Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella is a lighthearted chick-lit novel about a twenty-something girl Lara, whose dead great aunt happens to visit her as a ghost during her own funeral. Since I have always been a fan of Kinsella’s novels, and I might have read this novel a couple of times, you might find my review below to be a little partial, but hey, who doesn’t love a casual and charming read, to take one away from all the real-life issues!
Lara is devastated, her start-up is floundering, and all because her partner has suddenly run off to Goa with no return date and her boyfriend, Josh has just dumped her. Life couldn’t be more miserable, or that’s what she thinks until she is forced into attending her great-aunt Sadie’s funeral. Her contemptuous attitude at the funeral is broken when she finds a young girl sitting next to her, who introduces herself as Sadie’s ghost, and asks her to stop the funeral. Lara thinks she is going bonkers, seeing ghosts is not what she signed up for when she had reluctantly agreed to accompany her parents.
Apparently Sadie had a dragonfly necklace, which she loved and couldn’t think about being buried without it and for this, she becomes a ghost and starts harrowing Lara with her chitter-chatter all the time and coercing her into looking for her beloved necklace. What ensues is a laugh riot, with Lara and Sadie trying to find the lost necklace and ending up in hilarious situations most of the time. After multiple failed attempts, fortune strikes and they trace the necklace to Lara’s uncle Bill, who had nicked it since it is supposed to be an antique piece and worth quite a few dollars. While Lara is busy engrossed in her quests, Sadie sets her up with Ed, the handsome prince charming who eventually sweeps Lara off her feet. With the necklace found and her life in order, Lara bids adieu to Sadie on a bitter-sweet note, both happy to be in peace finally.
Remaining true to her style Kinsella does it again, makes us laugh, and cry with her writing of a lovely paranormal story. Kinsella’s writing is simple and light, cracking the humor at the right places and letting the tears fall in the right moments. She beautifully brings out the comparison between Sadie and Lara, how the two are so different yet connected by the determination to find the lost dragonfly necklace. It is Sadie who teaches Lara to be happy in the present and not dwell over past misfortunes, because, hey! you’ve only got one life and it is you and only you who can make it beautiful. In the presence of the ever-excited-about-life, beautiful, honest and you can go on to live-life-wholeheartedly-even-after-death Sadie, Lara herself learns to take life a little less seriously, and a little more joyously. It is sincerely one of those books, when you read the last page of and let out a sigh, oh, why did it have to end!