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.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for the past few years since I got it from a book sale and it’s not what I expected. It mainly focuses on family and friendship which shies away from the usual book I read. I must say that I wasn’t able to feel the excitement and joy not until I am almost done with the book. I wouldn’t say it’s boring but more like, you have to give it some time for you to eventually get what you asked for and I know that it’s pretty big and most people won’t give that much of a thought.

I had a hard time putting myself into it and finding that instant connection I get whenever I open or read a book. I found myself putting a lot of effort trying to completely understand and be patient with this book. It’s not really irritating but it’s a lot of work.

The plot is too predictable. You put a ghost with a twenty-something broke woman, they search for the missing stuff and after that, the ghost gets to be peaceful. I get that but I guess I was looking for more thrill and something to actually push me off the edge and make me say “I did not see that coming!”.

There’s no shade being thrown on this book but I believe it has more to be work on.

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Let’s get to the main characters. The protagonist is Lara and she’s completely out of track of her life. She’s broke, her love life is a mess and her business is down, can she be more pitying? I feel like she has nothing good in her life. She has a conceited Uncle and a sister that is evil, she finds enjoyment in putting her little sister down. I mean, what is with that?

I don’t wanna criticize her on her love life because everyone’s been there in some time of their lives, you know. Being so hang up on someone you think you really love and finding it so hard to move on just because you’re so fixated in the complete fantasy that you guys are meant to be. The only humour I got from this part of her life is the very fact that we do not only share the same experience but also the name of the ex. Coincidence? I guess.

Sadie Lancaster or the ghost of her great-aunt is completely annoying. It’s like being with a kid. You know, she constantly nags her and what 27-year-old lady would scream all the time just to get what she wants? I mean, I get it that her necklace is too important so that she could move forward to the afterlife but c’mon, she’s too obnoxious and selfish especially in the scene where Lara was in an important meeting with a client. It was too much for me because that was Lara’s low-low moment and she was really struggling to save her business. She could really appreciate some support even from a dead lady.

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I refuse to delve further into the other characters because they’re just so-so and I have a lot to say about her best friend, Natalie, but I choose not to discuss that because boy, oh, boy, I am so pissed at her.

I believe what made me made an effort reading and allotting my time for this because every book needs a chance to be understood and I really think highly of Ms. Kinsella.

What I love about this is that it’s witty and it’s not about love-love-love. And the whole relationship between Sadie and Lara really hits a spot. It made me sad that I wasn’t able to give much love and care to my late grandma and this book showed me how important it is to give time to our loved ones before it’s too late.

Am I crazy about this? Not really. Will I recommend this? I guess if you’re the kind of bookworm that has a lot of patience and time in your hands then be my guest.

anne wonders