Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)
If I need a happy, light book to cleanse my palate after a dark twisty thriller, one of my favorite authors to turn to is Sophie Kinsella. She writes stories that are fun and light, but they also have heart. Her newest book, I Owe You One, is no exception.
I Owe You One follows Fixie Farr as she tries to solve all her family’s problems even years after her father passed away because her father’s motto was “Family First.” Her family owns a housewares store, but it seems that Fixie is the only one who cares; she always seems to be fixing issues that her siblings cause. You see, Fixie has a problem where she has to try and fix everything, even if it ends up in disaster. When a stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop, she senses impending doom and saves the laptop, even to the detriment of her. In order to thank Fixie for saving his computer, Sebastian offers her an IOU to be redeemed whenever and for whatever. Thus starts the back and forth of Sebastian and Fixie and their IOUs. Along the way Fixie tries to solve problems for everyone, from her childhood crush Ryan to her spacy sister and intense brother. But while she tries to fix everyone else, maybe she needs to break out and start living her life the way she wants.
I found this book to be charming, funny, and lovely. I found myself laughing out loud a lot while reading the book. Fixie is charming and you can’t help but root for her to break out of her shell and to tell it like it is to her family. If you like Sophie Kinsella, or are looking for a fun, uplifting read, then I definitely recommend I Owe You One.