March 20, 2012

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I love Sophie Kinsella. I've read every one of her books and almost without fail (Remember Me? was the big exception), her books delight me in a way that almost nothing else does.

I know I'll laugh and there will be a nice romance and I'll basically just completely enjoy a day of absolute pleasure reading (I've never been able to make her books last longer than a day for me because they're such quick reads and I can't put them down).

And I've Got Your Number is one of my favorites.

Poppy starts the book in a complete panic - her family-heirloom vintage engagement ring is gone. She was passing it around at an event to a few friends when the fire alarm goes off and when the chaos settles, no one seems to remember who had it. Poppy desperately passes out her phone number to all the hotel staff, begging them to keep an eye out for it, but then, when she goes to make a phone call outside, a passerby nabs her phone.

But, just when all seems lost, she notices a cell phone abandoned in a trash can in the hotel lobby. She gives the number to the front desk and then is about to leave when the phone rings and a man on the other end begs her to stall the businessman for five minutes until he can get down to the lobby. She uncertainly agrees, eventually ending up (as only a Sohpie Kinsella heroine can) doing a singing telegram delivery of "All the Single Ladies" with the words swapped out for the businessman's name instead.

Ten pages in and I was already snorting with laughter.

Sam, the guy on the other end of the phone, is NOT happy to discover a stranger now has his personal assistant's phone (she was a daughter's friend that he'd hired and then, when a modeling contract came up, promptly ditched the phone and went on her merry way), but Poppy spills her sob story about the missing ring and convinces Sam that he owes her for helping out with detaining the businessman and he agrees that she can keep the phone until her ring is recovered. Under the condition that she forwards along all messages and emails that come in.

The phone is really the least of her worries at the moment, because her in-laws do NOT care for her (they are both PhDs in obscure subjects and mostly just seem bent on making her feel as stupid as possible), and that's even without knowing that she's lost a priceless heirloom. And the wedding is only about eight days away so THAT'S not helping matters either.

Of course, a nice distraction to all of this is reading someone else's emails and Poppy finds herself rather absorbed by reading all of Sam's correspondence. And because he seems so remote, she finds herself occasionally texting him about her worries about the in-laws, the missing ring, and also how he might improve his business.

It's no surprise that some sort of romance is going to spring up between them - the fun is watching it all unfold.

And this book just made me laugh so much. And then, without warning, I'd be a little teary too at some particularly sweet scene. This book was just pitch perfect for me. I'll definitely be rereading my favorite parts before it goes back to the library.

She always writes such sweet characters, and I like each couple as much as the last.

If you haven't read any Sophie Kinsella before, I'll give you fair warning that there is some swearing and a few brief references to off-stage sex. If you have read her books before, you can imagine what a fun, delightful read you're in for.

Frankly, I love her books that aren't the Shopaholic series because the crazy spending gives me panic attacks just to read. This one ties with Can You Keep a Secret? as my favorite of her books.


Copy from my local library

19 comments:

  1. I too really enjoy Sophie Kinsella's books. They're totally different but good writing comes through in the books she's written under her real name: Madeleine Wickham.

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  2. I'll request this right away from my library. I feel the same way about Kinsella's books that I've read (and the panic feeling with the Shopaholic series). Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. I just picked this up from the library on Saturday! I'm in the middle of two others at the moment, but this is next on the list!

    Also, now I'm thinking that I can't remember if I read Remember Me...

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  4. Love Sophie Kinsella! I just read Twenties Girl and I have this book and Mini-Shopaholic at home to read next! Glad to hear that this is a good one.

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  5. I love Sophie Kinsella so much! I've read each of her books as they come out and they are all so fun. I was mad when I had to miss a book signing a few years ago. I'm sure it would have been more fun than whatever it was that I actually had to do that evening.

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  6. I have never read any of these. A friend wants me to read shopaholic but I have enough money issues of my own.

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  7. Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. Her Shopaholic series has been read over and over again by me. It never gets old!

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  8. I loved the Shopaholic series when I read them years ago, but I haven't read any of her books in a long time. I might just give this one a try.

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  9. I actually teared up as well at two parts in this one. Which really shows how invested I was. Loved it.

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  10. Janssen! You don't know me, but we have very similar book taste. Wednesday Wars is also one of my all-time favorites. And I love most everything written by Sophie Kinsella. I am kind of in shock that you don't like Remember Me. I am so confused. I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me. I don't even know who you are anymore....

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  11. Thanks for another book to read. :) I really disliked Remember Me?. Twenties Girl started out cute, but I really didn't care for the ending. So, I'll give Kinsella one more chance.

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  12. Thanks! I started to read Remember Me and just could not get into it. But I loved the first Shopaholic and am currently reading the second.

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  13. It's funny that we happened to review this on the same day. I loved it and was snorting with laughter too but it was my first Kinsella. Cannot wait to pick it CYKaS.

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  14. I do love Sophie Kinsella. Adding this to my list!

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  15. I just added this to my list of books to read.

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  16. I read this over the weekend, and I really enjoyed it. I kept picturing Rob Lowe as Sam Roxton. Must be all that West Wing I watched a few years ago :)

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  17. Wow, you are reading my mind. I feel in love with Sophia Kinsella for a quick, fun read when I first read "Can You Keep a Secret?". It's still my favorite and I totally agree about Remember Me? (meh) and the shopoholic series (at some point the protagonist stopped being quirky and lovable and just sorta nuts to me). I read this one about a month ago and thought it was fun. Love what you've got going on here :).

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  18. Sometimes it's all about the author and the way she writes. Even if there is a pattern, we enjoy the pattern. Kinsella ALWAYS makes me laugh, and that's what's important! Great review.

    Marlene Detierro (Renton's River Adventures, Inc.)

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