Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Now you are probably wondering... what do I mean by a love/hate relationship? Well, as much as I enjoy my time spent relaxing and reading Kinsella's novels, there is always a point in her books where I am overcome with pure frustration. Sure her books are light hearted and funny, but her characters are always the exact same! Whether its Becky's obsession with shopping in the Shopoholic series or Poppy's inability to keep her nose out of other people's lives in I've Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella's female characters are always self destructive in some form or another!
Even though its funny to see the situations that these bad decisions get the characters into, I can't help but cringe every time they do something that is obviously going to blow up in their faces. At some points I just feel like screaming at the characters and saying "NO! DON'T DO IT YOU IDIOT!" Luckily, the character of Poppy in Kinsella's latest novel wasn't quite as daft as her previous female heroines. In fact, I was somewhat impressed by her general perceptiveness and thoughtfulness. Unfortunately, this perception did not prevent her from messing up big time when it came to getting involved in the personal life of a complete stranger.
Although I may HATE Kinsella's self-destructive heroines, there is no denying that her novels are great for a laugh and some good romance (hence the "Love" part of this love/hate relationship). I've Got Your Number was no exception to this trend. As much as Poppy made me want to tear out my hair at times, there were definitely parts of the story that made me crack a smile, and at one point I even snorted out loud trying to hold in my laughter (much to the amusement of my friends laying beside me on the beach).
My favourite part of I've Got Your Number, however, was the amount of texts and emails included in the book between Poppy and Sam. I don't know what it is about text messages and emails, but I immediately fall in love with any chick lit book that includes them (like Meg Cabot's Boy series!!)! I know...I'm weird! Or do other people find that style of writing strangely attractive as well? Maybe its because these texts and emails make the characters seem more natural and lifelike then some of the crazy thoughts and dialogues provided throughout the rest of the story.
Overall, I've Got Your Number was frustrating at times, but its humour and lightheartedness more then made up for it! It's definitely the perfect beach/summer read for those of you looking for a book to relax and unwind to! While Sophie Kinsella's self-destructive characters can drive me crazy, I'll nevertheless be anxiously awaiting to see what crazy story she ends up writing next!
Rating: 3.5 Stars