Showing posts with label twenties girl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label twenties girl. Show all posts

Friday, March 4, 2016

A Letter to My Favorite Author Sophie Kinsella

If you don't know it already - Sophie Kinsella is my favorite author. I have only talked about her 3890289389 times on my blog.

She writes upbeat, hilarious women's fiction and you SHOULD, MUST, HAVE TO check out her books if you like that genre.

So for this week's Feature Follow Friday, I'm writing a letter to her. Let's hope I'm not being too weird. Nobody tweet this to her please this has to stay my dirty little secret

Dear Sophie,

your novels are a guarantee to get me out of ANY review slump. Nobody writes dorky heroines as funny as you do, nothing makes me smile the way your writing does and I'd like to thank you for that.


  • being the ONLY author who always managed to make me forget whatever hard times I'm going through
  • making me feel not as clumsy as I actually am, because your heroines are often actually doing worse
  • making me laugh in public transport until people start looking at me like I'm crazy
  • instantly giving me a conversation starter - I've actually made good friends by asking them whether they've read a book of yours
I wasn't really much of an avid reader (get it, my blog's name is The Bookavid, ha) before I read Remember Me, and this book basically changed my life. I obsessively went through a bunch of similar books after I read it but never found someone who could make me laugh quite the way you do. Your books are always guaranteed to make me smile, just seeing them on my shelf makes me happy. 

Thanks a thousand times, honestly I wouldn't know if I'd even be here, reviewing books, if it weren't for you and your fabulous sense of humor. 

Can't wait what you're coming up with in the future!!! I'll be there for sure to cheer on your newest book!!

To many more hilarious books,

Your absolutely not weird fan Jen 

Have you read books by Sophie Kinsella? If not, I suggest you start with these...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

[Review] Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

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."
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