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I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella
Member Name: supersonic75
I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella
Advantages: Story flows, good characters, funny moments
Disadvantages: The footnotes take some getting used to
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).
Summary: An enjoyable read by the queen of chick lit