Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: The Dial Press (Random House)
Pub. Date: February 14, 2012
Every time Sophie Kinsella has a new book come out, I'm taken back in my memories to my college days when the first book in her shopaholic series came out, Confessions of a Shopaholic. Since then I have had so much fun reading her books. And, sadly, I was able to relate to her shopaholic character a little too much. (Thank goodness I grew.. okay mostly grew... out of that!) Since those days my reading tastes have changed and I don't really read any other similar authors, but I've still read all of Kinsella's books (with the exception of the two most recent in the Shopaholic series). So I was intrigued when I saw that she had a new one coming out. Turns out this one was a lot of fun, and I'm glad I read it!
I've Got Your Number starts out when Poppy Wyatt loses her engagement ring which happens to be a family heirloom that her wealthy husband gave her upon his proposal. As she's searching the hotel ballroom for it, the hotel has a fire drill that rushes everyone outside. Then while she's frantically holding her cell phone out in front of her to find a signal to call someone about the ring, someone rides by and steals it out of her hand. But wait, shortly after, she finds a cell phone discarded in a bin (a garbage can, I think) and uses that. (I know, so unrealistic, but still fun to read about). Turns out the phone belonged to a personal assistant who quit her job in the middle of the day. While Poppy freaks out about finding her ring (and other marriage related things), she also has to field all the e-mails and text messages that are sent to the boss of the former personal assistant. So then Poppy and this other guy start to communicate through text messages which leads to a bunch of funny and awkward situations.
The synopsis sounded just "eh" to me when I first read it, but it worked really well. And although there are text messages and e-mails throughout the book, it was in no way one of those books based around that type of communication. It fit in just like regular dialogue. Poppy is a naive and somewhat flighty girl that could really be the same character as in any of the other books. But the hijinks she gets herself into were hilarious! Especially the ones at the times that really mattered like when getting together with her future in-laws or when she decides to deal with the boss's e-mails all on her own.
I'm a lot like Poppy in the way I send text messages and e-mails... lots of emphasis on exclamation marks and smiley faces! And it irks me when I interact with others who are very curt or short. It's something I've had to adjust to and learn from! So I thought that was funny. And while the story was predictable, I also thought it had a good message about being more assertive and feeling more confident about yourself. If I were younger like maybe in college, I think I would have really benefited from that message shown through this funny and lighthearted story.
And I love this cover! Love the silhouettes against the pink and black skyline backdrop, and those text bubbles comfort me... I love texting, haha!
I would recommend I've Got Your Number to all Kinsella fans and anyone who is looking for a light, funny read!