Twenties Girl

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: 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.

I tend to read novels that follow particular themes during certain months of the year.  October is usually reserved for supernatural and Halloween mysteries and I picked up Twenties Girl last October solely due to the ghostly mystery it promised.  October was not the right month for this book and it would have been a much more enjoyable read in the middle of summer on the beach.  So I thought now would be the perfect time to share my review!

I did not enjoy Twenties Girl for the first two-thirds of the novel.  This is the first Sophie Kinsella novel and I enjoy her writing style but both main characters, Lara and Sadie, were self-centered, obnoxious, whiny individuals that left me yelling at my cd player on multiple occasions.  Lara and Sadie are two selfish and stubborn women who must to respect each other which leaves readers struggling alongside them through pages of petty bickering.  I usually enjoy a flawed character but it was tough embracing Lara and Sadie.  I almost returned the book because I was so sick of Sadie’s demands and Lara constantly adding drama to her own life.

And then the last third of the book happened.  I was so glad I stuck it out because I completely forgot about the whining and bickering as Kinsella drew me along on the frantic search for the missing necklace.  The girls come together to right the wrongs of Sadie’s past and they finally start connecting with one another.  Sadie shows Lara the glamour of the 1920s and Lara gives Sadie a loving friendship.  Readers finally start learning the mystery behind Sadie’s demanding nature and the two women embrace and overcome their flaws to achieve success.  I even enjoyed Lara’s awkwardness in her budding relationship with Ed.

There is one scene that has stuck with me through the months and of course I cannot talk about it because of spoilers!  I find myself envisioning the details of the shock and joy experienced by both women and I delight in mentally reliving that moment over and over again.  That scene is why I truly enjoyed the book and I wish I could thank Kinsella for that one moment!

So who else has read Twenties Girl?

Lindsay

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Holiday Blues?

 

It’s that time of year again…the holidays!

This is my first year in quite a long time that I can celebrate the holidays without also dealing with finals and term papers.  So, I was kinda surprised when I was hit with the holiday blues a few weeks ago.  It all started when I took down the Halloween decorations.  The house just didn’t feel as festive without my awesome bat window.

Life just happened.  I haven’t been reading as much because of NaNoWriMo and I’m super behind on NaNoWriMo because of life.  There is still so much stuff on my plate this month and I have no idea how I managed to handle it all, plus school, in the past.  I was just feeling down and this time of year is supposed to be happy and festive darn it!!!

So I have been working to change my perspective and get back that holiday cheer.  I’ve been writing on my novel almost daily.  I’ve started reading short, fun novels.  I even started listening to my Christmas music and watching Hallmark Christmas movies (I NEVER do this before Thanksgiving).  And I have decided to make a list of the things that make me the happiest during the holidays.

1. Family – One of the best things about the holidays is that we get to spend time with our family.  Some we rarely get to see during the rest of the year so its a treat for all of us.

2. Gift Giving – I LOVE picking out the perfect gifts for people.  So much so that I usually have my list for everyone done by October.

3. Church – The true reason of the season.

4. Decorations –  Christmas lights are definitely my favorite but I do adore our little Charlie Brown tree.

5. Christmas movies – Yes, this does include the cheesy Hallmark ones.  I always try to watch the classics too and my all time favorites are Muppet Christmas Carol and Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas.  Thank you Jim Henson!

6. Hot chocolate – I actually drink this year around but it just seems extra special this time of year.  The same goes with all holiday food in general.

7. Christmas music – because Nat King Cole, Elvis, and N’SYNC.  Need I say more?

8. Nero Wolfe marathons – You’ll hear more about this after Thanksgiving.

9. Holiday reading –  Nero Wolfe, Christmas cozy-mysteries, and all the Jessie Arnold Mysteries that make me wish I wasn’t such a wimp when it comes to snow.  Reviews to come!!

All these wonderful things kind of make the holiday blues seem silly.  These few things make my season bright.  So here is to kicking the holiday blues and focusing on the best parts of the holidays!  What do you love about the holidays?  Please let me know!

Lindsay