I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (2012)
Summary: 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.
I’ve been a fan of Sophie Kinsella for a long time so I was excited to see she had a new book coming out. Her writing style is light and airy and makes for fun, easy reading.
Yes, I finished it because it was so entertaining and nice to read. The style just flows and makes you keep turning pages without it feeling like work. So no complaints there. I debated whether or not to put it down though based on the overall plot and traits of the lead character, Poppy.
This is typical chick-lit and has elements of some of the reasons why I don’t usually read or like that genre. I did find Poppy rather likable and quite funny but she also seemed rather spineless and acted like a push-over, something that was brought up in the book. I prefer my heroines to be a bit stronger and so this is an element that often causes me to put down a book.
In the beginning she’s dating Magnus even though she’s only known him one month and she feels inferior to him and his family. So how can I respect someone who isn’t true to their self and enters situations where they feel looked down upon and judged. Even worse, she seems to believe that she’s inferior because she’s not bookish, and so she lets them treat her in a way she finds uncomfortable without speaking up or standing up for herself.
On top of that, she loses her engagement ring and promptly freaks out because it’s a family heirloom and, because she feels inferior, she’s worried about how the loss of the ring will reflect on her. Then she decides not to confide in her fiance for fear he will judge her. Again, she doesn’t seem like the most brilliant character if she’s about to marry someone who she can’t even share things with. How does she think that’s going to work out in the long run? Not to mention she makes a to-do list of ways she has to change herself to blend in with his family. I just wanted to smack her and tell her to stop it. Seriously!
Due to her inferiority complex she launches into an over the top way of hiding the fact that she’s lost the ring. She looks into buying gloves and then claims to have burned her hand and covers it with a bandage. While this might be seen as hilarious, I found it pitiful and it made me like her even less because she was worrying about insignificant things and blowing them way out of proportion.
After Poppy meets Sam it’s quite obvious that they’ll probably end up together because they have more chemistry and of course this is a romance, so the plot is pretty predictable. However Kinsella does a good job of keeping the reader in suspense and not having Poppy make a decision until the very end. It’s Sam though who calls Poppy out for not standing up for herself and so the book takes a turn, making it appear that she will be inspired to change and grow as a person. She does have several moments where she confronts people and situations, but they seem more fueled by anger than anything else.
The ending wasn’t very satisfactory to me either. In the end [highlight for spoilers] she didn’t even talk to Sam about the way she felt or put herself out there in any way. She went against her gut instinct and agreed to marry Magnus even though he cheated on her and lied. Then she gets texts from Sam but still walks down the aisle as if everything is out of her control. Yes, she stops the wedding but only because Magnus gives her an out by being disingenuous with his vows. I think if he had just said what he was supposed to, she would have married him. Then, again, it’s up to Sam to send texts to stop the wedding and make the grand gesture to show he cares for her. If he hadn’t done that, she would probably never have contacted him again. And, lastly, she invites him to her wedding reception because she can’t very well let all those people down. She is such a people pleaser and seems to have no spine or brain because she ignores numerous red flag as well as her own instincts. [end spoilers] I don’t think Poppy changed at all really and so the character and plot didn’t really do it for me. But as far as a reading experience, I did enjoy it and it was quite fun and entertaining. For quite a long book it went by pretty quickly and was a relaxing read.
As a last note, I did read this on the Kindle and there are footnotes which is something I’ve never tried reading on the Kindle. However they worked out fine and didn’t cause any problems other than having to click the link and the go back to the text.
My Rating: ★★★☆☆