Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

>> Saturday, July 04, 2009

TITLE: Remember Me?
AUTHOR: Sophie Kinsella

PAGES: 346

SETTING: Contemporary London
TYPE: Chick lit


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?
Kinsella's non-shopaholic books are all fun, but with some depth to them, and this one's no different.

The premise is quite unique. Lexi Smart has a pretty sorry life, in typical chick-lit style: she's not good looking, she has a boring, meaningless job and bad luck with men, not to mention, her dad has just died.

After an awful night out with her friends, Lexi trips and hits her head. When she wakes up, as far as she's concerned, it's the very morning after and her life still sucks. She's astonished to hear that it's actually 3 years after that night, and that she's lost all memory of the time in between. Oh, and her life is now perfect. She looks perfect, she has the perfect boyfriend, she's become the boss at her old job and has become quite well off. Great, right? Except that in those 3 years, Lexi has become someone she's not sure she likes.

I enjoyed Lexi's discovery of who she really was. Did she change completely during those missing 3 years, or was "The Cobra", as she's now known in the office, inside the old Lexi all along? The answer is not at all straighforward.

On the way to it are extremely funny disasters, as Lexi tries to bluff her way through her new life, some very poignant moments, as she tries to salvage her relationship with her old friends (who are among the people at work who despise and fear The Cobra) and a really nice romance.

MY GRADE: A B+. Kinsella is chick lit for those readers who think they don't like chick lit.


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