Thursday, February 9, 2012

Julie's Review: I've Got Your Number

Summary: 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: In three words: vintage Sophie Kinsella. Poppy is hilarious. Right off the bat I knew I'd like her. She's a good person, she's happy and she's getting married to someone she's dated for a few months; Magnus. The thing about Poppy is she's a little scatterbrained, which leads to her misplacing her engagement ring...a family heirloom! She's in such a state that she's not aware of her surroundings and her phone gets snatched. Like most of us, her phone is the ties to her life. Somehow she finds a phone that was pitched in the trash and decides to use it. This is where the story gets funny and endearing.

I think we all know where the book is going to end up but it's the ride that carries the book. Poppy gets herself into all sorts of trouble by trying to be helpful. She's just that kind of person to try to help someone she views as needing help. She sees Sam as uptight and made of stone. He sees her as a people-pleaser with an inability to stand up for herself. Are they both right? I'm not going to spoil that for you.

The way that  Ms. Kinsella tells a good portion of the story is through the text and emails that Sam and Poppy send back and forth, along with commentary by Poppy. We also get to know more of Poppy's thoughts through the use of footnotes. I have to say at first I found them a bit annoying but I did get used to them and they did add a bit of humor to the story (not that it didn't have it in the regular text).
Of course there is always some kind of misunderstanding but it was clever and charming. As always, the secondary characters were colorful and different from each other. No one was a cookie cutter or stereotypical character.

This is definitely high up there on my list of favorite Sophie Kinsella books but I will always recommend
Can You Keep a Secret?, Twenties Girl and The Undomestic Goddess religiously.

If you are a fan of Sophie Kinsella's books, then you definitely shouldn't miss out on I've Got Your Number.

Final Take: 4.75/5



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