Single Sundays: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophia Kinsella

Synopsis (from Goodreads.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 🙂 !!

 
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily 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 around 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 that 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 realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

Review:

I really enjoy chick-lit from Britain so I wanted to read a stand-alone novel from this genre. After reading Kinsella’s Shopaholic Series, I decided to see what her other novels were like, so mission created.

The whole concept of the story is a little far-fetched for the logical thinker in me but I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. It was a fun, quick paced and humourous read. It was like a mash-up of the Shopaholic series and Bridget Jones’ Diary–book series I have really enjoyed–into one.

At times, I felt like it was a little too much Becky from Shopaholic, so I left with the impression that Poppy wasn’t a totally original character. It makes sense to me as Kinsella’s success has been based on a specific character type with her Shopaholic series and she can obviously write that character type very well (and she is well liked by fans). From my experience with her other novels I have read by her since, this is the character personality she has stuck with–in nearly every.single.book. But I think I would have liked a little more “originality” in Poppy.

The plot was fun, if a little predictable but I did laugh quite a bit throughout it and that is always a good sign in my books (no pun intended!)!

Conclusion:

There isn’t too much else to say about this without giving away spoilers but if I had to choose between I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, I’d pick this one. I enjoyed it much more and the characters are a lot more likeable. A solid British Chick Lit Novel.

Rating: 3.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Chick Lit, British Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Humour
Recommended for: 22+
Similar Reads: Wedding Night by Sophia Kinsella and The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot (Boy Series #1)

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