Goodreads rating: 4.5/5
Synopsis: 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.
Starting Points: I should probably let you know that I have been a Sophie Kinsella fan for about ten years. I’ve been reading her books growing up and she never fails to entertain me and make me fall in love with her characters. You could say I’m biased reviewing any of her books at this point, but giving her praise is the least I can do for all the fun I’ve had over the years.
The plot for I’ve Got Your Number is so simple and yet so incredible. You wouldn’t think there’d be so much to develop from a lost ring and a new phone but boy, was I wrong. I must note that I listened to this book in audiobook format, read by Jayne Entwistle (and she was a great narrator!).
What I liked:
- Poppy is a character to fall in love with. Even when you can’t believe she’s making a stupid decision and root for her to get some sense, you still identify with all the incredible situations we may all find ourselves in once in a while. I just wanted to give her a hug and ask her to be best friends.
- The emails and text messages really added to the feel of the story.
- The main male character, Sam Roxton, is what most readers would consider a good representation of what a “book boyfriend” looks like. All around sweet, funny and a good head on his shoulders. Also, beyond smart. Prepare for my favourite scene involving a Scrabble match; and if that’s not a good thing I don’t know what is.
- Kinsella delivers not only amazing one-liners but really just entire paragraphs and pages of pure genius. If you enjoy funny yet smart chic-lits, this is it! Be careful not to giggle too loud in public!
- I’m a big fan of some fun and flirty bantering and this book is full of it! Dive in, lovelies.
What I didn’t like (SPOILERS):
- The only reason I gave this book a 4.5/5 instead of a full 5/5 is due to the very ending of the story. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really nice ending. But it felt a bit rushed and Sam’s character suddenly changed overnight. While I understand that grand gestures are often expected at the end of movies and books, this one felt like a disservice to the character building of Sam. In my opinion, his grand gesture should have been something a bit more personal and intimate.
- An absolute must-read for chic lit, romance and Sophie Kinsella fans! If you’re looking to get into chic lit this is a fabulous place to start.
- Great story for a standalone book. While I’m a fan of her series, I love being able to dive into a story without the need to keep up with several books.
- This book is movie material!