How would you feel if when you woke up 3 years had passed? You did not look the same, you did not know your husband and you had a whole new life. What would you do if you did not like the new you? This is the story of Lexi Smart a young woman who at 25 was known as straggle tooth as she stumbled through life. After a fall and a bump to her head she wakes up three years later a whole different person with perfect teeth and hair. This is her tale as she works on uncovering who she is and how she got there.
Madeleine Wickham is the author of this book written under the pen name of Sophie Kinsella. She has written 10 books under this name, 6 of these books are Shopaholic books and the other 4 are stand alone novels centering around various characters. Please see my other Sophie Kinsella reviews at http://books-treasureortrash.com/?s=sophie+kinsella. All of these novels including Remember Me are considered chick lit. Most of her books can also fall under comedy as they are usually funny and amusing, although Remember Me does not really fit into the comedy genre as it is more serious. The story is told in the first person narrative with Lexi’s voice and thoughts as we follow her through her life.
The story pulls us in from the first page when we are introduced to our main character Lexi Smart. She is 25 years old and she is happy in her life although things could be better. She has crooked teeth, a lousy boyfriend, her father just died and she missed the annual bonus because she was hired 2 weeks after the start of the bonus period. It is now 3 years later and a lot has happened to change Lexi’s life. She has a gorgeous and successful husband, her teeth have been straightened and she is in the best shape of her life. The only problem is she has a specialized amnesia and can not remember anything that has happened over the last 3 years.
The characters are interesting and I really liked Lexi’s little sister, I thought some of her antics were intriguing. This book takes a good look at family dynamics. It shows how families can help mold us and drive us to do the things we do. I enjoyed following Lexi’s journey of personal discovery as she pieced together her life. Getting to know her husband, finding out he wasn’t as perfect as he first appeared, but then who is? Lexi also learns the price she had to pay to go from junior clerk to executive. This is an enjoyable read, not really very deep but certainly fun.
If you are looking for an entertaining story about a young woman’s journey in rediscovering her life then I recommend this book. If you are expecting lots of humour you will not find it in this book and although it is not really funny it is still light reading.