Sunday 18 March 2012

I've Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

from goodreads

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.


I absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella's books! They are like dessert or sparkly things, depending on what you like more. While sometimes it gets way too blindingly over-the-top, it ultimately leaves you feeling warm and loved! I've Got Your Number surpassed the Shopoholic series and even some of her best standalones in terms of being super hilarious and insightful! What more- even the over-the-top moments were good over-the-top (while in the Shopoholic series, it could get annoyingly over-the-top). I loved the made-for-movie moments and beautifully flawed Poppy!

I've Got Your Number opens with Poppy freaking out after having lost her engagement ring (in a hotel fire drill) and cell phone in one go. She finds an abandoned cell phone in a waste basket and is glad to have a replacement phone. Only, the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton (it belonged to his PA), wants it back. Poppy and Sam come to an agreement about sharing the phone (she agrees to forward all of his messages to him) till the hotel gets back to her about the engagement ring. Meanwhile, her fiance, Magnus's parents are in town and since she's already way intimidated by Magnus's super brainy family, the last thing she needs is for them to know that the ring is gone.

What follows is sequence after sequence of hilarity mixed with wonderfully sweet moments. I adored the book to bits. Every text message between Poppy and Sam, every smilie and "x" and "o" made me smile! On the surface, Poppy seems very similar to Becky Bloomwood of the Shopoholic series, but as you get to know her more, it is obvious that they are both different people. I adored Poppy and could relate to her compulsive need to be liked. She is a great person and doesn't even know it!

I enjoyed getting to know Sam as well. While Poppy peppers her messages with a zillion x's and o's, Sam's emails are painfully short and cordial. They couldn't be any more different but somehow, in the course of their interactions, they bring out the best in each other. I was squealing along with Poppy when Sam used his first smilie! There is also that certain scene in the woods that was plain beautiful! ❤

I also enjoyed a lot of Poppy's random ramblings- whether it was about the lady who says "You have one new message" or her hilariously disastrous conversations with her future in-laws. They were fun and they were also equally meaningful! Apart from the text messages, the book is written in Poppy's point of view. And there are also footnotes (yes, footnotes)! I did not enjoy navigating through the zillion footnotes this book has but I couldn't help laugh out loud at the purpose of the footnotes! 

If you enjoy chic lit or you're just looking for a feel-good book that will keep you smiling throughout, you've got to pick up I've Got Your Number! I read this when I was extremely frazzled and annoyed and it instantly changed my mood. I'd love for this book to be made into a movie!

Publication date: 14th February, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Source: Bought

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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  1. Your review is AMAZING, Ajoop! I always love reading your reviews, they always make me want to grab whatever book you recommend, even though I was slightly uncertain to read the book! This is no exception! <3

    I love Sophie Kinsella's books too, they are like modern fairytale for me! Sophie Kinsella makes the most swoon-worthy guys ever! Poppy does sound a lot like Becky, and I think I can't help but like her too! Sam sounds super adorable, and I think I'm going to LOVE the part he sends his first smiley-text too! :)

  2. I love Sophie's books and your awesome review. I have to read this one now.

  3. Oh my gosh, I have this undeniable love for all things Sophie Kinsella!! Before I started getting into YA, my aunt kept giving me her books to read, and although most of them are more for adults, they're still always so much fun to read! So it makes me ecstatic that you enjoyed this one as much as you did! :)

    Amazing review, Ajoop! <3 Poppy and Sam sound so adorable, and the whole footnotes thing is such a cool and original idea! I can already tell that I'm going to adore this book too! ;)

  4. Amazing review.. I may not try this as its not my kind of book to be honest

  5. Ah! I've been wanting to get to this one! It looks so adorable and I'm always in the mood for great chick lit. :) This one just sounds so fun and humorous. I'm a bit turned off by the zillions of footnotes, but I'm glad you enjoyed it, Ajoop! Marvelous review. :)

  6. I really want to read this. It sounds so fun a book filled wth texts and emails. I really need a nice chick lit book. I am certainly going to work this in! Great review. Hope you have a good week. The end is insight for the semester right?

  7. @Hilda Awww, Hilda, you are so nice!! Thank you :D I just KNOW you'll like this book xD "Modern fairytales" is a PERFECT way to describe Kinsella's books! Poppy is simply adorable. You're going to love her! And Sam's first smilie <3 I hope you give it a try! :)

    @Shy thank you! Hope you love it as much as I did <3

    @Mimi Your aunt sounds awesome! I love Kinsella too! Her books are total destressors. Poppy and Sam are super cute! I'm sure you'll adore them xD

    @Harish Haha thank you :)

    @Sophia You can do without the footnotes, so it's alright! It's definitely really amazingly awesome chic lit! :D

    @Heidi It's great chic lit xD I hope you do check it out, Heidi! And hahaha wow, you're good! The end did totally refer to all the semester-related frustration! Hope you have a good week as well :)

  8. This was such a fun read, and I admit to giggling aloud a few times. Oh, Poppy, you zany girl. I enjoyed Sam as a lead, too--I liked that he wasn't your typical gruff and possessive alpha male.

    Marlene Detierro (Renton's River Adventures, Inc.)


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