remember me?

It seems that I finished Sophie Kinsella’s last book, Remember Me?, just in time for the release of her new book, Twenties Girl, which comes out today.  Oh well, being caught up is overrated.

Kinsella is someone I consider to be a consistent writer.  I enjoy her books and have read most of them (all but a few of the Shopaholics, I think), but she’s not someone I turn to in order to be surprised or particularly inspired.  What she is, though, is a master of the light, funny book.  And Remember Me? fits that bill.

In Remember Me, Lexi Smart falls and hits her head in 2004 and wakes up in a hospital in 2007.  But it’s not that she’s been unconscious all of that time.  Three years — full, eventful years — have taken place between the 2004 fall that she remembers and the 2007 car accident that landed her in the hospital.  And she can’t remember any of it.  Upon waking up, she learns she is now married to a man she can’t remember meeting, has flown up the corporate ladder, lives in a huge luxury penthouse, and is generally living what she sees as a dream life.  But after leaving the hospital, she begins to discover even more about her 2007 self, not all of which is entirely welcome.

Kinsella writes largely from within her protagonists’ heads, which is certainly fitting in the case of Lexi, since this is where the conflict resides.  Her struggle to match up the life and self she remembers to the one now before her occurs mainly in her thoughts.  Though the beginning is too heavy with the inner narration at times, a better balance of thought and dialogue is achieved as Lexi begins to recreate her relationships and tries to fit into her new life.

As is typical of Kinsella’s protagonists (and those of chick lit in general), Lexi is likably flawed: bright and funny, but gullible and clumsy.  The supporting characters — particularly Lexi’s mother, sister, and husband — verge on the ridiculous, but stay just this side of believable and are the sources of much of the story’s humor.  The plot, though not entirely unpredictable, is well paced and takes enough twists to hold interest.  If there’s one character that stands out, it’s Jon, Lexi’s…um…complication.  Jon is written as a sweet but entirely no-nonsense man whose presence keeps both Lexi and the book on track.

Overall, Remember Me? is a quick, playful read.  Though not my favorite of Kinsella’s, I’d certainly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed her other works, or those by writers such as Marian Keyes or Emily Giffin.

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~ by Molly on July 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “remember me?”

  1. Marian Keyes is a MUCH better author, at least in my humble opinion.

    • I would agree. They certainly have differences; Keyes offers a little more depth, where as Kinsella is a lighter, quicker read. But I think they (as well as Giffin, Helen Fielding and others) overlap in style enough that someone who enjoys one will probably enjoy the others as well.

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