Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Twenties Girl By Sophie Kinsella Review

I just finished reading Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. I wasn’t expecting it to be very good but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very engaging. I liked it and I read it in just a few days. Kinsella is the author of the Shopaholic series that I love!

The main character is a ditsy, funny, hysterical girl named Lara Lington whose life is in the toilet. Her headhunter business is struggling and she has just been dumped by her boyfriend. Her worried parents drag her off to the funeral of her great aunt Sadie. Lara has never even met Aunt Sadie who was 105 when she died and had been in a nursing home since the 1980s. As Lara zones out during the funeral ceremony, the young ghost of Aunt Sadie appears and demands that Lara find her missing dragonfly necklace. Lara seems to be the only one that can see and hear her. Aunt Sadie appears as a girl of the “roaring twenties” and demands that Lara stop the funeral so they can find the missing necklace. Lara insists that her aunt has been murdered so the funeral is stopped for the murder investigation.

Sadie is free spirited and adventurous and she pushes Lara around by yelling incessantly in her ear. Lara fumbles into one situation after another, trying to find the necklace, save her job, and get her boyfriend back. The relationship between Lara and Sadie is very stormy at first but they eventually become fast friends as their escapades cause each to find the meaning of life.

This book is very funny and touching and it includes a mystery to solve as well!

My favorite Halloween costume has always been a “flapper girl”. Straight hair with a narrow headband wrapped horizontally around the head. Short, straight waited dress preferably with fringe. Lots of bead necklaces. Lots of makeup emphasizing kohl rimmed eyes and bee stung lips.

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