Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Published: 2008 / 389 pp.
First line: “Of all the crap, crap, crappy nights I’ve ever had in the whole of my crap life.”
Synopsis: (from back cover) 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… and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.
Review: Ah, Sophie Kinsella… Either you love her or… Well, if you DO love Kinsella, then I fully recommend her latest. Remember Me? is not a part of the Shopaholic series, so you will not be reacquainted with Becky Bloomwood, but Lexi will resonate in similar ways.
When I first met Sophie Kinsella I was impressed by how well she can create a deeply flawed, yet utterly likeable heroine with compassion and empathy. Although my vices do not include shopping, I certainly have enough of my own to understand compulsion and redemption, and will always be in Becky’s corner. Fortunately for Becky, her vices really are superficial, yet her heart is loving, kind, and very substantial.
Lexi Smart is also deeply flawed, yet at first it isn’t clear whether she has the same secret depth as Becky. On one level, this novel is a mystery — we join Lexi on her journey to discover her true identity. And if I hadn’t read Kinsella’s earlier work, I might have been less likely to give Lexi the benefit of the doubt, and subsequently might have enjoyed her journey less.
But I trusted Kinsella, and therefore Lexi, and was rewarded at the end. And, since Sex in the City is coming out this Friday, I can recommend this novel as a wonderful companion to what I expect to be a delightful couple of hours of brain candy.
I would love to pass this fun summer read along to one of my readers! Simply leave me a comment, stating whether or not your book club ever chooses “chick lit” — and why / not! I will randomly choose a winner Saturday morning!