Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TWENTIES GIRL / Sophie Kinsella

I don't normally go in for so-called chick lit but I've got an unashamed book crush on Sophie Kinsella and I don't care who knows it.

Twenties Girl tells the tale of Lara Lington; daughter to two anxious parents, niece to one awfully rich uncle, ex to the devastatingly handsome Josh and great niece to a rude and unassuming ghost.

Yep that's right- ghost. Despite never meeting her great aunt Sadie when she was still alive, Lara now can't seem to get rid of her. Sadie, appearing as a lithe and mischievous 23 year old, is determined to retrieve her favourite necklace and won't leave Lara alone until she's found it. After the initial shock has passed, Lara begins to realise that having a ghost around can actually be quite an advantage. But how will she ever find the necklace, and why does it mean so much to Sadie? And more importantly, has she gone completely off her rocker or do ghosts really exist?!

Like her other novels, this is a light read with plently of laughs. If I have one criticism it's that her narrative voices all seem identical. It's no wonder though since her characters are all instantly likeable: funny, human, quirkly, slightly obsessive and ever so real- even if the subject matter is exactly the opposite of that! Even though the plot is pretty daft, I loved how refreshingly different it was.

Sophie Kinsella is a pro at writing romance and this book is no exception. She knows exactly how to write real chemistry, and yet often has it pop up naturally where you weren't expecting it. She allows real emotion to build up between characters and doesn't just limit this to love interests. Her writing style is easy to read, and the dialogue light and funny, if slightly predictable.

Well worth a read if you fancy being distracted for a couple of hours but not one to treasure a copy of forever. Warning: not to be read when you're due to catch a train. I made it by the skin of my teeth.


Tere Kirkland said...

Kinsella is my guilty pleasure. I was just thinking of the amount of tension she managed to get into a book that can sometimes be as silly as Can You Keep A Secret?

I'll have to check this one out, thanks! *sigh* There are just too many good books out there!

Claire Dawn said...

Haven't read this one yet, but I read all the SHopaholic Books. And I also don't read chick lit.