Wednesday, 11 July 2012

My Love/Hate Relationship With Sophie Kinsella: A Book Review of I've Got Your Number

This past weekend I finally had the chance to indulge in some much needed chick lit therapy after I picked up a copy of Sophie Kinsella's newest novel, I've Got Your Number from my local library. Over the years I've managed to read my way through all of her books (except the last one in the Shopoholic series), but it has surprisingly been three years since her last standalone novel, Twenties Girl, came out. Due to this huge length of time, I had forgotten a lot about Kinsella's writing style and the emotions that it tends to evoke in me as a reader. As soon as I picked up I've Got Your Number, however, it all came flooding back oh so quickly.... I have a love/hate relationship with Sophie Kinsella.

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

36 comments:

Jenny said...

I've yet to read a Kinsella book but I've heard they're hilarious. I appreciate the warning about self destructive characters. Consider me warned. :)

Ikhlas said...

Great review, Natalie! I too love the text/email element in chick-lit books, especially Meg Cabot's stuff :)

For me, this book was a huge disappointment. While I too get frustrated by her self-destructive heroines, they still always manage to grab me by the heart. But I didn't find Poppy or the story to be as engaging as I had hoped. Hopefully the next one is better!

westcoastsoul said...

Even though I want to yell at the main character too, I can't help but love Sophie Kinsella books. Becky really frustrated me though...no way would a guy in the real world put up with all her crap like Luke did in the series lol.

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella novels, I've read just about all of them as well (minus her Madeline Wickham books) but I agree with all her characters are very alike. I really need to pick this one up soon, I love the idea of texts and emails throughout the book, definitely grabs my attention.

TG said...

I know exactly what you mean about Kinsella's heroines! You really have to just see them as comedy performers, doing things to get laughs from the readers or they'll drive you *insane*.

Camille Picott said...

Great review! As for wanting to slap the MC for their stupid decisions . . . I guess it speaks to Kinsella's writing that she makes you feel so much. :)

Shoshanah said...

I feel the same way about his books. I do love them all (although I haven't picked this one up yet) but get frustrated that all of the characters feel the same. The one exception for me was in Twenties Girl. And since that was also one of her newest, maybe she's getting better.

And I'm a fan of the texts/e-mails in books too. Have you read 50 Shades of Grey yet? E-mails play a big part in them, and were some of my favorite parts.

Natalie said...

Darcy: I know! I can't believe that Luke put up with Becky's crap either! He must be a saint!

TG: I like your comparison of Kinsella's characters to comedy performers. That is definitely a good way of viewing them! Maybe it will make me less frustrated next time!

Shoshanah: Yes I have read 50 Shades of Grey and the emails were by far my favourite part of the entire series!!! They made me laugh out loud sometimes!

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