Thursday, 22 March 2012

Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

   
   Title: I've Got Your Number
   Author: Sophie Kinsella
   Publisher: Bantam Press
   Publication Date: 16th February 2012
   My rating: 4 stars   




Sophie Kinsella’s books have always been a guilty pleasure of mine; her books are ones that I can re-read time and time again and never get tired of; they’re certainly feel good books which leave you with warm fuzzies.

However with I’ve Got Your Number I found it an extremely difficult read to get into (I’m blaming this completely on my reading funk, as lately I’ve found it hard to find a book which has really kept my attention). At first I didn’t care about the main character Poppy Wyatt, she came across as frivolous and a bit naïve, her fiancé Marcus seemed like a huge bore and his parents a right snobby pair. As I had extremely been looking forward to reading this book and didn’t want to tarnish my reading experience, I did the best thing possible and took a break and a couple of days later when I picked it up again it still took me a while longer to get into but I certainly enjoyed it a lot more.

Poppy’s wedding ring goes missing before her wedding; it’s a priceless family heirloom dating back to her fiancés Magnus’ grandmother. How will she be able to break the news to Magnus? To top it off within a short time of losing her wedding ring her mobile is stolen. Just by chance she stumbles across an elegant mobile dumped in a bin nearby seeing no one else in a flutter over it, she knabs it. However as soon as the owner of the phone Sam realises she has the phone he insists on having it back.

The escapades and problems Poppy found herself in reminded a lot of Becky from the Shopaholic series. In a lot of ways they were quite similar; both intelligent women, but always finding themselves caught up in some mess, fraternising with big successful businessmen and always never thinking before acting. But Poppy’s character certainly grew on me as the story progressed and my first assumptions I had of her as a needy brat, I take back because yes at times she was someone who always wanted to impress others, never get on their bad side, but she was also a lot of fun, she was at times like a fire cracker, that you’re waiting to go off, uncertain about how much havoc she will cause in her wake.

Sophie Kinsella has again lived up to her reputation for managing to create swoony businessmen there was Jack from Can You Keep a Secret (yes he was older but I always thought of him as a bit like George Clooney). Luke from the Shopaholic series (my absolute favourite) and now Sam. Sam was often closed off and aloof, but when he did come out of his shell, he was passionate, fiery and just straight to the point and that’s what I liked about him, he didn’t beat around the bush or scuttle around in circles like Magnus, if he wanted to say something he would say it.

I’ve Got Your Number was a charming story but also quite predictable, I knew how the story would turn out but that’s also the great thing about Sophie Kinsella’s books. Despite being predictable, the humour and the characters sneak their way into your heart and that before you know it, you can’t stop reading.

The added extra of footnotes in this book, at first I didn’t actually get and several times I completely missed them until I got to the bottom of the page and realised they were there. But they definitely brought an interesting aspect to the story and brought more humour to the book.

I’ve got your number was a funny enjoyable read which nicely satisfied my long overdue Sophie Kinsella fix. I just wish we didn’t have to wait so long for another one of her books to come out.

12 comments:

  1. Great review, Jasprit. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this when you decided to come back to it later. It sounds like a fun read! :)

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    1. Thanks Sam, I adore Kinsella's books and I remember you saying that your friend had loved it too, so I'm glad I took the break too! Have you read any Kinsella books before?

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    2. Ummm...no. I haven't. :D

      *hides*

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    3. Really? I will totally forgive you this time as I know you've had some awesome books to get through like Unravelling! But once you decide to check them out you know I'll be stalking your updates! :)

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  2. Ha! I've often wondered who this aloof yet sexy businessman is, in Sophie Kinsella's life. She writes about him over and over again! Can't say that I get tired of it though. ;) Great review Jasprit!

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    1. Thanks Catie! I can't wait to meet the next aloof but sexy businessman she will have in store for us next :)

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  3. Wonderful review, Jasprit! Unfortunately, I did get tired of the formula after a while, but I spent a lot of time with Kinsella's books and we have some great memories. :D
    Maybe one day I'll decide to pick one up again.

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    1. There's a couple of her books that didn't work out me for either as much as I'd hoped, but the majority of them have become my faves. Hope you come across a decent one if you decide to get back into her books!

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  4. This sounds so cute and right up my alley. As you know, I love the vanillas! I've never read Kinsella's books but I definitely want to. :)

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    1. You haven't read a Sophie Kinsella book yet? :O I know how you like your vanillas so I highly recommend Can you Keep a Secret or the Shopaholic series.

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  5. I really liked I've Got Your Number too!
    Plus, I've always loved Kinsella's novels!
    You make a really good point about not connecting with Poppy initially. I had the same problem too, but I quickly got over it.
    Thanks for sharing this great review! :)

    New follower ! :)

    Oh, by the way, how old is Jack supposed to be in Can You Keep A Secret? I always thought he was in his late thirties, but I think I missed his age! :S

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    1. thanks Nick, I checked the book and nearly started re-reading it again! he made the Panther Corporation when he was quite young, and this book is set like 20 or odd so years later? so I'm guessing he's late 30's early 40's? I'm not really sure I always assumed he was older!

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