Saturday, January 16, 2016

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Something I'm sort of being forced into right now is catching up on all the stuff I've meant to read along the way. It's actually very satisfying as most of these reads (listens) turn out to be quite good and so I'm reading delightful thing after delightful thing.

When I wrote about what I loved in 2015, I forgot a few things, namely this book.

I can remember very clearly the experience of reading my first Sophie Kinsella book, Can You Keep a Secret? I remember the absolute compulsion to keep reading it as it was both funny and emotional. The world actually disappeared around me as I consumed the book. There is really no experience that is better and for years I've included it on my favorites list. But somehow, with the shifting tides of my own taste, I guess I thought I would enjoy her books less and so I put off reading them. For whatever reason, I decided to listen to Twenties Girl this fall and I'm so glad I did as I don't think I had a more enjoyable reading experience in the year.

What I loved about this book is that yes it's funny in a somewhat absurd and over the top way and yes it's romantic in the way her books always are, but it has SO MUCH HEART. Just brimming with heart and goodwill.

Kinsella's humor has a light touch, by which I mean it seems to flow effortlessly in her books. This is so rare to me for me. I don't know if this would be true for everyone, but for me this seems to be the case. Like, there are scenes that in the set-up I thought, oh no, she's trying too hard, but in the execution ended up being genuinely funny and delightful. :)

The premise of this book is that when Lara attends her great-aunt's funeral, she also becomes acquainted with her ghost! Her grandmother's ghost, as her younger self, haunts her until she helps her find her peace. And it sounds odd, but it's actually...delightful? And hilarious. I think "haunt' seems like a strong word as Lara is never scared, only hassled and as time passes, the two get to know each other and form an understanding. Lara helps Sadie find a missing necklace and thus find

I think what I loved most about this book, though, was that it has a sort of redemption after death, Lara got to know Sadie in her ~afterlife, but got to know her life. And she regretted not having had the chance to know her better while she was alive and letting her die alone in a home. And they form this incredibly strong bond and I'm tearing up just writing about this, lol. There's something about the ties of family, the ones who came before and the precious reality of every life despite outward appearances. And they are so family even in Sadie's ghost state, they fight like sisters but obviously love each other very much.

So anyway, this book made me laugh a lot, and it made me cry but in that ~deeply touching in my heart sort of way. It was just such an incredibly satisfying experience--the kind where you enjoy absolutely every minute and then bask in the glow when it's over. :)

So...yeah. Still a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella. I also read Wedding Night and enjoyed it very much, though not nearly to the extent of this one, which might join Can You Keep a Secret? on the list of favorites.


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