Saturday, July 20, 2019

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pages: 448 pages
Published: February 2019 

I Owe You One is the latest, humorous book by prolific chick lit author, Sophie Kinsella. In the novel, we meet aptly-named Fixie Farr, who always puts family first by taking on the tasks of fixing things for her relatives. Hot off her own career disappointment, she is leaving back home with her recently widowed mother and her sister, who is married but staying at home while her husband is abroad for work. Fixie runs the family store with her mother and brother, who lives in town with his girlfriend. When a man in a local coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop, Fixie can't help but say yes and fix what turns out to be a sure disaster, thus saving his computer. As a token of thanks, he proffers her an IOU. When Fixie's high school crush comes into town and down on his luck, she cashes in her IOU.

This book is very typical of Sophie Kinsella. It's a book about a woman who is not so secure in herself. There's a romantic element, and there's some growth throughout the course of the novel. I don't know if it is because I just recently finished a Kinsella novel (Surprise Me!) or if this one just wasn't that good, but I didn't really like Fixie. She got on my nerves. Additionally, I wasn't a fan of the language employed by her brother. It was quite colorful and seemed almost abusive at times. I also think the story went on for too long. The author probably could have cut out a great deal of content and the plot remain the same.

Overall it is a lighthearted novel and good for summer reading.

Recommendation If you're a Sophie Kinsella fan, you'll probably want to read this one so you're not missing out. I can go either way with it. No strong recommendation for or against.

Until next time ... Read on!

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