I Owe You One
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands o ...more
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This review is difficult to write. I adore Sophie Kinsella’s books for many reasons. Unfortunately, I found I Owe You One to be a letdown.
I had an issue with the characters, the plot, and the romance.
I started off reading with an eye roll with the introduction of Fixie and her cliched nickname. Right away, I knew something was off. I would have appreciated something a little bit more clever and nuanced than a character who is defined by a stupid nickname. Fixie’s character annoyed me i ...more
One of the thin ...more
Where do I start with this novel? This really was a bit of a mess.
Should I begin with Fixie's character? Wow... talk about annoying, having men walk all over her, and making ridiculous decisions because she's so blinded with wanting a man that badly?
Fixie is a character that tries to "fix" everyone but yet she is such a ...more
At the center of this story is Fixie Farr, and I was willing to try not to roll my eyes every time I read her name and give this book a fair shot. Fixie has gotten her nickname due to the fact that she likes to fi ...more
This one is a bit tricky. I really didn't like the beginning, but later on it felt like more Kinsella style. Witty, fun, and more creative even with chick lit romance.
I thought the details at the beginning about the side characters and time spent for them was too much, as they were quite unlikeable too. I don't have ...more
The story is about Fixie who has been infatuated by Ryan since she was ten years old. She works in her family's shop and still lives with her mother.
Fixie is a character that I could not connect with and unfortunately I didn't find the story as amusing as the previous books by this author.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exch ...more
Trigger warning: Abuse of power and authority. Making someone feel small. Ceiling falling on top off someone’s head.
I received this E-ARC via Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really looking forward to reading this! I have enjoyed Kinsella’s books in the past. Unfortunately I didn’t like it.
I really liked Fixie! I simply didn’t care for anyone else. Nor did I care for the story. As I read on I started to get bored and was pulled ...more
I adored this book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Sophie Kinsella novel and I’ve forgotten just how addictive they can be. Once I started it I could hardly put it down.
I really expected I Owe You One to be romance-heavy, but it wasn’t as central to the plot as I thought it would be. That wasn’t a bad thing, though. The story focuses a lot on Fixie’s relationship with her family and with her own issues of confidence ...more
Whenever Mum smiles, lines appear all over her face. They stretch like sunrays from her eyes; they score her cheeks and mark out her forehead in deep creases. Grief brought extra lines to her face. I saw it happen. And maybe some people think the lines are ugly, but I see love and life in every one of them.
This book is not great literature, it won't win the Pulitzer or the Nobel Prize for Literature, it is a piece of fluff. And I enjoyed every minute of it, it was fun. It was a nice ...more
Ahhh... I just love Sophie Kinsella and her writing. Having read a couple of the Shopaholic series and with a few of her other books on my TBR list, I was thrilled when NetGalley and Random House Publishing allowed me an ARC of "I Owe You One" her latest book with expected publication on Feb 5, 2019.
In regular Sophie style, this does not disappoint. Fixie Farr, (very cliché nickname for, surprise, someone who likes to fix things) is a doormat. She's weak and annoying; at the beginni ...more
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!
This is really 3.5 stars rounded up.
The thing with Sophie Kinsella is, sometimes I have to recalibrate my expectations a little bit. She writes romance, of course, but I frequently forget that the focus of her books isn’t supposed to be the romance. It’s more properly women’s fiction (or chick lit, I suppose)with explorations of things like family relationships and personal growth.
There, the book excelled. It just fell a little flat ...more
Yes, the family does come together at the end, but was the journey to that point worth ...more
It has been a super long time since I read a Sophie Kinsella book. My last read of hers was "Twenties Girl", so it's been long overdue. I Owe You, gave me flashbacks of Sophies grounded roots of her earlier works. The main characters were relatable , quirky , unique and made you feel you would want to build a friendship with them. Fixie Farr, was a spitfire, but at times her indecisiveness and "doormat-ish" mannerisms ,irked me. Fixie grew and became a more confident gal eventua ...more
Fixie can't help fixing things. She tries her best, but she just can't stop. But what if she is what needs fixing? What if she's stuck in a ru ...more
I have to start out by saying I am a longtime fan of Kinsella's. I've been reading her since about 2004, give or take a year. I started with Shopaholic, and I've read everything she's put out (under this name; she also writes under at least one other). So when I say I'm a fan, just know that I mean it.
Now since I'm a fan, I normally automatically rate all her books five stars. However this book didn't quite get there - in my eyes the beginning dragged just a l ...more
While I Owe You One was a relaxing read, I think it would be best suited as a beach read — light fare that doesn’t require full attention.
I read most of the Shopaholic series years ago and enjoyed it. With those expectations, I Owe You One was a disappointment. While the story itself was interesting and the premise was unusual, the character development fell flat for me and I missed the humor that made the Shopaholic series so enjoyable to read.
The story follows Fixie ...more
Let’s start with what I liked, I enjoyed the parts of the novel where Fixie started to realized ...more
When I first got in to reading, Sophie Kinsella was one of the authors I picked up. I still remember the trip to the book store. It had been years since I read one of her books., but I was so excited.
The first half of this book was just ok for me. Poor Fixie was such a pushover and totally let everyone run her over. By the halfway point I was so frustrated. Then finally she started to stand up ...more
Fixie Farr is just that- a fixer. She works in her family’s shop, picking up the slack for her ungrateful siblings. Her motto is “family first”, leading her to putting everyone else’s happiness above her own. Until one fateful day at the coffee shop, when she sav ...more
Such a lighthearted, fun filled read with a very unique and quirky cast. No matter if I wanted to reach into the pages and hug or strangle a character I felt such a connection to all of th ...more
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of I Owe You One. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Random House, The Dial Press
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pub Date: February 5, 2019
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my complimentary copy.
Fixie Farr works in her family's general houseware shop in Acton, West London. Her older brother Jake is a successful businessman who made his first fortune importing nude, seamless underwear. He has high aspirations for the shop, wanting it to appeal to a more upmarket clientele. Fixie's older sister Nicole is beautiful, she modelled for a short period (aka once) and is very into new age thinking like crystals etc. The store is managed by their mother with Fixie's assista ...more
I would like to thank Sophie Kinsella, The Dial Press/ Random House, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Fixie Farr possesses a compulsion to “fix” things. From cleaning up a stain no one would notice to calling 999 despite her friend’s wishes, Fixie derives pleasure in knowing she righted wrongs. She considers the compulsion one of her biggest flaws, because it gets her in trouble more often than it actually helps.
One thing she’s never ...more
Our protagonist is Fixie, a twentysomething young woman who just can’t stop herself from fixing things for everyone around her. One day she’s sitting at a coffee shop when a (hands ...more
One day, Fixie saves Sebastian Marlowe’s laptop in a coffee shop from a ceiling collapse. Turns out he’s a CEO of an investment firm, and the laptop is very important to his business. Sebastian ...more
I've never been interested in Sophie Kinsella's Shop-aholic series but I have liked almost all of her stand-alone books. After being very disappointed with her last book Surprise Me, which I could not finish, I was a bit weary of trying her again. However, this book, I Owe You One, is definitely more readable. At first I didn't love it as we are presented with Fixie, a bit of a doormat getting walked all over ...more
Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty fin ...more