Review: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Title: I’ve Got Your Number

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Published: Random House Australia February 2012

Synopsis: 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. Read an Extract

Status: Read from June 20 to 21, 2012 — I own a copy  {Courtesy Random House Australia}

My Thoughts:

Sophie Kinsella has created a devoted readership based on flaky, yet adorable, 20 something heroines, the Shopaholic series being a popular example of her work (as Madeline Wickham her heroines tend to be closer to 30 and slightly less vapid).
I’ve Got Your Number is Kinsella’s latest stand alone novel featuring Poppy Wyatt, who having lost her heirloom engagement ring at a hotel function, and then her phone, is thrown into panic. Finding a cell phone in the trash seems like a lucky break so she appropriates it, only to discover that the phone had belonged to the personal assistant of Sam Roxton, a busy executive at a consulting firm, and he wants it back. Fervently promising to forward all emails, texts and phone messages, Poppy convinces him to allow her to hold onto it for a few days but soon finds herself enmeshed in his life, while hers falls apart around her.

The loss of a phone has the potential to disrupt someones life significantly and Kinsella uses that scenario as a basis for the novel, adding her own unique twist. It’s refreshing for an author to embrace the new realities of social discourse in the way Kinsella does, recognising the role of text and email as a conduit for intimacy. By her temporary ownership of the phone, Poppy essentially holds Sam’s life in her hands and her curiousity overrides her fleeting concerns about respecting his privacy. I certainly don’t blame her, I think I would be tempted to snoop as well should a strangers phone end up in my possession.

Poppy is an appealing character, flaky she may be, but she isn’t dumb (she is a physiotherapist) and she has a warm and bright personality. You can’t help but like her, even as you roll her eyes at her self created drama.
The contrast between the personalities of Poppy, a bubbly people pleaser, and Sam, brusque and stoic, leads to inane, though funny, situations, especially when Poppy begins to reply to Sam’s emails on his behalf, signing him up for a fun-run and a trip to Alaska among other things. Both Poppy and Sam gain from their interaction – Poppy becomes a little more centered while Sam loosens up a bit.
I like how Kinsella develops the intimacy between Poppy and Sam, a progression from strangers to acquaintances to friends and finally the recognition that there is something more between them, and all without actually spending much time within actual physical proximity. Of course, the relationship is tempered by Poppy’s engagement to Magnus and Sam’s undefined relationship with Willow but Kinsella resolves the dilemma cleverly, so the reader is satisfied the romance between Poppy and Sam is justified.

While I was not enamoured with the footnotes (I don’t like them in academic texts either), it is a fun concept that fits within the context of the story. The story is well paced, well written and holds a few surprises. There is more to the novel than simply the romance, with growth for the protagonists, but a happy ending is assured.

Lighthearted, warm and easy, I’ve Got Your Number is a fun romantic comedy and was a great choice for me to escape with on a dreary winters day. If you enjoy chick lit, especially if you are a  fan of Kinsella, then I happily recommend you add this to your reading list.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dalene
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 08:41:15

    I love reading Sophie Kinsella. It has been a while. It’s good to know that this new book is as entertaining as her others. Thanks for the review 🙂



  2. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 10:50:20

    I’ve never read Sophie Kinsella before, but I’ll be reviewing this one shortly (just waiting for my copy to arrive!). I know that we have pretty similar tastes, so I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy this one as much as you did!



  3. Mystica
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 13:04:30

    I like the light hearted easy reads so much. At times the heavy stuff does not work.



  4. Judith
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 17:12:03

    I thought this book was a bit too over the top. I find this too light a read but it definitely had its fun moments.



  5. Sue Gerth
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:13:46

    I really liked Twenties Girl, and I did enjoy this book , too. I tried reading the Shopaholic series but was completely turned off by a woman who can’t control her spending. Sam and Poppy were a cute couple and this makes a fun read for vacation or just as a break in between “serious” novels.



  6. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 21:36:03

    I haven’t actually got around to reading any of Sophie Kinsella’s books but this one sounds like an easy chic lit read that isn’t too painful. Thanks for your review Shelleyrae.



  7. Angie S.
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 06:34:44

    Looking for something light I immediately requested this from the library. Thanks for your review!



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