June 17, 2019 by TinyNavajo
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
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*Published February 5, 2019*
The blurb for this grabbed my attention and to be perfectly honestly, Fixie sounded a bit like me in that she thinks she is the failure in her family, having tried to run a business, but went bankrupt and being the one who is pushed around by her siblings. I needed to read and see what Fixie and Sebastian owed each other.
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 since her dad passed away, leaving his charming 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?
Fixie has a problem…she needs to fix all that needs fixing. Even it’s none of her business, she must FIX THE THING! She calls it her curse and her strength. It comes into play when she saves the laptop of an investment manager that runs his own company and he writes her an “IOU” for saving his laptop. She feels no need to call it in until her childhood crush shows up in her life again, saying that he’s lost it all in Hollywood. She feels the need to fix his situation so she calls in her “IOU” for a job for her crush.
Fixie is almost a pushover but she has big dreams. She wants to keep her family together, and her family business going as well. Fixie just wants to keep her father’s dream alive. But when her mother suffers a medical emergency, and must take a vacation to rest and relax, Fixie and her siblings are put in charge of the family business till their mom comes back. Fixie doesn’t see how this is going to help as neither her brother or her sister know any of what is going on in the shop and yet they want to do all sorts of reimaginings and rebranding that seems to hurt the shop more than help it.
Fixie is just someone who wants to be taken seriously, but isn’t; either by her mother or by her siblings. Throughout the book though, she learns that there is more to standing up for herself than just speaking. It’s about growing a spine and looking for what it is that she wants in life. It’s about gaining confidence in yourself and when you speak your mind, speak it clearly and with intent, even if that intent offends others. As Fixie learns this, she learns that she doesn’t always have to fix others’ problems. By stepping in a “fixing” others’ problems, they cannot grow and become better. Fixie learns that her curse to always fix things is part of the reason why her siblings won’t listen to her and take her seriously. By no longer letting her siblings slip by and do what they want and making themselves accountable to the family, they actually figure stuff out. They actually become the family that the professed to be at the beginning of the book.
This was an interesting book; I won’t say enjoyable, because there was so cringe and plenty of secondhand embarrassment going on, but I did like the main idea of the book. You can’t fix everything and you have to stand up for yourself. Once you do that, things will start to fall into place for you.
What are some books where you have connected with the main character? Why did you connect and did that make it easier to read the book or harder? Comment below and let me know!