I’ve Got Your Number is the second book I’ve picked up by Sophie Kinsella, but it’s the first book I’ve read. And after reading it, it has made me reconsider the first book I picked up (Shopaholic was the first and I just couldn’t get into it … rarely happens, but it does happen).
I stumbled across this find when a library patron returned it. I was checking it in and, to be honest, the cover is what caught my eye. I love the artwork. It’s unique. It pops. It did its job–making a possible reader pause long enough to turn the book over and read the summary.
I really enjoyed this one. It was funny and entertaining and I read it in one sitting. It matched all my criteria for a good book:
1) Unique story – The main character is Poppy. She looses her engagement ring–a ring that’s been in her fiance’s family for generations. In her frantic efforts to find it and coming up short, she of course gives her number to everyone she comes into contact with on the hotel staff. And if things couldn’t get any worse, true to Murphy’s Law, her phone gets stolen. Poppy is definitely having a bad day. Walking in circles in the hotel lobby, trying to figure out what to do next, there’s hope! She finds a discarded cell phone and it works! There’s a company sticker in back, along with the phone number, but desperate she ignores returning it to the company, rationalizing she’ll only borrow it. Relieved, she starts giving out this number to the hotel staff. She’s almost feeling better when she answers the phone … and it’s the phone’s owner! The story ensues and it’s hilarious!
2) Entertaining – Yes, this story definitely meets this requirement. It’s “funny” entertaining. And it’s relatable. I mean, how many of us has lost something valuable and went frantic trying to find it? I know I have. And yes, I did loose my engagement ring … once, but luckily I found it.
3) Well-written – Kinsella does a great job meshing humor with narrative. And what I did enjoy, as well, is she incorporates modern “texting” as part of the story–complete with smiley faces. I had an easy time reading this and the flow of the story was easy to follow. There was no confusion or misunderstanding.
Of course, it’s genre is “funny romance” and I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of romance and/or is looking for a quick read. I wanted to read something light and this is hit the spot. And because of its humor and great story line, it’s made me interested in giving the Shopaholic series one more shot as well as an interest in reading other stories of hers.