I’ve been a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s novels since I read Confessions of a Shopaholic a few years ago. Since then, I’ve read the entire Shopaholic series and a couple of her other books and adored them. So of course, when I was walking by the book section of Target, I couldn’t help but grab off the shelf a copy of her new book, I’ve Got Your Number. And I very glad about my impulsive shopping tendencies because at a whopping $18 (I’m impulsive, yet cheap, people), I’ve Got Your Number was more than worth my money.
In Kinsella’s new book, Poppy just lost her very valuable engagement ring in a hotel. She has no idea where it went and is frantically pestering the hotel staff to help her find it. Unluckily, she doesn’t find it and leaves the hotel, only to have her cell phone immediately stolen. On the brink of a possible nervous breakdown, Poppy goes back into the hotel and happens to find a working cell phone in a trash can. “Finders, keepers,” Poppy thinks and decides to keep the phone and alerts the hotel staff to call her at a new number if they find her ring. Before she leaves the hotel, she finds out that the phone belonged to Sam’s, a serious businessman, PA. Poppy begs Sam to let her borrow his company’s phone for a while. Reluctantly, Sam agrees, which starts a rather fun and exciting turn of events.
Poppy is insanely likable. Possibly, even too likable which we later find out. She’s very good at putting her feelings aside, helping out others, and being extra nice and pleasant to everyone. Sam is quite the opposite. He’s curt, directive and doesn’t care if people like him. It’s very funny to see Poppy’s reactions to his emails, texts and etc. on the phone she stole/borrowed from him. As well, Poppy is engaged to Magnus, a very educated, slightly self-obsessed man that comes from a family of academics. Poppy dreads meetings with Magnus’ parents because they can be both incredibly intimidating and condescending.
In what I thought was going to be a fairly straightforward story, I’ve Got Your Number takes quite a few twists and turns. It becomes a bit of a mystery novel somewhere in the middle. It also tackles the characters’ emotions which gave this romantic comedy a nice depth to it. Kinsella brings to life such interesting and enjoyable characters. I didn’t think she could top someone like Shopaholic’s Rebecca Bloomwood, but I must admit she does that in this novel with Poppy Wyatt. I loved how oddly relevant it was to this day and age. Cell phones are a big part of our lives now. It was brilliant how Poppy had integrated herself so much into Sam’s life through his PA’s phone. As they text each other and spy on each other’s emails, they get to know one another better. There’s an intimacy that forms which for years people kept saying you couldn’t achieve through a screen. Technology has evolved so much that it has proven that it can happen.
I can’t recommend I’ve Got Your Number enough. I know it’s definitely chick lit, but it’s GREAT chick lit! It’s perfect for anyone looking for a funny, romantic modern-day tale.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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Publisher: The Dial Press (February 14, 2012)
Length: 448 pages
Source: First Edition, Hardcover
Genre: Fiction, Chick-lit, Comedy, Romance
Completed: March 2012