Hey guys! I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve read a nice sappy romance. Maybe that’s because Nine Perfect Strangers felt like it went on forever. So I treated myself to I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella. Sophie Kinsella writes some of the most cliches, sappy and mostly funny books, so I couldn’t go wrong.

When you expect too much from a book, it can very easily disappoint. And that’s what happened a bit.

First of all, here’s the synopsis on I Owe You One from Goodreads: Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his housewares store in the hands of his wife and 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 her nature to say no to people.

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. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually 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 she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. 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? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

My thoughts on I Owe You One

I Owe You One sounded so promising, and I must say that in the end it’s a satisfying read. But during the first half of the book I struggled HARD. I really had a hard time to keep reading. I don’t like to DNF a book – epecially a Sophie Kinsella one – but boy, oh boy… Fixie was quite annoying and naive during the first half of the book. The other characters were also very outspoken and all of them were bad guys pretty much. It’s hard if there is not one positive thing about the book.

But later, it turned around. Fixie is still annoying at times, and quite naive, but she develops towards the end of the book and it’s definitely for the better. The other characters are also somewhat changed, which makes it also a bit more easy to read. They were real vixens at times.

Other than the characters, the plot was a really cute idea. Meeting at a coffee house, and constantly exchanging IOUs, it’s really a fun way to have a common thread throughout the story.

The writing is also quick, quirky and easy, exactly in the style of Sophie Kinsella. That was what got me through the first half of the book, honestly.

Final rating

All in all, I Owe You One was entertaining, but the first half threw me off a bit. 3/5 stars. ⭐