29.3.10

Book Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella


I really enjoyed reading Sophie Kinsella's book Remember Me? last year so I was excited to finally read her latest offering, Twenties Girl.
Lara Lington has always had quite an over-active imagination but even she is surprised to believe that she is being visited by the ghost of her Great Aunt Sadie. Decked out in a full 1920's Charleston outfit, Sadie begs Lara to help her find her beloved Dragonfly necklace so that she can rest in peace. Once Lara has convinced herself that she is not going mad, she sets out to fulfill her great-aunt's wish. Aunt Sadie injects some much needed fun and glamour into Lara's life and she begins to wonder what she will do without her.
It took me a fair while to warm to the character of Lara and become involved in the story but I fell in love with the characters of Sadie immediately. I loved how even though she is a ghost, she seems to be the only one around Lara who can make her realise that she needs to give herself a break and enjoy life.
The dragonfly necklace is at the centre of the story but Sophie Kinsella includes a lot more. Lara deals with her past love life; sorts out her fledgling business and finds herself a new love, all largely down to Sadie.
I enjoyed this book more than Remember Me? and I particularly liked all of the 1920's references. Lara doesn't think that Sadie has any relevance to herself at first but it is surprising just how much she learns from her 105 year old aunt!
If you are already a Sophie Kinsella fan then you are bound to enjoy this one. It is a lovely, feel good book and the mystery of the missing necklace draws you in.

16 comments:

verity said...

I liked the premise of this one, and agree that it worked far better than Remember Me. I love the way that Kinsella's books always have you slightly on your edge of the seat with the awfulness of the situations!

Dot said...

Verity- I loved how many embarassing situations Aunt Sadie put poor old Lara through!

Rhiana said...

I've had Twenties Girl for ages but just haven'y got round to it yet! Really must as i love Sophie Kinsella!

Dot said...

Rhiana- I think you would really like it especially if you have enjoyed her other books.

Nadia said...

I loved Twenties Girl and am glad you enjoyed it, Dot! It is such a fun and fab book - definitely a classic Kinsella novel. I loved Sadie - she was the best, because she helped Lara out in so many ways and definitely added a nice twist to the story. By the by, I am dying for the new Shopaholic book to come out. I hear its about Becky and her new baby. Can't wait!!

Dot said...

Nadia- Embarrassingly I haven't read any of the Shopaholic books and I really don't know why, I shall have to make a point of getting hold of the first one.

Dot said...

Nadia- Embarrassingly I haven't read any of the Shopaholic books and I really don't know why, I shall have to make a point of getting hold of the first one.

Kim said...

This book sounds interesting. I have a Shopaholic book on my TBR so I'm pleased you reminded me. Thank you for the review, Dot and for giving me a nudge about the Sophie Kinsella book.

Dot said...

Kim- Thank you, look forward to your review of the Shopaholic one, still haven't read any of those!

The Book Whisperer said...

I LOVED this book! I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan - she is pure comfort reading for me and this is one of her best, I think.

Dot said...

The Book Whisperer- I too think this is her best, I'm so glad that I finally got round to reading it!

Charlie said...

I really need to get around to reading one of Sophie's books. It used to be a "should" but it's become a "need". I feel totally out of the loop.

I like the sound of this one - would it be a good overall intro to Sophie's work do you think?

Dot said...

Charlie- I think that this would be a great one to start with, it's probably my favourite so far!

Meg said...

I was so excited to purchase Twenties Girl when it came out in hardcover last year... and I'm ashamed to say it's been sitting in my bookcase ever since, unread! I love the premise and am fascinated by the 1920s, anyway, so I definitely think I'll enjoy this one. It's just a matter of finding time to read it...

So glad you liked it! I was actually pretty lukewarm over Remember Me?, but I enjoy Kinsella's writing style.

Dot said...

Meg- I liked Remember Me but I think that this one is so much better! Look forward to hearing what you think about it.

Marianna said...

hi! beautiful blog!!!!! i follow you! right now i am making a post about books as well and my first choice was twenties girl! i like all of Kinsella's books but this one is my favourite! i 'd be glad to have you my visitor and maybe my follower sometime! Congrats an your blog!

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