Surprise Me

Surprise Me

After 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...

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Title:Surprise Me
Author:Sophie Kinsella
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Surprise Me Reviews

  • Pauline

    I always enjoy reading Sophie Kinsella books and was delighted to receive an advanced copy of Surprise Me. I really enjoyed this book about marriage, trust and family. I liked the characters especially Sylvie and her twin daughters. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments. A feel good book that will make you smile. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Melissa

    I’ve always been a fan of

    ’s novels, so I was excited to get my hands on her latest novel,

    . And I definitely was surprised by what was inside!

    has a different feel from Sophie’s other novels. Yes, it has a lot of light and funny moments, but then it takes an interesting turn that I wasn’t expecting at all. There’s an element of mystery that goes along with it.

    I enjoyed reading about Sylvie, as I felt I could relate to her a lot. Her job even reminds me of m

    I’ve always been a fan of

    ’s novels, so I was excited to get my hands on her latest novel,

    . And I definitely was surprised by what was inside!

    has a different feel from Sophie’s other novels. Yes, it has a lot of light and funny moments, but then it takes an interesting turn that I wasn’t expecting at all. There’s an element of mystery that goes along with it.

    I enjoyed reading about Sylvie, as I felt I could relate to her a lot. Her job even reminds me of my own in some ways. She was a sympathetic character whom I found myself caring about a lot. The only thing I wish she hadn’t done was refer to her parents as “Mummy” and “Daddy.” It sounded so child-like for a 32 year-old.

    I don’t want to say too much more as to not give any of the premise away. It’s an easy book to pick up, but difficult to put down, especially once you get into the thick of it. It has Sophie’s trademark charm, with some of her

    side slipping through. It’s a thoughtful book about how well we know the ones we love most.

    Dream movie cast:

    Sylvie:

    Dan:

    Robert:

    Tilda:

    Mary:

    Sylvie's mom:

    Toby:

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦

    February 13, 2018

    Chick Lit. Women's Fiction.

    Surprise Me is another brilliant read by one of my favorite authors, Sophie Kinsella. When I began reading age appropriate ADULT novels, Kinsellas books where among the first ones I picked up. Years later, I am still a huge fan and am always excited for her to release a new one. One of my favorite things about her books are her characters- specifically, her heroines. Has anyone else noticed how similar they are in the type of v

    February 13, 2018

    Chick Lit. Women's Fiction.

    Surprise Me is another brilliant read by one of my favorite authors, Sophie Kinsella. When I began reading age appropriate ADULT novels, Kinsellas books where among the first ones I picked up. Years later, I am still a huge fan and am always excited for her to release a new one. One of my favorite things about her books are her characters- specifically, her heroines. Has anyone else noticed how similar they are in the type of voice they have and the way they behave? I sure have. And while this may be a total turn off for some, it is what I look forward to most about her books. In addition to this, each of her novels are widely unique from one another. Kinsella picks topics that are relatable to any woman and turns them into clever and humerus novels. In this one the topic is of marriage and how to keep it going STRONGLY, especially when it is believed that you will have 68+ more years to go...

    Sylvie and Dan have just hit their 10 year anniversary. How exciting this milestone is, especially in this day and age when divorce rates are sky high. To celebrate, they go to lunch together and then to get medical checkups for their insurance (if anyone here has life insurance, you will know what I mean). Everything is going great- they are both healthy, live appropriate lifestyles, and are slated to be alive until the ripe old age of 102... But wait. Doesn't that mean... They will be married for another 68 years!?!? And there is where the story begins.

    Neither Sylvie nor Dan know how to take this news. I mean, being married for a additional 68 years seems like a VERY long time. Right!? How can you keep the marriage alive this long? Maybe each decade they do something different. Like for one decade, date other people. For another, live in South America. Makes sense right? Well, it may be a bit of a stretch so they decide instead to do something a little more tame. Like, surprises every once in a while. But as Kinsella's novels go, these surprises are not going to go as planned. And things will be thrown into the mix that will set their marriage in an upheaval. Will they survive?? You'll have to read to find out!!

    I loved, Surprise Me. Everything about it was clever, fun, and a pure joy to read. I love the characters, the interactions, the way things always seemed to go wrong for poor Dan and Sylvie, and their reactions to said things. But most of all, I loved how Kinsella added relate-ability to the story. Women (and men) from all over the world can appreciate how hard marriage can be, and this is cleverly discussed in the novel. There are also emotional sides to the novel that were totally unexpected to me, but enhanced how I already felt about everything. So plain and simple, it's a fantastic book and a must read.

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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4 Surprised stars <3

    It is true that I love Sophie Kinsella's books, I have read almost all of them.Even though It was a long time since I read a book by her,you can't imagine how excited I was to start this one.I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn't put it down Surprise me.

    This is a story about a Sylvie and Dan who are married and have twin girls.Their marriage is really great until the moment they visit a doctor who tell them that they are healthy and they will have many years ahead

    4 Surprised stars <3

    It is true that I love Sophie Kinsella's books, I have read almost all of them.Even though It was a long time since I read a book by her,you can't imagine how excited I was to start this one.I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn't put it down Surprise me.

    This is a story about a Sylvie and Dan who are married and have twin girls.Their marriage is really great until the moment they visit a doctor who tell them that they are healthy and they will have many years ahead of them.This makes them panic and start having thoughts about their future.I find the concept of this one brilliant.Surprise Me has a deeper meaning and it touched me in so many ways.It was sweet,funny and emotional.It make me wonder about so many things.

    If you are looking for something different then you should definitely read this one.

     

  • Jennifer

    is a standalone novel written by the fabulous

    . As I began this book, I noticed a few separate plotlines that didn't seem to blend together very well at all and I had the initial feeling that Ms. Kinsella didn't quite know where she wanted to go with the overall story. I found it distracting and a bit confusing to be honest, but

    that all these pieces fit together flawlessly later on. It does take a while but the end result is a lovely message about

    is a standalone novel written by the fabulous

    . As I began this book, I noticed a few separate plotlines that didn't seem to blend together very well at all and I had the initial feeling that Ms. Kinsella didn't quite know where she wanted to go with the overall story. I found it distracting and a bit confusing to be honest, but

    that all these pieces fit together flawlessly later on. It does take a while but the end result is a lovely message about loyalty, appreciation, partnership [and the consequences of the annoying art of not communicating] within a marriage and embracing the future, challenges and all, instead of stunting your growth by living in the past.

    contains a bit of mysterious/emotional suspense, a few jaw-dropping revelations, family drama, both lighthearted and deep perspectives on marriage, and Kinsella's classic humor and shenanigans.

    Looking back on the experience as a whole, I very much enjoyed

    . I always end up laughing and broadening my way of thinking when reading this author. Thank you

    for

    with the depth and substance you added to this story. Check it out!

    NetGalley

    Sophie Kinsella

    Random House Publishing Group/The Dial Press

    February 13, 2018

  • Sharon Metcalf

    3.5 stars

    Was I surprised about how much I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's new novel Surprise Me?     Not at all.     I expected it to be an entertaining read and it absolutely was.      When it comes to  Sophie Kinsella, the only surprise for me is that I haven't joined the millions of readers who love the Shopaholic series.   I can't seem to get into them and yet when it comes to her stand alone titles I'm an avid fan.    Love. Them.    So, when this title showed up I couldn't wait to start it.   And

    3.5 stars

    Was I surprised about how much I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's new novel Surprise Me?     Not at all.     I expected it to be an entertaining read and it absolutely was.      When it comes to  Sophie Kinsella, the only surprise for me is that I haven't joined the millions of readers who love the Shopaholic series.   I can't seem to get into them and yet when it comes to her stand alone titles I'm an avid fan.    Love. Them.    So, when this title showed up I couldn't wait to start it.   And once I started I couldn't stop till I'd finished.   

    Sylvie and Dan have been together 10 years, have twin daughters and a fabulously healthy, loving relationship.   They're in sync and know each other inside out.  So when their Dr tells them they can each expect to live until 100 it should be music to their ears, but it puts a whole new spin on "till death do us part" and somehow freaks them both out.     In an effort to spice up their lives and to ensure they continue to enjoy each other's company they agree to implement project Surprise Me.   The story focused on their plans to regularly surprise each other and was at times so funny I literally laughed out loud.  (I'm sure I caught a few odd looks from other passengers on my bus).     There were a few twists - many of which  I had seen coming if I'm honest but this didn't detract from my enjoyment in any way - there were some anxious moments, some sexy bits and Ms Kinsella filled her pages with a cast of interesting and lovable side characters.     I kept picturing this as an excellent rom-com  but regardless of whether it ever hits the big screen I'm sure it'll be a hit.  

    This was such a feel good, easy read and I am grateful to the author,  publishers The Dial Press and Edelweiss for the opportunity of reading this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Suzanne

    Sylvie and Dan seem to have a great marriage, but at a doctor's appointment they learn that statistically they'll be married 68 more years. This book is how they deal with that prospect, and it has some interesting things to say about relationships, family, loss, and longevity. That all sounds pretty serious, but it was actually quite funny, and both the main characters and the side characters were enjoyable.

  • Bonnie

    The only thing that came as a surprise was this DNF.

    Honestly, I only read as much as I did because of my love of Kinsella. You know those stories that start off fairly mediocre and you just keep thinking (in this case, HOPING) that it’ll get better? It started off mildly intriguing: life is perfect for this couple, they have two beautiful children, good jobs, a happy life, and they even complete one another’s sentences. *groan* The two go to the doctor to get physicals at which point th

    The only thing that came as a surprise was this DNF.

    Honestly, I only read as much as I did because of my love of Kinsella. You know those stories that start off fairly mediocre and you just keep thinking (in this case, HOPING) that it’ll get better? It started off mildly intriguing: life is perfect for this couple, they have two beautiful children, good jobs, a happy life, and they even complete one another’s sentences. *groan* The two go to the doctor to get physicals at which point the doctor informs them they are perfectly healthy and they should plan on living long, long lives. Then he says: “You should have sixty-eight more wonderful years of marriage!” And then everything goes wrong. Because of course, they didn’t even consider the fact that they’d live that long, never thought about long-term being that long when it came to being married.

    Even though everything is perfectly fine and they have happy lives, now they have to deal with the concept that they’re going to have to be with one another for SO LONG. Come on. Hello, till death do us part? This is why everyone fucking gets divorced these days. Nobody stops to consider what it actually means, what you’re committing to, argh. I just found the whole concept stupid. And I’m sure they get over it and get back to being perfectly happy with their kids and white picket fence but I didn’t really care if they worked it out or not. Plus? There was this weird obsession with her dead father and lines like this:

    Not just comparing your father to your husband, who in your mind is lacking in comparison, but comparing your dead father to your husband… nope. I’m done.

  • Fafa's Book Corner

    DNF

    Mini review to come.

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