Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Challenge criteria: A book you meant to read in 2018 (I bought this book in March 2018 and, low and behold, it sat on my shelf for over a year.)


After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years… and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me – anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots – mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…

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What I liked:

Sophie Kinsella is becoming an auto-buy author for me, and her books are great for a light-hearted and speedy read. This book would be ideal for a day on the beach, or a long train journey.

It would also be ideal for helping you to inject a little more romance in your relationship. I thought the idea of setting up surprises for your partner was incredibly sweet, and it’s definitely something you can incorportate into your own life. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship, and the surprises don’t have to be as elaborate as Slyvie and Dan’s, but it is a very cute idea.

What I didn’t like:

I wasn’t a fan of Dan and Sylvie’s relationship at all, to the extent that at the end I hoped they would split. I couldn’t understand why a couple who are madly in love would quake in fear at the prospect of their marriage lasting at least another 60 years.

Sylvie’s relationship and adoration of her father nerved me a lot. Don’t get me wrong, my father has always been in my life, he is a wonderful person and we have a great relationship together. But Sylvie’s almost hero worship of her father was unhealthy at best, and it put me off the book quite a lot.

Out of five:

Two. I wasn’t super in love with this, but I’m hoping it’s a one off as I usually adore Sophie Kinsella’s work.

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