Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Title:I've Got Your Number
Author:Sophie Kinsella
Random House Publishing Group
Pub. Date:2/14/2012
ISBN:0385342063 (ISBN13: 9780385342063)

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 the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all 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 realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)

Poppy Wyatt is about to embark on the life she always wanted. Engaged to the brilliant and handsome Magnus Tavish, Poppy is ready to move forward with the wedding. If she can find the antique family heirloom Magnus gave her as an engagement ring. After she gets her cell phone stolen too, Poppy really starts to worry until she finds a cell in the trash of a hotel. Now she can use that number to have to hotel call her when they find her ring. The phone introduces new chaos into Poppy's life as she discovers it belonged to the assistant of a very busy businessman, Sam Roxton. Poppy makes a deal with Sam that allows her to keep the phone if she forwards his messages. Poppy is soon caught up in Sam's life as well as trying to wade through her own mess, and soon she finds that she may be the key to solving a major crisis of Sam's. If she can survive her own crises that is.

So I love Sophie Kinsella books, and this one was no exception. It has her usual charm and wit. I kind of felt like the last Shopaholic book or two were beginning to feel a bit formulaic, so I was worried that I may not enjoy this one. However, I was happy to see that Sophie Kinsella is able to keep the things I love about her writing, and these new characters kept things feeling a bit fresher. I didn't quite get Poppy and Magnus as a couple in the beginning, but things made much more sense in the end. I also loved the use of the cell phone as a plot point. It really helped show how much our communication has changed with people. It is much more common to text and use technology to communicate, but I think some people think this isolates us from others. I've always felt like it helps me reach more people; people I would never be able to talk to otherwise. This book did a great job of showing how technology can actually bring people together.

Naturally there's not going to be anything earth shattering and new in this book, but there doesn't have to be. More than anything this book is fun! It's a great relaxing read. There are even a couple surprises in this book. People who don't like Sophie Kinsella are not going to like this book. That's pretty much a given. However if you are someone who enjoyed her books in the past, even if you are like me and felt some of the charm wearing off the latest Shopaholic books, give this one a try. It is a fast and fun read.

Galley provided for review.


city said...

nice idea.. thanks for posting.

Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea said...

I agree, the Shopaholic Series has started to become a bit repetitious after a while so I was the same as you when I picked up one of her next books.

I've heard so many people say I've Got Your Number won't be their favourites but I LOVED it! I think it's my favourite so far (along with Twenties Girl) and I'm glad I'm not alone. :)

Elizabeth Barbarick said...

Sounds like a great book! I haven't read this one yet but I know I will soon. Thanks for the review!