Surprise Me

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Apr 2018

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Loved it!! Kinsella never fails to deliver a fast paced funny and at times poignant read! A bit different from her other work, and this brings a freshness to the writing that is most welcome.
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This book reminds me of the old saying"Be careful what you wish for". This book was an ok read. I had to force myself to finish this book. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book. Although I received the book in this manner, it did not effect my opinion of this book nor my review.
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This is a great book. I have loved many of Sophie Kinsella's books and this is not a disappointment. While I did enjoy this book, I felt the beginning was a little slow. Once I got past that, I flew through the rest. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends!
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Funny romance about a couple who is looking for a way to spice up their marriage after many years and two kids. I found this book to be light hearted and wonderful for a beach read! I enjoyed the silly hijinx and the way the couple dealt with their problems.
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This book ended up  being a different book than I thought it would be. It started out as I'd expected ~ couple tries to bring some excitement into their predictable lives ~ and then it took a different turn on the home stretch. It was a fairly quick read and I enjoyed it, especially the last part.
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I like Sophie Kinsella, but this book fell flat for me. She may have tried something different with her writing style, but it didn't go as quickly as I'd have liked it to.
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This was a cute read.  I felt like I could relate to Sylvie, having been married for over 10 years and having small children.  You want to keep that marriage alive and marriage isn't easy.  I'm happy for a chance to have read this!
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What would you do if your doctor told you there are 68 years left in your marriage, since your husband and you are in such good shape? Would you be bowed down by the years to come, or embrace the opportunity? This is the central question of Surprise Me- but the real question is how do we grow up despite ourselves, when inertia is so strong. I found this sweet and charming and funny. The narrator was a bit tough for me to take at first, but she grew on me- as Sophie herself grew up. I liked this treatment of marriage as a continual shift of knowledge- and would like to read more novels by Kinsella!
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I've been on a roll lately trying to get caught up on some reading and reviewing through my blogging association with NetGalley. While I was very familiar with today's author, Sophie Kinsella, I have only read her books in the Shopaholic series, so I wasn't sure exactly how much I would enjoy Surprise Me, since it wasn't in the series that I know. 

This story deals with Sylvie and Dan who have adorable twin girls and are about to celebrate "ten years" together.  When their Doctor Bamford happily announces they could have another 68 years of married life together, Sylvie and Dan realize they will need to keep their relationship fresh and alive to last together that long.  They realize that they will need to do something radical, so they try to surprise each other. 

In all honesty, the book is a humorous view of what a couple feels when their relationship becomes mundane and predictable.  While there were a few moments of seriousness, most of the book was light.  The characters were all well written and well developed and the book did me interested throughout.

This was an entertaining book about marriage and making the journey exciting and fun.  I think Surprise Me is a great, fun and light beach read for anyone!

I received an advanced readers digital copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to provide a positive review but I chose to because it was a great book!! Thank you NetGalley!
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3.5 stars.

I'm generally a big fan of Sophie Kinsella's books. And this one was good, make no mistake; it just wasn't my favorite of hers. At parts, as I was laughing out loud, howling with laughter; at other points, it's actually very serious and even a bit dark.

Sylvie and Dan are happily married, if in a little bit of a rut. But when their doctor suggests they may have 68 more years of wedded bliss ahead of them, they decide to shake things up by surprising each other. However, as can be the case with surprises, sometimes things are revealed that make you question everything.

This book had some of the great "I Love Lucy"-type moments that Kinsella is so good at writing. I was howling with laughter at some parts. But like I said, toward the end things get very serious. Which is a nice blend, because it gives balance to the book and makes you think.

But I can't say that there was anything super surprising or twisty in the plot, which made it kind of predictable, ironically. I didn't guess the exact details, but I got the general outline. The characters were also a little predictable.

But I liked their growth in the end of the novel. They didn't stay stagnant like so many characters can, and that's good.

Like I said, if you enjoy Sophie Kinsella's work, you'll also like this one. It's funny, a quick read and features delightful characters, although they may be predictable. But for brand new readers, maybe start with a different standalone and work your way into this one.
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I always love Sophie Kinsella and this one was just as good! I cannot wait for her next story! It was cute and light and as enjoyable as ever
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Sophie Kinsella always surprises me, and she is the master of plot surprises and of surprise endings, so the theme of this book is right up her alley. I always love her irresistible heroines. Great dialogue and inner struggle. 

Thankfully, fewer f-bombs than in some of her recent books, and I hope the downward trend of swear words continues. Kinsella is fully capable of expressing emotion without the use of offensive words.

If you like the Shopaholic series, you will like this book. Highly recommend for Kinsella fans.
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Surprise Me was quite a departure from the type of books I've been accustomed to reading from author Sophie Kinsella. The premise seemed fun - a couple is told they likely have another 65 years or so to live, and that makes them explore how to keep their relationship fresh.  The usual humor of Ms. Kinsella is there, I just didn't find it as dynamic or focused, as say, in her Shopaholic series. I had a hard time connecting to the characters, they came across as rather shallow and two dimensional, Surprise Me was a light read, perhaps a beach read, and perhaps I am a victim of my own expectations. I will continue to read Sophie Kinsella's novels, this one just wasn't my favorite.
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I love Sophie Kinsella, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. Sophie and Dan seem to have everything figured out, including each other (they finish each other’s sentences and sandwiches I’m pretty sure). So when a routine checkup determines that they have another 68 years to live and be married to each other they both don’t know what to think with all the extra time they’ll have together. They decide to surprise each other every once in a while in order to keep things interesting. But when Dan starts to pull away from Sophie, Sophie wonders if they’ll make it even another month!

While this wasn’t my favorite Sophie Kinsella book, I still enjoyed it. I felt like I could relate to the characters since they had twin girls and that they were pretty in tune with each other. But I don’t know if I’d freak out about having another 68 years together. I think that I’d be pretty happy because that would mean more time to travel! Anyways, it follows the typical formula of her books and was enjoyable and a nice, light read for the summer. It’s more of a 3.5/5 stats but I rounded up because it’s Sophie Kinsella!
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This book surprised me a great deal. It begins a certain way, and ends in a completely different place than what I expected. I can't say much more because of spoilers, but I will say this: If you begin this book and can't seem to get past the beginning, keep going. Persevere. The ending is completely and totally worth the slower beginning.

My true rating would be 4.5 stars. It misses the 5 star because it took me a long time to get into the book and the story and connect with the characters.

Thank you to NetGalley for a review copy of this excellent novel.
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Sophie Kinsella is one of my absolute favorite authors and when I heard this book was coming out I couldn't wait to read this beauty! This was such a fun storyline and I couldn't get enough of her writing, characters and the storyline!
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Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella is the story of a married couple that decides to try surprising each other.  This book is quite unlike other books that I have read from Ms Kinsella.  I guess you could say that it surprised me!  All the same, this book is quite serious and difficult to read at times.  It definitely has fun parts.  But it also has serious parts and good lessons about how to make marriage work.  I thought it was a good read, even though it was not what I expected.  I think that this book was a little too heavy for me to consider it a good beach read, but I would definitely recommend it.  I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher. These opinions are entirely my own.
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Super cute romp through the ups and downs of married life--and an unusual remedy for the boredom! Loved the way Kinsella wove in humor with her parenting profile and created hilarious adventures for her characters to grow through. Very fun read!
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It starts a little slow--the premise seems too narrow to carry a novel--but it hits a stride and finishes strong.
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Huge fan of Sophie Kinsella. This book was a light and full of fluff, but doable. It wasn't my favorite, but that's okay.    There were moments of humor, but also some thought provoking sections as well. I do prefer the laugh out loud, fun times were had by all Sophie Kinsella stories of the past. This was outing was just different  and not what I'm used to from her.
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