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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella was a fun and moving book. Lara Lington is a partner in a start-up headhunting agency. She’d recently broken up with a boyfriend that she was sure was the one. Her company is floundering. She has to attend the funeral of a great-aunt she never knew. During the funeral, Lara thinks she must finally be losing it. She’s hearing voices. Actually, she’s hearing a voice. The voice of a 23 year old flapper girl version of her great-aunt Sadie. 
Sadie’s ghost needs Lara’s help to find a necklace that she’d had for almost all of her 105 years. While Lara tries to solve the mystery of the missing necklace, Sadie helps Lara by using her pefect spying ability to help Lara spy on her ex-boyfriend, and get a leg up on companies for her headhunting business. But, some of Sadie’s love of life and assertiveness also starts to rub off on Lara. 
I really enjoyed this book. It’s the first one I have read by Sophie Kinsella. This book made me wish that we all had the ability to talk to relatives that have died to learn more about their lives and our family history. Sadie’s funeral was so tragic, just six family members at a funeral for a woman who lived to 105. I think it would be amazing to be able to see and talk to some of my relatives in the prime of their lives.
I would highly recommend this book. It’s a quick read, and it really makes you appreciate your family and the ability we still have to seize the opportunity to leave a legacy, or at least our stories for our family.