Remember Me?: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | September 29, 2009

bySophie Kinsella

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When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

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When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have ...

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"The author of the Shopaholic series adds a fun twist to a Cinderella story."—Redbook"Remember Me?" is good fun, a page-turner that will keep a reader up all night.”—AP “Quintessential Kinsella. It's a perfect pick for a spring-break read.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram"A delicious page-turner, filled with both hearty chuckles and heartache...

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret? She lives in England.From the Hardcover edition.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 1.16 inPublished:September 29, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tired premise, interesting spin Read a condensed version in RD Select Editions, but man, it was worth the while! The amnesia was a pretty common cliche, and so was a love triangle, but Madeline inserts this between the transition from school to the "real world", so it was a real shock to our MC to suddenly awake to discover a rich husband and exec position. The plot flows wonderfully, and that 'Bad Day' really topped the cake! As expected, a romantic comedy that will warm anyone's heart.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good beach book If you like other books by this author, you'll enjoy this one. A light and fun read.
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good beach book A book that keeps you entertained and rooting for the main character until the end. Sophie's quick wit and humor are displayed throughout, making you unwilling to put the book down. I've read my copy multiple times and it never fails to entertain. A great story on what the cost can be for success, and the importance of staying true to oneself to find happiness.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Loved the story, it had me instantly hooked.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I've been on a Sophie Kinsella kick for a while now and this one didn't disappoint!
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best readings ive ever had The storyline, the character, the joke, everything about this book is just so good.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kudos! Another awesome read by SK!
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Light Read I really liked the perspective that this book was written from. I really enjoyed learning about the main character as she learned it herself. Great read, light and enjoyable.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Loved It ! I very much enjoyed this book. It kept me interested in the story from beginning till end, but then again so do all of Sophie Kinsella's books. Her writing style is very similar in each book which i quite enjoy. I found while reading this book i was constantly interested to see how it would end and if Lexi would ever fully gain her memory back. I believe this book really shows you how much people change, especially how she changes into the kind of person she would have never been. It also shows you that having money isn't always what it is made out to be in life. She woke up to such an amazing rich life but wasn't happy with it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of suspense and humor. .
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book!! I loved this book!! Sophie Kinsella`s book are very entertaining and keep you interest from start to finish. Not as many funny parts as ''I've Got Your Number'', although there was one part that had me laughing so hard I was crying! However, this one was very interesting and kept me hooked the whole way through to see how things were going to turn out for Lexi. Starting the Shopaholic series now. Enjoy!!
Date published: 2012-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from remember me? I got this book as a christmas present one year and was never interested in it and all the shopaholic books. i had nothing to read for a while and i found this on my book shelf so i started reading it and couldnt put it down. it was a truly interesting book. thanks sophie..sorry i doubted you :)
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chick lit at it's finest I love chick lit, it relaxes me, takes me away to another place where things are simple, easy and happy. Sophie Kinsella's books are for me a perfect getaway from the everyday grind, I enjoyed her Shopaholic series, but I loved her other books more and "Remember Me" in particular. I was into it from the very first pages and can recall thinking that I hoped that I would be able to forget the details of the book quickly, so that I might reread it in a year or so. Well that's exactly what I did over the weekend and I loved it all over again! Thank you Ms. Kinsella for the hours of pleasure that you've given me so far and I hope for many more to come.
Date published: 2011-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Story! Not Believable! Not her best. The story is well written. The characters and storyline are not quite believable.
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't bad Not one of Kinsella's best. Although i did like the story line or having to forget who you are to remember who you are there was just something missing. Maybe it was how weird her husband was. I'm not sure. this is a book to pass the time with but nothing more.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I haven't read a book by Sophie Kinsella that I didn't like....and I've read them all.
Date published: 2010-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb! It was the first Kinsella book that I read and I absolutely loved it. It was an easy read and it had me litteraly laughing out loud!
Date published: 2010-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Clean, cool contemporary story about a girl who loses her memory and comes to discover with time, that her life is not at all she was hoping for nor is everything as it seems.Great consept for this story-Sophie Kinsella did it again.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from She's Done Better Cute. It had its moments but it took a while to get going. Not as good as Can You Keep A Secret?
Date published: 2010-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! This was one of my first "grown up" books as I had been reading titles like Wish, Keeping the Moon, Vinyl Princess and the Georgia Nicholson Series. I thought I would try something new, and I LOVED IT! It made me laugh and it had suspense. I especially liked that it was british because I know a lot of the slang and could relate to the book well. If you liked Shopaholic and you're looking for a good but funny book, you'll love this as well. It had friendship tests, humor, family problems, some scandalous acts and a few twists and turns.
Date published: 2010-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT Although this is not part of the Shopoholic Series, you can most certainly tell who wrote it. Kinsella's writing style is similar throughout most of her books, but irregardless of this I loved this story. Surley one of her best. I got a few laughs in and was very wrapped up in the story itself very early on. What a great read, I really enjoyed this one.
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read A truly enjoyable chick-lit that fulfills that curiosity of what would happen if you lost your memory. I would venture to assume that many of us have from time to time wondered what would happen if we lost our memory. Would we still be the same person we are at the moment, would our perspective and characteristics change or stay the same. I loved that Kinsella used this concept and made such an enjoyable read. Did I like the whole affair angle? Not at all. Especially since I couldn't help but feel for her husband who really had no clue what to do with this new woman who was polar opposite of what he'd married. Really enjoyed the journey that Lexi went through and I found once I started this book I couldn't stop.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kinsella Reaches into the Heart of her Characters. Kinsella is a good storyteller. The ending is where I began to ask questions like, why give up the gorgeous, wealthy husband? I had a hard time with the main character's decision to walk away from her wardrobe, her overall wealthy lifestyle, and a husband who in his own way loved her. Kinsella needs to paint a darker picture of the husband so the reader can empathize with the main character’s decision. Regardless, the book is a page turner.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite a Surprise! (No spoilers!) Ok, so this is not at all the type of book / story I usually like. But I decided I wanted a little break from my supernatural / vampire / vampire romance / thriller / horror type that I usually read (which I love). And I have to admit it was quite fun!! I wasn't very much into it at the beginning, but it grabbed my attention after a while; and I didn't like the main character's sister (Amy) at all; but thankfully she only appears a couple of times. It did make me laugh and it was very entertaining! So there’s Lexi, the main character, who has an accident; when she wakes up, she finds out that she has amnesia and she doesn’t remember anything that happened in the last three years. So it’s quite a mess, it’s fun, stressing, and exciting when you see what she goes through while trying to get back her memory. So to sum up, it is entertaining, and it will make you laugh! It was good, but not great!
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome!!!! Absoulty loved this novel...Shopie Kinsella is so great at what she does...couldn't put this one down!
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny book!! I like this book and I found it really entertaining. I wonder if she'll do a sequel????
Date published: 2009-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophie Kinsella meets Emily Giffin I love Sophie Kinsella's writing, and of course the Shopaholic series, but Remember Me? takes her writing to a new level, adding depth to the characters and the storyline, while still maintaining the easy, witty writing that Kinsella is known for. It's engaging and unpredictable, thought-provoking yet still fun. If you love Kinsella you'll like this book, but if you're looking for something less light-hearted, you will love it.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella (Book Review) Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella is now in paperback. Ms Kinsella is the author of the internationally best selling Shopaholic Series. She writes funny chic lit with happy endings and this novel has all her usual ingredients for a great read. It is a well written easy read that made me laugh out loud and cry for poor Lexi. The book’s ISBN is 05527727653 and it is published by Black Swan. The main character Lexi wakes up in a hospital after a car crash with amnesia and she thinks it is 2004 and she is most unhappy with her life. Gradually, she discovers that it is 2007 and all is prefect. She has a well toned body, she has fixed her teeth, she is no longer in a dead end job she is the director, the director from hell. She meets her husband a drop dead gorgeous millionaire and lives in a penthouse over looking the Thames. The novel is her journey in discovering her path to success. She learns her husband is a control freak and her friends have disowned her. Her sweet little sister is now a hormonal teenager and her job is way too competitive. She wonders is her life really that perfect? Then a hunky man turns up on her doorstep to reveal they are secret lovers. Followers of Sophie Kinsella and chic lit novels will enjoy this, I did. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great idea the story line of a girl loosing the memory of the last three years of her life and realizing she had lost herself over the years was brilliant. this is one of my favourite books and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Real Thinker When you read this book you tend to put your self in the place of the main character. You place your life as hers what and try and imagine the horror and the hardships that would come with loosing your memory and having to try and re learn everything you don’t remember. You tend to get stressed when people tell her things she doesn’t’ know if they are real or not because you yourself are basically being her in the book and are feeling what it would be like to be in a accident that changed your life. This book also shows how much a person life changes over such a short period of time and how much other people can have an affect on them. We are able to see in this book that one change in someone’s lives has a massive effect on everyone else if we know it or not. Sometimes the changes are not for the better sometimes it is. We are the main character here and we are learning that our life is nothing that we remember. The people she once knew doesn’t know her any more and she doesn’t know them ,people also now know her and she has no idea who they are and must try and place them where they belong in her life. It makes us realize how much we take little things for granted and how one little mistake can change the world we know so well. We need to understand that each day is not a given and we should also be prepared for the unexpected because you never know what can happen.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a page turner! Kinsella hits it right on the mark once again! This book was wonderful, and the ending couldn't get any better! I hope that she makes a sequel, and soon!
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ending I think Remember Me? had the perfect ending. Lexi Smart doesn’t have some brilliant flash of memory; things don’t come flooding back to her in grand, dramatic fashion. What happens seems more natural. It’s a thread, “gossamer thin” and it’s real. It’s something she can hold on to and use for the life she’s creating for herself. It’s not the picturesque life she thought she had, it’s a life that reflects the person she’s remembered. Remember Me? is definitely full of Sophie Kinsella’s style and humour. The story, however, didn’t have me yearning for more the way the Shopaholic series has or The Undomestic Goddess. I didn’t love Lexi the way I did Becky or Samantha. The meat of the story, the really interesting bits, doesn’t happen until a third of the way into the narrative. Lexi takes too long to learn about Eric. Maybe Jon should have been introduced sooner. It is a really enjoyable story and an excellent stand-alone book. I just found Lexi’s friends and family frustrating and extremely unhelpful towards someone who has amnesia. It fueled the plot, but made me a bit angry at the supporting characters. Remember Me? was an easy read and a unique story. However, it didn’t leave me with the same good feeling as Kinsella’s other works.
Date published: 2009-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read Remember Me? is a witty, fun read. A nice change from the Shopoholic series! To think how you would feel losing your memory of the past 3 years is rather scary - this book lets us know we shouldn't take our daily lives for granted. Loved the characters, the creative plot setting and that standard, bizzare humour that Sophie Knisella has us all hooked on!
Date published: 2009-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Funny, an Absolute Page-Turner. I really like Sophie Kinsella's novels and this one was no different. I loved this book. So funny and so witty. It really brings up some great questions. What would you do if you couldn't remember the last 3 years of your life? I would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2009-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite good. I've read the "Shopaholic series" by Sophie Kinsella and enjoyed them all. This one is another one that I enjoyed. The POV in this is clear and enables the reader to feel just as the main character does. Lexi has an accident while hailing a taxi at 25, when she wakes up 3 years has passed and she doesn't recall the past few years. The reader feels her pain and frustrations as she struggles with regaining her memory and the betrayals that unfold about her own life. Slowly she starts piecing the puzzle back together and right when she thinks she has it another curve ball is thrown her way. Be prepared for a few chuckles and a few sighs of exasperation for Lexi, she experiences a lot in this one. What I really liked about this story is that it made me sit back and reflect on my own life, what my life would be like if I just woke up and had forgotten the past 3 years of my life, waking up to that would be terrifying as so much changes in such little time. It is quite a good conversation piece too. I know I will be picking this book up again to read while I enjoy my favorite chocolate, or bubble bath. It is a comforting read. As a side note, whenever I read novels like this I always tend to read them with an English accent which helps the giggle factor .... well for me anyways.
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More great Chick Lit Remember Me? is another fun read by Sophie Kinsella. It's a light read that only took me a day, but I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Lexi Smart wakes up from an accident with amnesia and has to learn about the last 3 years of her life from the various people around her - which is somewhat complicated by people who omit details or flat out lie to her. There are many humourous situations as she tries to learn about who she has become and attempts to fit back into her 'new' life (which includes a faboulous new lifestyle, hot hubby, successful career and closet full of designer clothes and shoes). Personally, I prefer this book and the Undomestic Goddess by Kinsella over her Shopaholic series. But if you enjoy Kinsella's writing you will enjoy this title.
Date published: 2009-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Remember Me? Lexi Smart awakens in a hospital having lost all of her memories of the past three years of her life. She remembers herself as snaggletoothed, frizzy-haired, broke, plump and miserable...but somehow she has a Louis Vuitton bag, a skinny body, perfect teeth, perfect hair...and the perfect husband?? The car accident she was in...in her Mercedes...has left Lexi with amnesia and somehow she must figure out just how in the heck her life changed so dramatically. Sophie Kinsella's stories are always good for a laugh. They are fluffy, funny and you can finish them in a few hours. I really liked the concept of Remember Me? and was cracking up at all the messes Lexi got herself into and tried to get herself out of. Kinsella has an amazing ability to make very likable characters and to make you laugh. I have read The Undomestic Goddess though which I liked better, mostly because I laughed more, and which, for me, had a more satisfying ending. I would have liked to see an epilogue or a longer last chapter for Lexi's story. That said, I bought Confessions of a Shopaholic and look forward to reading more of Sophie Kinsella's novels. My Rating: 3.5
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was looking forward to reading this book, but as I got into it I was disappointed. Boring storyline, predictable ending, and so many unconvincing and cheesy moments.
Date published: 2008-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!! I couldnt put it down, I just wanted to know what happend next! Sophie Kinsella knows how to bring a character to life. You almost feel like your there and watching all this unfold wondering if lexi will ever get her memory back and does she really go back to her old life or start a new one with another guy? oh I said too much! Definately a good book to share with the girlfriends..... I highly recommend it!!
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light Fun Read I have an up and down relationship with Sophie Kinsella - I read the first couple of Shopaholic books and really enjoyed them. Then the third book came out and Becky didn't learn a thing and was so annoying that I wanted to strangle her and I swore I would never read Kinsella again. But then the Undomesticated Goddess came out, and as a lawyer who works at a bookstore I love books where lawyers hate it and do something else, so I had to read it. And I loved it. Kinsella can write fun fluffy books that will make you laugh or smile, and if you don't hate the main character they are a fairly safe bet - if you like one, you'll probably like them all. So that is my Sophie Kinsella baggage (but don't get me started on Madeleine Wickham - Kinsella writes those books as well but I just can't seem to finish one.) and I am now free to review Remember Me? It is the story of Lexi who wakes up in the hospital and can't remember any of the last three years of her life - including her dad's funeral, her marriage, her stint on reality tv, her makeover and her new job. It was an interesting premise - because in so many books the main characters (especially the women) want to be rich, have a good career, the fancy husband, the weight-loss and the makeover and that will be their happy ending. Here, we are starting at this point and Lexi isn't happy. Her life is not what she expected at all, and she is trying to turn back the clock and undo the success to find out what went wrong. It is not as hilarious as some people find other Kinsella books, but I thought it was nice light read for the beach. I liked Lexi and I enjoyed the ending. I would definitely recommend Emily Giffin for those who want to move up in the chic lit world.
Date published: 2008-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute and fast read Remember Me was a cute and fast read. Lexi wake sup from an accident having lost the last three years of her life. Shes very confused but also happy, because things seem to be great. They are not great though. Her husband, although rich and handsome, is not someone she can connect with. Her new best friend is shallow and not at all reliable, and all her old friends can't stand to be around her. Jon, a man who works with her husband pays special attention to Lexi, and as kind as he is, Lexi doesn't want to be a cheater or complicate her life anymore. She just wants to find herself, get her old friends back, and be happy. I wont give it away, but Lexi does end up with a man at the end of the book. I believe I was the right choice. The bedroom door is closed on this romance, but it was a light, quick read. I liked it. I want to read more this author, so I'll give it a B.
Date published: 2008-06-09

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Chapter OneHow long have I been awake? Is it morning yet?I feel so rough. What happened last night? God, my head hurts. Okay, I'm never drinking again, ever. I feel so woozy I can't even think, let alone . . . ***Oww. How long have I been awake?My head is splitting and kind of foggy. And my mouth is parched. This is the most monster hangover I've ever had. I'm never drinking again, ever.Is that a voice?No, I have to sleep . . . ***How long have I been awake? Five minutes? Half an hour, maybe? It's kind of hard to tell.What day is it, anyway?For a moment I just lie still. My head is pounding with a rhythmic pain, like some sort of massive concrete-breaker. I'm dry-throated and aching all over. My skin feels like sandpaper.Where was I last night? What's wrong with my brain? It's like a fog has descended over everything. I'm never drinking again. I must have alcohol poisoning or something. I'm trying to remember last night as hard as I can-but all that's coming into my head is stupid stuff. Old memories and images from the past, flashing by in random order, like some kind of iPod shuffle in my brain.Sunflowers waving against a blue sky . . . Amy as a newborn baby, looking like a little pink sausage in a blanket . . . A plate of salty french fries on a wooden pub table; hot sunshine on my neck; my dad sitting opposite in a Panama hat, blowing out cigar smoke and telling me, "Eat up, sweetheart" . . . The sack race at school. Oh God, not this memory again. I try to block it out, but too late, it's rushing in. . . . I'm seven years old, it's sports day, and I'm winning by miles, but it feels so uncomfortable to be out front that I stop and wait for all my friends. They catch up-then somehow in the melee I trip and wind up coming in last. I can still feel the humiliation, hear the laughter, feel the dust in my throat, the taste of bananas . . . Hang on. Somehow I force my brain to hold steady for a moment.Bananas.Through the fog another memory is glimmering. I'm desperately trying to retrieve it, to reach for it . . . Yes. Got it. Banana cocktails.We were drinking cocktails at some club. That's all I can remember. Bloody banana cocktails. What on earth did they put in them?I can't even open my eyes. They feel heavy and stuck down, like that time I used false eyelashes with dodgy glue from the market, then tottered into the bathroom the next morning to find one eye glued shut with what looked like a dead spider on top of it. Really attractive, Lexi.Cautiously, I move a hand up to my chest and hear a rustle of sheets. They don't sound like the ones at home. And there's a weird lemony smell in the air, and I'm wearing some soft cottony T-shirt thing I don't recognize. Where am I? What on earth-Hey. I didn't score, did I?Oh wow. Was I unfaithful to Loser Dave? Am I wearing some hot guy's oversize T-shirt which I borrowed to sleep in after we had passionate sex all night and that's why I feel so bruised and sore-No, I've never been unfaithful in my life. I must have stayed overnight with one of the girls or something. Maybe I'll get up, have a shower . . . With a huge effort I wrench my eyes open and incline my head a few inches.Shit. What the hell-I'm lying in a dim room, on a metal bed. There's a panel of buttons to my right, a bunch of flowers on the nightstand. With an inward gulp I see an IV drip in my left hand, attached to a bag of fluid.This is unreal. I'm in hospital.What's going on? What happened?I mentally prod my brain, but it's a big, stupid, empty balloon. I need a strong cup of coffee. I try peering around the room for clues-but my eyes don't want to peer. They don't want information, they want eyedrops and three aspirin. Feebly I flop back onto the pillows, close my eyes, and wait a few moments. Come on. I have to be able to remember what happened. I can't have been that drunk . . . can I?I'm holding on to my one fragment of memory like it's an island in the ocean. Banana cocktails . . . banana cocktails . . . think hard . . . think . . . Destiny's Child. Yes! A few more memories are coming back to me now. Slowly, slowly, in patches. Nachos with cheese. Those crummy bar stools with the vinyl all split.I was out with the girls from work. At that dodgy club with the pink neon ceiling in . . . somewhere. I can remember nursing my cocktail, totally miserable.Why was I so down? What had happened-Bonuses. Of course. A familiar cold disappointment clenches my stomach. And Loser Dave never showed up. Double whammy. But none of that explains why I'm in hospital. I screw up my face tight, trying to focus as hard as I can. I remember dancing like a maniac to Kylie and singing "We Are Family" to the karaoke machine, all four of us, arm in arm. I can vaguely remember tottering out to get a cab.But beyond that . . . nothing. Total blanko.This is weird. I'll text Fi and ask her what happened. I reach toward the nightstand-then realize there's no phone there. Nor on the chair, or the chest of drawers.Where's my phone? Where's all my stuff gone?Oh God. Was I mugged? That has to be it. Some teenager in a hoodie clonked me over the head and I fell down in the street, and they must have called an ambulance and-An even more horrendous thought grips me. What underwear was I wearing?I can't help giving a small moan. This could be seriously bad. This could be the scaggy gray knickers and bra I only put on when the hamper is full. Or that faded lemon thong with the fraying edge and cartoon of Snoopy.It wouldn't have been anything posh. I mean, you wouldn't for Loser Dave-it'd be a waste. Wincing, I swivel my head from side to side-but I can't see any clothes or anything. The doctors must have incinerated them in the special Hospital Incinerator for Scaggy Underwear.And I still have no idea what I'm doing here. My throat's feeling really scratchy and I could die for a nice cool glass of orange juice. Now that I think of it, where are all the doctors and nurses? What if were dying?"Hello?" I call out feebly. My voice sounds like someone dragging a grater over a wooden floor. I wait for a response, but there's silence. I'm sure no one can hear me through that thick door.Then it occurs to me to press a button on the little panel. I select the one that looks like a person, and a few moments later the door opens. It worked! A gray-haired nurse in a dark blue uniform enters and smiles at me."Hello, Lexi!" she says. "Feeling all right?""Um, okay, thanks. Thirsty. And my head hurts.""I'll fetch you a painkiller." She brings me a plastic cup full of water and helps me up. "Drink this.""Thanks," I say after gulping the water. "So . . . I'm guessing I'm in hospital? Or, like, a really high-tech spa?"The nurse smiles. "Sorry. Hospital. You don't remember how you got here?""No." I shake my head. "I'm a bit hazy, to be honest.""That's because you had quite a bump on the head. Do you remember anything about your accident?"Accident . . . accident . . . And suddenly, in a rush, it all comes back. Of course. Running for the taxi, the paving stones wet with rain, slipping on my stupid cheap boots . . . Jeez Louise. I must have really bashed my head."Yeah. I think so." I nod. "Kind of. So . . . what's the time?""It's eight o'clock at night."Eight o'clock? Wow. I've been out of it for a whole day?"I'm Maureen." She takes the cup from me. "You were only transferred to this room a few hours ago. You know, we've already had several conversations.""Really?" I say, surprised. "What did I say?""You were a little slurred, but you kept asking if something was 'baggy.' " She frowns, looking perplexed. "Or 'scaggy'?"Great. Not only do I wear scaggy underwear, I talk about it to strangers."Scaggy?" I try to appear baffled. "I've no idea what I meant.""Well, you seem fully coherent now." Maureen plumps up my pillow. "Is there anything else I can get you?""I'd love some orange juice, if there is any. And I can't see my phone anywhere, or my bag.""All your valuables will have been put somewhere safe. I'll just check." She heads out and I look around the silent room, still dazed. I feel like I've put together only a tiny corner of the jigsaw puzzle. I still don't know which hospital I'm in . . . how I got here . . . Has anyone told my family? And there's something else nagging at me like an undertow . . . I had been anxious to get home. Yes. That's right. I kept saying I needed to get home, because I had an early start the next day. Because-Oh no. Oh fuck.My dad's funeral. It was the next day, eleven o'clock. Which means . . . Did I miss it? Instinctively I try to get out of bed-but even sitting up makes my head lurch. At last, reluctantly, I lie back down. If I've missed it, I've missed it. Nothing I can do about it now.It's not like I really knew my dad well. He was never around that much; in fact, he felt more like an uncle. The kind of jokey, roguish uncle who brings you sweets at Christmas and smells of drink and cigarettes.Nor was it a massive shock him dying. He was having some big heart bypass operation, and everyone knew there was a 50-50 risk. But still, I should have been there today, along with Mum and Amy. I mean, Amy's only twelve-and a timid little twelve at that. I suddenly have a vision of her sitting in the crematorium next to Mum, all grave under her Shetland pony fringe, clutching her raggedy old Blue Lion. She's not ready to see her dad's coffin, not without her big sister to hold her hand.As I lie there, imagining her trying to look brave and grown up, I suddenly feel a tear rolling down my face. It's the day of my dad's funeral, and here I am in hospital with a headache and probably a broken leg or something.And my boyfriend stood me up last night. And no one's come to visit me, I suddenly realize. Where's all my anxious friends and family, sitting around the bed and holding my hand?Well, I suppose Mum's been at the funeral with Amy. And Loser Dave can sod off. But Fi and the others-where are they? When I think how we all went to visit Debs when she had her ingrown toenail removed. We all practically camped on the floor, and brought her Starbucks and magazines, and treated her to a pedicure when it was healed. Just for a toenail.Whereas I've been unconscious, with an IV drip and everything. But obviously no one cares.Great. Just bloody . . . brilliant.Another fat tear trickles down my face, just as the door opens and Maureen comes in again. She's holding a tray, and a plastic bag with Lexi Smart written on it in thick marker."Oh dear!" she says as she sees me wiping my eyes. "Is the pain very bad?" She hands me a tablet and a little cup of water. "This should help.""Thanks very much." I gulp down the pill. "But it's not that. It's my life." I spread my arms hopelessly. "It's total rubbish, from start to finish.""Of course it's not," Maureen says reassuringly. "Things might look bad-""Believe me, they are bad.""I'm sure-""My so-called career is going nowhere, and my boy friend stood me up last night, and I haven't got any money. And my sink keeps leaking rancid brown water into the flat below," I add, remembering with a shudder. "I'll probably get sued by my neighbors. And my dad just died."There's silence. Maureen looks flummoxed."Well, that does all sound rather . . . tricky," she says at last. "But I expect things will soon turn around for the better.""That's what my friend Fi said!" I suddenly have a memory of Fi's eyes shining in the rain. "And look, I end up in hospital!" I make a despairing gesture at myself. "How is this turning around for the better?""I'm . . . not sure, dear." Maureen's eyes are darting helplessly from side to side."Every time I think everything's crap . . . it just gets even crapper!" I blow my nose and heave a massive sigh. "Wouldn't it be great if just once, just one time, life fell magically into place?""Well, we can all hope, can't we?" Maureen gives me a sympathetic smile and holds out her hand for the cup.I pass it back-and as I do so, I suddenly notice my nails. Bloody hell. What on earth-My nails have always been bitten-down stumps that I try to hide. But these look amazing. All neat and varnished pale pink . . . and long. I blink at them in astonishment, trying to work out what's happened. Did we go for a late-night manicure last night or something and I've forgotten? Did I get acrylics? They must have some brilliant new technique, because I can't see the join or anything."Your handbag's in here, by the way," Maureen adds, putting the plastic bag on my bed. "I'll just go and get you that juice.""Thanks." I look at the plastic bag in surprise. "And thanks for the bag. I thought it had been nicked."That's something good, anyway, to have got my bag back. With any luck my phone will still be charged up and I can send a few texts. . . . As Maureen opens the door to leave, I reach into the carrier-and pull out a smart Louis Vuitton tote with calfskin handles, all glossy and expensive-looking.Oh, great. I sigh in disappointment. This isn't my bag. They've got me mixed up with someone else. Like I, Lexi Smart, would possess a Louis Vuitton bag."Excuse me, this bag isn't mine," I call out, but the door has already closed.I gaze at the Louis Vuitton wistfully for a while, wondering who it belongs to. Some rich girl down the corridor, must be. At last I drop it onto the floor, flop back on my pillows, and close my eyes.From the Hardcover edition.

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