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I've Got Your Number is a chick-lit book by British Author Sophie Kinsella. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2013. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.50 which I think is good value for money.
~ * The Plot * ~
Poppy has just got engaged to Magnus who has given her one of the family's heirlooms; an emerald ring. What will happen when Poppy loses the ring and her phone all in one day? How will finding a phone in a bin change her life? Read I've Got Your Number To Find Out.
I loved the plot; I thought it was a really good one. I knew what was going to happen, but the amount of twists and turns which kept happening kept making me think "ooh actually, maybe I'm wrong", and then I would be right and then it would change again. So I would definitely say that it is a good page turner as it keeps the reader on their toes (or fingers) and I just could not stop turning the pages as I was eager to find out what happened next.
As for the characters, I liked the main character Poppy as she came across as being a really lovely and genuine character who was easy to relate to. Also as the story is written in the first person, I felt that as a reader, I was seeing things from her point of view and so I did feel a bit sorry for her. She was very funny and quite 'blonde' which was amusing. I also found that whatever Poppy was feeling, then as a reader, I was feeling it too. I didn't like the character Magnus at all, however surprisingly I liked Sam all the way through.
The book is written in the first person. I think that Sophie Kinsella is an amazing author; I had previously read some of her other books (The Shopaholic Series, Can You Keep A Secret etc) and so I just knew that this book was going to be just as good. The book is well written and the writing just flows beautifully and smoothly which means that this provides easy-reading. I found it addictive reading and found t hard to put the book down. I'd flown through this book within a couple of days. Sophie has a great way with descriptive writing; she also has a wicked and quick sense of humour which shines through in the book. I also liked the fact that this book is very fast paced and so there is no 'hanging about' which is great as it means that the story moves on quickly.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. It's laugh out loud funny and just a generally 'feel good' kind of read. I think that it would make a fantastic film as the plot is so unique and interesting,
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Poppy Wyatt, just your average physiotherapist until the day she becomes engaged to Magnus. Just like every girl Poppy throws a huge engagement party to show off and let all her friends try on her emerald ring, during all the hype and excitement she gets distracted and loses track of who is trying it on and when. How on earth is she going to tell Magnus and his stuck up journal writing parents that she has lost the ring? The same ring he had to get out of the vault in the bank because it's a family heirloom. Magnus is a highly attractive man with very intellectual parents whom of which Poppy tries very hard to impress, even if sometimes she doesn't understand a word they say.
Not only did Poppy lose her engagement ring but some young boy ran off with her mobile phone.
How much bad luck can one girl have?
Luckily for Poppy she finds herself a phone that had been thrown in the bin 'finders keepers' The phone belongs to none other than business man Sam Roxton. Sam is not best please to learn that Poppy has stolen a company phone and is urgent to get it back. Sams PA threw the phone away after quitting her job, the phone receives countless number of urgent company emails and phone calls.
I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and if you enjoyed the shopaholic books as much as I did you will love this book. This light-hearted read will have you laughing your socks off. I was gripped from the first word. Not only is it a funny chick lit but it has loveable characters that you can relate to. The story flows through the pages it's an easy read and in my opinion it's the perfect summer read.
So I won this book about a year ago, but I only just around to reading it. Although I was really excited to receive and it looked like a good book, it didn't look that amazing so I've been putting it off for a while. I really regret putting this book off because it was a really good, light-hearted read that I flew through in no time.
I've Got Your Number is written from the perspective of Poppy Wyatt who loses her engagement ring a week before her wedding. Soon afterwards, she gets mugged meaning she now has no phone for people to call should they find her ring. Luckily, she soon sees a working phone that someone has hastily thrust into the bin and she claims it as her own. She hands out this new number to all the people working at the hotel where she lost her ring, but the problem is, it's a company phone and it belonged to the PA of one, Sam Roxton, hot shot business man. Sam, understandably, wants the phone back so he can give it to his new PA as all his important emails are still being forwarded to that phone, but a desperate Poppy manages to persuade him to let her keep it for a week until her ring turns up as long as she promises to forward everything related to Sam's work to his phone. Poppy can't resist reading a couple of Sam's emails as she forwards them on and she starts to get a little too involved in his life. Meanwhile, Poppy is having issues with her fiance's uber academic family and can't bring herself to tell them about the ring. Both Poppy and Sam help each other out with the major crises going on in their lives but things get very complicated, very quickly.
I really liked the general story of this book. Given that we live in an age where technology plays an ever increasing role in society I thought that it was particularly relevant to modern times which made it even easier to relate to. I have a lot of friends who I don't see in person a lot or who I've developed relationships with via fbk/texting rather than real life interaction and I've always wondered if this was weird or not and whether or not we were 'real' friends even though we don't communicate in the 'real' world. This book addresses those sorts of issues as Poppy and Sam develop their relationship via texting and the occassional run-in. This story also highlights the dependence that we have on our mobile phones as Poppy's world basically collapses around her after she gets mugged. By stalking the emails on Sam's PA's phone, Poppy is able to find out a lot about Sam's character and general life which also just how much of a presence we now have online, which was fascinating.
I really liked both characters Poppy and Sam. The book is all written from the point of view of Poppy but Sam isn't that hard a character to understand so everything was really clearly written. Poppy is quite a nosy character and Sam is a very private person so the two of them together is absolutely hilarious and there were many moments when I actually laughed out loud. Both characters are really lovable despite their numerous flaws and they just seemed really human to me. Although this story doesn't span over that much time, this wasn't another insta-love story. This is one of those stories where love just creeps up on you when you're least expecting it and not at the most convenient time either. I had butterflies in my stomach for a lot of the latter part of the novel and Kinsella teases you by letting you think that something's about to happen and then ripping it away from you which made me so eager to read more.
There are some plot twists towards the end of the novel which were still rather shocking despite the fact that it was clear what the eventual ending to this novel would be. What was particularly unique was the way that the story unfolded because I had absolutely no idea how this story was going to develop given that both the primary characters seemed to be in relationships at the beginning of the novel.
I would thoroughly recommend I've Got Your Number to any fans of Sophie Kinsella (author of Confessions of a Shopaholic) or chick-lit as this is an excellent read that's really quick to get through and really tugs your heart strings!
Poppy has lost her engagement ring. Her family heirloom engagement ring - right before her fiance's parents arrive. She's also minus her phone but that particular dilemna looks solved when she comes across a phone in the trash. It's obviously been deliberately thrown out so no-one will mind if she keeps it, right? Trouble is, the phone is company property belonging to a businessman called Sam, and he's not so thrilled at Poppy's train of thought. Can she get away with not telling her fiance that she's lost the ring and how long will Sam put up with her reading all about his life through his messages?
As you'll usually find with Sophie Kinsella's books, the plot isn't particularly deep. It follows the tried-and-tested formula of a slightly ditzy lead character, who has got herself into a bit of a mess and now needs to untangle herself via a series of unfortunate and sometimes amusing incidents along the way. Poppy is a really good character and if we're not counting Becky of Shopaholic fame, I'd say that she's my favourite of the author's female leads. Yes, she's a bit dizzy but she's fun and seems normal. In short, it feels like this scenario could have happened to anyone ... including myself. I really liked her character and was really rooting for her to sort the mess with the engagement ring asap.
As you've probably gathered, there are two sub-plots going on here. Obviously you have Poppy's efforts to disguise the fact that she's lost the ring and her attempts to find out where it's gone and how she salvage the situation. There's also the situation between Poppy and Sam. He's not happy that she's in no hurry to return the phone and she thoroughly enjoys readings the ins and outs of his life. His efforts to get the phone back draws him into Poppy's life and vice versa so he becomes a central character too.
I liked Sam's character too. Probably more so than Magnus (Poppy's fiance) actually. Not that there was a huge amount wrong with Magnus but as a more peripheral character, we mainly see him through Poppy's eyes and I often find it harder to engage with a character when they're on the fringes of the action like that.
If you're a fan of Sophie Kinsella's work, I'm sure that you'd enjoy this one too. It's a very easy read, typical chick lit really but as you know from my reviews, I'm a sucker for the genre!
I think this was the 2nd book I read by Sophie Kinsella and I really enjoyed it. It is every girls nightmare and favourite love film all in one. The first page gets you hooked instantly by making you feel you are part of the story. You really empathise with Poppy at some stages and yet angry with her the next. The concept of the phone swap is a simple yet brilliant idea and left me feeling like i should drop my phone randomly in a bin and see what hunk will start to use it! The end is utterly fantastic to which i actually screamed yes on the jetty in Turkey as this was my holiday read. The book really played with my emotions to the extent I wish i had the number to text Poppy and tell her what to do.
Personally i read quite a lot however if you are just for example a holiday reader this book is easy to follow and not hard to read. The book flows well and you don't find you have a read back a few pages to get the gist. Its the type of book that once you start reading you don't want to put down.
I found Poppy as a character in the book a person you could easily relate too where you could find yourself in a similar situation and mindset as the book goes on, her feeling truly reflect how I would feel. The book has the usual guy meets girl happy ending but the way in which it is wrote is fantastic and keeps you engaged as the reader.
Typically I read crime novels with the occasional chick flick book in the middle and Sophie Kinsella as an author is perfect for this as her books are not to soppy yet have a story and its not always obvious the ending which keeps me hooked.
Overall a brilliant read with a fantastic girly story line.
I've got your number is a great easy read. Sophie Kinsella sticks to her tired and tested formula of a slightly ditsey girl getting her self into all sorts of impossible and ridiculous situation who then meets the man of her dreams who is well paid! However having read most of her books there is something that makes me come back for more every time and enjoy it. Her writing seem to be spot on and keeps you turning the page.
This time we see Poppy loose her engagement ring and find a phone and become the hero of the day. Poppy is very likeable character and does the kind of we all have done like tell a white lie only to be caught out. Her heart is in the right place and she tried to help Sam the owner of the phone she finds. Sadly for Poppy her help is not always appreciated or wanted. At the start of the book it seems she has it all but as is often the case all is not as it seems but I don't think its spoiler to say things will have a happy ending!
Poppy Wyatt is engaged to Magnus and his parents are flying back from the States when they hear the news. There's only one small problem though as Poppy finds herself in a terrible mess when she loses her engagement ring at a hotel charity event. One minute her friends were eagerly passing around the very expensive family heirloom and trying it on, the next the fire alarm goes off and panic ensues. After everything has died down Poppy realises that her ring is missing but where on earth can it be? After searching fruitlessly through the rubbish bins and under tables Poppy leaves her mobile number with the management and admits to herself that she will just have to wait for them to call her when (and if) they find it.
Minutes after handing out her mobile number to everyone including the cleaners, hotel staff and even the police Poppy's phone is stolen, and after a chance finding of a mobile phone in a bin (yes a bin) she feels like her luck is in as no one seems to be aware of the phone and now she has another contact number if someone finds her ring. The owner surely can't be bothered if the phone was in the bin can they..? It turns out the owner Sam is very bothered as it's a company phone that belonged to his PA who has quit and seemingly dumped the phone in the bin and wants his phone back now but Poppy promises to forward anything urgent and will give it back as soon as she has heard about her ring. What can possibly go wrong..?
Sophie Kinsella who is the hugely successful author of hit chick lit novels such as the Shopaholic series and more recently Twenties Girl and this - 'I've Got Your Number' - is her latest eagerly awaited book.
It's no secret that I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and own all of her books which I've read over and over again (except for Can You Keep A Secret? which disappointingly just didn't do it for me) so when I heard that there was a new book out a few months ago I was very excited and pre ordered a copy from Amazon. When it arrived I couldn't wait to read it though it had to wait until recently as I had a stack of Jill Mansell books on loan from a friend so kept this until I'd read the others knowing that this was my 'treat'.
I had a vague idea about the storyline though on the back of the actual book there is no blurb, just recommendations from various newspapers and magazines, which for someone perusing books to buy it gives no information at all which I don't think is very helpful.
The actual story I admit I struggled with at first, as the first few pages all seemed a bit of a jumble trying to work out who is who and it was hard to get to know the character of Poppy I found. At the bottom of each page are also footnotes which attribute to the story, though at first I found annoying and seemed to detract from the ongoing story. As the book progressed though I did get used to the footnotes and found they fitted in perfectly with theme of the story and as it's the first time Kinsella has done something like this I suppose it just seemed out of character to her usual writing style but I soon got used to them.
The story didn't seem too exciting when I first read reviews about the book, and I wondered how on earth it could pan out and be interesting enough to hold my attention but as I got to around page 10 I was instantly hooked. I loved all of the characters and I can't say there was anyone I didn't like as each one seem to have their own strong identities. I would say that as well as Poppy, Sam was also on a par as a main character and I really enjoyed the way they interacted and corresponded via text messages and phone calls, and the romantic tension that is very obviously there is quite unbearable at times.
I really loved this book once I got into the swing of it and though I wouldn't say it's better than the Shopaholic series, it is certainly on a par with them. I have always loved Kinsella's work but found that Can You Keep A Secret? Just didn't engage me enough and I was worried at first that this would be the same, but luckily the story starts to flow within a few pages once you get to know who all of the characters are and I found it hard to stop reading on a night even though my eyelids were drooping.
I have nothing negative to say about this book at all and once you get used to the footnotes then the book becomes addictive and the initial storyline of 'will she find the ring?' becomes almost a back drop as all the way through you are waiting to see what happens to the characters. The story is conducted in an easy to read manner and had my attention throughout (well from about page 10 as mentioned) and I can honestly say there were no boring or parts that dragged. As the book neared the end I didn't want the story to finish and each page had me gripped with it's developments not to mention laugh out loud moments.
This is a wonderfully written piece of chick lit that is romantic without being soppy and has an injection of humour by the talented Kinsella.
Even if you aren't a fan of Sophie Kinsella then you wont be disappointed as the book is just so readable and just 381 pages it isn't too dragged out and overly long.
'I've Got Your Number' by Sophie Kinsella
ISBN 9780 5930 598 14
RRP £18.99 (though I paid £9.99 on Amazon so look around if interested).
I've lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive!! :)
A couple of glasses of bubbly with the girls at a charity do and Poppy's life has gone into meltdown. Not only has she lost her engagement ring, but in the panic that followed, she's lost her phone too. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number with the hotel staff. It was meant to be!
Except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn't agree. He wants his phone back, and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, phone messages and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, can things get any more tangled?
I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and I have read all of her previous books ( as I am sure many of you who follow this blog have to!), so you can imagine how excited I was when I came home from work last week to a copy of I've Got Your Number which my partner had brought me.
Our main character in this book is the lovely Poppy who I loved from the first chapter as she had a very soft and loving feel to her character but also had a great sense of humour which I found similar to Kinsella's previous character Becky. Poppy's relationship with our leading man Sam was great to red as they slowly get to know each other under an unusual circumstance.
The book was a real page turner and was such an entertaining light read. I have always found myself chuckling away whilst reading all of Sophie Kinsella's books but I found the humour slightly different in this book, as funny scenarios came from nowhere and so were unexpected and it was also very down to earth humour, with some of the things I could see myself doing including the whole scrabble chapter!
There was one thing I was a little unsure of when I first started reading this book and that was the use of footnotes. I found at the beginning having to keep leaving the story to go down to read the footnote was a little of putting and I was worried that this was going to effect the flow of the book but after a couple of chapters the footnotes become less frequent and actually some of them did add to the natural humour of the book it just to a while to get used to them as I have never read a book with so many footnotes in!
This has to be one of my favourite Sophie Kinsella books. It really is going to be a big seller among chick lit fans. With two great main characters, an easy reading yet unlikely storyline and a bucket full of humour, not forgetting that little splash of romance what more can you ask for? Pure Perfection!
Review also on amazon and www.reabookreview.blogspot.com
"I've lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive!! :) A couple of glasses of bubbly with the girls at a charity do and Poppy's life has gone into meltdown. Not only has she lost her engagement ring, but in the panic that followed, she's lost her phone too. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number with the hotel staff. It was meant to be! Except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn't agree. He wants his phone back, and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, phone messages and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, can things get any more tangled?"
Who doesn't know the name Sophie Kinsella? If you're a chick-lit fan, then it pretty much goes without saying you've heard of the Queen of Chick Lit, and have probably read all of her books too. I have to confess that while I love Sophie's 'Shopaholic' series, I've always been a bit unsure about her standalone novels as I've always felt they are missing a certain something that is always in her Shopaholic books, although I can't quite put my finger on what exactly that 'certain something' is. I have to confess I'm not crazy about the cover, it's a little too bland for me, and I'm not keen on cartoony-portrayed women, but since it was a Kinsella book, I'm willing to overlook that fact... it's miles better than the hideous US cover! When I received a copy of Sophie's latest book for review, I was so excited and began it that very day, and finished it the next, I just couldn't put it down. It had that spark in it that her previous standalones have lacked, and I adored every single page... possibly one of my favourite Sophie Kinsella novels to date and here's why!
Poppy is the lead character for this book, and I absolutely loved her. She's the perfect heroine in so many ways. She's funny, she's sweet, she's nice and best of all, she seems very normal! She works as a physiotherapist, and finds herself in a bit of a muddle when she manages to lose her rather expensive engagement ring, given to her by fiancé Magnus, a rather intelligent professor. She decides NOT to tell him, and has to find a way of getting the ring back without anyone in his family finding out since it's an heirloom. When her own mobile is stolen and she finds one in a bin, she decides it's fate and keeps it. Sam Foxton, however, the original owner of the phone, begs to differ and decides to find out what Poppy is up to with his phone and why she's so desperate to keep it. Poppy manages to get herself into some terrible scrapes and situations, but far from being unbelivable and silly, they're hilarious and utterly believable.
Sam Roxton is the male lead in the book, and he is fantastic! At first, we are meant to believe he's a hard hearted businessman who just wants his phone back, no matter what the consequences for Poppy. But as the book progresses, we and Poppy see a different side to him and soon I absolutely loved him, he was a great guy in many ways, but also had a more serious side he wasn't afraid to show! He's everything we want a romantic male lead to be, and perhaps this is the formula that Kinsella applies again and again to bring us these successful novels full of characters to fall in love with. Yes, we can all probably guess how it's going to end up, but it's the getting there that counts, and Kinsella makes every page readable, and leaves you wanting more for every page that you finish.
Curiously, there is an abundence of footnotes within the book used by Poppy. I have to admit that at first I did find these annoying and wondered if they were really going to continue right until the end of the book, which they did. However, once you get used to them, they're fine and are actually quite funny! Poppy uses them simply because she can, because Magnus and his family manage to make her feel intellectually inferior, and she's fed up of it. I hated how they came across, really patronising and actually quite rude, but I loved how Poppy handled these awkward situations, especially a rather funny scene involving Scrabble! Actually, I laughed out loud a lot when reading this book, it really was genuinely funny and it had that splash of Kinsella humour which works every time and without fail.
I've Got Your Number is one of the best Sophie Kinsella novels I've read, and that's saying something given how much I love her Shopaholic series. This book just has nothing dislikeable about it at all, from brilliant characters to really funny scenarios and a storyline that keeps you reading more and rooting for Poppy and Sam. The book is so much more than a tale about a missing engagement ring, and I love how Kinsella was able to progress the book, and bring different storylines into it too, and I enjoyed the different directions it took, in fact, the book was all the better for them and surprised me for it! I am sure that this book is going to be a hit amongst Sophie Kinsella fans as it has everything they will want, and it was certainly better than I had expected too! It's a really strong stand-alone book, and I only wish we could see Poppy and Sam Roxton again, they're fantastic!
ISBN: 978-0593059814. Published by Bantam Press on 16th February 2012. Pages: 384. RRP: £16.99. Also available as an eBook.
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitchloe.blogspot.com
Thank you for reading!