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review 2018-02-20 13:32
Surprise Me
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella

Meh. Annoyed that I didn't just wait for this one via the library. I decided to buy this instead of the new Michael Connelly (shakes head). Surprise Me sounded interesting which is why I got it. A married couple (Sylvie and Dan) are told they have more than 60 plus years to go after their health assessment freak out since they don't know what they are going to do with all that time together. Yeah I know, I would be happy, but these two have no common sense. They decide to surprise each other so that they have something to look forward to since they know each other so well. Well, Sylvie thinks she knows Dan very well, instead she founds out she doesn't know everything. We also get a total tone shift towards the second half of the book and it did not work at all. I honestly worried at one point maybe I was misreading things.

 

I wish I could have liked this one better. I just didn't gel with the main character Sylvie. I think if Kinsella had told the chapters in alternate POVs with Sylvie and Dan it would have worked better. I was more intrigued by him. And I honestly think that Kinsella tried to hand wave away too much stuff that was going on with Sylvie with her blaming Dan for being overprotective.

 

Sylvie is in a bubble and doesn't really want to accept most things around her. She keeps her hair long cause her late father loved it long. She thinks her husband is good and all, but was totally outshone by her awesome and handsome father. I seriously rolled my eyes the many times we had to read about how great/fantastic Sylvie's father was and how people flocked to him like he was the Piped Piper. The fact she didn't even see how things were going in her marriage and kept doing things that she knew was hurting her husband (like constantly showing their wedding DVD that barely featured them and instead featured her father) just got on my last nerves.

 

There is some chances for levity here and there. We have Sylvie and Dan going through the whole surprise me motions and I chuckled a few times. But honestly the whole book dragged. When we get a reveal I wasn't expecting, it just made the whole book go sideways. Things got too rushed for a resolution and I honestly don't think Sylvie learned much of anything really.

 

 

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review 2018-02-12 05:36
Surprise Me
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella Fast-paced, witty, and entertaining. After reading the blurb, I'll admit that I went into this one expecting more fluff than substance, but the prologue had me rethinking that assumption. Then I get to the first chapter and was worried again - Sylvie and Dan are just a bit too perfect. And then the story takes an interesting turn. As this couple is faced with what should be good news from a physician, they react differently than what most would expect. They freak completely out. They then set about on a mission to surprise each other in order to keep things interesting in their marriage, but these surprises don't turn out quite like they planned. Ranging from the simple and sweet to outright hilarious bungles, these surprises lead to some miscommunication and suspicion. That's when the story takes a more serious turn. While the last part of the book is more serious, that same sharp wit is still present to keep things from getting too heavy. All in all, the story is a bit over the top at times, but it's well written and a surprisingly entertaining and at times compelling read.
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review 2018-02-09 23:48
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella

I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.

I was so excited when I found out that I won this book because I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella’s books. They are always so hilarious and so much fun. This book was no exception.

In the beginning it did start off a bit slow. It took a while for the story and the surprises to actually start, but once they did, they really took off. Many of the surprises were so hilarious, I found myself laughing out loud to myself. The scenarios were classic Sophie Kinsella.

I loved the cast of characters that surrounded Sylvie, especially her boss, Mrs. Kendrick. She was so eccentric. I also loved her friend Tilda and their friendship. Robert was another character I liked. I would have loved to seen even more him.

Of course, I loved how British this was. I’m American, but I love reading books by British authors and books that take place there. This book, like all of Kinsella’s books, had that quaint British charm. I especially loved where Sylvie worked. Willoughby House sounds like a dream.

The conclusion was really sweet. I liked seeing the evolution of both Sylvie and her marriage to Dan.

This is totally random, but when I was reading this, my mind kept drifting to something I learned in a philosophy class about Simone de Beauvoir’s idea of idolatrous love. I definitely saw some of that at play in this novel. Since I majored in philosophy, I liked that.

Overall, this is a perfect little Valentine’s Day read, especially if you are married.

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text 2018-02-09 00:16
Reading progress update: I've read 178 out of 432 pages.
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella
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review 2018-01-30 20:28
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella

Wow! During my child rearing years, I didn't always have a lot of time to read. So, I only followed a few authors. Sophie Kinsella and Madeleine Wickham (Sophie's pen name) were one of the few. I could not, and did not, miss Shopaholic book. I loved them! Becky Bloomwood was hilarious. I always knew they would make good movies.

However, not since "Twenties Girl" have I not been able to get into a book by this author. I could not connect with the characters, at all. I did so much page skipping during this book that I'm not sure if it's a lie when I say I've read it.

I could not relate to either the husband or the wife. I felt nothing for them. As a matter of fact, they were driving me crazy with their "surprise me" theme. 

I was so looking forward to enjoying this book. Unfortunately, the outcome was very different for me.

Thanks to Random House Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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