Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I love Sophie Kinsella! I tore through all of the Shopaholic series and really enjoyed her stand alone books like Can You Keep a Secret? and Remember Me. So when I was picking out what the BookNerds April Book of the Month should be and saw that she'd just released a new book in February, I added it to the list. This book is about Poppy Wyatt, your typical Sophie Kinsella heroine. One thing I love about Sophie is her protagonists. In all of her books, the leading lady is essentially the same lady. My guess it that Sophie's ladies are Sophie herself, but I can't confirm that. At any rate, Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series is basically Lexi Smart from Remember Me is basically Poppy Wyatt from I've Got Your Number. But I LOVE her, so it's all good! I think that's what makes all of Sophie's books so comfortable to read -- the sense of familiarity. The heroine is often clumsy and always gets into tricky spots, but her heart is in the right place and she's lovable. She's far from being perfect and/or having the perfect life. She makes you feel like, "I may screw things up from time to time, but I'm lovable, too!" It's like she is me, the reader. (Ok, did I lose anyone there?) Anyway, I've Got Your Number was a super fast read: delightful, funny, excellent pacing, and great cast of characters. If you're in the mood for a light, fun, and funny read, definitely pick it up!
This is the first book that I have read by Sophie Kinsella. As soon as I finished...I tweeted Flo a THANK YOU for selecting this as our read along. I have already added the Shopaholic series to my TBR list and I can't wait to submerse myself in more of Sophie's fictional worlds.
Poppy Wyatt is recently engaged, but it doesn't take her long to lose her engagement ring. On top of that...someone swipes her cell phone. Now she has no way of being reached if someone does find her ring. Just when she thinks things can't get any worse...she finds a cell phone in the trash and the story takes off from there.
Poppy begins corresponding with the owner of the cell phone Sam Roxton, who is a marketing executive. We quickly learn from their texting and e-mail styles that these two characters are polar opposites. I found it very interesting how comfortable someone can be when carrying on a relationship via text, but when you put those same two people face to face...things quickly become very awkward. It made me start to think about my own relationships. I do in fact have a few friend that I can text/e-mail/IM until all hours of the night talking about any and everything, but we too can be a bit awkward when we are actually together. It is as if we all of a sudden have nothing to say. It is so much easier to hit send than it is to talk about many of the same things in person. Why is that? Perhaps we need to get our hands on Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky sooner than I thought. (For those of you who are wondering...I am not referring to when all of us Book Nerds got together for the first time last weekend. Believe me...We certainly were not at a loss for words. We can ramble on about our favorite authors, books, fictional characters to no end.)
I know this book is supposed to be a stand alone, but I think there is potential for this to become a series. The characters are very enjoyable and I would love to find out what happens next for not only the main characters, but many of the supporting characters as well. It was a very light, funny, fast paced book that I will recommend to most of my girl friends. I don't know too many guys that I think will enjoy it, but I have one friend who is very much like Sam. I may suggest that he read it in hopes that he will learn something. xoxoxo :) (For those of you who have read the book...I couldn't help but add some hugs and kisses and a smiley to emphasize this last point.)
I was hooked on Sophie Kinsella the minute my hubbie threw Confessions of a Shopaholic at me and said ..." Look some one wrote a book about you..."I am one of those people, the one that goes to the bookstore and waits for it to open on the day her books come out, take it home, devour it and then say..." I shouldn't have read that so fast..it needed to last..." It was no different with I've Got Your Number. I think the one thing I love about Kinsella's writing is I can always relate to the main character in some small way. Like when Poppy was playing scrabble with Mangus's family. I play Word With Friends, my score is always 98 to the others 3050 ( Ok I know the score cant get that high but it feels like it when your only popping out three letter words) I need a Sam on my phone, and lets face it, I know me, I would be right in the big middle of all those phone messages that didn't concern me.
I loved the interaction between Poppy and San, esp the texts in the woods when they are trying to find each other. My heart kinda raced anxiously before knowing what was going to happen. As with most of Kinsellas books, I was almost certain what was going to happen, but she did throw me for a loop there for a bit. The ending, like the book was perfect, Kinsella has never failed me yet!