I cannot believe I’m seriously planning to greet my prospective in-laws in too-tight red woolly reindeer gloves. With tassels. (28)
This was a solid 3.5 stars. I can’t say this was a terribly complex or thought-provoking book. But it was extremely fun, light, and cheerful. This was also easy to pick up when I had a spare moment without forgetting important details or storylines, which makes it a perfect read for times when you can’t dedicate large blocks of time to reading.
Poppy Wyatt is marrying into a very prestigious, very judgmental family of scholars. Or she was, until she lost the family heirloom engagement ring her fiance Magnus had just given her. After having her phone stolen out of her hand by a passing thief and now in a complete panic, Poppy finds a phone in a nearby trashcan and commandeers it for her own use as a contact number for information on her lost ring. The previous phone-owner’s boss, Sam, reluctantly allows Poppy to keep the phone (as she certainly isn’t going to give it back to him before she finds her ring!) as long as she continues the functions of his personal assistant as he certainly doesn’t have time to find a new PA on such short notice. Unfortunately, Poppy is dragged into a bureaucratic nightmare while also trying to manage both the lost ring, her potential in-laws incredibly judgemental attitude towards her and Magnus’s engagement, and her increasingly confusing feelings about Sam.
The multiple plot lines of this book were engaging where other chick lit books have let me down. Her lost engagement ring created suspense from the beginning (would she be discovered? Would her last-ditch effort to hide the missing ring by covering her hands in bandages and claiming extreme burns even make it past the front door of Magnus’s family home??). His family’s general disapproval of her added another storyline. And to tack on Sam’s involvement and the EXTREMELY slow build there was fantastic. While not creating an overly complex story out of a chick lit novel, this really helped to flesh out the storyline and kept me reading very, very late into the night.
The twists were true surprises – I honestly didn’t expect or predict any of the twists this story took, and personally I think I’m pretty good at anticipating storylines. But Kinsella throws logic to the wind (in an excellent way) and writes in completely unexpected turns in the story that really kept up the excitement of this book.
Kinsella did an excellent job contrasting Poppy’s fiancé Magnus with Sam through their views of women, approach to life, and perceptions of Poppy herself. I also realize this is just chick lit, and as light romance it’s not intended to handle more serious points, but there were a few subjects I wish Kinsella had elaborated on more fully rather than breezing over them including cheating and valuing a woman’s mind and independence. I did however love how Sam pushed Poppy to become more strong-willed.
The weirdest thing is, I keep hearing Sam’s voice in my ear, reassuring me and bolstering me and telling me I can do it. It’s as if he’s giving me a pep talk, even though he’s not here. And it’s making me stand taller. It’s making me feel like I can do this. I’m going to be a Whole New Poppy. (363)
Magnus was happy with her as is, a passive doormat who sent a million kisses with each email. Sam inspired her to be an independent woman with her own thoughts and drive and self interest rather than fear of confrontation and offending people.
I would recommend this be read as a physical book; Kinsella’s writing style for this includes an abundance of fun and quirky footnotes, but these were nearly impossible to enjoy in Kindle format as the footnote links were tiny and easily overlooked. It was distracting to reach the end of a chapter, see 10 footnotes I had missed, and feel obligated to trace them back to their linked content.
This was my first Sophie Kinsella novel and I’ll definitely pick up her others for light entertainment in between my longer, imagination-draining fantasy novels. If you are in the market for a purely light and funny book, I’ve Got Your Number is the perfect choice.