Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella


8/10. Not my preferred style, but a classic Kinsella!

“Lara has always had an overactive imagination. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Normal twenty-something girls just don’t get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara’s great aunt Sadie – in the form of a bold, demanding Charleston-dancing girl – has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can’t rest without. Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her start-up company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she’s just been dumped by the love of her life. But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie’s ghost be the answer to Lara’s problems and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?”

I’ve always been a big fan of Sophie Kinsella’s novels (perfect chick-lit escapism) but somehow I’ve missed out on Twenties Girl – until it got put into our new work library and I snapped it up.

Once I started reading, true to form, Kinsella’s writing pulled me in straightaway and didn’t let go. Unlike her other books, this novel has a supernatural theme. At the funeral of her 105-year-old great aunt Sadie, Lara – who didn’t know her aunt at all, along with the rest of her family, including her super-famous entrepreneur uncle Bill – suddenly hears a voice. And it’s belonging to a girl… who has suddenly appeared in the service room… dressed in very authentic-looking twenties clothes. She’s desperately looking for a necklace, and two things become quickly clear: that the girl is the ghost of Lara’s great aunt, Sadie, and that Lara is the only one who can see her. As Sadie’s pleadings become ever more frantic, Lara stops the cremation in its tracks to give herself time to find the necklace. It seems that Sadie won’t be able to rest in peace until she’s reunited with her beloved piece of jewellery – but finding the necklace isn’t going to be easy, and she hasn’t got long until the funeral is rescheduled. Lara barely remembers Sadie, and she starts on a wild goose chase to find it, with Sadie helping her along the way.

As things in her own life start to go awry – the recruitment business she founded with her friend Natalie is going belly-up after Natalie goes abroad indefinitely to ‘find’ herself, she’s desperately trying to get back together with the love of her life, and she’s running out of money – Lara slowly makes progress. But there are a few more hurdles that are going to get in the way. From a serious American businessman to a mysterious barking dog and her mysterious rich uncle, Lara is going to need all the help that Sadie can give her to track the elusive trinket down…

Fun, flirty and witty, Twenties Girl will remind all readers of some important things. First, that it’s never too late to change your fate; secondly, that getting everything you think you want isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; and third – that it’s important to treasure your family (unless they’re evil crooks…) as they’re not going to be around forever. Heart-warming and ultimately uplifting, this is a staple Kinsella read that should stay on your bookshelves.