Title: Twenties Girl
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publication date: January 28th 2010
Publisher: Black Swan (Transworld Publishers)
If you suddenly had a friend that only you could see or hear, what would you do?
You could worry that your stressful life has tipped you over the edge and you have lost the plot, big time… you could hide under your duvet, hoping that they would go away… or you could have some fun… You could make your ex boyfriend take you back…You could solve the mystery of the dragonfly necklace, make a fool of yourself many times, get your business back on its feet… You could dance with a gorgeous man who just can’t resist you… And you could just discover the best friend you ever had.
Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favourite authors for at least five or six years – I picked up one of her books, ‘Can You Keep a Secret?‘ a few years back and I fell in love with her style and became a huge fan right away. In the past few year, I’ve read all of her books – the whole Shopaholic series and each novel she published, except Twenties Girl. And now that I was finally able to sit down and read it, I’m more certain than ever that no matter what she writes, it’s guaranteed to be the best book you’ve ever read.
Twenties Girl follows the story of Lara, niece to a millionaire guy called Bill Lington who runs a successful coffee chain all over the world. Lara is an ordinary twenty-something businesswoman who works at a head-hunting company she set up with her best friend Natalie.. right until Natalie decides to disappear, leaving her in the lurch, not having the slightest clue what to do or how to run the company all alone. To make things even worse, her mother has anxiety problems, she just broke up with her boyfriend Josh and to top it all, she has to attend her great-aunt’s funeral as well. At the funeral, Sadie’s (the great-aunt’s) 23-year-old self appears as a ghost but as it turns out, only Lara can see and hear her, no one else. She tells Lara about her dragonfly necklace – something she wore at a time when she was genuinely happy and something without which she can’t rest – and wouldn’t leave her alone until she promises to find out where it is. I could go on and on about the story but I don’t want to give too much away.
Twenties Girl was nothing but pure brilliance. Kinsella’s writing is something that I absolutely adore – you can’t help clinging to every word she says, every word she puts down on paper – it’s amazing. Very witty, sometimes sarcastic and immensely funny, her style is just great. She writes with such ease and depth that she never fails to captivate her readers from the very first page. She managed to laugh out loud and cry almost at the same time and even though the story itself is laugh-out-loud funny, the ending is very emotional.
Along with the great writing style came an amazing plot – even after a whole series and several standalone novels, she manages to write something completely original and unique. What I loved about it most is the characters. Sadie – the ghost – started to annoy me at times but still, her friendship with Lara was something I really liked about the story. If I had to pick a favourite character, it’d either be Lara (because of her sarcasm and witty remarks) or Ed – an American guy who rarely smiles, lives in his own little shell, puts on a tough exterior and doesn’t really open up … until she meets Lara. Ed reminded me of myself in this respect and I found his character easily relatable.
In short, Twenties Girlis a definite must-have: it’s a real page turner that won’t let you put it down. Wonderfully witty, laugh-out-loud funny and highly emotional at the same time, it will definitely stay with you for a long time. Simply brilliant.