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Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
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Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
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!
Summary: Highly recommended