Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Twenties Girl

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:...

Title:Twenties Girl
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ISBN:0385342020
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:435 pages

Twenties Girl Reviews

  • Kathryn

    Sophie Kinsella made me feel like I was visiting with a best friend every time I went on another zany, warmhearted adventure with Becky Bloomwood--and Kinsella herself seemed quite a kindred spirit when my sister and I attended her book talk for "Shopaholic and Baby" a few years ago--so I suppose I should not be surprised that Kinsella could make me care so much about the twenty-three year old Flapper ghost of a one-hundred-and-five year old lady who died lonely and came back to "haunt" her pres

    Sophie Kinsella made me feel like I was visiting with a best friend every time I went on another zany, warmhearted adventure with Becky Bloomwood--and Kinsella herself seemed quite a kindred spirit when my sister and I attended her book talk for "Shopaholic and Baby" a few years ago--so I suppose I should not be surprised that Kinsella could make me care so much about the twenty-three year old Flapper ghost of a one-hundred-and-five year old lady who died lonely and came back to "haunt" her present-day great-niece. But, gosh darn it, Sophie, you made me care SO much! I don't know how you did it, but you did! It was like magic. For the first 1/4 of the book, I thought, "this is kinda cliche, kinda lame, a bit dull, but, hey, I'll stay with you..." Lara (modern-day girl) and Sadie ('20s ghost) had the altercations one might expect of such a clash of generations and, um, states of alive-ness. The discord with styles of music, slang, etc. Ho-hum. Yet, somewhere along the way, this transforms into a beautiful, heartfelt relationship, a true friendship. Sadie and Lara deserve one another, both for their bad qualities and their good ones. They help bring out the best in each other. Sadie helps Lara with relationship struggles and career woes, all the while feeling that her own life had been little more than a shell after she lost her own love when she was in her early '20s. But Lara learns that her great-aunt (whom she only visited once while she was alive) was actually a really cool gal with an amazing and inspiring life; and it only remains for her to convince Sadie of this! There is also an interesting little mystery involving Sadie's missing dragonfly necklace, and some suspicious behavior by Lara's mega-rich and successful (and pompous!) Uncle Bill. There is some romance, too (and might I say THANK YOU, Sophie! I liked our handsome and thoughtful gent in this tale so much better than Luke Brandon!) but it's not the driving force of the tale. Rather, it is the relationship between Sadie and Lara. There are some genuinely touching moments; I must say that the characters in this "fluffy chick lit" resonated with me more than some of those in classic works I've read. Kinsella is true talent! The tale left me wishing I could have got glimpses into the lives of my departed grandparents when they were in their '20s, and to spend even more time with my eighty-six-year-old grandfather--though, thankfully, I have appreciated what a good thing he is all these years! I don't need this book to make me realize THAT :-) "Twenties Girl" does have the trademark Kinsella humor, but it really touches the heartstrings, too.

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    I hope this is good but don't think I'll pay hardcover prices for it evenif it is! Still, I felt Kinsella could be a kindred spirit when we saw her at the author talk last year and her love of the 1920s furthers my suspicion!!!

    "Writing Twenties Girl was like going on my own magical mystery tour. My U.S. editor Susan Kamil had once said casually, "You should write a ghost story one day." This comment stayed with me for years. I loved the idea, but didn't know who my ghost could be. I've always loved the glamour and spirit of the 1920s, and the idea came to me of a flapper ghost. A feisty, fun, glamorous girl who adored to dance and drink cocktails and get her own way. I wanted her to be a determined character who would blast into the life of someone with no warning and cause havoc. I then decided she should haunt a thoroughly modern girl, with all the culture clashes and comedy that would bring.

    Having come up with this idea I loved it, so it then remained to plunge myself into 1920s research, which was no hardship at all, as I find the era fascinating. I researched vintage make-up, vintage dresses, read fiction from the period, investigated 1920s slang, and tried to channel as much I could of those feisty flappers who cut their hair short (shock!), smoked cigarettes in public (shock!), had sex (shock!) and generally rebelled in all the outrageous ways they could.

    The book isn't a period piece though. It's a modern story about two girls and their sparky friendship, right here in the 21st century. One of them just happens to be a ghost from the 1920s. It's a quest, a romance, and a coming of age... and above all a comedy. It's no exaggeration to say that writing the character of Sadie made me look at life differently, and I hope some readers feel the same way. —Sophie Kinsella"

  • Leah

    Lara Lington thinks of herself as a fairly hip twenties girl, living in the 21st century. But the last thing she expects at her Great Aunt Sadie’s funeral is for Sadie herself to appear and demand for the whole thing to be stopped. Lara thinks she’s going mad: how on Earth can she hear and see a dead person? It turns out Great Aunt Sadie is actually a ghost and a ghost with a mission: to track down her missing Dragonfly necklace. Sadie eventually manages to convince Lara to help look for the nec

    Lara Lington thinks of herself as a fairly hip twenties girl, living in the 21st century. But the last thing she expects at her Great Aunt Sadie’s funeral is for Sadie herself to appear and demand for the whole thing to be stopped. Lara thinks she’s going mad: how on Earth can she hear and see a dead person? It turns out Great Aunt Sadie is actually a ghost and a ghost with a mission: to track down her missing Dragonfly necklace. Sadie eventually manages to convince Lara to help look for the necklace. Can they find it, and can Sadie ever rest in peace?

    I received Twenties Girl way back in July just before it was released but never thought of picking it up until now because I was worried I wouldn’t like it. I am in no way inclined to read a ghost story and I’ve never wanted to before. I also wondered exactly how it would work writing a ghost story, would it be a real ghost story or a magical-type ghost story in the vein of Alexandra Potter? I can thankfully reveal that it is a fantastic ghost story with a hint of magic that really sells it.

    Twenties Girl really is an outstanding read. It took me a few pages to get into it and I was worried I wasn’t enoying it, when up popped Sadie and I was glued to the book from then on in. I thought the plot of the missing necklace was well thought out and I enjoyed Lara and Sadie’s search for the aforementioned necklace. I would love to see the Dragonfly necklace in real life, I have to say, as it sounds really beautiful.

    The whole story is narrated by Lara and is greatly enjoyable, particularly when Sadie comes into the picture and Lara wonders if she’s going bonkers. Not only does Lara have to contend with an at-times-annoying ghost, but her best friend (and business partner) has done a bunk and her boyfriend has just dumped her, so you can see why she thinks she’s going mad; the scene in the funeral parlour where Sadie first appears was beyond hilarious. I thought Lara was a lovely character and I enjoyed her interaction with Sadie. I also thought it was hilarious when Lara decided to spy of her ex-boyfriend Josh and she bugged his table – that had me laughing out loud. Lara was funny, likeable, and yes, she probably was a bit bonkers, but I loved her regardless.

    For me, the real star of the show, though, was Sadie. I thought Sadie was a fabulous character – outgoing, talkative but also incredibly nice and rather prone to teenage strops. I enjoyed unravelling the story of Sadie’s life and finding out exactly why the Dragonfly necklace was so precious to her. I didn’t find Sadie’s constant chanting when she wanted attention annoying, I merely found it endearing and, also, quite amusing. She told a great tale about her life and growing up in the Twenties. I thought Sophie Kinsella described the 1920’s fabulously. I could imagine the dresses Sophie described, and the music playing throughout, and I enjoyed learning the 1920’s slang, it all added to the charm of the book and I really couldn’t put it down.

    I loved everything about the book and once Sadie made her appearance I couldn’t put the book down. There are a few other characters in the book, Ed Harrison being a favourite of mine. I loved how he went along with Lara when she asked him on a date (spurred on by Sadie, of course) and thought Ed made a fantastic male character. I also liked Lara’s family, the Lingtons, and was so so pleased Uncle Bill got his comeuppance. The story really takes a turn halfway through the book and I wanted to race to finish it to find out if all would come well in the end.

    I have got to say that the ending gave me tears in my eyes. I knew it was going to happen. All through the book I just knew how it was going to end and I still didn’t expect it at all. I didn’t want to leave Sadie and Lara’s world and you have no idea how sad I was to leave it! This really was an outstanding book – making me laugh, making me cry and giving me an unputdownable read. A truly outstanding novel from Sophie Kinsella, her best to date and truly one of the best books of the year.

  • Becca

    I had to add a shelf to categorize this book. I got to chapter six before I decided to return it to the library. There were two things I couldn't get past: 1)The character of the ghost, Sadie Lancaster. She was too obnoxious. And I realize the point of the character was to annoy the protagonist into action, but I didn't think I could handle one more scene where she harrassed the poor, broken, 27-year-old heroine of which I can very closely relate. Which brings me to my second problem: 2)The main

    I had to add a shelf to categorize this book. I got to chapter six before I decided to return it to the library. There were two things I couldn't get past: 1)The character of the ghost, Sadie Lancaster. She was too obnoxious. And I realize the point of the character was to annoy the protagonist into action, but I didn't think I could handle one more scene where she harrassed the poor, broken, 27-year-old heroine of which I can very closely relate. Which brings me to my second problem: 2)The main character was in a funk, struggling through life broke, unsure of her career, and having a hard time getting over the last boyfriend, coincidentally name "Josh."

    I knew that to preserve my sanity this was one book I need not finish. I truly believe that life is too short to read books that you don't find enjoyable.

    That's what school is for.

  • Laurel

    Sophie Kinsella is a guilty pleasure of mine. This book made for a fun and much needed escape for me today.

  • marnelle angela

    I loved this book.

    At first I thought that this is going to be just another Sophie Kinsella book, full of chicklit drama, but it sort of surprised me.

    There are several Sophie Kinsella trademarks I have noticed in this book:

    1. Lara Lington. The heroines in the her books look like they're always helpless at first, they have this problems in their works and in their relationships. But then at the end, these heroines will be very lucky and make a breakthrough in their careers and they would discover

    I loved this book.

    At first I thought that this is going to be just another Sophie Kinsella book, full of chicklit drama, but it sort of surprised me.

    There are several Sophie Kinsella trademarks I have noticed in this book:

    1. Lara Lington. The heroines in the her books look like they're always helpless at first, they have this problems in their works and in their relationships. But then at the end, these heroines will be very lucky and make a breakthrough in their careers and they would discover the thing their really good at.

    2. The leading man, Ed. I like Sophie Kinsella's leading men.They have this mysterious air around them and they are very sweet.

    3. Evil sister, cousin, uncle. In this book, Lara has an evil sister and uncle who seems to be really mean and would do things to make Lara feel as if she's like a poor Cinderella.

    4.FUNNY! Yeah! i think most of Kinsella's books are really witty! there are lots of situations in this book where Lara made embarrassing actions. I most of the time, am surprised to hear myself laughing so loud.ROFL!

  • Exina

    3.5 stars

    It was fun!

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked Sadie’s fierce and oppressive character and the comic situations made me laugh. Although some scenes were extremely embarrassing: Sadie forced Lara to do things nobody would do unless threatened lethally.

    Anyway, Lara needs a development: at the beginning of the story, she is a naive, self-deluded, obsessional, sometimes infantile young woman, with a serious “allergy” to her own family, and without real friends. But she has a strong sense o

    3.5 stars

    It was fun!

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked Sadie’s fierce and oppressive character and the comic situations made me laugh. Although some scenes were extremely embarrassing: Sadie forced Lara to do things nobody would do unless threatened lethally.

    Anyway, Lara needs a development: at the beginning of the story, she is a naive, self-deluded, obsessional, sometimes infantile young woman, with a serious “allergy” to her own family, and without real friends. But she has a strong sense of justice, she is persistent, kind, honest, and true to her principles, even if they look idealistic.

    By the end of the novel, she learns a lot about life, love, friendship, family, people surrounding her, and of course about herself. The story is more a coming-of-age novel in chick-lit style than a romance.

    The plot is slow in the first half of the story, but the mystery of the dragonfly-necklace and the life-story of Sadie are really interesting, and smartly developed. Kinsella’s humor is very entertaining, so I really recommend this book!

  • Lindsey Rey

    I really, really loved this one! It was over-the-top in an absolutely perfect, hilarious way that made reading it so much fun. I was cheering for Lara the whole time and I loved her interactions with Sadie. ALSO ED HARRISON <3 <3 <3

  • Zoë

    You all obviously know how much I love Sophie Kinsella, so I'll go straight into my thoughts about this book!

    Although there was a good romance in this book, it wasn't the main focus of the book. Instead, this novel put most of it's emphasis on family and friendship and I really liked that! Sadie definitely got on my nerves a lot, mostly because I was listening to this as an audio book and the narrator made her voice especially annoying while saying her lines. However, she had a surprising amoun

    You all obviously know how much I love Sophie Kinsella, so I'll go straight into my thoughts about this book!

    Although there was a good romance in this book, it wasn't the main focus of the book. Instead, this novel put most of it's emphasis on family and friendship and I really liked that! Sadie definitely got on my nerves a lot, mostly because I was listening to this as an audio book and the narrator made her voice especially annoying while saying her lines. However, she had a surprising amount of character development keeping in mind that she was the GHOST of a 105 year old woman. I really enjoyed how this was a mystery as well, there was so much going on that you almost forgot about one part of the story when it showed up again! The one critique I have, though, is how long this book was. I felt like there were too many dead ends while trying to find that one necklace and it was starting to get a little repetitive. I think it could have wrapped up a little quicker, but it still was a fun read!


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