Author: Sophie Kinsella
When 25-year-old Lexi Smart gets a hard knock in the head after a night with her friends, she expects to wake up hungover and sore in her Fi’s apartment. Instead, she’s in a private room in a London hospital, has perfect teeth, a Louis Vuitton bag, and picture perfect husband. Not to mention, she’s suddenly 28 years old! A car accident had taken away three years of her memory, making her forget how she ended up with a Cinderella storybook ending. However, all that glitters is not gold. As Lexi tries to retrace her steps and regain her memory, she realizes that maybe 28-year-old Lexi Smart and 25-year-old Lexi Smart aren’t even the same people.
Remember Me? was the second Sophie Kinsella novel that I’ve read. The first being Confessions of a Shopaholic. And I found that I had the same problems with Remember, that I did with Shopaholic.
I could not stand the characters.
In Shopaholic, I at least enjoyed the descriptions of why Rebecca’s shopping addiction was so addictive but she was still an irrational grown woman. In Remember, Lexi was too juvenile for me to enjoy. Had the book been about a 15-year-old girl waking up 25, I would’ve understood the thought process and emotional choices way more. But it was a 25-year-old woman waking up 28 and acting like she was 15.
The other characters were all kind of awful too. Lexi had a textbook dysfunctional family and didn’t even bother to deal with it until her gigolo boyfriend put her up to it.
Lexi found out that while she was successful and a big wig in her company, her old best friends couldn’t stand her because she was doing her job, AKA not playing favorites. They tell her that she’d turned into a bitch-boss. Lexi has a meltdown because she couldn’t believe that someone like her would ever abandon her BFFS! I couldn’t understand why a 25-year-old woman was so upset at the way life worked. As time goes on, sometimes people don’t go with you. But the majority of the book was her try to make her friends fall in love with the old her.
Lexi also found out that before the accident, she was having an affair with her husband’s architect, Joe. Her reaction was along the lines of “OMG I would never, look at my husband and my house why would I leave him OMG shut up”. Not once did Lexi ever wonder why she became someone who would cheat on a spouse. Even though her catalyst into a booming business woman was because she caught her then boyfriend cheating on her. In the end, she barely acknowledged what she did as negative because her husband wasn’t as perfect as she thought he was.
The entire book was variations of “OMG this isn’t me, I don’t do this, how did this happen?” and a ton of over the top unnecessary emotional workplace outbursts. Nothing about the book, besides the fact that she almost had sex with her husband, read that it was aimed at adult women. It was middle school at best.
And I don’t think you can excuse the writing as something that comes with the sub-genre of Women’s Fiction either. You can write a funny Women’s Fiction novel without regressing adult women into teenage girls who sometimes pay rent.
I didn’t like this book and at this point realize I probably don’t like Sophie Kinsella novels. Looking forward to starting my March read for ONTD’s book challenge. Stephen King recommended it so hopefully, it’ll be a good palate cleanser.