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I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella

I delayed Tuesday’s blog post by a day so that I could make this point at the beginning of it – my blog is ten years old today! Happy Birthday, blog!

I was delighted to be approved on NetGalley for Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel. I love Kinsella, and think her trademark wit and awkwardly hilarious protagonists never fail to make for a great story. This standalone story of Fixie Farr and her incorrigible need to fix things was a solid – but not inspiring – entry into Kinsella’s catalogue.

43462784.jpgThe irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . .

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?

***** EVERYBODY LOVES SOPHIE KINSELLA: *****

‘A shot of pure joy.’ JENNY COLGAN

‘Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it’ JOJO MOYES

‘Life doesn’t get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel’ RED

I love Kinsella, and think her trademark wit and awkwardly hilarious protagonists never fail to make for a great story. This standalone story of Fixie Farr and her incorrigible need to fix things was a solid – but not inspiring – entry into Kinsella’s catalogue.
Fixie is a fairly normal protagonist by Kinsella’s standards. She’s actually unusual in that she actually really likes her job, although she has some career skeletons in the closet, and she has a tendency to end up in the most overwrought and awkward situations which are, to be fair, highly entertaining. The story here was good too, with a focus not on romance, but rather on family, and finding your voice, which was refreshingly honest. Fixie has a poor relationship with her siblings, and when she’s suddenly left to deal with them both alone, her anxiety about being the youngest makes it hard for her to speak up. But her growth over the course of the book is endearing, and very satisfying to watch.
I don’t know what it was about this book which failed to make it brilliant. Perhaps it was the lack of Kinsella’s humour? There were very few laugh out loud moments in this book, which is something I normally expect in a Kinsella novel, so this was a little disappointing. As well as that, Fixie in the beginning was, well, a bit wet. She’s seriously bad at standing up for herself, and lets her siblings walk all over her. And this goes on for so long, I actually got kind of annoyed at her. She did grow as a person, but very late in the book, and I had almost lost hope in her entirely by then.

Nonetheless, these criticisms are only possible because I expect such great things from Kinsella. As an entry in the chick lit canon, this is a thoroughly entertaining, and heartwarming experience, and definitely worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed I Owe You One, and Fixie’s journey, and would definitely recommend it.

Four Stars
****

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