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review 2017-08-31 20:21
Twenties Girl: A Review
Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

 

What's up peeps and how are ya?! I hope you all are doing awesome and enjoying the last bit of summer! I am well to be honest a bit annoyed at the moment, because this is my second attempt at writing this review. I lost my first one and dummy me forgot to save it! YAY!!! SHEMURR! But, I'll get over it in a bit...not really no! I had it sound so good and then, my computer decided to be an itch and erase everything! I am going to go "camping" this weekend and by camping I mean be in a camper...no tents lol! I'm looking forward to doing that! Anywhoozles, today I have a review yay!!! It is "Twenties Girl" by Sophie Kinsella! Let's jump in shall we! 

 

The story focuses on a woman name Lara, whom has a lot to deal with. Her best friend/business partner ran off to GOA and so Lara is stuck running the business alone, but with some help from her secretary. On top of that her "perfect" boyfriend dumped her. And, to top even  that. She sees the 23 year old version of her dead great aunt Sadie, whom seems to be in 1920's wear. Life is just going peachy for her. Sadie stayed behind for a reason, she needs help finding her dragonfly necklace! And, Lara is the only one who can see her and help her out. Together these two polar opposites will have to set out and find Sadie''s necklace and Lara can have her peace. But, with a price, both women, have to help each other out with some crazy  requests and they end up discovering a lot about each other.

 

I will be honest, at the beginning, I was really annoyed at Lara because she so badly wanted to get back with her ex. I wanted to go up to her, shake her, and say "are ya dumb?!" a few times. I did feel bad for her because she had to run the business herself and not having much experience with what she signed up for. Sadie, is basically my favorite character and although there were times she did annoying me. I couldn't help but like her; she's just so funny and witty. Also, she seems to know what she is talking about when it comes to certain things. There are other characters as well that seem to make this book even more entertaining to read. There is Lara's parents and sister: Her mom is a major worrier, her dad just want his daughter to be doing well, her older sister is a know it all. Let's not forget her Uncle and his family! Her Uncle is a shameful rich know it all, his wife...well I don't really know, her cousin...spoiled as ever. Then, there is the new possible love interest name Ed, who seems to be sweet, charming, and serious. 

 

All in all, I really did enjoy this book! I liked how Sophie added really amazing details about the 1920's and building the dynamic between Lara and Sadie. The two did learn a lot about each other, and in the end Sadie learned a lot about what really happened in the past! 

 

Well, that's all I got for you all! I hope you awesome nerds are enjoying your reads and the last bit of summer. I will be back next week with a new post. Until then!

 

Later Days!

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review 2017-08-25 18:54
BoBs Day 5 and Book Review
The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella

Hey everyone and how's it going? I hope you all are doing Fantastic, I'm not doing to bad myself! Well, I am back again with an update and a challenge. So, after I have finished updating you all yesterday, I actually read a bit more of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and I'm still liking it. I have been continuing on as well with "Twenties Girl" and today it got better and I was liking what I was reading. Still, a bit of craziness, but I am about seven chapters away to finishing it! Ok, so onto today's challenge it's really interesting and I get to knock out one thing. And, that is a book review challenge. That's it, I have to share a book review and what a cool thing to do. So, as promised, I proved to you a book review. I will be giving you all a review on "The Undomestic Goddess" by Sophie Kinsella! 

 

The story is about a woman name Samantha Sweeting who is a high power lawyer and a workaholic! She's awesome at her job, she doesn't let anything get by her. Until, one day she realized she had made a pretty huge mistake and she ends up having a meltdown and walks out of work and heads to he middle of nowhere. She ends up at a house to hopefully get a glass of water and direction. But, the owner of the house mistakes her for being apart of an interview to becoming a housekeeper! Now, Samantha finds herself doing something that she never does and that is cooking and cleaning!

 

I fell in love with this story and it's characters. Sam is pretty funny when she tries to figure out how to open an ironing board and doing the laundry. Her employers Eddie and Trish are quite strange, funny, and down right laughable. Sam's love interest Nathaniel is a total sweetheart and is swoon worthy, and not to mention really awesome at his job! His mom Iris is amazing, kind, sweet, Jill of all trades, patient, and takes on any challenge that comes her way (aka Sam in general.) This story is light-hearted and funny, I didn't know what I was going to expect when I dove into the book. Despite some people that you really want to knock out, this story had me laughing a whole lot. The chemistry between Sam and Nate is adorable and I was rooting them on the entire time. Iris had become my favorite character and I too wanted to learn how to cook and sew from her. I pretty quickly figured out why Sam seemed to have "made" a mistake while at her old job. And boy, that one was a bit of a douche move on someone whom Sam trusted so much.  All in all I enjoyed this book 100% and I would recommend this to anyone into comedy romance. And, a fan of Sophie Kinsella!

 

Well, that was a fun challenge right. It is different and I'm glad that someone had thought of this. I hope you all get a kick out of my impromptu review! I hope you awesome nerds/bookworms are having fun reading! And, I will be back tomorrow with yet another update and challenge.

 

Later Days! 

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review 2017-08-24 17:48
I Love the Twenties, Not This Book
Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

I have always been fascinated by the 20s. You had the so-called Jazz Age, women fighting for the right to vote in the U.S., etc. and all of it ending when the U.S. enters the Great Depression in the 1930s. I never much thought of what the 1920s was like in England, and now I still would want a book about that since "Twenties Girl" did not hit the mark for me.

 

The big reason why I didn't rate this above 2 stars though is that I hated the main character Lara. She was awful. She honestly only gets a bit better a couple of chapters before the book ends which is just way too long for me to be reading about an insufferable character. I guess you can say the other main character in this one is Lara's Great Aunt Sadie. Sadie is a spirit that is tied to Lara for whatever reason and is now following Lara around to find her necklace so that Sadie can move on. 

 

Lara's life is a mess. She is trying to hold onto her dwindling recruiting business after her best friend goes off with some random guy. Her parents are concerned about her since she has grown obsessed with her ex boyfriend who dumped her via email. Okay that last bit is a jerk move, but her texting and also stalking the guy didn't win me over to her side. When Lara attends her great aunt's funeral and realize her spirit is back from the dead and "haunting" her, Lara initially hopes she's just imagining things. But when she realizes Sadie is here to stay, she does whatever she needs in order to get her life back.


I don't know. This could have been a funny book, or a book version of Ghost (without the weeping and wailing at the end). But it just didn't work. Lara is insufferable. She uses Sadie in order to make herself more popular. She also uses her to manipulate others around her (to hire her as a recruiter) and uses her to force her ex to get back together with her. 

 

Sadie is no prize either since she uses Lara right back to get her to do what she wants too.

 

There are additional characters in this book, and a side plot dealing with Lara's jerk of an uncle, but honestly I don't even want to go down that road.


The writing was okay, the flow was too. I think if I had liked the central premise and characters more this would have been a 4 or 5 star read. 

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text 2017-08-24 03:47
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

I spent the first 60 percent off this book irritated with the main character, Lara. Sorry I don't find stalking, and manipulation of an ex as someone I can root for at all. When she meets character of Ed and yells at him because how dare he go to London and not explore things. Bah. I'm usually up for some well thought out chick lit, but this one gets one meh from me.

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review 2017-08-23 19:50
Sophie Kinsella: Shopaholoic in Hollywood
Shopaholic in Hollywood: Ein Shopaholic-Roman 7 (German Edition) - Sophie Kinsella,Jörn Ingwersen

Titel: Shopaholic in Hollywood

Autor: Sophie Kinsella

Verlag: Goldmann

 

Meine Meinung: Meine Erwartungen an dieses Buch haben sich auf meine Erfahrungen mit den anderen Büchern der Reihe gestützt. Also bin ich davon ausgegangen, dass es in diesem Buch um ein bisschen Spannung, ein bisschen Liebe, ganz viel Chaos und natürlich ums Shoppen geht. Eigentlich war ich mir noch nie bei einem Buch so sicher, dass meine Erwartungen erfüllt werden würden, wie bei diesem Teil der Shopaholic Reihe. Becky würde mich nicht enttäuschen.
Und genauso war es auch. Die Spannung zeigte sich dadurch, dass ständig neue Situationen auf Becky und die Menschen um sie herum einstürmen, was jedes Mal ein absolutes Chaos mit sich bringt und Beckys Versuche der Minderung manchmal nur noch mehr Chaos mit sich bringen. Trotzdem wird sie von ihrer Familie und ihren Freunden geliebt und diese stehen auch immer hinter ihren Aktionen und Plänen – also zumindest mehr oder weniger. Außerdem wäre dies gar kein Shopaholic-Roman, wenn es nicht auch ums Shoppen gehen würde, nicht wahr?

Die Geschichte wird aus der Sicht von Becky erzählt. Auf diese Weise ist der Leser immer bei all ihren verrückten Ideen, ihren Erfolgen und ihren unweigerlichen Misserfolgen und Missgeschicken dabei. Es ist einfach sich in diesen Charakter einzufühlen, was einem das Gefühl gibt tatsächlich mitten in der Handlung zu sein. (Es kann natürlich sein, dass diese einfache Identifizierung mit Rebecca daher kommt, dass ich alle Bände der Shopaholic-Reihe gelesen und geliebt habe.)
Alle anderen Charakteren sind gut beschrieben – allerdings eben aus der Sicht von Becky und die hat manchmal einen sehr verschleierten Blick auf die Menschen. Sie haben alle eine Hintergrundgeschichte, die während der Geschichte oder auch schon in einem der vorhergegangen Teile der Reihe zu sehen war.

Die Idee zu der Geschichte finde ich sie gut. Sie passt perfekt in die Reihe rein und so nimmt man die Handlung gern an.
Der Schreibstil ist toll – so wie man es von Sophie Kinsella gewohnt ist. Es ist eine tolle Balance zwischen Dialog, Gedanken und Erzählung.

Source: coverworlds.de/shopaholic-in-hollywood
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