June 27, 2012 by Heidi
Title: 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.