Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Fixie Farr and her siblings argue over how her fathers shop should be ran. since he passed away. Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings but is too kind hearted to tell them otherwise. Debating in her mind over the troubles, she sits in a coffee shop and minds a strangers laptop from him while distaster strikes. Seb, coffee shop guy, is so thankful he writes ‘IOU’ with his number. As anyone would, she laughed and shrugged it off but didn’t throw it away. When childhood crush, Ryan returns to town she becomes wrapped in his troubles of unemployment, remembering the card in her purse. When Seb agrees, things start travelling further from the favour. Soon, Fixie is torn between her family and the life she really wants.

This was a BookPub recommendation from someone based on the fact that Confessions of a Shopaholic was liked quite some time ago. There was a slight lack of enthusiasm when taking the book because chic-lit can sometimes be too bland. The story line had a good base to it and the characters like Fixie and Seb really stood out. However, it was really hard to get into this book. Despite the fact you don’t focus all attention on books because life can get in the way but honestly, it took a little too long to read.

With a little perseverance, the most favourable part of the book is the second half. Things begins to get orderly in terms of Fixie’s attitudes towards Ryan and it was funny when she was trying to be someone she wasn’t. There was a twist with Ryan which was quite funny and shocking but that moment passed quickly. The most annoying part of the book is that Seb has a very irritating personality. It wasn’t clear if Kinsella was trying to purposely portray this but he was wishy washy within his character. He really didn’t know what he wanted out of any situation and it took him forever to finally realise. It makes you feel bad for Fixie in a way because it made her out to be a real push over.

Lastly, the way the family spoke to each other sounded childish. The mother seemed nice and Fixie grew on you when she was around her mother but then there would be another line and you remembered back to how you felt before. The reassuring thing is that we aren’t the only ones who struggled with the book. One user on GoodReads said “DNF at 25%” and another had the book sent to her straight from the publisher which was also a struggled attempt at reviewing it. It’s a shame because Sophie Kinsella is a good writer but this just wasn’t her best work.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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