I Owe You One — Sophie Kinsella

Read Date: DNF
Rating: N/A
Format: Print Book

As you can see, folks, this one did not quite cut it for me. I’ve decided to review it anyway because I think if you’re looking for a leisurely summer read this might be a candidate, but I’ve just got too much going on right now between teching/opening a musical, crises at work, etc. to give a lot of time to a book that doesn’t have too much direction.

Let me start with the positives: the overall plot is darling! A woman saves a dashing stranger’s laptop– and business– from sudden death, which sparks a cute IOU chain running the course of the novel (or so I imagine, as I made it about 60% in and it was still going strong)? Lovely! The writing is conversational and relatable, and the story itself is quite cozy.

Some weaknesses: Fixie, our main character, is incredibly passive and feeble; she constantly talks about how her main flaw is that she always needs to fix things, yet when glaring issues arise with her family’s store, her abhorrent siblings, and her main squeeze who is *very* clearly manipulating her, she does not have the gumption to stand up and fix things. BUT, you can always rely on her to straighten your crooked vase. Additionally, Fixie’s brother and sister are unrealistically vapid and self-absorbed. While their overall awfulness adds to the tension of Fixie’s situation, their total lack of empathy and any sort of human understanding seems exaggerated and a bit farcical. As I mentioned above, the plot sounded really cute and interesting, but the pacing was just a bit too slow and repetitive for me; it probably could’ve shed about 150 pages and been an effective novel.

I’ll have to leave it at this for now, but let me stress that just because it didn’t work for me does not mean it won’t work for you! If you’re looking for a summer-lovin’, light romance, go for this! If you give it a whirl and you enjoy it, or if you’ve read it before and you’re a fan, I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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