Oh, to have amnesia and wake up with a wonderful life!
Synopsis of Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella:When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed, Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?
My thoughtsI was bogged down in some pretty heavy non-fiction reading and really needed a break. So I reached for some ever-reliable chick lit by Sophie Kinsella, of Shopaholic-fame. And was that a break, or a break!?
The book in one sentence: Lexi Smart wakes up from a car crash and magically discovers her life is perfect!
Lexi tries to make sense of what happened. For a while, she revels in the perfectness. But slowly the veneer rubs off and she finds out the reasons for her drastic change, and how "perfect" is not necessarily equated to happiness. In the process, she also makes sense of who she is and what type of person she wants to be.
There are tons of funny lines! For example, when Lexi is incredulous when she wakes up and is told that Brad and Jennifer have broken up and that Brad is now and item with Angelina Jolie. Or:
Lexi asks after learning that a sofa costs 10,000 pounds: “How can a sofa cost that much? What’s it stuffed with, caviar?”If you wake up one day with a perfect life falling in your lap ... what would your life be like? I think this book goes beyond mere entertaining chick lit because the crux of the story is such an interesting proposition. That Lexi is your everyday kind of girl makes her so accessible and relatable, that you can't help but empathize with her throughout her crazy journey to (re)discovering herself.
Hear it straight from Sophie Kinsella:
First line: Of all the crap, crap, crappy nights I’ve ever had in the whole of my crap life.
Verdict: A quick, fun read for those chick-lit fans. I would love to have this made into a movie!