Sunday 20 May 2012

Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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. (via Goodreads)

If you've read any of Sophie Kinsella's other books, it's likely that you'll recognise the same traits in Poppy as you would expect to find in Kinsella's other protagonists. Poppy is a professional young woman with a heart of gold who tends to put that heart first instead of her head. The result is a series of unexpected, yet self-provoked, incidents with the undeniable ability to make a person cringe!

And cringe I did, especially at the beginning! I found Poppy to be very annoying. Not that I was surprised by this Kinsella's characters all have a tendency to test my patience at some point. What I didn't like about Poppy were the people-pleasing aspects of her personality which tended to get her into large muddles with those around her. The only person she didn't seem all that interested in pleasing was Sam, the owner of the mobile phone she finds in a hotel lobby bin.

But, the story really grew on me. After I got past my initial hang-ups and became used to Poppy, I began to accept her. The best thing about the book was seeing her relationship with Sam grow, and observing all the ways they end up helping each other.

Also, Kinsella's writing is still on top form here. I really admire that certain cinematic flow her books seem to have; as if you can imagine them being played out on screen with little adaptation.

I've Got Your Number is a very clever story, and once you get past all those initial annoyances it's easy to enjoy. Definitely worth a read!

Rating: 4 / 5

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