Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your Number

by Sophie Kinsella
Release date: 14th Frebruary, 2012
Publisher: The Dial Press
Pages: 433 (hardcover bought by me)
Summary from Goodreads:

I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite chick lit authors out there and I enjoy reading her books so much that I instantly pre-ordered I've Got Your Number as soon as I heard about it. My expectations were high, of course. Sadly, I didn't fall in love with it.

Yes, I laughed a lot and the plot was funny, simple and incredibly crazy which is Sophie's writing signature. But somehow this time the main character, Poppy, got on my nerves. Like, big, BIG time. Throughout the first half of the book I really wanted to grab her by her shoulders and shake her, or maybe slap her right there, I don't know.

The thing is, Poppy was really nice and caring but also immature (and she is 29 years old!), irresponsible and careless most of the time. And I found myself speaking out loud, trying to put some sense into her head more than I care to admit.
And I know these kind of books are fun because we like to read about normal girls finding love in the most unexpected way but... Ok, let me give you a short example of Poppy's behavior:

“All those unanswered emails that have been nagging away at me. All those poor ignored people trying to get in touch with Sam. Why shouldn’t I answer them? I’m doing him such a service! I feel like I’m repaying him [...].
In fact, what about a round-robin email telling everyone they’re fab? Why not? Who can it hurt?”

Really? You are doing him a favor by sending his whole company an e-mail and pretending you are him?! Really?! What if he gets in trouble?! Right, you didn't think about it, did you?... (I know I'm ranting, sorry).

So, during the first half of the book I wanted to slap her a few times. Gladly for me the other half was really better and Poppy kind of redeemed herself. By then she was starting to realize that she may had done a few reckless things and trying to sort them out.

The plot itself was really good and different. First we have a Poppy who is freaking out because she's lost her engagement ring in a hotel party, and then her cellphone is gone too, which means there's no way to contact her and give her back her ring is someone finds it. And her wedding is in a few days.
But then a small miracle happens and she finds a cellphone in a bin so, hey, who finds it keeps it, right? Turns out the cell belongs to a PA and her boss, Sam, is calling her with an emergency.
Which is why Poppy decides to help the guy out. And becomes some sort of PA in exchange of keeping the phone a few more days.

Soon we discover that her soon-to-be family-in-law is clever, like, all of them, including his fiance, are academics who like to write papers for every single small thing. And Poppy feels completely inferior and stupid compared to them.
Her fiance, Magnus, tries to protect her but at the same time lacks credibility. And although Poppy believes he is almost perfect the truth is different.

But my favorite character, by far, was Sam. Maybe he can be a little bit cold sometimes but he is also responsible and loyal. And that's the quality I value the most. And I enjoyed a lot his development throughout the book.

Overall I liked it but didn't love it which makes me feel sad. But if what you want is a fun and light read then this is certainly your book.

Alaiel's Rating:

**3.5 cheeses, in fact**

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  1. Sounds like a pretty funny and interesting premise. I love Kinsella's books. Too bad you didn't love this one.
    I think I'll give it a try anyway, I love her writing, she always makes me laugh like crazy.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

    Kar @ Pause Time

  2. Oh, yes, I had the same problems! I love a light chick lit book sometimes, but Poppy infuriated me too much. I couldn't even finish it! (I was listening on audio, which makes it a lot harder to deal with annoying characters.) Great review.

  3. @Kar: You should really give it a try :D As I said, I didn't love it but I did enjoy it. And thanks for reading :]

  4. @Karen: Honestly? I'm sure I couldn't have listen the whole audiobook neither... ^^U

    I'm glad you liked my review, thanks!

  5. For me this one was actually one of her books that I loved from start to finish. :) And I loved Sam too!


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