I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

September 13, 2013

got your number Plot summary (from the publisher): 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.

Warning: Spoilers below!

Liked:

  • Poppy was funny, endearing, and mostly likable — three traits that are critical for the heroine of any chick lit book. She seemed like the kind of person I would want to be friends with IRL, and that made me want to root for her while reading the novel.
  • The footnotes were hilarious!! To me, they were the best part of the book, by far. I thought this was a terrific touch by Kinsella and added an extra layer of humor to the story.
  • Sam was a believable male lead. He was principled, but not perfect, good-looking, but not drop-dead gorgeous. I could imagine him feeling just as home in a tool belt like one that you can find at ReidSupply.com as in a three-piece suit, as comfortable in a garage as in a boardroom. I like these slightly above average guys much better than the too-good-to-be-true supermen that usually populate the genre.
  • Kinsella did a passable job with Magnus’s character, which I thought was a tough balancing act. On the one hand, she had to make him likable enough that we would buy him and Poppy as a couple in the first place (since Poppy clearly wasn’t dumb and wouldn’t deliberately choose a jagoff). On the other, she had to make his transgressions sufficiently serious as well as believable so the inevitable breakup wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Disliked:

  • Poppy and Co. overstayed their welcome by a quite a bit. I didn’t like how Kinsella went so far with the potential Poppy-Magnus wedding (all the way to the altar in front of a church full of people). By then I was ready for Poppy and Sam to get together and for the book to end.
  • The Scrabble game was ludicrous. I know it was supposed to be humorous, but the utter implausibility of it all distracted me to no end. There’s no way anyone could cheat in the manner Poppy was doing it. She was taking a picture of the board before her turn each time, then texting it to Sam, and then waiting for a reply — without anyone else noticing???? Plus, she was supposed to know all those obscure words? Yeah, right.
  • I hated that Poppy was still willing to marry Magnus even after he admitted to cheating on her so close to their wedding day. Granted, I’ve never been in that position, but I’d like to think I’d have a bit more fortitude, self-respect, and dignity than that. Sure, people make mistakes and ought to be forgiven — under the right circumstances. A few days before your wedding is NOT one of those times, IMO.

Rating:

No one reads chick lit expecting a masterpiece, so I always adjust my expectations prior to delving into this genre. Sophie Kinsella seems to be one of the better chick lit writers out there, at least in terms of style and entertainment value. I enjoyed this book for what it was — a mindless escape — and give it 4 stars out of 5.

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