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Twenties Girl

“Life is like an escalator.”

‘Lara has always had an overactive imagination. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Perfectly normal twenty-something girls just don’t get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara’s Great Aunt Sadie – in the form of a bold, demanding, Charleston-dancing girl – has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can’t rest without.

Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her startup company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she’s just been dumped by the love of her life.

But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous, and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie’s ghost be the answer to Lara’s problems – and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?’

WOW! I’m just…WOW! For the second time Sophie Kinsella’s novel just made me laugh. After reading ‘Remember Me?’ I thought I should buy another novel by Sophie Kinsella but it’s not enough to sort of ‘pressure’ me to continue reading Ms.Kinsella’s work. Oh, how wrong I was! I borrowed this book from my bookworm cousin. She sort of told me thousand times (actually 3 times) to read this book as it makes her laugh and I was like, ‘Nyeh, What the heck?’ and thanks to her, I did laugh reading this book. But at the same time, almost cry my eyes out.

So, Lara just started a new business with her ‘runaway’ best friend and it’s not going well. Her family lives under her Uncle Bill’s shadow who owns the famous Lington’s coffee shop. Her parents are worried about her especially after she broke up with her so-called ‘Soulmate’ Josh.

Then, her parents told her that her great-aunt Sadie, whom she never knew about, died of old age. She went to the funeral and only her family and Uncle Bill’s attend it. When suddenly, a voice asking for a necklace caught Lara’s attention and then appears a girl in her twenties and turns to Lara. It turns out it’s her great-aunt Sadie’s ghost and after she learns that she is about to be cremated, she demands Lara to stop the funeral until her necklace is found.

Lara decided to help her great-aunt Sadie to find the necklace but with conditions that Sadie agrees to help her getting back with Josh. And then Sadie made another dying wish (well, she’s dead but that’s how she says it) that is for Lara to get to know a guy she met in an office building so that Sadie can ‘date’ him. Sadie can even influence people mind by yelling to their ears so that they do what she asked them to.

As Lara and her great-aunt helped each other, they get to know each other…Especially Sadie’s love-life history. While Sadie helped Lara dress up nicely with the Twenties clothing and teach her the Charleston dance.

Before I started to spoil the whole story, I would say this book is one of the best I’ve read in 2010. I laughed the part where both of them get so stubborn, Sadie told Lara to do what she asked her to do like dressing up and how to put a makeup on and talk and dance with her date (Sadie’s date) and the Great Lara. At the end of the book is where I sort of cry. If you want to know what part I’m talking about, better read this book. I’ll give it a…

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