Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

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  • Fiction
  • Contemporary romance
  • Humor
  • Paperback
  • 496 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 3.84

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Life is like an escalator. You see, it carries you on regardless. And you might as well enjoy the view and seize every opportunity while you’re passing. Otherwise, it’ll be too late.”

Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl

While Lara Lington is attending her great-aunt Sadie’s funeral, she is visited by Sadie’s ghost in the form a demanding girl in a 1920’s flapper dress. Sadie demands that Lara finds a necklace that had been in Sadies possession for seventy-five years, but was lost when she died. Lara refuses at first, being busy enough with her own troubles, having just been dumped by the love of her life and trying to keep her head above water as co-owner of her headhunting agency. Sadie keeps pestering Lara until she finally agrees on finding the necklace, uncovering some ugly secrets in the process.

This is the second Sophie Kinsella book I read. It’s also still one of my favourites (if not, THE favourite). The first Kinsella book I read is “Finding Audrey”, which is absolutely beautiful, but meant for a younger audience. I’ll write a review on that one soon.

Even though this book is 500 pages long, I literally devoured it. I love Kinsella, because her books are always light and easy to read. They really pull you into the story. She has a talent for making you feel like you’re really there. She doesn’t dwell on irrelevant things like the exact colour of a tree (which can absolutely be beautiful and relevant in a different kind of novel, obviously).

I loved the friendship between Sadie and Lara that evolved throughout the book. Lara started off being really annoyed by Sadie and naturally, I was really annoyed by Sadie as well, but Kinsella did an excellent job peeling off the layers of Sadie’s personality. Every time you learn something new, you start loving her a little more. The dynamic between Sadie and Lara is amazing. It’s enemies to friends, but Sadie also takes a role as a mentor. Being 105 years-old, she has a lot to teach Lara, though some of it is a little outdated…

“If a love affair is one-sided, then it’s only ever a question, never an answer. You can’t live your life waiting for an answer.”

Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl

There’s one theme that keeps coming back throughout the novel and that’s unanswered love. It wasn’t that obvious to me while I was reading the book and I really don’t remember it being featured so prominently. I only just noticed while looking up the quotes for this review. Nearly all of the quotes on Goodreads are about unanswered love. It’s Sadie telling Lara to stop waiting for her ex to start loving her back, that it’s not possible to make someone love you. She tells her to stop trailing after her ex. I didn’t mind the theme so much in this novel, but Kinsella does have a habit of making some of her main characters annoyingly dependent on men.

“Honestly, it’s so easy to get what you want from people if they think you’re a psycho.”

Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl

If you’ve never read anything by Sophie Kinsella before, consider this a sign to pick up Twenties Girl at your nearest bookstore and dive in. If you’re not really a fan of the paranormal element in this novel, I would recommend starting with “My Not so Perfect Life”. I’ll do a review on that gem soon.

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Hi Fellow Bookworms!

Hi Fellow Bookworms!

Welcome to the Caffeine and Curls Bookblog!

Let me give you a little introduction to my blog. First of all, Hi! My name is Alexandra and I’m a 23-year old Dutch bookworm. I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I devoured book after book after book. I remember going to the library with my mom and my little sister every single week and going home with 10 books each (because apparently that’s the limit and no, we really can’t make an exception..). So you may have already guessed it, but I wasn’t a very outgoing kid and I wasn’t much fun at parties (I’m still not). Things got even WORSE though, when I discovered the Harry Potter books. These books are also how I learned English. On my tenth birthday, I got gifted a plane ticket by my parents and they told me I could pick where we would fly to. Naturally, I wanted to go to Great Britain, because that’s where Harry Potter was! We ended up going to London for four days. I don’t remember much from that trip, but I do remember absolutely loving London. My mother still tells the stories of me talking to the restaurant and hotel staff all trip long and them being really impressed by how well I spoke English (although I’m sure it’s a little exaggerated, I was a shy ten-year-old, probably all I said was “yes, please”). I actually ended up going back to London on my twentieth birthday and doing all of the Harry Potter sightseeing, also with my mom, and if the COVID-19 measures allow it, I’m going back with my boyfriend just before Christmas. Anyway, that’s how I got into books, now on to how I got to wanting to start a blog.

I graduated from college in July of 2020. After graduating, I got a job offer from one of the biggest Dutch companies in my field of work, as a kind of Account Manager (mixed with some other tasks and responsibilities). I took the job, of course. I was 22 years old and I had one of the biggest accounts in the area, a team of 25 people who reported to me directly, a job that wasn’t entirely defined yet, in the middle of the pandemic and with no support from the company, whatsoever. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. I told them I needed a little help and guidance with some parts, because I had no experience and they neglected to give it to me. Eventually, after almost a year of giving it my everything, I quit. They were flabbergasted, because I was doing “such a good job”, but I was simply too tired to continue.

They were flabbergasted, because I was doing “such a good job”, but I was simply too tired to continue.

I took a break for a few weeks (which included two weeks of quarantine, because I got tested positive for COVID-19) and contacted my old employer from college. I went back to working in the Mexican restaurant that had been like my second home for four years during college. It has now been almost four months and I still work there. I go to work every day with a big smile on my face.

Since I only work 20 hours a week right now, I’ve had some extra time on my hands. Which means that I’ve had much more time to read lately. I’m already at 125% of my Goodreads Reading Challenge (check out the link to my Goodreads profile at the top of the page). I started reviewing some of the books I’ve read and a few weeks ago, I joined Bookstagram (link to my Instagram profile also at the top of the page). I’ve been having so much fun in the book community that I wanted to be a part of it and contribute to it even more. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why I started this blog. I want to spend my day reading and writing about what I’ve read and then take pictures of the books I’ve read and share all of this with you.

I’m hoping that (one day) I will be able to make a living out of writing, so that I can spend my days doing something that I love and will never get tired of.

Now that you know the melodramatic story of how I got to starting a blog, there’s not much left for me to say. I’m so excited to get started on this blog and read and write about books to my heart’s content. I’m hoping that (one day) I will be able to make a living out of writing, so that I can spend my days doing something that I love and will never get tired of.

English is not my first language, so you’ll have to excuse me if I make a spelling or grammar mistake or use a word wrong every once in a while. Feel free to correct me on it, so I don’t make the same dumb mistake 23 times 😉

All of my Social Media Accounts are linked at the top and the bottom of the page, so feel free to follow me or contact me through there! Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see you again soon!

Love, Alexandra (Alex)