I Owe You One

Dial. Feb. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9781524799014. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524799021. F
Kinsella ("Shopaholic" series) tells the story of Fixie Farrs, a do-gooder who is always determined to fix other peoples' problems. She helps run her family's shop, which sells a hodgepodge of cookware and hardware, alongside her ambitious but irrational brother and yoga-obsessed sister. Everything changes for Fixie when her siblings' visions for the store go in wildly different directions at the same time that her high school crush (and previous one-night stand) Ryan returns to town. A chance meeting with Seb, an executive from an investment firm, results in an IOU that Fixie can use however she wishes. True to form, she doesn't cash it in for herself but uses it to fix someone else's issues. It all goes south, setting Fix and Seb on a path of IOU swapping.
VERDICT Predictable throughout, with characters that are ingratiatingly simplistic, this title disappoints. Fixie's inner monologs have the maturity of a young teenager, while the negative traits of other characters are all-pervasive. Mostly for Kinsella's fans, it's a passable beach read.
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