Sophie Kinsella has written many novels but this is the first book of hers that I have read. I give it a solid 3.5 stars. The story is about relationships including those with friends, family and romantic partners.
Main characters include the three Farr siblings; there is self-centered Jake, dreamy and unfocused Nicole and the main protagonist, Fixie, who earned her nickname by, you guessed it, always wanting to fix things. But can she? How much should she fix for others and how much for herself?
Early in the novel, Fixie fixes something big for Seb. She saves his work computer from a flood. He, in return, writes an IOU on a coffee sleeve, vowing that he will do something for her. A big favor is asked for. There is a lot of score keeping as other favors occur. Because of this, over the course of the novel, the author asks the reader to consider how transactional relationships should or should not be. Even if you know the answer, you may enjoy following the story of Seb and Fixie.
A major setting in the book is Fixie’s family business, a housewares store. I am pretty sure that as you read the novel you will wish that you had access to the goods and could shop there.
I enjoyed this novel. I found myself reading more quickly the closer I got to the end. The Farr siblings change and grow over the course of the book and, even though you know how it will end, getting there is entertaining. If you enjoy light fiction, you might want to give this one a try.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this read. All opinions are my own.
Praise for I Owe You One
“This book is a shot of pure joy!”—Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner
“A delightful, irresistible romp.”—Booklist
“[A] fun story about family, loyalty, and taking charge of your own life . . . Kinsella creates a charming story full of quirky characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue. . . . [Her] many fans will devour this warm and hilarious read.”—Kirkus Reviews
“I Owe You One is another impossibly delightful story by Sophie Kinsella, a must-read for her die-hard fans and new readers alike.”—PopSugar, “24 of the Best New Books Coming Out This Winter”
“I love the opportunity to escape with a Sophie Kinsella book, and I Owe You One came just when I needed it. Fixie’s story is one of missed cues, mistakes, and the realization that you can’t fix someone else’s mess until you fix your own—a smart lesson wrapped in a gem of a novel.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things