Book Review: I’ve Got Your Number By Sophie Kinsella
How Excited Was I To Read I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella? I was traveling and saw this on the (freely available) bookshelf in the hotel library. I was pretty worn out. The immediate reaction was, “Ahhh!”
How Excited Was I When I Finished This Book?: 2.5/5. I’m going back to out of five. It’s just better. I was laughing aloud while reading it. My boyfriend thought it must be the funniest book I’d ever read. But at the end of the day, I could take it or leave it. 2.5 for having provided me with a pleasant couple of escapist evenings.
Book Jacket: 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: This book was pretty standard Sophie Kinsella-fare. So if you like that, pick it up! Have fun! Kinsella is undoubtedly a funny writer. Even when I am exasperated with her characters, or straight up not sure I even like them, she manages to make me laugh.
But at a certain point, these borderline helpless women can get a little old! Oh at the end the main character always realizes her own self-worth and has some fabulous guy waiting in the wings to remind her. But they tend to be ditzy, irresponsible, gullible… and that may amount to loveable, but can’t main characters be competent and loveable too?
Maybe I’m being unfair. After all, Poppy is a very good physical therapist – she finds fulfillment in her chosen profession, etc. But so far as I could tell she was pretty terrible at all of her personal relationships, and her insecurity was a little overwhelming. I actually think that’s one reason her Shopaholic series didn’t translate well to the big screen - making a movie of the book showed just how messed up Becky Bloomwood really was! And not necessarily in a loveable way!
I rooted for Poppy, sure. She was a sweetheart. She’s the opposite of his hard-edged crazy ex-girlfriend, a fellow consultant at work. She even rescues the guy (Pretty Woman moment!) But next time, can she save the guy with a little more than signing e-mails with xxxs and ooos and being such a sweetheart? Kthxbye, Sophie Kinsella! I’m still sure to buy your next book!
(Sidenote: My favorite Kinsella book is probably The Undomestic Goddess. It’s about a corporate lawyer who runs away from her job and finds happiness anonymously as a housekeeper. Kinsella is a former financial journalist, so she has some corporate background here. Does she really always have to make the female lawyers or consultants bad guys or positions from which to escape?) (It’s still a fun read though!)
Sexual Tension Factor: Kinsella always writes these perfect (and perfectly flawed) men. I did like the ending. That’s all I’ll say!
Recommended for: Heading to a beach? Mindless laugh-out-loud evenings?