Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

09 Jun
Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short and Penguin Random House for my copy of this book. Sophie Kinsella was my first favourite adult book, and I have loved all her books so far. I was very much looking forward to getting stuck into Surprise Me.

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Published February 8th 2018 by Transworld Digital



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 projects they will 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 unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.


My Thoughts:

I have loved all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I was sure I was going to love Surprise Me too. In fact, I did love it! I started to read this book in the waiting room of a hospital!! It was perhaps a little inappropriate for me to chuckling to myself about the things that Toby was doing in the first few chapters. Toby is a sideline character but he was my absolute favourite. He was so funny, and it was Toby that got me engrossed into the book rather than the main characters Sylvie and Dan. 

This was not my favourite of Sophie’s books, but when you write so many brilliant books, you set your standard so high. If this was the first Kinsella book I had read, I would be raving about how I had found another amazingly, funny, talented writer. In fact Kinsella is just that. The plot flowed, but not obvious in the way some chick lit stories are. There is definite character development as we see Sylvie and Dan surprise each other and how their marriage is affected by these unexpected events.  Along with that, the end was not at all what I was expecting, which is unusual for a chick lit book. There were a few parts of the story that I did not see coming, which was good. 

If I had read this and didn’t know the Author, I would have a good guess at Sophie Kinsella. My only request would be that Toby play more of a part because he was hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to Kinsella lovers, but if this was to be your first Kinsella book I would suggest reading her earlier ones first. 





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10 responses to “Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

  1. Lindsay | Bookboodle

    June 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I’ve not read any Sophie Kinsella books. It’s not really my go to genre but I know she’s incredibly popular. I have seen the Shopaholic movie though which I enjoyed 🙂

    • chocolatepages

      June 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      You’re right, she is very popular. I saw the movie too, and loved it. Isla Fisher is brilliant as Becky.

  2. Cozynookbks

    June 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Sounds interesting. 😊

  3. shazjera

    June 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I enjoyed this one too Amanda (a few people on my GR friends DNF). There was always more to Sylvie than the surface of those first chapters … You know when some characters names throw you? She didn’t seem like a ‘Sylvie’ to me at all! Thanks for linking #TalkoftheTown

    • chocolatepages

      June 10, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      You’re right Shaz, at the beginning she seemed a little PS, but then we get to know the real her. (who was a lot better).

  4. irena_bookdustmagic

    June 10, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Hi, I loved your review! I already knew I wanted to read this book, but you still got me soooo interested. Now I wonder if they’re even gonna stay together until the end… Don’t tell me, though! It would be a huge spoiler!

    • chocolatepages

      June 10, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Well….. do they stay together, do they split, does something else happen……..???? You will have to wait and see. xxx

  5. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    June 10, 2018 at 9:32 am

    My to-go is Janet Evanovich, I’ve never been a fan of Sophie Kinsella, but I am delighted you enjoyed the story and despite being a huge fan, the way you manage to bring up the fact it is a good one but not your favorite and to articulate the reasons why makes me love this review!

    • chocolatepages

      June 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you Meggy, that is a lovely compliment. I hope Kinsella’s next book will be better than this one, despite enjoying this I know she has better in her penmanship. xx


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