A new book of Sophie Kinsella entitled I’ve Got Your Number has just been released recently. I am not a fan of her Shopaholic series, but I have read Can You Keep a Secret? years before and I ended up liking it. And so, with her new book, I decided to give it a try. Plus, I was intrigued by the plot.
Here’s the summary from the back cover of the book:
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 🙂 !!
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her ‘happy 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 round 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 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 realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
Poppy is clumsy enough to lose her engagement ring, and the next thing she knows, her phone gets stolen. As her world starts to crumble (because according to Poppy, her cellphone is basically her life), she is able to retrieve a phone from a trash bin and “borrows” it in the meantime in order to maintain the connection from her contacts, hoping that one of them would find her ring. But the phone isn’t just an ordinary phone – it belongs to Sam’s PA. And with that simple fact, Poppy now has access to Sam’s personal and business information. A story full of twists, this very situation significantly changes Poppy’s decision in life.
The story is set in modern time and I’m absolutely amused by the very idea that Sophie Kinsella established realistic characters that any reader can easily relate to. The most complex characterization of all is absolutely Poppy. With the usage of footnotes as part of the story, the author does not fail to let readers be transported into Poppy’s inner consciousness. Sometimes, the comical footnotes also serve as Poppy’s side comments which she can only secretly share to her readers.
On the other hand, I won’t deny that there are parts of the story where I sympathize with Poppy, especially how the intimidating geniuses Tavishes treat her. As much as Poppy can’t very much relate to the Tavishes, readers can actually feel, at the beginning, that the parents of Magnus aren’t that impressed by Poppy as well. To be honest, I find the Tavish family weird. They’re so immersed in their successful careers that they tend to ignore the simplicity of life. Moreover, it’s like Poppy should be the one to compromise and change herself just to be on the same wavelength of intelligence with the Tavishes. In fact, readers might hate Antony and Wanda (the parents of Magnus); however, towards the end of the story, they will get to understand the reason behind their actions.
There are so many awkward and embarrassing moments in Poppy’s escapade that if I were in her shoes, I might have fainted already or my heart would have already stopped. But despite all of these, I enjoy every bit of Poppy’s personality. And of course, Sam becomes a big part of who she will become as the story progresses. It is also in this sense that readers can get to compare between Sam and Magnus – who is better than who – because both men’s characterization is so different from each other. They may look perfect physically, but each person has his or her own flaws and this is where Sam’s and Magnus’ personalities differ.
The book also discusses the aspect of standing up for one’s self. This may just be a work of fiction, but I can’t help but agree that what Poppy goes through also happens in real life. Aside from this, her relationship with Magnus will definitely offer readers some meaningful and significant insights about commitment and marriage.
Overall, I’m impressed by Sophie Kinsella’s creativity. She is able to come up with a unique story by just using a cellphone as a connection between characters – a simple means of communication where Sam and Poppy’s lives are unexpectedly intertwined. Yes, a simple object and yet everything is connected with it. Furthermore, the concept of the story is undoubtedly entertaining. I find some parts humorous which make me laugh as I read. It keeps me turning page after page, wanting to know what happens next. I truly recommend this book to those who need or want to break away from stress once in a while. I’ve Got Your Number will not disappoint you.