Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010), Paperback: 448 pages, ISBN-10: 0385342039, ISBN-13: 978-0385342032
Twenties Girl is an enjoyable feel-good book with a new heroine, Lara Lington and her side kick, a ghost named Sadie. It is in the same style as the Shopaholics books with a story that centres around a young woman in her early twenties who is trying to make it out in the world on her own. There are certainly some parts in the book that are laugh out loud funny.
Madeleine Wickham is the author of this book written under the pen name of Sophie Kinsella. She has written numerous books under this name, both Shopaholic books and the other standalone novels centering on various characters. Please see my other Sophie Kinsella reviews at https://books-treasureortrash.com/?s=sophie+kinsella. All of these novels including Twenties Girl are considered chick lit. Most of her books also fall under comedy as they are usually funny and amusing. The story is told in the first person narrative with the voice and thoughts of the main character, Lara Lington, as we follow her through her life
It took me a while to warm-up to this book as I found the ghost Sadie to be a bit irritating in the beginning of the book, but as the story goes on Sadie becomes more likable. Lara is not as quirky as Becky is in the Shopaholic books, and most of the humour stems from things that Sadie does but Lara is a very likable person. It would be a lot of fun to have someone around who can go an anonymously check things out for you and who can influence the people around you to do what you wanted through ghostly influence.
I liked both Lara and Sadie’s stories although it was very formulaic. I enjoyed the twenties aspect of the story as well and it was a nice tribute to the elderly. Sadie’s story was very sad although it did have a satisfying ending. I also thought the uncle’s journey was unrealistic, but overall it was a lot of fun to read and it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling at the end of the book.
Question to ponder: Would you like a helpful ghost around helping you with their ghostly influence?