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Sophie Kinsella
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Book Description

March 9 2010
Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie—a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance—mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from and about each other. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family. 
 

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“Laugh-out-loud.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[Kinsella] continues to tickle funny bones and touch hearts.”—USA Today
 
“[A] most delicious and delightful romp.”—Publishers Weekly

“Like everything [Kinsella] writes, it’s warm and lively.”—Time
 

About the Author

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as The Undomestic Goddess, Can You Keep a Secret?, and Remember Me? She lives in England.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit to warm your heart Aug. 18 2009
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Sophie Kinsella is best known for her Shopaholic series (and recent movie). But she has written 'stand alone' novels, such as this new release from Random House Canada that are just as captivating.

Twenties Girl introduces us to Lara Lington. She's attending the funeral of her Great Aunt Sadie, who has passed away at the ripe old age of 105, with her family. None of the family really seems to have known or visited Sadie. When a voice shouts out in the middle of the funeral "Where's my necklace?", Lara is taken aback. it seems that no one else can hear the voice - or see the beautiful young woman, dressed in twenties flapper style, doing the shouting.

Lara is stressed - she's still in love with her former boyfriend and is having work issues and money woes. Is she losing it or is she really seeing the ghost of her Aunt Sadie? Yes, she really is..... Lara reluctantly agrees to help Sadie find her lost necklace.

Kinsella has created not one, but two characters that you immediately fall in love with. Lara is scattered, but warm hearted and the kind of person you'd love to have as a friend. Sadie is by turns exasperating, funny, loving and tragic. Their combined story is comic and heartwarming. The interaction between Sadie and Lara is priceless.

I enjoyed this story very much. It combined the best of Kinsella's warm writing with a little bit more. My grandmother is 95 and I so enjoy hearing stories of her life. Twenties Girl will entertain you, but will hopefully make you think about an older person that you know who may have some amazing stories to tell.

Destined to be another bestseller and a five star read for me - highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chic-lit at it's best! Aug. 18 2009
Format:Hardcover
Another hit by Sophie Kinsella. I loved the characters in this book and they constantly had me laughing.One of the things I love about Sophie Kinsella's writting is you always feel extreme embarassment for the main character, and twenties girl was no different. The big difference was that someone else was forcing her to say and do the embarassing things. I couldn't put it down, especially for the last 100 pages. A little bit of mystery, love, and comedy all rolled into one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. Q: Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
'Twenties Girl' is a light, fun, entertaining read. I bought the ebook through Sony, based on the author. I've read all the Shopaholic books and really enjoyed Kinsella's writing. This is not at all like the Shopaholic books, but good nonetheless. Lara Lington has to attend her 105 year old great aunt Sadie's funeral. None of the family members really know much about Sadie or her roaring 20's past. Only a few family members attend the funeral, and it seems quite cold. When Sadie's ghost appears before Lara, Lara learns quickly she must agree to help Sadie find her lost neckless if she wants Sadie to stop yelling at her.
Lara Lington is going through a rough patch, she withdrew all her savings to start up a headhunting company with her best friend, but her best friend has run off to Goa to live with her new boyfriend. Lara's boyfriend Josh dumped her by email and Lara has no idea why. She's devastated and wants Sadie to help her get him back. Lara and Sadie compliment each other in the novel, they help each other come out of their shell. Sadie learns that she is not the long lost forgotten aunt. She really is famous, and her long lost boyfriend did in fact always love her. Yes, we have some romance in the novel and we have many twists and turns.
I really enjoyed this novel. It was not what I expected but I quickly fell in love with the characters. If I would have knew it was a ghost story, I probably wouldn't have picked it up but i'm glad I stuck with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this book Aug. 20 2009
By P. Roy
Format:Hardcover
I love everything about this book the humour, the intrigue Sophie always builds in her stories, the characters. I read it in a day, but thats because I've been waiting so long for the Sophie's next book :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just stick with it.... Sept. 25 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have been a fan of Sophie Kinsella's easy-breezy novels ever since the first Shopaholic installment. I have to admit though, that her last couple novels have left me entertained, but unfulfilled.
After trudging through the first couple chapters, I began to fear that Twenties Girl would be a major disappointment. Once getting my feet wet, however, I couldn't help but dive right in! Once the plot gets under way, Twenties Girl is a fun and interesting read. I wasn't sure what to expect from Kinsella's attempt at a ghost story/mystery, but I was pleasantly suprised. The characters are great and the main character, Lara, is just as awkward and confused as you would expect from any Kinsella heroine. And Sadie was a ghost that I wouldn't mind hanging around with.
Although you ultimately knew where the story was going to end up, there was a satisfying amount of bumps and twists along the way to keep the pages turning.
Overall, Twenties Girl has been my favourite Kinsella novel since the first two Shopaholics. I was sad when I reached the end.
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By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Twenties Girl is everything great chick-lit should be including a unique storyline, laugh out loud on the bus by accident kind of humour, a fantastic message without being too uppity about it, and it was a breeze to read.

Sadie's character is not one you'll soon forget as soon as this book is over and she reminded of my grandmother whose feisty personality was similar in many respects and whom I adored, so it is not surprising that I loved Sadie's character. She's quite memorable and her antics made me laugh out loud as well as Lara's responses to them.

My only complaint was that it ended too quickly and that the hardcover edition got heavy to hold for the long periods of time that I was reading. I also think Kinsella's main characters are becoming similar and I could see Rebecca Bloomwood in this role as well, which is probably really my only criticism and one I think would have bothered me much more had Sadie not been such a strong character that balanced Lara's character out.

If you enjoyed the `Shopaholic' series, you'll love Twenties Girl too, maybe even more. I did! This is my favourite chick lit novel this year. Great fun and it's definitely 5 Star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy read
Very funny as all her books are. Nice light reading but found myself laughing outloud on the plane. Sure everyone thought there was something wrong with me. Loved the book!
Published 4 months ago by chstregina
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I was thoroughly entertained by this book and actually read it as though I was the main character. Part romance, part betrayal, part ghostly haunt .. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eileen Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
This is the second time I've read this book, you can't put it done. You'll laugh, cry and like me...wished it didn't have to end. Very good book!!!
Published 10 months ago by Pamela Banks
2.0 out of 5 stars a very slow, painful first half,
but somewhat interesting in the back half and well written... would have been 1 star otherwise... Fun summer read I guess?
Published 15 months ago by Nicole Cataford
4.0 out of 5 stars Tastefully farfetched with charming characters
Twenty-seven year old Lara is feigning to have it all, except for a few little issues. Her ex-boyfriend gave no explanation for their split and her business partner took off... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cee Ess
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Sophie Kinsella Book
Wow! This book is soooo good! Possibly THE BEST Sophie Kinsella book I've read, except for "I've Got Your Number". The story is rich and so well written. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Aly
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
It's fun, quirky and a big page turner. Lara Lington is an amazingly well-crafted character by Sophie Kinsella. Her adventures with her great-aunt Sadie were extraordinary. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughing out loud...
I really enjoyed this book and all of its laugh out loud moments. I felt like I have a little bit of Lara & Sadie's spirits! Read more
Published on May 8 2012 by Shoeless
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
This book was not what I expected, having read other Kinsella's books, but I was totally immersed in the story. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Sofia
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and funny
Totally not what I expected when I read the title but was pleasantly surprised. The book is easy to read and very entertaining, one minute you are laughing and the next crying. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2011 by peeps
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