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Author: Sophie Kinsella / Format: CD-Audio / Date of publication: 11 February 2008 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK / Title: Remember Me? / ISBN 13: 9780552156110 / ISBN 10: 0552156110 / Alternative EAN: 9780593053898

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      15.12.2012 22:10
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      Highly recommended

      I'm am a big fan of Sophia Kinsella's novels. I've read all of them and every single one of them has been excellent. I only read this one recently, although it is was published in 2008.

      Lexi Smart had a night out with her friends in 2004, where she was stood up by her boyfriend Loser Dave. She had frizzy hair and crooked teeth (in fact, her nickname was Snaggletooth) and is aged 25. She slips and hits her head. Later, she wakes up in hospital, aged 28 with straight hair, straight teeth, a toned body and injuries from crashing her Mercedes. Oh and a husband. The thing is, she's only been unconscious for 3 days. What on earth has happened??

      Lexi has no idea what has happened in the last 3 years. Somehow, she has become the boss of the department she used to work for; and also a perfect wife. She doesn't know her husband, although she's quite chuffed that he's a gorgeous millionaire! He creates for her a marriage manual, for her to effectively re-learn her life! Suddenly, out of the blue, a man pops up claiming to have been her lover prior to the accident.

      I absolutely loved this book. Firstly, I think Sophie Kinsella always has a great interaction between her characters, which really takes you right into the heart of the novel. I liked the interaction between Lexi and her friends, who later became the members of her staff. It was really warming how her friend, Fiona, became a firm friend after their drifting apart during her mysterious 3 years. It would have been great if we could have found out a bit more about her relationship with her family though. When she woke up in hospital, she found her mum to be a bit standoffish and it would have been interesting for this to have come to light, whether there is anything deeper than the events immediately following her father's funeral. Although we know that she is in denial about the last 3 years, what else has occurred to distance her from her daughter? I would also like to have found out whether Lexi's efforts to help her sister change were successful.

      Secondly, I liked how it shows that the 'perfect life' may not be so perfect! Can you be so lonely, even when tied to someone for better or for worse? My personal experience says yes. I know what it's like where everyone thinks that you are so right for each other; but secretly, you're so lonely, separated from the things that make you, you. Lexi is married to the perfect husband and has the perfect life and job. Except of course, the things she enjoys. Nights out with her friends? Toast?? Cheap make-up and bright clothes???

      I thought this was a great book. It kept me hooked for two days. I started it last Friday evening and finished it Saturday evening after reading until 2am! I certainly couldn't put it down and I would highly recommend it! This book is available on Amazon for £5.27 for the hardcopy or for £5.01 for Kindle. It's totally worth it!

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        11.11.2012 20:30

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        Would definitly read again

        One of my favourite Sophie Kinsella books (to be honest I love them all!) as per usual Kinsella delivers her signature laugh out loud humour and writes out a very believable and relatable main character. The brief outline of the story is:

        Lexi wakes up after a carcrash suffering from amnesia. Last she remembers she had a pretty crappy job, wonky teeth, a rubbish boyfriend (Loser Dave) and was slightly chunkier than she wished to be. It turns out this was 3 years ago. Shes now married, has a top job and when she looks in the mirror she has a shock! Its her alright but a shiny, new improved version- straight teeth, slim and toned, swishy hair.
        Over the next few days she tries settling into this new life with enthusiasm- her boyfriend is not only rich but gorgeous and she lives in an amazing place. But why don't her friends like her? Who is this architecht? Will she ever relearn her job? Will she ever remember how she got here? Is her life as perfect as it seems?
        You're gonna have to read to find out.

        As I've found a few times in Kinsella books the ending becomes slightly predictable halfway through the book but it doesnt make it any less of an enjoyable read. It was one of those books i found extremly hard to put down, wanting to know what choices Lexi was going to make next!

        I'd definitly reccomend this book. It'd make a good holiday read as its perfect for when you have a few hours basking in the sun to spare.

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        22.02.2012 21:47

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        Super book for fans of Sophie Kinsella!

        This book opens with Lexi - a twenty something girl with a very ordinary life. She works in an office and spends her weekends with her best friends and her boyfriend, Loser Dave. Everything changes when Lexi wakes up in hospital and finds herself to be completely different. She is slim, her hair is shiny and her teeth are perfect. Lexi is horrified to learn that she has lost her memory of the last three years and has lots of questions to ask. How did she become this 'perfect' woman? Who is this 'E' that keeps texting her in hospital? Why does the architect look so familiar? I couldn't put this book down and found myself warming to Lexi straight away. Sophie Kinsella is such a talented author - I found myself feeling every single emotion Lexi went through in the story. Each page revealed a new part of Lexi's life and I couldn't wait to find out what happened at the end.

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        05.01.2012 21:06
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        A fun and enjoyable read.

        Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.


        I first came across Sophie Kinsella when I read "Confessions of a Shopaholic", one of the most famous books from her shopaholic series. I really enjoyed Kinsella's humorous style of writing and I felt as though I could really connect with what she was writing so after reading a few more shopaholic books, I decided to see what other books she had written.


        Remember Me? was a number one best seller for Kinsella and the book is proof of what a consistent writer she is. Before I started the book I was a bit concerned that it wouldn't live up to other books I had already read of Kinsella's but I was pleasantly surprised as it is just as good. Kinsella's style of writing in Remember Me? is comparable to her other books; it is funny, witty, easy to follow and lovable.


        This book is about 28 year old Lexi who has everything going for her; a fantastic job, a millionaire husband and an incredible loft apartment. On a night out with friends Lexi takes a tumble and wakes up in hospital convinced that it is in fact 3 years before, she is 25, going nowhere and has a disaster of a love life. Lexi is suffering from amnesia and she cannot believe her luck when she realises how her life has dramatically changed. Lexi has to start from the beginning and get to know her husband all over again but will their marriage be as perfect as what she thinks? Lexi has a lot of discovering to do and will she even like the person that she has turned out to be? Will she ever remember the truth about anything and be truly happy?


        This book comes with a very important message, that you should always be true to yourself and always follow your instincts and your heart. Lexi thinks that she has the perfect life but she soon realises what she has sacrificed in order to get to where she is. Friendship plays a big part in this book and how you should always respect and be there for your friends no matter how successful you get to be or how much money you earn. This book comes with a really positive message and it is a real feel-good read. It is compelling reading and you really want to know what else Lexi is going to remember and what her next move is going to be. There is a lot of laugh out loud humour in the book which is why I love Sophie Kinsella books, they are really uplifting and there are so many relatable scenarios in the book.


        The characters in the book are all very likeable and easy to connect with. From half way through the book it becomes a little predictable and you can guess how it is going to end. The lessons that Lexi learns when recovering from her amnesia are all important life lessons and I like how the book highlights this. The other characters in the book are described so well that it is not hard to imagine how they fit into the story and into Lexi's life. There are a variety of personalities involved in the story and they each make it that bit more entertaining.


        Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely read it again. The funniest part for me was the marriage manual that Lexi's husband wrote her so that she could learn how to be his wife again after she lost her memory. There are no real low points to this book, the story moves quickly and I stays interesting and entertaining throughout. It didn't take me long to read the book, only a couple of hours, it is one that you can definitely get into and not be able to put down.


        I would definitely recommend this book as a great book to take on holiday. It won't get you thinking deeply or fill you up with emotion but it is a great book to read for fun.


        I bought this book for £7.99 from Tesco.


        444 pages & first published in 2008 by Bantam Press.


        Thank you for reading : )


        Review also on Ciao under luceey.

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        02.06.2011 15:26

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        a must read

        I came across this book in a hotel in Turkey. As I got a few chapters into the book I noticed people around the pool were looking at me strangely.... it wasn't until someone walked past and said 'guess that is a good book?!' that I realised I was laughing out loud and rather loudly indeed. I was totally sucked into the story!

        The story is about a twenty-something girl, Lexi , who wakes up from a coma thinking it is 2004 and that she has a disastrous love life when in fact it is 2007 and she is married to a gorgeous multi-millionaire, is the boss of her department and has the 'perfect' life. As the story follows Lexi adjusting to her 'new' life (that she has in fact been living for the past 3 years), you realise it is not as perfect as it seems!

        This book truly is a LOL book and the story really captured me. It is really charming and you just fall in love with the characters and really feel for them throughout the story.

        I have since read some more of Sophie Kinsella's books and I was as equally thrilled with them. I have loaned this book to many friends and family and they agree with this review. A true chic-lit and a must read.

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        14.01.2011 16:03
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        I enjoyed it but not my favourite Sophie Kinsella book

        Paperback: 448 pages
        Publisher: Black Swan (4 Dec 2008)
        Language English
        ISBN-10: 0552772763
        ISBN-13: 978-0552772761

        Introduction
        Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. Even though I personally am not a fan of chick lit, I find that she writes such funny and engaging stories with easy to relate to characters, that I cant help being hooked. That's why I often describe her books as 'chick lit for those who don't like chick lit'.
        Kinsella slso wrote the fantastic Shopaholic book series as well as stand alone novels such as 'Twenties Girl' and 'Undomestic Goddess'.
        She also writes under the name of 'Madeline Wickham', though I've never actually read any of the books that she wrote under that name myself.

        What to expect?
        Sophie Kinsella's books pretty much follow the same format.
        There's usually one female protagonist, 20-something years old, often living in London...and we follow the book from the point of view of the protagonist.
        If you've read her previous book you'll know exactly what to expect here.

        Synopsis
        A confused Lexi Smart wakes up in a hospital bed, thinking it's still 2004 and she's still the same 25 year old with the dead end job and disastrous love life. However, to her amazement, she learns that it's actually 2007, she's the boss of her department and she's married to a handsome and charming millionaire! It's the life Lexi had always dreamed off...yet she has no recollection of any of it!
        Lexi is driven to her luxury new home complete with all the mod cons and designer wardrobe. She's sure everything will be perfect once she just learns to love her husband again. And to help, he's drawn up a marriage manual for her to follow.
        However, Lexi's happiness starts to unravel as she begins to uncover the secrets of her new life. Such as why are her former best friends no longer speaking to her? And why does everybody think she's such a horrible boss? The more she discovers, the more she wonders if she was ever actually happy in her 'dream life' at all...

        What I liked about the book?
        It has the same strengths as any Kinsella book really. It's very funny. Lexi being scared to touch anything in her own home and the marriage manual (particularly the sex part of it!) provided laugh out loud moments at times.

        Whilst it took me a while to warm to Lexi, when I eventually did I l found that I liked her as a character. It could be hard to emphasise with a protagonist who is rich, successful and beautiful. However because of the accident and memory loss, we get to see the old Lexi, what she was like in 2004 before her life changed so significantly. This Lexi is just a normally girl (with a snaggletooth!) and she is easy to relate to and to like. She's desperate to discover what changed her from this normal girl to become the ruthless business women who alienated her workforce and best friends and I found I was willing her on to uncover these secrets. I think this important because if Lexi was the horrible, self centred business women that many believe her to be, then the reader wouldn't care if she ever regained her memory.

        I also liked all the subplots running throughout this book. It's not just her marriage Lexi cant remember but she also cant remember how to do her job properly, who she is and isn't friends with and why, how to drive her expensive car. I cant imagine waking up one day and not being able to remember anything! And although this is undoubtedly frustrating for her at times, Lexi still manages to be a down to earth and funny character for the most part.

        What I disliked about the book?
        I was surprised to see so many positive reviews of this book because it's actually one of my least favourite Kinsella offerings. It's all such a cliché isn't it? This idea of being rich and successful on the surface but unhappy underneath. The amnesia angle is also not exactly an original concept.

        Furthermore, The rich characters in the novel are complete clichés, like something out of Gossip Girl or 90210. Now I'm not rich myself, nor do I know lots of rich people, but I like to think that they aren't all shallow, obsessed with looks and money, designer clothes, diets and exercise regimes. Plot points such as Lexi's husband being disappointed in her for eating crisps (because of the carbs) seem ridiculous to me. I'm sure that even the rich like a bag of Walkers every now and again! I do understand that the author was trying to make a point here about the shallowness of the rich lifestyle and hence the characters are written in the way that they are. But I still think she could have done this in a less stereotypical manner.

        And then of course the 'dishevelled man' turns up and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to almost immediately guess how he's connected to Lexi. I only had to read the blurb to know exactly where this book was headed and though I do like this author, I wish her books weren't all quite so predictable. I just think the plot is a bit shallow and unoriginal on the whole.

        This book took me longer to get into than previous books. I find all of Sophie Kinsella's books easy to read, which is one of the reasons for their popularity I think. This book took me a while to get into as I didn't connect with Lexi as a character straight away.

        Summary
        I did like this book overall but it isn't one of my favourites by Kinsella. It's still funny and easy to read but it's predictability and stereotypical depiction of the rich was disappointing in my opinion.
        I'd like to read a book by this author where, just once, I don't immediately guess who the main character will be romantically linked with/end up with in the end.

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        30.08.2010 22:34
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        Fast foward 3 years

        After reading The undomestic goodess by Sophie Kinsella I decided to read some of her other books. Now that my exams are over I have time to read books for fun instead of having to read boring textbooks. I do like chick lits and I like read books that have at least some believable parts.


        Lexi Smart is 25 years old working in the flooring department of Deller carpets. She is a junior and she is yet to be acknowledged for the great work she is doing at the company. She was rejected for a company bonus because she has been with the company for less than a year (by a day!) add to the fact that her loser boyfriend named loser Dave stands her up and her nickname is Snaggletooth because of her badly crocked teeth.


        Then she wakes up and its 2007, 3 years have passed and her whole life has completely changed. She is thin with straight teeth, is the manager of her department, is rich, has a merc and married to good looking millionaire! The thing is she can't quite remember any of this. She has a car accident which gives her amnesia. She finds that she may have done things that the 2005 Lexi would never have dared to do. Her new life is a thousand miles from her 2005 life and she finds it extremely difficult to adjust to certain parts of her life. She has to piece back her life and she tries so hard to remember again but her memory may never come back. Will Lexi ever remember?


        This book wasn't what I was expecting and for a chick lit it was more than just light hearted. It was fun, loveable and a page turner. The characters where great, and the main character Lexi was really likeable and realistic. The ending is what made me really like this book as it was realistic, heart-warming and fantastic. For me this has to be the best Kinsella book I've read so far.


        This book is a real page turner because it is how Lexi became how she is now that is really what the plot is centred on. It also explains a lot of why certain things happen.


        Highly recommended to all those who like chick licks and Kinsella's books.

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          06.02.2010 21:14
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          Another excellent read from Sophie Kinsella

          I loved all the Shopaholic books and all of Sophie Kinsella's other books, so when this one came out it was one I had to read straight away.

          Remember Me? is about a girl called Lexi who wakes up in hospital one day thinking she's 25 with wonky teeth, a job she hates and no boyfriend in sight. But to her surprise it's actually 3 years later and she has beautiful straight teeth, a great career, an amazing apartment and a successful and gorgeous husband. It doesn't matter that she can't remember any of it actually happening as she's got the life she always dreamed of. But soon her perfect life starts to show some cracks and when a very sexy guy turns up claiming he's someone he shouldn't be, Lexi's life certainly isn't perfect anymore.

          This book has the same kind of plot to the TV programme Samantha Who? where she wakes up from a coma to find that she remembers nothing about her life. This is where a lot of comedy comes from as Lexi has a completely different life to the one she remembers.

          After just settling into her new life, Lexi realises that it's not as perfect as it seems when she starts back at work and all her colleagues hate her, her best friends no longer talk to her, and she finds out that she's turned into a complete bitch. And when the very sexy guy turns up there's an instant connection between the 2 and it's obvious that he's something more to Lexi than just a friend, even though she can't actually remember who he is.

          As with all of Sophie Kinsella's books, this one is just as hilarious and a fabulous read. I've recommended this book to so many people and it's one that I could easily read again and again.

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            02.02.2010 21:58
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            I am really pleased that I am about to post a very positive review on the latest book I just finished reading 'Remember Me?' by Sophie Kinsella. I'll admit that I wasn't expecting it to be so good. I guess because I haven't read a whole lot of 'chick lit' lately and have drifted away from the genre. But 'Remember Me?' turned out to be a very enjoyable read!

            'Remember Me?' was loaned out from my local library. I only got round to reading it several weeks after loaning it and had to keep renewing it. I almost gave it back without reading it but fortunately I eventually managed to find a little time to read the first few pages and found it interesting right from the start! It was light-hearted, easy to follow and quite funny, and so I found myself wanting to turn each page to see what happened next!

            I see that quite a few people on DooYoo have reviewed this book, and that most members also loved it! The story is about Lexi Smart. Lexi wakes up in hospital, suffering amnesia - the last thing she remembers from her life is that she was a 25-year old, with a dissatisfying job, wonky teeth, and a boyfriend that is a loser. However what she doesn't realise (until it is explained to her) is that she is actually 28 years old (she has lost three full years of her memory due to a car accident), and things have changed a fair bit since the last memory she has. The doctors tell her that there is some chance she may recover her memory but no guarantee.

            Twenty-eight year old Lexi has perfect straight white teeth, a job as a managing director, a flashy sports car and a millionaire husband who is gorgeous. The only thing is, she really can't quite figure out how this happened. In the three years of her life that she has forgotten, so much has changed. She has even got a perfect figure! Slowly, Lexi tries to take it all in. She almost can't believe her luck. But she is determined to try and get back into this brilliant life that she has as a 28-year old, even though it doesn't quite feel like 'her'...

            The harder that Lexi tries to fit in with how things are, despite struggling to remember even a tiny thing about the last three years, the more wrong that everything seems. Her new life contains none of the 'old' Lexi, and she can't identify with anything that her new 'present' life seems to offer her. As the story of why things have changed so much slowly unravels, we (and Lexi) discover that maybe her perfect life is not as perfect as it first seemed...

            I really liked Lexi's character. She was very 'real' and therefore I felt I could relate to her, and I think that's probably why so many women have enjoyed this book. Lexi is funny, down to earth, good-hearted and easy going. She is also quite self-critical, in a way that I can imagine a lot women are.

            The journey that Lexi takes whilst she is trying to figure out just what has happened to her in the last three years is told brilliantly - it has just the right amount of humour, curiosity and mystery. We are never told too much too soon, and there are even a few twists along the way, to ensure things are kept interesting throughout!

            Now that I have read one novel by Sophie Kinsella I am definitely inspired to read more, after all I think most people know Sophie Kinsella for her 'Shopaholic' books and whilst I have never been particularly drawn towards them, I would be now simply due to my enjoyment of 'Remember Me?' I also think that for anyone going off 'chick-lit' or anyone who has never really been into this genre, 'Remember Me?' is still a great, fun read. I was certainly pleasantly surprised and highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an enjoyable read.

            Buy 'Remember Me?' from Amazon.co.uk for £0.01 (new or used).

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              26.01.2010 19:33
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              Intellingent chick lit

              What would it be like to get rid of all the crap bits from your life, to have everything you don't like about yourself and your job change instantly. Well this is what seems to have happened to Lexi Smart when she wakes up after an accident on a night out. She quickly learns that it isn't a miraculous transformation it is 3 years after that night out, but she can't remember those years due to amnesia after a car crash. However someone must have been smiling on her in that time as she now has the perfect body, high-powered job, millionaire husband and is enjoying loft-style living in an automated pent house with staff. But is the perfect life and all its accompaniments what she really wants?

              As in her previous books, Sophie Kinsella has created a main character that I found it very easy to like and sympathise with from the beginning, Lexi is a girl next door character who reacts in a believable way to all that life deals her - with a dose of the quirky heroism that seems to be a staple of all Kinsella's heroines. Although not spending a huge amount of time fleshing out the supporting characters I found it easy to imagine them, they all had complex characters - no simple bad guys here.

              Even though I really enjoy reading in the past few months I have not found a book that was unputdownable, unfortunately Remember Me turned out to be such a book. (I say unfortunately as I started reading it at 11pm with the intention of reading just a couple of chapters before bed and finally finished it at gone 2am). It was a book that was very easy to read with each really short chapter leading you into further into the story. There are no points at which the story drags and it has enough little twists to prevent it from becoming predictable chick lit.

              Although it did take me a little over 3 hours to complete this book that is not to say it is short, at 444 pages it makes for a reasonable length read. The RRP is £7.99 although undoubtedly this book can be found for less.

              I have been a fan of Kinsella's since first reading the Shopaholic books and I wasn't disappointed with Remember Me, it delivered the amusing, intelligent chick lit fix that I wanted. If you want a relaxing read that isn't totally obvious then this is for you (and if you enjoyed any of Kinsella's other books then why haven't you read this yet?)

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              15.01.2010 20:58
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              Great read

              I haven't reviewed a book for Dooyoo before, but so enjoyed reading this, I thought I would share my thoughts on it with you all.

              I knew I just had to read this book when I saw it was out as I had so enjoyed Sophie Kinsellas other books (primarily the Shopaholic series, but also Can you keep a secret and Undomestic Goddess) so knew I would enjoy this.

              Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint - the heroine, Lexi Smart, is so likeable, you warm to her from the start - she is a normal everyday girl, with far from perfect looks, loser boyfriend and disappointing job. After an accident, she suffers from amnesia only to find herself 3 years later, cosmetically enhanced, with multi millionaire greek god for a husband and a super power job. Despite her first reaction that she must have become Ghandi like to receive such a wonderful life, when a gorgeous other man enters her life, she wonders whether everything is actually perfect after all.

              As I have come to expect from Sophie Kinsella, the book is warm hearted, funny and a real page turner. It is also raises interesting questions as to what things actually do make us happy (ie is it a Gucci handbag?) and how we would change our lives if we had the chance to go back and revisit things.

              There are many laugh out loud moments which had me giggling away (goldfish in a handbag anyone?) and an ending that will make anyone smile.

              If you are a Sophie Kinsella fan of old, or have yet to discover her, I would strongly recommend you to read this book - certainly one to remember.

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                16.12.2009 00:22
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                Another Fabulous Book By Sophie Kinsella

                After reading a few other Sophie Kinsella books amazon recommended me to buy this book a few weeks ago and because I loved the other books by this author I went ahead a bought a copy. Now I enjoy books but I rarely find that one really grips me and I cant put it down but this one did! In fact I enjoyed the book so much that I read it cover to cover in about half a day.

                Whats The Book About?:
                Lexi Smart thinks she has a less than perfect life. A loser boyfriend who has just stood her up, a boring job and she has been given the nickname "Snaggletooth" by her friends because of her less than perfect pearly whites. But Lexi's life changes forever after a car accident and she wakes up in hospital thinking it's 2004 and nothing has changed.

                However what Lexi doesnt know yet is that she was in a car accident and is suffering from amnesia, it's actually 2007 and she is now 25 years old.
                Not only that but she is married to a millionaire, she's the boss of her department and she has perfect straight teeth.

                But as Lexi starts to piece all her life together this perfect life might not be all it seems. Her old friends all hate her, she doesnt know anything about her "perfect husband" and when a mysterious but sexy stranger turns up and drops a bombshell on her she starts to realise everything isn't as it seems.

                I wont give away anymore because there would be no point to you reading the book then. But the question you are dying to know the answer to must be Will Lexi Ever Remember?

                My Thoughts:
                I think the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because the main character is so relatable and we cant help but feel a bit sorry for her really, because who would like to have the last 3 years of their life completely erased from their memory. What woman hasn't wished parts of their body were different or we earned more money at work? Well unfortunately it doesnt happen to us! The character's are all pretty simple and there is not much confusion in the book, the plot is pretty straightforward.

                It is a bit predictable because of the plot's simplicity but not so much so that it gets boring there are still plenty of twists and turns along the way.

                One thing that might annoy readers is that this book is written in the first person (from Lexi's point of view) and after reading loads of book reviews on this site I know sometimes that irritates people. But to be honest I was so into the book I didnt even notice.

                As I mentioned at the beginning I find it hard to get so into books that I cant put them down but that wasn't a problem I had with this one. Proper gripping!

                Definitely Recommended By Me. Especially If You Love Other Books By This Author :)

                Thanks For Reading

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                Another great Kinsella book

                Since Reading the first two books in the Shopaholic Series I have became a fan of Sophie Kinsella, and out of all the books I have read there isn't one which has disappointed me in the slightest. There has been one book which I thought was going to be a letdown as the story was pretty boring for the first couple of chapters but it soon picked up after that and was a really enjoyable book to read.

                Remember Me? Tells the tale of Lexi Smart, 28 year old Lexi Smart wakes up in a Private London hospital and has the shock of her life. She has been in a car accident and has lost 3 years of her memory, Lexi still thinks she is 25 years old. Lexi gets more of a shock when she notices significant changes in her appearance and body; she has perfect manicured nails whereas 3 years ago her nails were all ragged and bitten, she has a nice toned body and is 2 dress sizes smaller than she was and the biggest shock is that she has perfect white teeth and lovely hair whereas before she had crooked teeth and was called Snaggle Tooth by most people. The 3 years of memory which Lexi has lost is the biggest shock of all to her as she discovers just how much she and her life has changed as well as the others around her and what and who has contributed towards these changes. Will Lexi regain the memory she has lost or will it be lost forever?

                I really enjoyed reading this book, like all of the other Sophie Kinsella books this was one pretty amusing and the characters were well thought up as well, albeit one or two of the characters were quite predictable and slightly boring but this in no way ruined the book at all. The character of Lexi Smart was one which we immediately felt sorry for and sympathised with as she had been in this car accident and had lost 3 years of her memory; which should have been the happiest 3 years of her life as in this time scale she had managed to work her way up to from the bottom of the scale to the top. She had been married, went on honeymoon, lived the life of luxuary with her gorgeous husband in their loft apartment and she could remember nothing about all of this. Getting married is the happiest day of any girls life but imagine how you would feel if you couldn't remember anything about your big day, I know I would be devastated and worst of all not knowing where you met your husband, where he proposed, what your life together was like etc.

                I think that the temporary Amnesia which Lexi has after her accident makes us sympathise for her even more, if this had just been a book about someone whom was in a car accident I don't think the reader would have warmed as much to the character of Lexi Smart. The Accident / Amnesia situation sucks the reader into the story and makes it much more enjoyable as you want to keep reading to see if Lexi's situation improves, if she regains her memory which she lost and if she manages to settle into married life with a husband whom she remembers nothing about.

                Like a lot of the other Sophie Kinsella books this one has a very simple story line and the characters are somewhat very predictable, I would say that the characters are more predictable in this book than in any other Kinsella one. The predictability of the characters in this book is more expected as the main character is suffering from Temporary Amnesia so nine times out of ten the reader knows what is about to happen in the book before the main character does. But this predictability of the book in no way makes the story boring, I think that the simplicity of the characters and the way the book is written in a very laid back style draws the reader into the story as you do get very engrossed in the novel even although you know what way the plot is going before you have even read it. You get the sense that something is going to happen or progress in the story a chapter or two before it actually does.

                Remember Me? Seems to have the same sort of formula as the other Kinsella books I have read. You have the likeable characters with one or two dislikeable ones thrown in for good measure, the love/hate relationships, simple yet enjoyable storyline, good looking successful boyfriend/husband, middle class main character who lives a classy lifestyle and likes the finer things in life (like Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic Series of Kinsella Books) in all this was a very enjoyable book to read and if you haven't read any of the Kinsella books before I highly recommend this one.

                ISBN 0385338724

                Other books by Sophie Kinsella

                The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic

                Shopaholic Abroad

                Shopaholic ties the knot

                Shopaholic and Sister

                Shopaholic and Baby

                Can You Keep A Secret

                Undomestic Goddess

                Remember Me



                © Butterfly-Wings
                2009

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                  A novel for everyone who wishes their life was perfect.

                  ===Who is the author?===

                  Sophie Kinsella is probably best known for her 'Shopaholic' series of books, the first of which - 'The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic' - has been made (some would say badly) into a film starring Isla Fisher. Kinsella has also, to date, written two other bestselling novels - 'Can You Keep a Secret?' and 'The Undomestic Goddess' - both of which I have previously enjoyed, so I was pleased when I saw that she had a new 'standalone' novel out.

                  ===What kind of book is it?===

                  Readers of Sophie Kinsella's previous books will be unsurprised to learn that 'Remember Me?' is a light-hearted piece of 'chick-lit' with a thoroughly likeable but somewhat flawed heroine. It won't make you think too hard, but is very enjoyable and easy to read.

                  ===What is it about?===

                  The book opens to find the main character, Lexi Smart (Snaggletooth to her friends), waiting for a taxi after a particularly disastrous night out with her best mates and colleagues - Fi, Debs and Carolyn. It's pouring with rain, Lexi's 'sort of' boyfriend Loser Dave has failed to show despite promising he'd be there and, to top it all off, Lexi has just missed out on a huge bonus at work due to being a week short of having worked there for the whole year.

                  While running down a flight of wet and slippery steps in a vain attempt to catch a taxi, Lexi loses her balance and has a really nasty fall. She wakes up to find herself in hospital and, much to her shock, to discover that it is now 3 years later and she is now the boss of her department at work, lives in a very expensive loft apartment and is married to the gorgeous (and rich!) Eric - who she doesn't remember AT ALL. Not only that, but her hair is glossy, her teeth are straight and she's in the best shape of here life!

                  What on earth is going on?

                  Before too long Lexi realises that there are MANY, MANY other questions waiting to be answered, such as: Why do my old friends hate me now? How did I turn into this ambitious, driven woman? When did I stop stuffing myself with carbs at every opportunity? What has happened to my sweet little sister Amy, and who is this spiky teenager with blue-streaked hair? Why do I not recognise ANYTHING about my life, or the person I appear to have become? How did I end up marrying a 'perfect' man like Eric? And WHO ON EARTH is that scruffy but sexy guy who seems very upset that I don't remember him?

                  ===Who will it appeal to?===

                  This book will be enjoyed by just about any fan of the chick-lit genre, and you should definitely read it if you liked Kinsella's previous novels. I actually preferred this book to any of the others she's written so far, which is praise indeed as I found them all extremely readable!

                  ===What did I like about it?===

                  I love the fact that 'Remember Me?' is so easy to get into. I warmed to Lexi more or less straight away, and found that I really cared about what had happened to her and wanted to get to the bottom of it all almost as much as Lexi herself did. Unlike the central characters in some 'chick-lit' - you might call it the more aspirational end of the genre, which isn't really my cup of tea - Lexi doesn't have a rich family, a job in publishing/television (glamorous or otherwise) or a multitude of impossibly cool, funky and successful friends. Instead, she's an 'ordinary girl made good'....or not, as the case may be....

                  What I'm really trying to get at here is that Lexi is an immensely likeable character (in my opinion!) and the reader really does empathise with her and want everything to work out in the end. And, of course, this IS chick-lit, so I'm not giving much away when I say that we all get what we want by the end of the book!

                  The book is also very funny, and I can actually see it being made into a romantic comedy-style film - but PLEASE can this one actually be set in the UK like the original novel and NOT moved to New York??

                  ===What was I unimpressed by?===

                  The only thing I personally found a little unsatisfying was the lack of detail about EXACTLY how Lexi ended up in hospital to begin with. We do learn the basic facts about this, but to be honest all the way through the book I was expecting a big 'reveal' and possibly some faintly sinister or disturbing revelation, but nope, nothing. All I can say is, it's obviously not important to the story, and maybe it's quite clever of the author to keep us guessing about something only for it to be ultimately irrelevant, but all the same I couldn't help feeling just a teensy bit cheated.

                  Still, the story was really more about how Lexi came to be the person she was when she woke up in hospital, what had happened in her life during the intervening three years, and how she could reconcile her 'before' and 'after' selves in order to make some sense of her new life - and that all worked very well.

                  On a less personal, and more objective, level - I wouldn't recommend this book if (a) you don't like chick-lit and prefer a more challenging read; or (b) you dislike novels written in the first person (i.e. from the main character's point of view), which I know some people do.

                  ===Summary===

                  A funny, engaging novel about life, friends, ambition and amnesia. Kinsella's characters are, as ever, immensely likeable, and the story seems to tell itself with a minimum of effort. You'll have this book finished in no time because it is such a pleasure to read.

                  ===Published in paperback by:===

                  Black Swan
                  Transworld Publishers
                  61-63 Uxbridge Road
                  London W5 5SA

                  www.rbooks.co.uk

                  RRP £7.99

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                    Highly recommended!

                    First book of Sophie Kinsella I ever read. I got it from charity shop and loved since first word. I'm bewitched her style of writting!
                    Funny and fresh. Main character is really lovely, charming young woman lost in a new world. She just wake up after car crash and her life diametrically changed. Everything was perfect! Handsome husband, big luxurious house and her own Mercedes. But! She don't remember last 3 years of her life, don't even know what's her husband's name! Her all best friends hate her. She has everything and nothing at the same time.
                    All her situation makes you dreaming 'what would you do if you wake up and you're life was perfect'? Best choice for dreamers.

                    When I finished this book I wanted more, more and more and never enough.

                    Summarizing;
                    Fantastic story on long autumn evenings with cup of tea or wonderful Xmas present for every woman.

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