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Surprise Me: A Novel Hardcover – February 13, 2018
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“Unexpected and wholly satisfying.”—USA Today
“In her signature fashion, Sophie Kinsella brings a cast of quirky, funny characters to this new work. [She] keeps the laughs coming. . . . Readers will follow the story with bated breath as the couple struggle to make their marriage right after everything they thought they knew about each other proves wrong.”—Library Journal
“Heartfelt . . . What at first seems like a light novel about familiar woes turns into a deeper story about trust, family, and perception.”—Publishers Weekly
“Winsome and zesty, Kinsella’s latest delivers all the hallmarks her many fans have come to expect.”—Booklist
“Pure fun . . . a hilariously moving look at marriage and the power of mixing things up.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Entertaining and comical with questions we can puzzle over . . . Kinsella is a master at engaging storytelling, entertaining quips, and developing nuanced, interesting characters.”—Bookreporter
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She surprised me with the ending. Though I had a suspicion about where it might go, I didn’t see it coming at all. But boy oh boy, was it ever satisfying!
There’s a formula to Kinsella’s books, and yet they never feel formulaic. She has a way of keeping things fresh, even though her path is a familiar one. I absolutely loved it.
I realize I have written nothing about the plot or the characters. I don’t need to. Read the book. You won’t be sorry.
My main issue with this book is that it seemed like a lot of different bits glued together. It was disjointed. It dragged in parts. Certain points were given loads of coverage then disappeared so that I forgot about them, only to think later on 'Was that from another book, oh, it was from this book'. Then that long-forgotten part of the story would come back with full force. The premise was thin and drawn out and the main characters seemed immature.
I persevered though, a) because I have enjoyed most of Sophie's others books, and b) because I'd paid for it. There's nothing like feeling like you have wasted your money to want to continue. And I am happy to say that the end of the book was satisfying. I'd still give it three stars even with the good ending and would only recommend you read it if you are a die-hard Sophie Kinsella fan.
I felt that you can gain some insights into the amount of respect and understanding that you have to continually strive for in order to sustain a long term marriage. At over 30 years into it myself, it seemed to me that she was able to show Sylvie and Dan learning to grow and adapt to the constantly changing requirements and needs of both your marriage as well as your partner. It seemed to me that her lighthearted attempt to showcase this kept the novel interesting yet not too preachy as another author may have done.
So while it is a humorous attempt, it still does make some valid points to take away with you after the last page.
The humor felt forced and wasn't really that amusing.
And finally the heroine was annoyingly clueless and I soon began to just be irritated rather than amused or touched.
This book felt as if the author was melding two draft stories that hadn't worked out individually.
Though the themes could have been interesting, this book just fell flat on all fronts. I'd skip it.
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Ps. Sylvie described her parents as ‘twinkly’. Fetch me a bucket. I mean, who wants twinkly parents???