Sophie Kinsella novels are perfect Summer reads, so I was very excited to read Surprise Me. The book has been on my radar ever since it came out, because it’s from Sophie Kinsella! The queen of chicklit! Sure it would be a great book.

So when I first went to the library (yay, I was so happy), I went straight to the K and picked this one. The book itself was a very inconvenient size, but it’s the inside that matters.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t working with me. So instead of reading this as a summer read in my bikini, I read it in bed. With cups of tea. While the rain was coming down hard. Oh well.

Here’s the synopsis 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 projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

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.

Also by Sophie Kinsella: Finding Audrey

The book review of Surprise Me

The negatives

Oh boy, I wish I didn’t have to say this, but I did not really like this book… The main character Sylvie is very annoying. She is naive and following other people’s paths instead of her own. She doesn’t really achieve anything and is blind to other people’s believes about her father. I found myself getting frustrated with her, and since she is the main character this was not a great thing.

I also found the idea a little sad. That they are panicking because they have a lot more years of marriage, is not really the reaction you would want. Especially in a romance novel.

The positives

When things go wrong in a Sophie Kinsella novel, they go wrong in an embarrassing, funny way. There are times where I didn’t want to read any further because I felt ashamed.

I also feel like the story is real for married people. When you know each other very well and you live an average life, you can all of a sudden think is this it? I like the real way – Project Surprise Me – Sylvie and Dan try to solve this feeling.

Although Sylvie was really annoying, she changes later on in the book. I liked that character development a whole lot.

One other thing: the plot twist was kind of unexpected for me. Which is a first for this kind of book and I liked it!

Final rating

Since I didn’t like the main character, which is a big part of the book, but thought the book was OK overall, I give it 3 out of 5 stars ⭐.

Which Sophie Kinsella book is your favorite?