My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel, I Owe You One, – which I want to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review – is the story of Fixie, a young woman who would do anything for her family and the house good store she, her mother, and two siblings inherited when her father died. She lives by her beloved father’s motto of family first and her family takes advantage of her devotion sometimes to the point of cruelty.
I Owe You One holds a great message about balancing the needs and demands of those you love with your own happiness, and about standing up for what you value while valuing others. It is also a sweet romantic comedy. Fixie’s dedication to being the family doormat wears thin quickly as does her naivete when it comes to her longtime crush, Ryan. I was often angry while reading I Owe You One because of the way Fixie is treated by her siblings, Ryan, her uncle, and even, to an extent, her mother. This only meant that I cared about Fixie, no matter how annoying I sometimes found her. I also recognized myself in her as I’m certain many readers, especially women, will.
The romance storyline is lovely but the message is the reason I would recommend I Owe You One, which is not Kinsella’s best but still enjoyable.
If you enjoy Kinsella’s style of Chick-Lit with a dash of romance, I recommend her My Not so Perfect Life, which has a similar message as I Owe You One but with a more entertaining story.