Monday, August 20, 2012

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed unsure of how she got there. The last thing she vaguely remembers is partying with her friends the night before her father's funeral. But then she looks around and notices that her nails are beautifully long and perfectly painted, not her gnawed little stubs. A look in the mirror reveals tanned skin, perfect hair, flat tight abs, and no more snaggle tooth. What kind of hospital is this?! Come to find out she's been in a car accident and lost three years of her memory. What ensues is painstaking hilarity, embarrassing misunderstandings, and a quest to find out how she went from a clumsy girl known for her snaggle tooth to someone all her old friends hate. Throw a perfect husband vs. sexy architect into the mix and you've got yourself a classic rom-com!

And the verdict is:
I loved it! Not a big surprise considering that I really love all of Sophie Kinsella's books that I've read so far. There's something so charming about the British life and vernacular. All that aside, the story was very cute but a little predictable. I'm not calling this a book that reaches into your mind and makes you reexamine your life, but it's a perfect vacay read, whether you're taking it to the beach or the slopes.
I found myself really connecting with Lexi even though I, myself have never lost my memory. It has that common element that we all look for, a sense of belonging. And when Lexi wakes up and can't figure out who she has become, she loses that belonging and has to revisit her past.
I closed the book smiling. It wasn't one of those, "why did it end so soon," but instead an accomplished feeling that everything was happy and resolved. Just the kind of book you need when you want to escape a stressed out life and just read about someone else's horrors for a while (and her's probably beat yours).

So if you need a book to read for Thanksgiving break or even looking ahead to Christmas vacation, I highly recommend Remember Me?

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