Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I've Got Your Number

I've Got Your Number
by Sophie Kinsella

Paperback, 387 pages
Published on: February 1st 2012
Publisher: Random House Export
ISBN: 0593059824 

I've Got Your NumberBlurb: 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.

Sophie Kinsella is the name that I loved right from my childhood. I admit that had it not been Sophie Kinsella, I won’t have been such a lover of books today.
When I read her “The Undomestic Goddess” in Sixth grade, I was mesmerised. Books were so lovely, so hilarious, so beautiful- the child in me thought after reading Kinsella. There’d be nothing surprising with it if I say that Kinsella is certainly my most favourite author.
Since then, I have been religiously reading all her books. But in I’ve Got Your Number, I must say, Sophie Kinsella is at her best.
If you want to put out of your mind all the stress and land into a world of giggles and gasps, Poppy Wyatt is your host.
Poppy has found the man of life! What’s more, she is getting married to him in just ten days! But Poppy’s life falls into the danger zone when, during a lunch at Hotel Berrow, she loses the only thing that matters the most – her Engagement Ring, which has been in Poppy’s fiancé, Magnus’ family for generations. In all the panic that follows, she gets robbed of her phone too.
But Poppy gets lucky when she finds a discarded phone in a trash bin. Immediately she grabs it and distributes its number to the entire hotel staff and her friends asking them to call her up if they find her priceless Emerald Ring. When the phone owner’s boss, Sam Roxton, demands the phone of his PA back, Poppy denies giving it back taking in consideration the timeless "Finders, Keepers" rule. Because Poppy does Sam a favour, he agrees on the bargain that he’d let her “share” the phone until she finds her ring but she’d have to forward all his PA’s emails and texts to him regularly.
“I’ve never shared an in-box with anyone in my life. I didn’t expect it to feel so…intimate. It’s as if we’re suddenly sharing an underwear drawer or something.”
Before starting IGYN, I’d read a tormenting, godawful book and feared that I’d hate reading any other book for all my life. But I was a few pages past I’ve Got Your Number, and I was laughing like a drain. I don’t think I’ve laughed as much reading any other books as I have done reading IGYN. Kinsella had once again, made me fall in love with books.
Another thing that I absolutely loved about the book was that it was fiction with footnotes. You must’ve read a billion non-fiction titles will footnotes, but how many of you have seen a Chick Lit with footnotes. The first footnote of the book read:
1.      His specialism is Cultural Symbolism. I speed-read his book, The Philosophy of Symbolism, after our second date and then tried to pretend I’d read it ages ago, coincidentally, for pleasure. (Which, to be fair, he didn’t believe for a minute.) Anyway, the point is, I read it. And what impressed me most was: There were so many footnotes. I’ve totally got into them. Aren’t they handy? You just bung them in whenever you want and instantly look clever.
Magnus says footnotes are for things which aren’t your main concern but nevertheless hold some interest for you. So, this is my footnote about footnotes.

You’ll find them on almost half the book. And believe me, I’d be so hurt whenever a page didn’t have one.

The characters that Kinsella creates are so, so human. I loved every single character in this adorable novel. Poppy is just one girl like any of us who would always act on an impulse, without thinking of any of the consequences to her acts. She maintains that typical, quirky Kinsella voice that marks all her heroines. Although Sam’s not always just round the corner, it didn’t take me long to fall for him. Whenever he sent a text to Poppy, my heart would skip a beat.

Although, the “hotshot corporate guy- average girl” formula has been used by Kinsella bazillion times already, but somehow she still knows how to make it refreshing for her audience. And yes, we love it all the time.

Apart from tickling your bones, Kinsella is a pro at maintaining the mystery all through the novel. She keeps you guessing through the pages, wondering what Poppy messes up with next.

There’s  no doubt about it that Kinsella is the most genius humorists that we have today.  I would recommend it to everyone who has ever read any book by Kinsella. Whether you hated or loved her previous book that you read, you’ll fall in love with this one. I can guarantee that.

This is an absolute treat for the lovers of Chick Literature genre. Trust me, this is a must read. Totally worth your money, perfectly worth your time.

I’m eagerly waiting for Sophie Kinsella’s next.
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