Friday Reads: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Friday Reads

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

This week’s book: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me Sophie KinsellaTitle: Surprise Me
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Dial Press
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 reveals they could 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 unshakeable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all… 

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There is something about Sophie Kinsella’s writing that is so fresh and fun. I have laughed out loud quite a few times so far while reading, which is something that I have come to expect from her novels. I am really interested in finding out how the end of this one shapes up.

Book Beginning:

It begins on our tenth anniversary. Who would have thought?

Actually, there are two things going on here: 1. Who would have thought it would all kick off on such an auspicious day? And 2. Who would have thought we’d make 10 years in the first place?

Friday 56:

I can see Professor Russell’s eyes meeting Owen’s briefly, and I’m suddenly sure without a doubt that they’ve heard Dan and me fighting. Great. But almost at once, Owen smiles kindly at me.

About Sophie Kinsella

Image of Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, and, most recently, Surprise Me. She lives between London and the country.

14 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

  1. Kym says:

    I’m a big Kinsella fan myself. Her books are so funny, and the characters are always a hot mess. If I even think my life is falling apart, I just go grab one of her books from my bookshelf.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I think… that this one just doesn’t sound like it is for me. I didn’t get that spark of interest while reading the synopsis. But I am glad that you are enjoying it. Maybe after your review, i will change my mind!

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