I’ve Got Your Number


Sophie Kinsella has taken over the chick-lit market with her brand of books. Although I am not a fan of the flaky heroine (her speciality), I like it when it’s done by Kinsella. Her heroines may not be the brightest bulbs, but they are full of heart, vitality, and some amount of street smarts.

This book also follows the same formula. Poppy is a physiotherapist engaged to a brainiac man who she thinks is too good for her. In fact, she can’t believe her luck when he proposes to her with an antique family heirloom ring. Unfortunately, she goes and loses it during a party with friends. To add insult to injury, she loses her cell-phone as well. At this point, you and me would perhaps have had a drink or two, geared ourselves up to confess and then be done with it.

Poppy, instead filches a phone out of a bin (a bin, blech!!!), and uses it as a back-up so that the hotel staff can contact her if they find her ring. She refuses to give the phone back to the owner Sam Roxton, and instead they come to an agreement, where she will forward him all messages and phone calls until she finds her ring.

What happens when you forward someone’s messages? Well you can’t help but read them right? So as Poppy is keeping up with forwarding Sam’s emails she can’t help but be curious about all the back story behind them and she ends up reading everything in the phone.

She begins to get to know Sam through the email and test messages. Poppy’s and Sam’s communication styles are so different, and she can’t stand his two-word messages, so she starts replying for him in her usual kisses and hearts style, only to create a mass of confusion.

Sam gets pissed off and reads her communications. He says she is too indirect and people pleasing, and she should learn to be more assertive.

In the end, both learn from each other. Poppy becomes less of a doormat and Sam becomes a bit more people-pleasing.

But in the meanwhile, there is a wedding to be cancelled, and a company scandal that must be dealt with before Sam and Poppy (don’t their names sound perfect with each other?) get together and ride off into the sunset.

My Review

I loved, loved, loved this book. This is not my favorite Kinsella, but still pretty good and oodles better than her last book I read – Twenties Girl, which I found annoying in the extreme.

I loved the slow romance between Sam and Poppy. They first get to know each other as friends, and it is only in the last half of the book that we see the romance bloom between them. I liked how comfortable she felt with him. After reading so many books, where the girl is floored by the guy’s looks and heroism (Twilight, I am looking at you), it was refreshing to read a natural flowing romance where both are likable, with believable strengths and weaknesses. The chemistry between them also crackles in a very believable way.

Did I mention this book is funny? There’s a scene in a jewelry shop that is hilarious, and this book is worth reading just for that section alone!

Definitely a must-read for Sophie Kinsella and chick-lit fans.

Thanks to Random House for sending me a copy of this book for review.

11 Responses
  • Josette
    October 17, 2012

    Ooh lucky you to get a review copy of Kinsella’s book! I’m now reading one of her older books, Can You Keep a Secret?. Kind of enjoyable but not as good as some of her other books. I’ll be looking forward to reading I’ve Got Your Number. 🙂

    I love your wp theme by the way!

    • Nish
      October 17, 2012

      @Josette: You will love this one, trust me 🙂

      And thanks for the feedback on my blog, I’ve been trying to polish up the look for some time but for now, I think I have nailed down how I want the blog to look.

  • Modern Gypsy
    October 16, 2012

    Would you believe, I haven’t read any of her books. I’ve heard a lot about them and thought I’d pick one up, but I never did get around to doing it! Your review makes me want to run out and buy this book right now!

  • Chinoiseries
    October 13, 2012

    I don’t get why she filches a phone from a bin and then afterwards does not simply return it (or at least the sim card) to its rightful owner. Someone smack me and make like chick-lits again! I think I’ve lost my mojo for that 🙁

    • Nish
      October 14, 2012

      @Chinoiseries: I didn’t like that bit either, but once I decided to overlook it, the rest of the book flowed quite nicely.

  • Bellezza
    October 13, 2012

    It’s funny how you say you don’t like chick-lit but Kinsella makes an exception. I completely agree. She’s so witty! I haven’t read anything but the Shop-o-holic books and those were years ago, but they were a wonderful light read. Glad to know you liked this one so much.

    • Nish
      October 14, 2012

      @Bellezza: I don’t have an issue with chick-lit per se, it’s only those ones where the heroine is dumb or helpless, and the hero is super macho, or super rich, super intimidating…those are the ones I dislike

  • Athira
    October 13, 2012

    I enjoyed this one a lot! I liked Twenties Girl too. 🙂 But that was the first Kinsella I read, and everything after that I liked a little less, but still a lot.

    • Nish
      October 14, 2012

      @Athira: If you enjoyed these books, you should definitely try the Shopaholic series, and one of my personal favorites is “Remember Me”. I liked that one very much maybe because it deviates a little bit from her usual formula.

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