Monday, 12 September 2016

Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Title: I've Got Your Number
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 381
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

I've Got Your Number
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.
My second Sophie Kinsella novel, I've Got Your Number began hilariously. Kinsella is really good at writing comedic situations and I laughed out loud a few times whilst also cringing. Poppy is an instantly likeable character, she is a people pleaser and is nice to everyone. Her personality was really relatable and I could not believe some of the situations she got herself into. The book was really funny until about halfway when the humour dropped off and the drama was hiked up considerably. Unlike Can You Keep a Secret? which was hilarious pretty much all the way through.

I really enjoyed all the twists and turns, I could never predict where the story was going or what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed Magnus and his eccentric academic family, every character felt distinct and full of personality. Sam's office dramas were just done perfectly also, the madness of corporate scandals was really entertaining to read about and I loved reading all of the crazy emails and texts Poppy was forwarding on her stolen phone.

The ending was super cheesy but by then I was enjoying the story so much I didn't even care. It is a familiar situation that has been done a million times in films and television. I would have preferred a slightly more edgy ending but it was acceptable nonetheless. Although this book wasn't quite as good as Can You Keep a Secret?, it was still really enjoyable and a quick read. I was really in the mood for something light as a bit of a palette cleanser and this did the job brilliantly.

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