Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Remember Me? [Kinsella]

Book: Remember Me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Reason for Reading: for fun
Genre: Chick Lit
Summary: Lexie Smart is a 25 year old sales associate (specializing in carpet) with bad teeth, great friends, a small bank account and a loser boyfriend. After a late night of partying, she falls down a flight of stairs trying to hail a cab. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a private hospital 3 years later. Her teeth are fixed, her body is toned and her bag is gucci. She is married to a multi-millionaire, is now managing the department she used to work in, has a new set of friends and lives in a beautiful loft. The problem? She doesn't remember anything from the last three years.

Christine's Review: This book had potential but was not executed very well. Kinsella is known for smart writing and with the exception of a few well written sections, it fell flat. The characters were either one dimensional or weren't developed enough. While certain situations were humerous, but they were not 'laugh-out-loud' funny which was dissapointing. I empathized with Lexie's plight, but the big reveal as to the 'event' which served as a catalyst for her personality change did not seem extreme enough to warrant such a transformation. The romance aspect of the book was also lacking. Granted, Lexie's relationships developed in a time when she has no memory, but with better character development (specifically relating to the men) these sections could have been fantastic.

Overall, this book was a quick read but there is better chick-lit out there. This is the first 'miss' for Kinsella as far as I'm concerned-I recommend the Shopolahlic series and 'Can You Keep a Secret?' if you haven't already read them.

Book Junkie's Grade: B-

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