Writer: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Dell Mass Market International Edition (2010)
Pages: 497 p
Bought at: Gramedia Mal Taman Anggrek (Rp 79900, diskon 10%)
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors, and I always buy whatever she wrote. Although some of her books were quite predictable, with very typical characters inside, I couldn’t help laughing everytime I read her stories, at least for several times.
Twenties Girl maybe not really her best, but to be honest, it is pretty refreshing. The main character, Lara Lington, is not too comical and silly like Becky Bloomwood in the Shopaholic series. Lara is a bit pathetic, with a ruined relationship, a crashing business, and a horrible family. But she could still invite the empathy from the readers. Sadie, on the other hand, is a bit annoying at first, an unwanted ghost in Lara’s already messed life. But by hating Sadie, we couldn’t help to feel more into Lara’s heart, and this is where Kinsella really good at. She’s playing withthe readers’ emotion, so at one point, we didn’t realize that we were actually in love with Sadie!
The story itself is actually amusing, with the usual silly and comical touch a-la Kinsella. Lara is a so-so London girl with a so-so life (apart from having a multi-milionaire uncle). She lost her man of her dream, her business partner/best friend left her in the middle of their chaotic amateur company, and she has to attend her great-aunt’s funeral, when she hardly know the old lady (besides the fact that she died in 105 years of age).
But everything suddenly changed when Sadie, the great-aunt, appears in Lara’s life, making her life ten times worse from it already was. Sadie (who appears in her twenty years old body), is a very selfish, posh, and stubborn girl from 1920’s. A very different era from today, with very different clothes and style and makeup..And what happens next is a series of laughable events, with the main focus on how Sadie and Lara tried to learn from each other about the differences they have, and the not-so-different kind of people they are.
A crunchy popcorn book, nice to be read when your mood is light and you’re looking for something to brighten your day.
And another book to complete the Twenty Ten Challenge, particularly for New in 2010 category. (still 15 more to go!)