Book Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

What sort of book would you like to have if you were sick in bed all day, like me? (Insert pity party here… I’m getting better, though, really). Well for me, I wanted something that would entertain, that would make me laugh, that wouldn’t hurt my head too much more than it already hurts (aw, more pity!), and that would make me forget my worries for a while.  Fortunately, I was handed the perfect novel for what ails me: Twenties Girl by Sophia Kinsella (Dial).

All day today, I’ve been snuggled under blankets, sipping hot tea and flipping pages of this novel, thoroughly entertained.  I read it from start to finish, with pleasure. I love when that happens. Really, it’s such a rare thing. I don’t know about you, but all too often a book has a cute premise, an attractive cover, but by page 100 or so, I’m beyond bored, or aggravated by the writing. Sigh.

I’ve always enjoyed Kinsella’s Shopaholic books (if you get a kick out of the ridiculous and love everything British, definitely check these out… ignore the movie — that was a dud in comparison), but I especially loved Twenties Girl.  The premise is both touching and funny.  A great aunt who dies at the age of 105, forgotten by the world, never visited by family. The ghost of this same aunt, in the form of her flapper 23 year old self, haunting her great-niece. The mystery of a lost necklace. The truth of a girl who stupidly pines for an ex (something everyone can identify with at some point in his or her life…admit it, it’s true!).  And a cast of interesting characters, including the best friend who isn’t, the parents who fill you with a confusing mix of love and guilt, and the broody guy with a secret.

One especially beautiful scene occurs when the heroine visits a nursing home and sees the youthful spirits in each wheelchair-bound elder rise up and dance. Fabulous writing.

You might hear people refer to this novel dismissively as chicklit and light and fluffy. But, honestly, it was a hoot to read, engrossing, and had some real depth. Everything you could want from a book on a cold wintry afternoon. Let this novel work its ghostly magic on you.  Highly recommended.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

  1. Hey,
    I read this in October…flew through it and I enjoyed it too…though I confess I find some of Kinsella’s books to drag out toward the end a bit..but quite enjoyable.
    I remember a few years ago I was in hospital sick and needed distraction ..I couldn’t concentrate on anything heavy, and her Shopaholic series served me well at that time. Light read.
    I have also read her book “Can you keep a secret?” and “Remember Me?”. They are cute as well.
    I’m waitlisted for the “mini shopaholic” one now at the library.
    Hope you feel better soon.

    • Hi Jill,

      Thanks! I’m hopeful that a few more days on antibiotic will kick this thing.

      My daughter’s about a third into Mini-shopaholic right now, and really enjoying it. I should get my hands on it soon, too! We’ve also shared in this household Remember Me? and Can You Keep a Secret? I remember enjoying them, but they don’t stick in my mind at all. I always enjoy the Shopaholic books, though, especially when they take me to places I’m familiar with in London. Cheap travel!

      Thanks for checking in!
      Marie

  2. I know I’m late to the game here since you posted this in December, but I really enjoyed this book, too. I love her books, but was hesitant about buying this one since I’m not into ghost books. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. How she makes characters who are so frustrating and yet lovable is a true gift.

    Judy

    • Hey Judy,

      I so agree. Sometimes writers can take a frustrating situation too far and make it annoying, but Kinsella adds just the right touch to make this book funny and engaging. I hear her “Remember Me” is also a great read.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Marie

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