Apr 28, 2008

I Wouldn't Want to Remember Her Either...

Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me? reveals how changes to one's life can be bad, as well as good. The novel centers on a young businesswoman, Lexi Smart, who wakes up in a hospital after a car accident and cannot remember the last three years of her life. The last thing she remembers is that it is 2004 and she was out with friends at a local bar the night before her father's funeral, having fun before she fell down a set of stairs.

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Lexi wakes up and her mom is the same she ever was, but her sister has grown up into a teenager. Lexi cannot believe her eyes; her little sister has grown up and is a sarcastic, budding criminal. She also finds out that she is married to a hot stud, who happens to be a millionaire and knows how to drive a speedboat. This part of the description cracked me up. Why would it matter if he can drive a speedboat, but I guess it does to Lexi who is obsessed with all things material. She also discovers that she is now the director of her department and is a total B**ch boss who has lost all of her friends, including those she remembers from the night at the bar in 2004.

She struggles to remember any part of the last three years, including her time on a reality television show, much like the Apprentice. But she cannot remember a thing. To help Lexi out, her hot husband, Eric, gives her a "marriage manual." The manual spells out how often they have sex, how they have sex, how she greets him, how they say goodbye in the mornings, how they initiate foreplay, etc. It is a step-by-step process to their relationship and marriage. A bit overwhelming for a woman with amnesia, but beyond that the manual makes their marriage seem more like a business transaction.

Throughout her re-acclimation to her "new" life, Lexi learns that she also was having an affair with Eric's business partner and architect, Jon. Jon, who claims that they are in love and were on the verge of telling Eric, cannot believe that she does not remember him. Moreover, Lexi must return to a job that she does not feel comfortable performing and cannot imagine ever being capable of performing. Worse yet, her subordinate, Byron, is after her job and wastes no time putting her down when she returns from the hospital.

Despite her best efforts to save her job and her marriage, Lexi fails to save her department, but in the process finds her inner businesswoman and learns how to be independent and self-sufficient without injuring her friends. The part that is the most accurate in the book is that she fails to fully regain her memory by the end of the book, though there is a glimmer of hope.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this journey with Lexi Smart. She may have changed her life in the three years she cannot remember, but she changes the most in those months following her car accident more profoundly than she did after her father's death.

I'm not sure I would want to remember myself if I had changed so utterly in those three missing years. There is a significant disconnect between the woman she was in 2004 and the woman she became into 2007.

Those interested in the contest, please either post an original poem or your favorite poem in the comments by May 2, and I will post the winner on May 3.

For other Reviews of this book:

A Girl Walks Into a Bookstore


Anna said...

I enjoyed this book as well, and I'm glad Kinsella didn't have her miraculously recover her memories at the end.

Not only does it show how drastically people can change, but it also shows how we can fix things if we try.

Lexi really was very materialistic. So what that her husband was hot, you could tell off the bat that he had no personality. But she tried her best to be impressed with the house and the clothes and the cars. I would've left him as soon as I found out we had separate rooms and he scolded me for leaving my briefcase by the door and my shoes on the floor of my private bedroom. What a loser?

Oh, and the Monte Blanc? The BEST part of the book!!!

Serena said...

The Monte Blanc was hilarious. Reminds me of our conversation today on our walk! LOL

I really enjoyed this book, but I wonder if Lexi is really Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series. They are so similar in tone and behavior in some parts.

Eric was all business all the time, and that would have bothered me from the first moment. I was also annoyed when he told her--after she provided her opinion to his business partners about a worker's bonus--that he was not interested in opinions and that she should NEVER do it again.

Anna said...

Yeah, he was a real jerk right from the get-go.

I also see the similarities with Becky, but I love Becky so much more than Lexi!

Katherine said...

I'm sorry I missed the contest!

At any rate, my review of the book can be found here: