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Behind The Book: A Note to Amazon Readers from Author Sophie Kinsella It's hard, in hindsight, to say exactly how a book comes into being. There are so many ideas and themes that get explored and discarded along the way; so many layers that are built up. Plus it's a bit like having a baby?once the hard work is over it becomes a blur! But with all my novels, I usually start with one little kernel of an idea--and gradually build it up over months of thinking, plotting, the "coffee shop stage" as I call it. With Can you Keep A Secret? it was: what if you told someone all your secrets? With Remember Me? it was: what if you woke up and didn't recognize your life? What if you lost three years of memory--and everything had changed in that time? All my books involve some kind of wish-fulfilment; some kind of escapism--whether it's shopping, or a whirlwind romance, or stepping off the career treadmill--and Remember Me? is maybe the ultimate form of wish-fulfilment. What if you didn't recognize your life... because it had become so perfect? The image that kept coming to me was of a girl, blinking up at her Greek God of a husband, whom she doesn't recognize. It made me giggle every time I thought about it. And so I created my amnesiac heroine Lexi, and her perfect new glossy, unrecognizable life--from the new shiny teeth to the designer handbag, to the perfect millionaire husband. The potential for comedy was irresistible. Another theme I wanted to explore was identity, which I've always found fascinating. Our lives take unpredictable turns and we all change over time. But it's so gradual we don't always notice it. Would your younger self recognize your older self? Put another way, if you woke up tomorrow in the year 2011... what would you find? I grew incredibly close to Lexi whilst writing this book, and really felt all her ups and downs. I laughed and cried and cringed at every embarrassing moment (of which there are plenty!) I think of all my heroines she has maybe the biggest challenge to face and journey to make--as her biggest obstacle is herself. I hope you enjoy her journey!
When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed, Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?
- barely tolerable reading
for being #1 on the ny times it was barely to just tolerable reading. the ending was so dim witted and predictable....more info
- predictable fun
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, author of the popular shopaholic series, is a fun fast read for the ladies. Kinsella describes the premise for the book...what if you woke up and didn't recognize your life? What if you lost three years of memory--and everything had changed in that time?
The novel follows Lexi, who at one moment is commiserating with her friends about her dead end job and loser boyfriend, then, after a fall down the stairs, wakes up with a life where she is married to a handsome man and is a ruthless manager making the big bucks. Much like the TV show Samantha Who, the story is very unbelievable, but the characters are great and the fun lies in Lexi's quest to figure out just how she got to where she is today.
Recommended for fans of Shopaholic, Emily Giffin, Janet Evanovich, and The Devil Wears Prada. ...more info
- thirty nights with a highland husband
I just could not put this book down. I had to literally tear myself away from this book. I am so pleased with this purchase. I did not want it to end. I am also not going to tell the whole story like some of the reviewers. Be surprised with this wonderful book. To all the historical romance fans out there, this is one for you!!!...more info
- Quick Read! Lots of fun! My favorite by Kinsella!
I have read many Shopaholic books, Can You Keep a Secret?, Undomestic Goddess, and a few of her books written under "Madeleine Wickham." Remember Me? is my favorite so far!
At first, I thought the plot would be the same as many chick lit novels-- business woman must find her way to work to the top, fall in love and restore her life. All of these things happen, but it is told in such an unusual, insightful way. Throughout the book, the main character, Lexi, is trying to piece together her life through clues from her friends and family members. However, these friends and family members are not always truthful and often leave out important details. It was so much fun to read a novel where you are figuring out the plot just like the main character is. You feel completely lost, just like Lexi does when she wakes up in the hospital with amnesia.
I read this book in just one day. It was so much fun! I often get tired of chick-lit, but this one was different and a great read!...more info
- Loved it!
This book was so entertaining! I love Sophie Kinsella's books. I don't have to think while I'm reading them. They're a nice reprieve from the real world. Like a few other reviewers, I was sad to see this one end. I wanted to keep following after Lexi to see what happened next!...more info
- Not funny, annoying characters, no fun.
I know there are a lot of readers who love this author and find her books funny. I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't. I had a grimace on my face as I read much of it. Lexi is an incompetent, foolish klutz. As embarrassing or unfortunate things happened to her, Lexi's knee jerk reactions were to "fake it" or to lie to others and to herself. I could not find any sympathy for Lexi, and I did not admire anything about her other than something she did at the end of the book. Lexi had a horrible sister who was a scam artist and stole from her own family. Lexi's mother was in denial and wouldn't help Lexi with her lost memories. These people were no fun to read about. I found no humor in any of this.
Story brief: In 2004, Lexi works for a carpet company at the low end of the pay scale. In 2007, she has a car accident and wakes up not remembering anything about the previous three years. She finds that during those three years, she became a high paid executive at the carpet company. She was tough on her employees and they disliked her. She also found she was married to someone she had no memory of.
I loved this author's earlier book "Can You Keep a Secret," which had me laughing a lot. Maybe the reason I liked it was because much of the story involved Jack. Jack asked Emma questions in front of other people and as she answered the questions with lies, she knew that he knew she was lying. Unfortunately I didn't find similar or any humor in "Remember Me?"
Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: none. Setting: 2007 London. Copyright: 2008. Genre: chick lit.
For a list of my reviews of other Sophie Kinsella books, see my 5 star review of "Can You Keep a Secret" posted 2/21/07....more info
- Done in no time
I could not put this book down. I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan, maybe that is why I loved it so much. I thought it was funny and I was happy with the ending. ...more info
- Light but fun
Quick read, light and pointless, but fun. I am not a fan of the shopoholic books, but I love her other stories, so I happily bought this one. I really enjoyed it. It was cute, fun, light. Although I thought it was predictable, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it for a day at the beach to anyone....more info
- Sophie Kinsella breathes new life into cliched plot
True to form, Kinsella delivers her signature humor, smart dialogue and totally relatable characters in this amnesiac adventure. When Lexi Smart wakes up in a posh private wing of a London hospital, the last thing she can remember is falling down a flight of steps while chasing a taxi after a long, disappointing day in which she is stood up for a date, overlooked for a bonus and emotionally wearied by her own unremarkable life. The only hitch is that night happened three years prior, and in the interim she has apparently pulled her act together, made herself over, picked up a hot multi-millionaire husband and alienated all her old friends with her driving ambition. She sets off to rediscover her recent past and figure out who she really is, and in the meantime learns some surprising truths about who she thought she was.
Kinsella writes Lexi with the same girl-next-door appeal as her Shopaholic series, voicing her self-doubts, getting her into embarrassing scrapes and delineating her charachter with true-to-life emotions until she could be any one of us. It's easy to identify with Lexi's initial wonder at her beautiful new life, her helpless confusion at being held accountable for a past she can't remember, and her gradual reawakening as she finds her past is secondary in importance to what she does with her present.
It's not a generation-defining bestseller, but compared to most of the offerings in the ever more annoying ChickLit genre, it's smart, funny and an entertaining read....more info
- Best Sophie Kinsella book!
I LOVED this book! I read it in 3 days! I liked the Shopaholic series alright, but mostly found them frustrating and a bit redundant, so I was skeptical when I borrowed this book... but was happily surprised! This is the best book I've read in a while, and I was instantly hooked! I didn't want the book to end! Great fast, easy, captivating read!...more info
THe shipment was made quickly, unlike my review, and I am sorry for the delay. The book was in excellent practically new condition. Excellent grade A seller with a wonderful taste in books. ...more info
- Remember Me?
Kudos to Sophie Kinsella for taking a soap-operatic topic like memory loss and turning it into a fully non-cliched book! Not only that, she takes the usually flat genre of chick-lit and brings in a massive dose of suspense, leaving the reader positively on their toes trying to find out what happens next. While many chick-lit books may have interesting plots and plot twists, none of them really brings in an element of mystery, from what I've read so far, at least. It was slightly difficult, although necessary to the plot, to read about the snobbery of life as a high-upper, but again, that was the entire point of the book, to make the reader feel as uncomfortable as Lexi must have been. The ending was great--I'm sure everyone expected, particularly by the misleading summary on the book cover, Lexi to regain her memory. Kinsella brings her memory back, but only a flash, and the subject of the tiny flash is what makes it so poignant. The novel would have been destroyed had Kinsella brought her entire memory back, it would nullify the point of the whole book--Lexi finding herself. The most notable aspect of the book to me was the abundance of amazing references that, for once, I actually understood. I think this contained the most amazing HP reference ever, as well as good ones to The West Wing, Coldplay, and 'Bad Day' (it really truly WAS the song everyone was singing back then!)
Rating: 4.5/5...more info
This was simply a fun book for a cold night. The characters draw you in, especially Jon and Lexi. So if you're looking for an enjoyable read, try this one!...more info
- Excellent audio edition. Very good story...superbly read
Twenty-something single Lexi Smart has a life that is going nowhere. She is not very attractive, her career is nothing great, and her love life is lackluster at best. Then, running for a cab, she falls and hits her head and wakes up three years later stunningly beautiful, super-successful, and married to a "perfect" man. But she has no memory of the past three years! Lexi is thrilled she is living the life she has always dreamed of...but is it all too good to be true?
I like this book with its deft blend of humor and heartache, along with a budding romance and an intriguing office quandary. 'Remember Me?' is in company with some of Kinsella's best works - which for me include 'Can You Keep a Secret?' and the original 'Shopaholic'. I listened to this one on audio CD and was hooked right from the start. Reader Rosalyn Landor (who is superb and is a favorite of mine) skillfully handles a wide range and age of characters, has excellent comic timing, and really knows how to work one's emotions. I often had a lump in my throat while listening to Lexi's travails.
It is Kinsella's story itself, though, which earns most of the credit. Lexi Smart is a winningly imperfect heroine, and I was quickly consumed with how she got where she was and where it all was heading. I veered between laughter and tears over the absurd circumstances in which Lexi found herself, the off-the-wall behavior of the supporting cast, and the heart-wrenching situations she was forced to endure. While the romance element is fine, it is Lexi's journey of discovery that really makes this book. And I like the message as well.
- Sophie Kensella is the Best at capturing humor in her Books
I cannot say enough good, hearwarming things about this book, "Do You Remember Me." Not only is it a page turner, you will be rolling oon the floor laughing at Lexy, the main character. Just like her "Shopoholic Series," all of her books so vividly capture her characters, and continuously made me laugh and relate, in so many ways, I had to stop and realize she wasn't writing about me. She has several movie deals in the works about her books, and I hope, like me" you will be excited and full of anticipation for them to be in theatres as soon as possible. Thanks, Sophie, for another masterpiece! Like me, you will be pulling for these herions to pull through and have a happy ending!...more info
- Unfortunately disappointing
I was disappointed with this, especially after hearing such good reviews! It was not the writing but the actual story and characters. I found Lexi's family and friends' scathing reactions to her amnesia unrelatable and uncomfortable to read. Pages and pages of insensitivity and ridiculous situations. I liked Kinsella's Shopaholic series, this one just did not do it for me, it wasn't enjoyable. I couldn't even finish!...more info
- A fast read for the beach, lazy day or the unemployed.
The story line was trite and sophomoric. When it is appropriate to the character and plot I am not averse to reading curse words in books. However I found the author's over use of dropping "F-Bombs" off putting. It made me cringe to see it used so often. (Besides, there are some great curse words that don't employ the use of F-word.) I found the characters of Fi and Amy to be the most appealing. The scene where Amy is found to be "knicking" stuff from Lexi's home to be very funny....more info
- "I wish I got off that couch and did what she's done" read
Very positive fairy tale as always. I was travelling down the Nile and read "Remember me?" instead of bying women's magazines. Excellent substitute. There are many "he was dressed in this and she was dressed in that". A sort of "Devil wears Parada" concept of Cinderella turning into a Princess and then divorces the Prince. But in "Remember me?" Cinderella remarries.... another prince!
The plot brilliantly falls into the category of a "easy holiday women's read". The writing is great and gives you plenty of unexpected twists and turns, so you won't get bored. Requires no thinking but gives a lot of dreaming plots, like "I wish that happened to me". But not as good as shoppoholic.
Recommended for INFP types....more info
- If you like Sophie Kinsella books, then you'll love this one
Sophie Kinsella hit the nail write on the head with this one. I love all of her books, but this one has to be my favorite to date. It was such a page turner I couldn't put it down. All of the great twists and intresting plot makes you wonder what going to happen next, as well as, what if. If your looking for a great read for this summer or any time this book is it. ...more info
- I liked it
I enjoy a fun piece of chick lit from time to time and liked many of the previous Kinsella-novels (and disliked a few of them as well), so when I was going to be air-travelling for some hours and needed something light for the plane-ride, this one was an easy choice. And it is an easy read, built on the trusted chick lit formula we know so well: confused gal in her mid-twenties/early thirties goes through some kind of (fun) obstacles and ends up with Mr. Right in the end. Nothing at all wrong with that formula, and I am not here to diss those who love chick lit. Like I said, I enjoy it myself from time to time.
This one is also relatively enjoyable, although I found it, well, farfetched in places. You can argue that most chick lit is rather far-fetched and that is why we read it, but alas, I enjoyed most of the book and found both heroine and Mr. Right to be charming characters (whereas I grew seriously tired of Becky Bloomwood of the Shopaholic-series and found her less and less likeable), which is always a plus.
Lexi, our heroine, wakes up with amnesia and minor bruises after a car-crash. She doesn't remember anything from the past three years, where her life for some reason has taken a turn from the standard-dreary-bleary London-life to life in the fast lane with designer clothes, yummy hubby, gorgeous apartment, killer good-looks and a killer-job. But the problem is - Lexi doesn't remember how she got this way, and when she finds out, that her old friends despise her she is even more curious to find out what the heck happened to her, and why she left her old life behind her.
Its fun, its light, and surprisingly enough I was actually eager to get to the bottom of Lexi's life and find out how she became this succesful yuppie, marrying a London-millionaire!
Had it not been a light chick lit-read, I am pretty sure another type of author would have been able to make a bit more out of those typical subjects: mother/daughter relationship, marriage/single life, rich/poor and so on. But this is not supposed to be too psychological and all that jazz, its just for fun.
The ending fizzed out and wasn't that good, but overall I can recommend this for a light read on the beach or something like that. Not into chick lit? Then don't read it, you will not find it amusing at all.
- Couldn't Put it Down!
I own and have read all of Sophie Kinsella's books, and this woman has yet to disappoint me. Her writing is so funny and sharp, and her characters are always so realistic, even the over-the-top ones, like Lexi's husband, Eric. I found myself in Lexi's position, wanting to love Eric, but ending up completely repulsed, and vice versa with Jon. I also loved the added twist of all her BFF's hating her, but having her win them back. The scene with the muffin basket is unforgettable!
Ms. Kinsella, if you're reading this (doubtful!), you're my absolute hero!...more info
- A fun book to put a smile on your face
This book was a lot of fun to read. Lexi was such a fun character who at first appears to have gotten the dream transformation. I know I always pictured myself losing two clothing sizes, having perfect teeth, a handsome husband and a career on the fast track. But this book really makes you think if that is what is most important. The relationship between Lexi and Eric was so dysfunctional it was funny and I was rooting for Jon the whole time. I'm glad Lexi ended up sticking it to all the jerks at her company in the end and only wish I could have seen their reaction after they found out what Lexi achieved. Definitely recommend this as a put a smile on your face read.