Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

“Oh God. I’d forgotten about that. The girl’s homework task was all about wishes. Anna’s began My mummy’s wish is: and I carefully spelled out ‘word peace’ for her, rather than ‘to know what the fuck is up with her husband’.”

An entertaining novel that can be easily read in one sitting. A simple yet witty prose featuring a cast of lovable and quirky characters, and an endearing protagonist. Sylvie and Dan seem to be in complete sync. However, when they are told that their long life expectancy promises another good 68 years, troubles soon arise. Sylvie’s idea to ‘spice things up’ backfires, mishaps abound, as well as plenty of embarrassingly funny moments.
Sylvie was such an amusing narrator and I was happy to join her in her mis-adventures. Her neighbours, friends, colleagues and her husband were just as engaging. Kinsella has a knack for rendering all sorts of eccentric and all-too believable characters.
What I appreciated the most was that the humorous – or plain silly – moments are counteracted by more heart-warming scenes, and that all of it is woven into Sylvie’s every-day routine.
Light, tender, down-to-earth, this novel is the perfect pick-me-up.

“I remember this from when Daddy died – at first you’re numb. You function perfectly. You smile and crack jokes. You think, Wow, it’s actually all fine, I must be a really strong person, who knew And it’s only later that the pain swallows you up and you start dry-heaving into your sink.”

My rating: 3.5 stars

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