Kinsella's Done It Again with "Twenties Girl"

Sunday, 01 November 2009 18:52 Written by  Priya A. Shah

Every time I think that she can’t top her last book—she does. Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel, Twenties Girl, is  brilliant, well-crafted and absolutely hilarious.


Lara Lington’s life isn’t going according to plan. The 27-year-old London woman’s boyfriend broke up with herbook; she quit her job to start a dead-end business with her “partner” who ran off on vacation; her family drives her insane; and her parents think she’s too attached to her feelings about her ex-boyfriend and are hesitant about her “new job.” Lara pretends to be just fine.

However, she’s not fine. She’s worried, scared and sad. And the last thing she needs is her dead 105-year-old Great Aunt Sadie haunting her.

Sadie and Lara are from two different times: Lara from 2009 and Sadie from the 1920s. Together, they fight as if they were sisters, they investigate as if they were detectives, and they go on some very strange adventures throughout London and experience the impossible. And they have a blast messing with peoples’ minds.

There is also embarrassment on Lara’s part when she’s caught talking to thin air at random times, when she loses a client during a business meeting and when she asks a random stranger on a date in front of a lot of  people because Sadie is attracted to him and plans on going on a date with him through Lara.

There are definite laugh-out-loud scenes in this book. Kinsella experiments with fashion, jewelry, makeup, music, dancing, language, love and life. It is a must read. And just as Confessions of a Shopaholic was made into a movie, Twenties Girl should also be made into one.


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Priya A. Shah

Priya A. Shah

Priya A. Shah lives in Chicago. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010, where she studied magazine journalism and fiction writing. She has been a staff writer for GMO since 2007. She’s written and interned for various media outlets such as India Tribune, Today's Chicago Woman, Tribune Media Services, GlossMagazineOnline and Echo (the student produced magazine for Columbia College Chicago). She’s contributed to A Fresh Squeeze (, an online publication for green living in Chicago, and her school newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle.

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