesn’t understand Lara’s infatuation with one man, especially one who broke her heart, when there are so many others around.

Sadie is a delightfully hilarious character, and Lara becomes far more interesting as the relationship between the two of them develops.  Though Lara initially resists Sadie’s demands, she quickly realizes having a ghost companion has its advantages.  And when they discover that the missing necklace is just one piece of a much bigger mystery, the plot becomes intriguingly more complex.  All of which makes Twenties Girls a fun, whimsical read, and my personal favorite of Kinsella’s novels. 

WHO: Sophie Kinsella
WHAT: Twenties Girls
WHERE: Purchased e-book
WHEN: January 2010
WHY: Have enjoyed author’s previous work
HOW: E-book

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~ by Molly on February 4, 2010.

2 Responses to “twenties girls”

  1. I also really enjoyed this recently; however, I listened to the audio version of Domestic Goddess over the summer and (a lawyer myself) was in stitches listening to the law firm parts (especially the false friend) and the heroine’s attempts to be a housekeeper.

    Hope your trip was fun!

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