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Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Surprise Me

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
by Sophie Kinsella
Published by The Dial Press
on February 13th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Humor
Pages: 431
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5 Stars



After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

ARC smart and funny


Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella puts a lighthearted spin on the longevity of relationships.

Sophie Kinsella never fails to make me laugh. The humor that she infuses in her stories never disappoint and it is something to always look forward to. In Surprise Me, the character of Sylvie may be the quintessential Kinsella heroine, but in most ways she represents a woman who wants to maintain the spark in her marriage and life.

Sylvie, a daddy’s girl, may seem a bit immature at first, but one must keep in mind that these characters are still in their 20s. I found that this book had a bit more depth in its story and there were some serious issues interwoven within it. Honestly, the book only started to get good when the actual surprises started happening. After reeling from a diagnosis of a longer than average life span and marriage, both Sylvie and Dan want to get out of the monotony that it might entail. Their plan to surprise each other was a laugh riot. I mean, come on, surprises are not FUN, and something always goes wrong.


“If love is easy, then you’re not doing it right.” ~Tilda


Sylvie learns the hard way that love equals work and her view of it through her rose colored glasses isn’t always right. The added drama concerning her dad was actually an eye opening experience for her. I loved the way her character grew and she really wasn’t the same character that was introduced in the beginning (and that’s a good thing).

The one thing that I might not have liked about this story was the mentality that it was the end of the world to be married to the same person for a long time. Why the heck did they freak out so much over that fact, I never really understood. Dan with his calculations about how many times they would have sex was kind of funny though. Sylvie’s reaction even more so.

Kinsella’s ability to weave a story and inject the right amount of humor never fails. It’s good to know that she keeps her formula fresh and viable.

About Sophie Kinsella

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Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham.


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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

This sounds different, and I like that there was growth. However, I agree with you the idea of growing old together makes me smile and I’ve never thought of it negatively, but then I’ve been happily married for 30 years.


I have not read a Kinsella’s book in years. I love how quirky her characters are and they are always perfect as a beach read. Glad she has not lost her touch from what I hear from you.


It’s been a long time since I’ve read from Sophie Kinsella and I’m used to her ChickLit but this one sounds different, but a good kind of different. Need to add this to my list!

Lily B

“…mentality that it was the end of the world to be married to the same person for a long time” yeah not sure how I would feel about that

Mary Kirkland

Why would the fact that they might be together for many more years freak them out so badly. That’s kinda weird. An interesting story premise though.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

This sounds like it could be fun, if not a bit unrealistic. I mean, if I knew my husband and I had another 60+ years together I’d be ecstatic, not freaking out. That part seems a little… weird… but I can see what ensues being played for laughs. Glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

I really liked this one too and her character growth. I agree the premise that they were so freaked out to be with each other for that long never made as much sense to me but I guess it propelled the story. Great review!

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