For my 2018 reading challenge, I'm tackling authors that were Mom's favorites. You can read about it here. Sophie Kinsella was on her list. So I was thrilled to get approved through Netgalley for Surprise Me.
After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.
They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.
With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.
Even though her Shopaholic Series has repeatedly been recommended to me, I've never read Sophie Kinsella.
I did enjoy the writing style. It reads very similar to Bridget Jones Diary (the actual book, not the movie) which I loved. This book has several laugh out loud moments, but I will admit I had a hard time relating to the characters.
They have the perfect marriage, perfect children, and a great life. It's like the part in Sleepless in Seattle when Meg Ryan is with Bill Pullman. Everything is so in sync that it is just bland.
So they set about spicing things up by planning "surprises" that aren't really surprises because they know each other too well...or they don't. It's an odd mix. Some of the situations were pretty funny, but a few times I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking, "Just TALK to each other already!"
The book takes a very predictable shift about half way through. That's when I lost interest and started rolling my eyes way more.
Without spoiling anything, it frustrates me when a grown woman is treated like a tenderhearted child, even in the name of protecting her fragile feelings.
Overall, it wasn't a bad read. I would recommend this book to several friends who I know would enjoy the antics. I did appreciate the writing style and I can see why the author is so highly recommended. I have several of the Shopaholic series on my shelf. I found many reviews from long-standing fans who claimed this was not her best work, so I'll probably give her another shot before deciding if those books stay or go.