Title: I’ve Got Your Number
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Contemporary fiction, British fiction, Chick lit, Women’s fiction
Publisher: The Dial Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Jayne Entwistle
First line: Perspective. I need to get perspective.
Poppy Wyatt is in a crisis. She’s lost her engagement ring, an antique emerald ring that her fiance Magnus gave her. It’s been in Magnus’s family for generations, and Poppy is already completely intimidated by Magnus’s brilliant parents. In the midst of her frantic search for the ring, her cell phone is stolen – the cell phone with the number she’s given to everyone with instructions to call or text if they find her ring.
While rifling through a trash bin, Poppy finds a discarded cell phone and makes it her own. The only problem is, the cell phone belonged to Sam Rockston’s personal assistant – and he receives tons of e-mails and texts that she finds herself in the position of forwarding. Sam agrees to let Poppy keep the phone temporarily, never knowing how embroiled she would become in his life.
Sophie Kinsella knows women. I know that the whole genre “chick lit” can be polarizing, that some women think it is derogatory toward women, but I don’t see it. I love the female characters she writes. I’ve never had it all together, and I like reading about real women who also occasionally do stupid things, pig out on ice cream, worry about what people think of them, and struggle to find their way in life.
Poppy is a terrific character. Her propensity to get involved in complete and utter chaos makes for a really funny book, especially on audio – more than once my kids were asking me what was so funny as I snorted with laughter while doing the dishes or cleaning the toilet. There’s nothing like a truly entertaining audiobook to make those mundane chores bearable, right?
I honestly hesitated to give this book 5 stars – not because I didn’t completely adore it, but because I kept thinking things like, “Will I still be considered a serious book blogger if I give the same rating to something fun as I give to something literary?” And I came to the conclusion that I just don’t care! I loved everything about this book – the plot was fresh and original, the characters real, the romance was perfect. And it made me laugh – over and over again.
Audio notes: Jayne Entwistle, who was a new narrator to me, was an amazing choice to read this book. It is told in first-person, in Poppy’s voice, and she did a fantastic job. She also was able to do the male voices with enough variation that they didn’t all sound the same, and they didn’t sound awkward. That’s not easy to do. Mostly, she got the timing just right to take full advantage of the humor in the story.