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Twenties Girl

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  155,805 ratings  ·  7,219 reviews
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:
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by The Dial Press
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Murlee She is not the grand mother, she is the great aunt of Lara. I think Lara was the only person who was able to hear her because, Lara's life was not tha…moreShe is not the grand mother, she is the great aunt of Lara. I think Lara was the only person who was able to hear her because, Lara's life was not that great. Her business was failing, her dating life was a wreck and she needed guidance at that moment in time. (less)

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Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
You all obviously know how much I love Sophie Kinsella, so I'll go straight into my thoughts about this book!
Although there was a good romance in this book, it wasn't the main focus of the book. Instead, this novel put most of it's emphasis on family and friendship and I really liked that! Sadie definitely got on my nerves a lot, mostly because I was listening to this as an audio book and the narrator made her voice especially annoying while saying her lines. However, she had a surprising amoun
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
When you land the right one, chick-lits can be so much fun!
I know I claim to hate most of Kinsella's frivolous protagonists *cough* Becky *cough* but I can't deny that I've had an amazing time reading her books. So my expectations going into this book were mindless hilarity and a half annoying-half entertaining heroine. But Lara and Sadie were just sooo epic!
The camaraderie between these two twenties girls was everything. Page after page, they gave me belly aching laughs and such a warm feeling
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into “Twenties Girl”, but once I did… I was all the way in! Having a second heroine made the plot more complex than most of the meet-cute, happily-ever-after I have come to like from Sophie Kinsella – but I found myself loving Aunt Sadie. For a ghost, she’s just brimming with life!

I don't think the publisher’s summary does the book justice. It's not so much about a search for a necklace as it is about a career girl, recovering from a break up, who strikes up an unlikely
Apr 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Sophie Kinsella is a guilty pleasure of mine. This book made for a fun and much needed escape for me today.
Lara Lington thinks of herself as a fairly hip twenties girl, living in the 21st century. But the last thing she expects at her Great Aunt Sadie’s funeral is for Sadie herself to appear and demand for the whole thing to be stopped. Lara thinks she’s going mad: how on Earth can she hear and see a dead person? It turns out Great Aunt Sadie is actually a ghost and a ghost with a mission: to track down her missing Dragonfly necklace. Sadie eventually manages to convince Lara to help look for the nec ...more
3.5 stars

It was fun!
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Sadie’s fierce and oppressive character and the comic situations made me laugh. Although some scenes were extremely embarrassing: Sadie forced Lara to do things nobody would do unless threatened lethally.

Anyway, Lara needs a development: at the beginning of the story, she is a naive, self-deluded, obsessional, sometimes infantile young woman, with a serious “allergy” to her own family, and without real friends. But she has a strong sense o
marnelle angela
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book.

At first I thought that this is going to be just another Sophie Kinsella book, full of chicklit drama, but it sort of surprised me.

There are several Sophie Kinsella trademarks I have noticed in this book:

1. Lara Lington. The heroines in the her books look like they're always helpless at first, they have this problems in their works and in their relationships. But then at the end, these heroines will be very lucky and make a breakthrough in their careers and they would discover
Katie B
Sophie Kinsella's books are comfort reading for me. But despite the fact I have a good time reading them, I had some reservations about this one because the story line involves a ghost. However, even though that aspect is a bit of a departure from her previous books, this one still had the fun and charming elements I have come to expect in her novels.

Lara Lington is attending the funeral for her great aunt Sadie who she hardly knew, when a much younger Sadie appears in ghost form. Lara is the on
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is meaning about an Aunt that comes back and only one person can see and hear her ghost. I feel this book shows how important family history and you should teach the older people in your family good. I loved this book so much. This book is one of my favorite books. (*)
Lindsey Rey
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, contemporary
I really, really loved this one! It was over-the-top in an absolutely perfect, hilarious way that made reading it so much fun. I was cheering for Lara the whole time and I loved her interactions with Sadie. ALSO ED HARRISON <3 <3 <3
Aug 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I will never understand what kind of Jedi mind tricks Sophie Kinsella employs with her books. If any other author wrote this story I would have thrown it down in frustration. I'd be writing a scathing review about cheap plot devices and sloppy characterization. But, I'm not. I enjoyed this book. I devoured it in a couple of hours. I was thoroughly entertained by it, despite the fact that it's not really a "good book." This is the power that Kinsella has. Her energetic writing style and likable, ...more
OMG. This book surprised me so much!! 'Remember me' was my first Kinsella book,and though i loved it, i must say i loved Twenties Girl even more! The story was so unique and funny and heart warming. ♥

I did not relate to Lara,and sometimes she pissed me off,but she had such a character development..she turned out amazing! Sadie was the sun,life's joy and the personalization of fun! She was the best ghost i've ever 'seen' or 'read' . Ed on the other hand...I LOVE HIMMM!!! He's like a modern Mister
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Annie
Sophie Kinsella made me feel like I was visiting with a best friend every time I went on another zany, warmhearted adventure with Becky Bloomwood--and Kinsella herself seemed quite a kindred spirit when my sister and I attended her book talk for "Shopaholic and Baby" a few years ago--so I suppose I should not be surprised that Kinsella could make me care so much about the twenty-three year old Flapper ghost of a one-hundred-and-five year old lady who died lonely and came back to "haunt" her pres ...more
For me this is one of the best chick-lit books ever.
It is funny, original, and surprising.
It has a family secret to uncover and a magical twist.
I have read all of Kinsella’s books, but this one is most definitely my favorite.
Liked some parts of the story, the main characters though were seriously awful, they were both so irritating. Lara was an obsessed, deluded, idiotic stalker. She spent so much time stalking her ex boyfriend and coming up with silly reasons about why he dumped her, she was beyond daft when it came to him. Worst of all was when she used Sadie to brainwash him into dating her again, she was demented and behaved like a total buffoon in most aspects of her life. I suppose, she was better towards the ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This was chosen as a light read and it did the job. Lara Lington forms an unlikely bond with a family member from the past which rattles her. Sadie turns up inconvenient times, meddling in her relationships and causing all kinds of trouble. Conveniently she uses Sadie to help an ex boyfriend change his mind, but this causes all kinds of trouble after she meets Ed, a handsome exec from America. This annoying behaviour turns into a stronger kinship, and Lara helps solve a mystery from Sadie's past ...more
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very sweet book and I loved the message about appreciating the elderly and older people in our lives. Actual rating 4.25 stars!
Maroua Zaatour
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read by Sophie Kinsella, and it sure won't be the last! I totally fell for her writing style and the development of the story and the characters, which went very smoothly. The outcome was light, funny and addictive 😍
When reading this novel, I alternated between my Kindle and the audiobook, and I have to say I totally loved the audiobook. It brought Lara to life and brought her closer to my heart ❤
Prabhjot Kaur
Lara Lington is a next door girl which means she's funny, independent, smart, a little annoying (I mean in a good normal way). Her boyfriend, Josh dumped her without any explanation and she's obsessing about him. She's opened a business with her best friend, Natalie who left her to go holidaying in Goa, India. She has caring parents and a very rich I mean super rich uncle. Her great aunt, Sadie just died and she can hear and see and hear Sadie's spirit.

This started out as a very funny read and I
Updated: December 2019: So, I am a dumb ass. I thought I liked this book when I first read it. Since I was in a reading slump I grabbed this and a few other books to re-read during Christmas Day. Ugh. This is still goofy and irritating for all of the reasons I said below. However, having wine and cheese while reading this made the book much more palatable.

I have always been fascinated by the 20s. You had the so-called Jazz Age, women fighting for the right to vote in the U.S., etc. and all of i
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: my friends
This was a FUN read. If you like romatic comedy and light ghost stories and light myster it is for you in spades. British author and takes place in London - the perspective on the American boyfriend is interesting. Starts slow but accelerates to the end. Sorry when you turn the last page.
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Lara is having some major life issues currently including, her ex- boyfriend, a job that she isn’t too sure about and now a dead aunt who might be haunting her. Lara is just trying to keep her imagination under control and get her life on track, but maybe her dead aunt Sadie is just what she needs to get everything in line.

The author does a great job creating Lara’s personality. We can see right from the beginning that Lara is a little stressed and has a lot going on, but is working hard on putt
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SK fans who enjoyed Can You Keep a Secret
Recommended to Tammy by: Teryl
Twenties Girl is classic Kinsella with a paranormal twist.

The story kicks off with Lara Lington, another fashion-conscious, twenty-something working gal in London. She has just been dumped by the "perfect man". And - bigger bonus - she is left in the lurch by her best friend/partner to run their new head-hunting business alone.

While attending the funeral of her Great Aunt Sadie, Lara is shocked when Sadie materializes in front of her and demands Lara track down her beaded dragonfly necklace. I
I have yet to meet a Sophie Kinsella novel that I don't like. Kinsella remains true to her lighthearted, hilarious style with Twenties Girl and I, for one, am grateful for it.
Lara is comparable to the rest of Kinsella's heroines: sweet, idealistic, and a bit ditzy (but not so much that you end up hating her). Of course the plot is rather far-fetched, but that's what you should expect and want when picking up a Kinsella book. It just makes the story that much more enjoyable.

Lara and the ghost of
Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)
I really can't be sure from where should I start describing this book, initially I thought this is just a light chick lit book with self love kinda plot. But did this book wow me and how?! The story follows life of Lara who is going to a funeral of her great grand aunt Sadie, nobody in the family knows about the aunt but since the millionaire uncle Bill asks them to come pay respects, they do.

Nobody is happy or really looking forward to the funeral but impressing uncle Bill by their presence. A
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lara is going through a difficult time; her boyfriend Josh broke up with her, her new business is not going very well, there is a stock of unpaid bills waiting for her in her apartment, an almost empty bank account. If that is not enough, she is forced to attend a funeral of her great-aunt she never even met, and it means one terrible thing – a family reunion she was successfully avoiding so far.

Lara always had the craziest imagination and after her latest troubles it got even crazier, otherwise
This might be my new favorite by Sophie Kinsella....
I absolutely loved the paranormal/magical realism aspect of this book... The relationship between Sadie and Lara was so fun... so many laugh out loud moments, made me want to put on a flapper dress and do the Charleston... not sure about that 1920s make up though..... I also really liked the relationship between Ed and Lara she was just the right shade of color to add to his life..... this book just left me feeling good, and now I want a great
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenties Girl is the fourth stand-alone novel by British author, Sophie Kinsella. Life isn’t going terribly well for Lara Lington: without saying why, her boyfriend, Josh has broken up with her (but she’s sure he still loves her, he just needs to be reminded); her fledgling business is in trouble since Natalie (best friend, business partner and front of the whole enterprise) has followed some bloke to Goa; her parents are worrying about her financial security and her psychological welfare;
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laras life isn´t perfect, she just got dumped without a warning, her start up company is going less than well and her best friend left her in a lurch. A guardian angel is exactly what she needs at this point in life, instead she gets Sadie. A ghost that wants to relive her prime years through Lara.

Its a fun, feel-good novel that is perfect if you need an easy read. I don´t usually like stories with ghosts but this was entertaining. Especially when they finally start working together. And the las
The story is mad,crazy and unique all thrown into one but it's perfect and a little different which I like. Lara is an excellent lead character with her messed up life. She drives me insane living in the past having feelings over her ex Josh. What does she see in him? Her boss and who she thought was her best friend has been taking advantage for months even years, I loved the part she told her what she really thought. Ed is an excellent character and is much more likeable than Josh. You just hav ...more
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