I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella’s latest book, is another delightful addition to her oeuvre.
Fixie lives up to her name, foxing things for her family and anyone else in her orbit. When she saves the laptop of Sebastian, a handsome stranger, he writs an impromptu IOU in a coffee sleeve. Through the rest of the novel, they exchange favors in an increasing game of one upmanship.
One the meantime, the family business is on the verge of failing and Fixie’s siblings are making it much worse. They’re disasters. And her loser boyfriend who uses her … oy.
There are a few things I can expect to get out of a Sophie Kinsella book:
- A madcap protagonist
- Pratfalls and wacky antics
- A fair amount of stress as said protagonist gets herself into sticky situations that are at least 75% of her own making
- A hunky, brooding rich guy
- A too-long relationship with the wrong guy, and I mean a seriously wrong guy
- A lot of will-they-or-won’t-they in the romance department
- At least one crazy family member
- A moment where everything juuuuust almost falls completely and irrevocably apart
With the exception of her recent excellent book Surprise Me featuring an already-married couple (and even then), the Sophie Kinsella formula holds pretty true. And it works.
I have to admit, I didn’t know how Kinsella would redeem the characters in this book. Fixie’s siblings are HORRIBLE, to the point that I thought of them the same way I thought of the loser boyfriend: just dump them, already! It’s really clever, the way she is able to turn that storyline.
I’ve talked before about the stress factor of Kinsella books and how it can sometimes overshadow the enjoyment. That held a little bit true with I Owe You One, but the book was still lovely overall. I loved what she did with the characters in the end.
Not everything has to be tied up with a perfect bow, Sometimes a messy, stringy bow is just fine. Kinsella has achieved that quite nicely here.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House | Ballantine Bantam Dell for providing me a advance copy of I Owe You One in exchange for an honest review.