Surprise Me

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Apr 2018

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Sophie Kinsella is someone that I used to love reading. but I found this story to be boring.
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This ended up being a good book for those wanting a lighter read, with a little drama and emotional tugging in there. There were a few times I was worried about where it was headed, but I ended up happy with where it went and how it ended. There were some funny moments and likeable characters, with a small twist at the end. I was pretty sure I knew what that twist was, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. Thank you to Random House for a chance to read an ARC of this book!
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Another great book from Sophie Kinsella.
Sylvie and Dan have been together for 10 years, and when they realise they could have another 68 years together they start to panic. Then Sylvie has the idea is what they need to do is surprise each other.
It is a great story of love, marriage and relationships.
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This is, without a doubt, one of Kinsella's best. A few months ago I read MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE and I wasn't all that impressed with it. But SURPRISE ME was fresh, humorous, and just plain fun. I'm not one for slapstick humor but this had me giggling out loud. A great choice for fans of domestic fiction in general and Liane Moriarty in particular. 

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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WOW what a fabulous book. There was so much going on in this and what a wonderful array of different characters. It's the kind of story that makes you stop and think about what really matters. I laughed and I cried as it was full of emotion too.
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Yet another book knocked out of the park by Sophie Kinsella. Because I had been approved for and reviewed an eARC of My Not So Perfect Life last year, I got an e-mail from the publicist in charge of this book inviting me to grab a copy of this. Since Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors, I obviously again jumped at the chance of getting my grubby paws on her book several months before it came out. As always, I was not disappointed.

As the story progressed, I found myself getting a bit annoyed at some of the seemingly random plot lines, and I thought that maybe this time she was going to go down the "boring fucking cliche" route (to steal a quote from the book...sort of) but as a long time reader of her work I should have known better. The seemingly random plots do come together and it definitely isn't a boring cliche story. I do think this is one of my top picks of her work because it dealt with a little less fluffy content matter than I expect from a Sophie Kinsella book, so I enjoyed that.

When this book comes out in February, I strongly suggest getting a copy and devouring it. You won't be disappointed!
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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb I expected this to be a comedy of errors, a book about a couple looking to spice up their marriage by surprising each other. In a way, this is exactly what this book is about, the surprises that they come up with. But Sylvie and Dan’s story is more complicated than that, written in a way that is both evocative of the author Sophie Kinsella, but also with her other nom de plume, Madeline Wickham.

This is really a story about how Sylvie grows up. It’s told entirely from the perspective of Sylvie, and when we find her it doesn’t take the reader long to realize that she’s a bit naive. Perhaps some of it she owns, she’s been easily moulded by influences around her, Mummy, Mrs Kendrick, and especially her Father. But as the book progresses we see that two characters, Dan and her mother, have also contributed to the situation. They’ve underestimated her.

We watch Sylvie struggle and then eventually break through. She becomes the woman she’s been hinting at being. I wanted to clap and shout hurrah when it happened. It was brilliant to read.

It’s another amazing book by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read most of her previous works, and they’ve made me laugh out loud and cry variously. This one, it can do both. It’s a beautifully told story, with amazing secondary characters as well as a frustratingly wonderful main character. I can’t recommend it enough, and I will be curious whether other people find it an interesting intersection between the two authors that are Sophie Kinsella.
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This book Surprise Me I wasn't sure if it was going to be exciting to read. It had a lot of intrigue but I was worried it wouldn't keep me wanting to keep flipping the page. Boy was I wrong this book had some many twist and turns in a good way. It keeps you guessing until the end. I give props to Dan and Sylvie and journey they take us on. I love how us the readers got to go on an incredible journey. You will definitely want to read this book and recommend you your friends!! I will!!
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I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for my review.  I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan so I was excited to read her latest book.  Sylvia and Dan are a perfect couple.  After a few years of marriage and twin daughters, they are still in love and can finish each other's sentences.  When a doctor tells them they are both in such good health they could be together for at least another 60+ years, they start to panic wondering how they could stay in love for that long.  This leads them to challenge each other to try to surprise each other to keep their relationship fresh.  At first the surprises are hilarious and sweet but then all the funny secrecy turns to suspicion and doubt.  There is so much more to this story than one might guess from a quick glance.  This was a really surprising novel!
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Surprise Me is another delightful Sophie Kinsella novel, this time a married chicklit novel instead of a hot mess single girl story. It’s quite hard to write this review, because if you like the sort of exaggerated characters and chicklit charm of her other novels, she’s done it again. And if not, well, skip it.

When Sylvie and her husband Dan are told they have decades of married life ahead of them, everything in their companionable relationship suddenly starts to feel stale and constricting. Or at least it does to Sylvie, who decides that they should try surprising each other to keep the excitement alive.

Actually, the surprise I want from my husband is that he actually put ALL the dishes in the dishwasher AND adds soap AND turns it on, but I guess some people like presents and whatever. Their surprises are fairly typical with sitcom-y results, but the cheery, gossipy writing style keeps pages turning.

The surprises start making other aspects of her life, like her mom’s endless jewelry-sales and MLM “parties” and Sylvie’s adorably old-fashioned fundraising job for an adorably old-fashioned historical home also require examining. Plus, there are some wild skeletons in the family closets. Everything works out in the end, with new job prospects and a renewed relationship, just as we expected. As always, the chatty style and quirky secondary characters are a delight.
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I have loved reading Sophie Kinsella's books in the past.  This book is different from her usual stories.  I could not relate to the heroine of this story.  She was too self absorbed & I could not relate to her character.  I ended up skipping the middle sections of this book.  I was ready to quit, when I read the other reviews & they said the book was better at the end.  I read the ending & it was definitely different than what I was expecting.  If you are  Sophie Kinsella fan then check the book out.
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Sylvie & Dan seem to have the perfect life twin girls great jobs but it's all about to unravel ..... Great characters - amusing story line in the usual great style of Sophie Kinsella,
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This was a good book, and I actually enjoyed it more than other Sophie Kinsella books I have read. In the beginning, you meet Sylvie and Dan, a couple who are happily married with twin daughters. It is apparent that Sylvie has led a bit of a charmed life and has been pampered by her father. They are very close,  to the point where they start worrying that there will be no more surprises in their marriage. So, they decide to start surprising each other, which leads to some small misunderstandings. In the middle of the book, Sylvie starts to become uncomfortable with some of Dan's behavior, and as that happens I really started to not like Dan. The question becomes, "How well do you REALLY know the people in your life?" It became a little hard for me to read, but I am glad I stuck with it. Because of this section, I am not sure I would qualify it totally as a "fun" read, but it was on the lighter side. 

What ultimately happens is that Sylvie learns to truth about some of the things from her past, and starts to see the people in her life in a new light. She grows as a person, and I liked her so much better at the end of the book.
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I’ve always been a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s novels, so I was excited to get my hands on her latest novel, Surprise Me. And I definitely was surprised by what was inside!

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

Dream movie cast:
Sylvie: Teresa Palmer
Dan: Richard Madden
Robert: Dan Stevens
Tilda: Toni Collette
Mary: Charlotte Le Bon
Sylvie's mom: Judy Davis
Toby: Daniel Portman
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love Sophie Kinsella, but this is not one of my favorites. It has the snarky, sarcastic charm I expect, but the story didn't grab. Parts of the book confused me. It is enjoyable overall. I think I just had different expectations.
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“If life is like a box of chocolates, then getting married is like choosing a chocolate and saying, “That’s it, done,” and slamming the lid closed. When you make your vows, what you’re basically saying is: “That’s all I want, ever.”

Sylvie and Dan are a typical couple with a nice home and twin daughters who decide that they need surprises in their lives to help them sustain the long future of being together until death does them apart.  They question if marriage should be only one flavor in a box of chocolates FOREVER.  

As in all of Sophia Kinsella's novels, I felt as if Sylvie is sitting with me at a dinner party, speaking in her English accent, and we are laughing through out the entire story.  As her story progresses I felt I could relate to her experiences and feelings; possibly reacting as she did when she findS out that she cannot always judge people by their actions and as a result giving herself permission to find herself.  I believe her situation lead both her and Dan to see the true surprise in themselves and their marriage.

Although there are parts of the book which dragged, because I thought I was reading a typical “couple goes wrong” story, but the ending proved me wrong.  There is so much more to the story that I needed to be reminded as in Sylvie to not judge a book by it's cover, 

Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to review this book.
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Once again Sophie Kinsella brings humor and depth to a life that the reader can indemnify with.
At an annual check, Sylvie and Dan get high marks and get an estimated sixty something years together. This caused the couple to really start to look at their life What will they do with all that time? Can they stay together that long? Sylvie starts Project Surprise Me where the two will have little surprises to keep their marriage fresh. This stirs up happiness, laughter, tears and more than Sylvie could ever imagine.
I love Sylve. She has real human fears and makes human mistakes. But each moment is fresh with humor while still looing at the truth of the world. How are we s couples adapting to longer life spans? 
Surprise Me looks at the question with humor and heart. Another fun journey from the writer of the Shopaholic series.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  From the publisher - 														
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 us part" to mean seven decades.
In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

As a fan of the Shopaholic Series, I was delighted to see a new novel from Sophie on the #webgalley website available to review. I did question from the beginning any doctor telling them that they would be married *another* 68 years on top of the twelve that they had been married --- what kind of GP does that?  I loved the premise of the book (as a result of above-said appointment) and I did laugh out loud at times but I was baffled at all the different storylines and characters that seemed to not make any sense that they belonged in the book. Rest assured, by the end they did make sense and I did enjoy the novel immensely and will order it to add to my Sophie Kinsella bookshelf. 

If you are a fan of the Shopaholic series then I think you will like this book as well.
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This started slow, but there was a tipping point, after which I absolutely HAD to know what happened, and so I stayed up way too late finishing it. I really enjoyed it, ultimately, and I think it'll be a good recommend for our patrons.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.
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I read many of Sophie Kinsellas books – and stopped a few years ago. When I read “Surprise me” I remembered why.

I was bored to death. When I read the shopaholic series it was a new funny twist – an overexcited young woman, a little bit superficial, there were these small explanations bracketed. But then there was a point when it was not funny anymore. It was unnerving. When I read a series, I expect a character developing. So I stopped.

But now for “Surprise me”.

I started reading and I was annoyed. There was this woman Sylvie – married for 7 years with Dan, with twin girls. And I should believe, that everything she was concerned about is whether she should wear a bow on her shoes or a floral printed dress? And when they were told at a doctors appointment, that – depending on the typical lifespan today – she and her husband have to expect to be married for probably 69 years this fact causes a kind of crisis. And they try to fight this crisis with expensive surprises. Hallo? How would they afford this kind of surprises for decades? And the story centers about shopping (again). And about surprises going wrong.

Normally I would not finish reading the book. Because I don’t want to waste my time.

So – the first half of “Surprise me” received just 2 stars.

I am happy that I continued reading, because the second half of the book was much more interesting, with – no – I will not spoiler – a secret from the past. Despite I cannot understand the way the hero and heroine handle everything, it was interesting to read and it shows some kind of character development. 
So the second half was entertaining and I hand out 4 stars

Totaled up I give 3 stars.
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