Review: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella


June 27, 2012 by Heidi

book cover of I've Got Your Number by Sophie KinsellaTitle: I’ve Got Your Number [Amazon|GoodReads]
Author: Sophie Kinsella [Website|Facebook]
Standing: Stand alone novel.
Genre: Chick Lit/Romance
Published: February 14th, 2012 by Random House Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover; 433 pages.
Source: Borrowed from my local library

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 realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

I love that people are constantly inventing new ways to fall in love.  I have always loved the stories of people falling in love through non-traditional means, and that is just what I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella has to offer.  It’s light, fun, and takes a not overly expected route to an expected ending.

It’s shameful, but if I had realized ahead of time that Sophie Kinsella was the author of the Shopaholic books I probably wouldn’t have ever bothered reading a review for I’ve Got Your Number.  Everything about the term “shopaholic” just screams ‘This book is not for you!’ to me, and so I’m glad I remained ignorant to that fact until I was thoroughly engaged with several very positive reviews of I’ve Got Your Number.  The cover?  Adorable, clean, and fitting, it grabbed my attention right off the bat.  The title?  That tongue in cheek dual meaning that makes me feel clever when I think ‘I see what you did there’.  And then there’s the fact that it’s set in London, which as an Anglophile I love.  I’ve Got Your Number won’t be making any of my favorites lists, but I did enjoy the ride.

Our lead, Poppy, was probably the biggest reason I didn’t fully click with  I’ve Got Your Number.  This girl is nosey and invasive in ways that absolutely horrify me.  I am an extremely private person, and I respect others’ privacy with that same fervent way of thinking.  I would never read someone else’s e-mail or private messages, not even those closest to me, and I would be pretty upset if anyone read mine.  Poppy does all of this.  When she finds the phone of Sam’s PA, she insists on keeping it, and forwarding him everything just as the assistant would have done, but she just can’t stop herself from getting involved in everything.  Not only does she read Sam’s private correspondence, she comments on it, and horror of horrors acts on it—actions that I absolutely cannot fathom and couldn’t really forgive her for.  Hard to like someone whose morals you consider to be pretty fast and loose, even (maybe especially) when they think they’re helping or doing the right thing.  All of that aside though, there were some aspects of Poppy’s personality that I found totally relatable.  She’s completely neurotic, always putting everyone else before herself, and pretty willing to believe that people think the worst of her.  It was these flaws that made me feel for this girl, and want her to come out ahead in the end.

And of course there’s the men (and of course it is men, plural).  Poppy is engaged, and one of the reasons she needs this phone so desperately is that not only is her wedding in about two weeks, she’s also gone and lost her engagement ring.  And not just any engagement ring, Magnus’s family heirloom ring.  Sam doesn’t really have to help Poppy out with the phone situation, or with any situation, but he does, thus proving that he is a good guy despite his brisk manner in personal correspondence.  I was a big fan of Sam, and he, more than Poppy, is what I liked about I’ve Got Your Number.  Yeah, maybe he’s a bit of a workaholic, but I love that he knows how to handle conflict, doesn’t care at all what others think, and is willing to go out of his way to help a girl who quite frankly needs more than just a phone.  Magnus, the fiancé, didn’t come across as a bad guy, but he didn’t come across as a particularly good one either.  He seemed pretty self-involved, wasn’t up-front with Poppy at times, and certainly didn’t try to help her out with her neurosis the way a guy should (no sweetie, my parents don’t hate you).

So basically, if you don’t abhor nosiness to the extent that I do, and you enjoy chick-lit, you’ll have fun reading Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number.  The plot requires a bit of suspension of disbelief in some places (because really, how hard would it have been to just go get a new phone?), but it’s still a chain of events one could totally imagine falling into place.  The characters are well drawn, believable, and there’s plenty of humor and awkwardness to get you through the day.

Likelihood that I’ll be back for more:  While I enjoyed I’ve Got Your Number, I don’t think Sophie Kinsella and I are destined for much of a future together.  Luckily, I’ve gotten some wonderful suggestions from book blogger friends, and plan on trying out authors like Jennifer Crusie, Julie James, and Kristen Higgens.

Recommended for: Chick lit fans, particularly those who enjoy contemporary, light, and fun romance.

Real life repercussions of reading this book:  Confession time: I totally fell in love with my boyfriend via G-Chat and text messages.  We’d only met each other in real life 2 times and lived over 1000 miles apart when we started dating.

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  1. Chachic says:

    I don’t think I would have been curious about this book if not for the positive reviews that I’ve seen about it. I read the Shopaholic books and though I enjoy shopping (books and clothes), I got so annoyed at the main characters. I also tried reading Kinsella’s other chick lit titles but didn’t end up loving them. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll like this one a lot more. Hope you get to read Julie James, Jennifer Crusie and Kristan Higgins soon, would love to know what you think of them.

    PS: When you live in the Philippines, you get used to how nosy people are. You know, we don’t even have a Filipino word for “privacy”. That’s how alien the concept is to our culture. LOL.

    • Heidi says:

      Hahaha, that’s kind of amazing actually. I had a very hard time when I first moved to New York because everyone is very much more up in your business, and I’m used to people just letting me be quiet and do my thing.

      I hope you do like this one more than you have her others! It seems like a lot of people have. I liked it well enough, but not so much that I really want to read anything else of hers.

  2. VeganYANerds says:

    I really like the cover too, this would jump out at me if I saw it in a store.

    I haven’t read any of her work but I have read a lot about her and this sounds fun, although I can see why you didn’t like Poppy, she sounds annoying!

    Great review, Heids!

  3. janicu says:

    I hear you with the privacy issue. I don’t think it bothered me as much because it worked within the story and were mostly work related emails. And I don’t mind nosy people either (*points at Chinese mom*). It sounds like you had fun reading this one even if you didn’t like Poppy’s actions with the snooping, so I’m glad that didn’t ruin the book for you. I recommend Julie James’ earlier two books for some humor but with heroines that can be taken a bit more seriously. I haven’t read enough Jennifer Crusie. And the Kristen Higgens book I tried was a DNF, so I’m not sure she works for me although she seems to work for everyone else. Maybe I need to try another one.

    Aw, that is a cute story about you and your boyfriend! :)

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Janice! Hehe, I think living with nosey people makes one much more okay with them. My family isn’t nosey at all, so I’ve never dealt with it well. I did enjoy this one anyway! I really liked Sam, and there were a couple of fantastic scenes.

  4. Catie says:

    Would it shock you to know that I love the Shopaholic books? I know that Sophie Kinsella writes the same thing over and over again but I will probably always be back for more. She just makes me laugh so much! That’s so awesome that you met your boyfriend over the internet – I’m assuming that you no longer live apart? Hope you like your further forays into romance!

    • Heidi says:

      That DOES shock me actually! But I don’t think it’s a bad thing! My best girlfriend has every Sophie Kinsella book ever on her shelves, and I kind of love that. This one did make me laugh! And no, we no longer live apart, we moved in together over three years ago. That’s how I ended up on this forsaken island so far from mountains and open air. =)

  5. I can’t handle Kinsella’s nosy characters either 😐 The Shopaholic books are like the annoyances you had about Poppy TO THE NTH. I enjoyed Can You Keep A Secret? but nothing makes me want to pick up a Kinsella book because I know these women will be doing all sorts of abhorrent things like spending frivolously, invading other people’s privacy, prattling on about every subject to strangers, etc. and it just gets tiring. I know the point of reviews is mostly to encourage others to read books or discourage them for x,y, and z reasons. This review, while positive, reminds me of what drives me up the wall about her books…so thanks for the reminder that I can keep pushing this down TBR mountain.

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, you are most welcome! And yes, I did enjoy this book, but it’s largely my dislike of the female lead that has me thinking I won’t be going back for more Kinsella. Especially since that seems to be the norm. I don’t need every main character to be best friend material, but if I’m kicking back for some light fun chick lit, I want it to be someone I’ll root for, you know?

  6. Amanda says:

    Aww I kind of adore Sophie Kinsella’s books. They’re just such fun and light chick-lit reads. Not quality work, but fun. I’ll probably pick up this when I feel like a fluff-book mood. She does have other books besides the Shopaholic books, if you ever do become interested in reading anything else of hers. I believe she also wrote some books under a pseudonym at one point. And I’m also an Anglophile, so I love that they’re all British.

    • Heidi says:

      It is perfect for when you’re in the mood for a fun light book! Particularly if you’re already a fan of hers. I’m just not sure I’d get along with any of her main characters, but I did enjoy this one!

  7. Angiegirl says:

    Amid all the zany in this book, I admired its restraint. If that makes sense. Worked for me.

    Good heavens, go read BET ME! It’s too much fun to miss. Think you’ll like Min more than Poppy.

    • Heidi says:

      Bet Me seems to be the Jennifer Crusie novel that EVERYONE suggests. And you know, when everyone suggests something, it’s usually a sign that they’re right!

  8. I enjoyed this one a lot more than I was expecting–I really appreciated Kinsella’s commentary on phones as central to our relationships/communication, and not to mention the increasingly hazy perception of privacy.

    • Heidi says:

      Agreed! The whole falling in love over technology aspect was one of my favorite parts of this story. It is, as you say, an interesting look at how technology is changing the way we communicate, view the world, and certainly our perceptions of privacy!

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