Published in 2009
So I'll say it again- Sophie Kinsella is my fav. I <3 her! This book is definitely my favorite of her non-series books, and it might be better than Shopaholic.
Summary from Goodreads:
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 last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.
Sadie, however, could care less.
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 each other along the way. 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.This book is definitely a fun read- it's got romance, intrigue, and comedy, and the ending made me cry! I was a bit skeptical before reading- the whole ghost-aunt thing kind of worried me, but actually, great-aunt Sadie was my favorite character. All of the characters are well-developed and interesting, and Sadie's romantic interest is super cute. He reminds me a lot of the hottie in The Little Lady Agency.
I think that the only downer of this book is that it took me a really long time to get through- I'm not sure why. The twist in the last quarter of the book, however, was so unpredictable and exciting (at least to me) that it made this book actually genuinely inspirational.
I'll give this book 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who likes chick-lit. Plain and simple :D