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March 13, 2015

FBF: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Twenties Girl | Sophie Kinsella
Contemporary Romance | The Dial Press | July 21, 2009



Lara, a modern low key Londoner, suddenly finds herself being haunted by the ghost of her great-aunt Sadie, a party-loving-Charleston-flapper in her heyday, who asks for her help in finding a missing necklace, her talisman, so her soul can cross over. What happens next is a series of embarrassing, cringe-worthy events that will surely leave you in fits of giggles and much head shaking.

What prompted me to revisit Twenties Girl is due my guilty pleasures are chick flicks and chick lit. They're my break from the dark and sinister supernatural world. If you've seen, read or are familiar with Confessions of a Shopaholic, then that would give you a clue that Twenties Girl will be ridiculous, funny, and shallow. Lara is a bit like Becky Bloomwood in that she's clumsy, a bit dense, and very entertaining; the opposite of her great-aunt, Sadie, who's clever, feisty, and such a go-getter. The play of opposites between aunt and niece was well demonstrated here and the twenties fashion is on-point. I mean, I love the flapper look but after realizing that they used to wear lead-based make-up and they literally cook, or rather, toast their hair to get those amazing curls, I'm very happy I live in this century instead.

The funniest and probably the dumbest part of the story was when Sadie forced Lara to go on a date with this guy who looked like Sadie's ex. Lara was forced to be decked out on 20's flapper outfit with matching hair and make-up, which honestly would look ridiculous in real life. Just picturing that date is an epic catastrophe that will surely elicit numerous LOL's from the reader.

Now even if I didn't get a smart chick-lit read which stars a strong, but lovesick heroine, I still enjoyed reading Twenties Girl. It's not Sophie Kinsella's greatest work, I still found it entertaining. Not everything has to be serious, sometimes we need a bit of silliness to switch things up, especially after surviving yet another cold and dreary winter.







22 comments:

  1. Fits of giggles? Sounds perfect! I'm a sucker for humor.

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    1. Oh yeah. It's so silly. Nothing emotional or serious.

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  2. I've only read a book by her but it was nice and fun and I'm sure all her books are a little like that. I should try again one day.

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    1. She tends to write light, bubble gum chick lit. I love to read her in between heavy reads.

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    1. Exactly! Your mind can just relax, analyzing is not required. It's like yoga for the brain

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  4. I've read a few Kinsella and I think my favorite was the Undomesticated Goddess...wait maybe that's not even the title. Lol! Well, anyway, I donnt read much Chick Lit anymore but I do agree that they can be fun and sometimes, the fluff can really help your mood! And lead based makeup? Yikes! I love that look to but I wouldn't want that on my skin! Poor Laura! Great flashback Braine, love the feature ^.^

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    1. Yup! I loved that one too! I liked the bread making sessions. Thanks for stopping by, Amir!

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  5. I think I have one of hers somewhere. Glad you still enjoyed it :)

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    1. I get reader PMS sometimes, like I'll go for super dark then follow it up with something super sweet and light.

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  6. I have read one of her books and adored it (Wrong Number something or other) and I vowed to read more of her work because of it. Maybe not this one, but I am definitely adding another of her books to my TBR pile.

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    1. I started with Shopahilic and when I finally got caught up, branched out to her other work because I want more of her silliness. It was hit or miss.

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  7. Yeah, we totally need a bit of silliness every now and then :D Giggles, lols, lighthearted reading is a treat after another dreary winter for sure.

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    1. Laughter is always good for the soul, mind, and body. Keeps the monsters at bay

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  8. I am actually currently reading this and I am loving it! I just love her humor. Light, girly and just plain fun.

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  9. I have yet to read any of her books. They do sound light and fun.

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  10. I really liked her first couple of Shopaholic books, but then I felt they started to get a little too silly. Gosh, I don't remember the last time I read some fun, breezy chick lit- it's been a while.

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    1. True, like Becky just started to come off as a bit loose in the head.... that said, Lara's a lot like Becky lol

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  11. Have you tried What's Your Number? It's the first Sophie Kinsella book I've read and I enjoyed that immensely. I remember telling my dad bits of the book because he caught me laughing by myself. I have this on my tbr but I kept on putting this off maybe I should read it this weekend. :)

    Ella @ The Filipina Booknote

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    1. Yup, I've read that too! She never fails to make me laugh! Her books are either really funny or it's so ridiculous you're laughing at the characters

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