Sophie Kinsella, bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, is well-known for her quirky characters and fun-to-read women’s fiction. In her latest novel, Twenties Girl, she unites the seemingly opposing genres of chick lit and ghost stories. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she also adds her witty narrative and quick-paced storytelling.
In Twenties Girl, Lara is struggling to hold the pieces of her life together. Her boyfriend has just dumped her, her business partner has just run away on a tropical getaway without notice, and her family just doesn’t seem to understand her. While attending a funeral for a great-aunt she hardly knew, Lara begins questioning her sanity when a young woman’s ghost appears to her. Only Lara can see or hear the 23-year-old ghost form of great-aunt Sadie, a wild and irrepressible twenties’ flapper girl. Sadie’s spirit won’t rest until she is reunited with a missing piece of her past and Lara is forced to help her (or risk being haunting by a spoiled, bratty ghost for the rest of her life.) Working together isn’t easy for these two, but through their playful banter, they learn that each of them can help the other in unexpected ways.
I truly enjoyed reading this book for its rich, lifelike characters. Lara seems meek, lacking confidence, and unsure of herself, while Sadie exudes confidence and a headstrong attitude. But despite their differences, the relationship that forms between Lara and Sadie develops into something so believable it’s easy to forget one of them is a ghost! As Sadie teaches Lara how to let loose and enjoy life for the joy that it is, Lara discovers the answers to the mysteries of Sadie’s past. Each of these women has something to learn before they can truly be at peace. Though an unusual marriage of genres, the story Kinsella tells is both heart-warming and entertaining.
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Rating: PG-13. There’s not much heat and steam in this one, but the story makes up for that! Still, teens and young adults can navigate this one without peril.
Recommendation: A nice, light read with a heartwarming story. It doesn’t have to be a beach read, it could also go quite nicely with a hot mug of chocolate in front of a fireplace.
Re-read: Definitely!! I have already read it a second time, searching for clues and connections I missed the first go around.