I Owe You One

I Owe You One

A Novel

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"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be "the one," and an IOU that changes everything. Fixie Farr has always lived by her father's motto: "Family first." But ever since her dad passed away, leaving his charming kitchen supply store in the hands of his children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn't take care of her father's legacy, who will? It's simply not in Fixie's nature to tell people "no." So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees--she endsup saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer's owner is an investment manager named Sebastian. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, he scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off--she'd neveractually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she? Then Fixie's childhood crush Ryan comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie's buttons. She wants nothing for herself, but for Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOU's between Seb and Fixie--from small favors to life-changing moments--ensue. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand for herself? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?"--
Publisher: New York, New York : The Dial Press, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781524799014
Characteristics: 435 pages ;,22 cm.


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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything.

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Aug 05, 2020

I did not really enjoy this book because I started to lose interest in the plot and the characters. The main character, Fixie Farr is very annoying and unrealistic, she can not solve her own problems and it takes the whole book for her to realize that. The other main character was Seb, it felt as if he was not really part of the book because it mostly focused on Fixie. There were many questions that I had with this book because I was unsatisfied. Some questions were why did Seb go back to his ex-girlfriend, how did Fixie and Seb make up so fast, and why is the ending not explained properly? This is the first book I read from Sophie Kinsella, so I was really disappointed. The beginning was OK, but the ending felt as though the author rushed it, the character development is also very slow, and the other characters are annoying as well (sometimes there were unnecessary arguments). But one thing I did like was that the book was family-oriented, it showed how the siblings worked together and fixed their problems and why family is important (even if it took forever to realise). I would not recommend this to first-time readers of Sophie Kinsella. @LibbyTeen of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I really enjoyed this book! The book is based around the story of a girl names Fixie Farr who takes care of her family first over herself. She spends her time helping her siblings and working at her fathers houseware store. One morning she heads to a coffee shop where a man asks her to watch his laptop. One thing leads to another and he ends up thanking her and offering an IOU and his business card. This simple morning leads to many eventful days in the book. I really liked the love/romance in this book, it’s more mature, and less like teen books. Definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes adult romance. @momo of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Marilyn Jul 16, 2020

Typical Sophie Kinsella. Great mindless read.

JessicaGma Apr 09, 2020

The heroine here was a real doormat for her family that walked all over her, and you just really wanted to slap the lot of them. But everything gets wrapped up in a nice little package so don't fret. If you need something cozy set in London, then pick this one up!

Jan 17, 2020

435 pages. I was fully prepared to give this two stars but it took every bit of energy to get through the last 30 pages. Down to one star. Besides Seb, every character in this book is so hard to be around. Mostly awful. I just found my mood was going downhill while reading this (and yet I kept going thinking it's going to get better!! But that didn't happen until the last 10 pages).

It's always hit or miss for me and Kinsella's books...even though everyone loved the Shopaholic books, I also couldn't handle Becky. But Kinsella has other books I just adored....but I'm sad to say this was too hard. There were just no likeable characters.

Dec 06, 2019

At one point, Sophie Kinsella was my go-to author for women's fiction but for some reason it's been years since I've read one of her books. I'm glad to see that the spark is still there and I will definitely be putting in some time to catch up now that I know. I truly enjoyed I Owe You One, though I must admit, at times I was supremely annoyed with the heroine, her brother, her sister, her uncle, and her crush - simultaneously. But as the story progressed, and Fixie became less passive and starting speaking up for herself, my enjoyment of the book increased exponentially. I also really liked Seb and the way that they both helped each other to grow as individuals. I do wish more time was spent with them as a couple; they went from acquaintances to lovers rather quickly. I also felt some type of way about Seb's actions when they had their falling out. Other than that, I honestly couldn't put the book down and I'm now adding Sophie Kinsella back to my "must read" author list.

Nov 27, 2019

I love Sophie Kinsella books, I have read many. This one is good, but it's not one of my favourites. It has the typical humor and smooth writing, that I love about Kinsella books, but I found the story dragged on at certain parts. Overall, a quick and easy read.

STPL_Kerry Nov 09, 2019

This was a sweet, fun, easy read. I spent a lot of the book frustrated with the main character, however the ending of the book redeemed itself for me.

Oct 24, 2019

One of my favorite authors - this is one of my favorites of her books.

Sep 28, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book because it was an easy, fun, and romantic read! I grew attached to Seb and I thought Fixie was too annoying and sort of unrealistic.

Aug 28, 2019

A page turner. Finished in 3 nights. It did take a while for the MC to stand up for herself when every person in her life was behaving foolishly - thereby bringing potential ruin into her personal/professional life. I felt like the ending wrapped up a little too quickly. Everything was tied up with a bow, but there were some plot holes. I. E. How did a certain character's behavior seem to make a 180 overnight? How were things resolved with "Whiny?" Etc. Overall - good, but not great.

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