I Owe You One - Sophie Kinsella
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
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?
I’m absolutely gutted to only be leaving this three stars as I love all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I’d been really excited to have had the chance to read this one as an advance copy and just simply delighted that she had a new book out! I have such high expectations for a Sophie Kinsella book, but this one was just ok. It was well-written, and to the high standard you would expect, but the story left me wanting more from it. So much happened, but at the same time, it felt really slow going. It seemed to take ages to get to 50%, but then it sped up afterwards once the story really hit its stride. Fixie has gotten her name because she likes to fix things, but we don’t see an awful lot of that other than her straightening a few objects that have gone awry. It is more about her being a pushover and very naive. She likes to think the best of people, but it just made her seem feeble and not that likeable a character. She does throw off these shortcomings at the end, but it feels like everyone succumbs to her a little too quickly. The ending also seemed rushed, I would have liked a little bit more of clarification, but it was just presumed that what was thought to have happened, did (don’t want to give anything away). Overall, you could tell a high-calibre author wrote it, but it just didn’t grip me.