Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella Review

June 29, 2011

I have to admit that the plot of this book is a little wacky and a lot addicting. When I first read the book jacket, I was a somewhat skeptical about the plot of a young girl in New York City getting in touch with her great aunt’s ghost, but Twenties Girl really makes this strange plot line work well.

The story focuses on Lara Lington, who has always been a little odd and has turned even more obsessive when she is dumped by the love of her life for no reason. When she’s roped into going to her great aunt’s funeral that no one in her family seems to care about, all of her relatives think she’s crazy when she starts talking to her great aunt’s ghost. So of course, she has to hide her new connection with the dead.

Lara’s great aunt Sadie is a wild, fun-loving girl from the 1920s who can’t be put to rest because she’s on the search for a dragonfly necklace that she wants to be buried in. So she begins to make Lara’s life a living hell by forcing her to go on a quest for this necklace with such adventures as accusing the nurses at the nursing home of murdering her great aunt, asking a stranger out on a date because Sadie thinks he’s cute, and even stalking her rich uncle because Sadie is convinced that he knows something about the necklace.

But the more that Lara continues to dig, the more that she finds out that her great aunt is onto something. This necklace appears to be the connection with her aunt’s past, uncovering a little bit of mystery. In the meanwhile, Lara is still trying to live her regular life and win back her boyfriend Josh, using Sadie the ghost to spy on him. She also continues to date Ed upon Sadie’s insistence, eventually finding out that they have a real connection.

This book is funny, lighthearted, and a bit odd, but it’s definitely packed full of adventure. Even if you too are skeptical about reading a modern ghost story, Sadie’s character is developed perfectly to help Lara get over a few of her personal issues and move on to pursue the better things in life. Highly recommended!

Bethany Ramos is a freelance writer who has a contract to publish her own chick lit novel 5 Stages of Grief with Black Opal Books. She also co-owns her own e-commerce website, The Coffee Bump.

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