Book Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella has been a go-to author of mine for years now.  I have read every one of her Shopaholic series books, and I have always enjoyed her quick witted humor and her way of bringing a bit of “drama” to her character’s life.  Surprise Me was what I expected and the perfect “beach read” for my spring break holiday.

Summary by Goodreads:

35411583After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

Why This is Worth Picking Up:

Sophie Kinsella knows how to write stories that are humorous and will put a smile on your face.  I laughed a lot as I read the various “surprises” that both Dan and Sylvie concocted to keep their relationship exciting. Sylvie went to extremes to surprise Dan in ways I would have never considered.  Even with the humorous undertones, I appreciated the serious side the SK took with the story.  It wasn’t just about ways to spice up a marriage (think snakes and photos).  It was about family and friendship and supporting one another through thick and thin.  It was about scandal and knowing who to believe.  Surprise Me is not earth shattering and it may not win a National Book Award, but I can guarantee it will be on the NYT Bestseller list.  Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint with her latest book.  Add it to your to-read list now.


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