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In TWENTIES GIRL, Lara is visited by the eccentric ghost of her late grandaunt Sadie who appears to be stuck in the 20s and is desperately looking for a lost pearl necklace. Along their quest, Sadie falls in love with the perfect man - which turns out to be a problem since nobody aside from Lara can see her.
Polar opposite protagonists
This is your typical Sophie Kinsella novel with witty protagonists, a cute love story and a side plot full of intrigues. Lara is a 27-year-old headhunter who doesn't have her life together at all and is probably one of the most secondhand-embarrassing characters I have ever read about. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's funny.
Sadie on the other hand is refreshing and figuratively a breeze of fresh air, and one of rational thinking. Even though she appears to be the naive one, she's actually the only person in this novel who uses their head. The whole desperately-wanting-to-fall-in-love thing is just a way to hide what a truly wise and intelligent character she is, considering the fact that she's the ghost of a 105-year-old woman. I loved the little things about her, how she just wanted to spend some time dancing and looking pretty while being all about her - unlike Lara, who's constantly trying to please the men around her.
It's Kinsella. I devoured it in two days but no other author would have been able to get away with this. The whole headhunting side plot is unnecessary and Natalie, the best friend, is as well. I understand how Kinsella wants to use her as a metaphor for Lara finally breaking free and taking charge of her own life, but eh. I didn't care about the whole headhunting business.
However, I did enjoy this. Yes, it's not the real deal, Kinsella does better usually, but even at her worst she's better than 80% of the chick-lit that's on the market right now. I loved Sadie, I loved to hate Lara and even though the conclusion is obvious, obvious, obvious to no end, I wanted to read it myself and never thought even once about quitting.
Overall: Do I Recommend?
I'm a Kinsella fangirl. Don't take advice from me. If you've never read anything by her, I suggest you start with REMEMBER ME?, which is my all-time favorite of hers.
"Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?
When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie—a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance—mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.
Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from and about each other. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family."