I’ve Got Your Number Review

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My text to this book would be ILYSM.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella follows Poppy Wyatt, a recently engaged woman who loses her engagement ring and her cell phone in the same day. Luckily, Poppy discovers a phone in the trash can that she can use until the hotel calls her about her ring. Poppy’s perfect plan turns south, however, after she finds out the phone belongs to wealthy businessman Sam Roxton who isn’t so happy that a stranger is able to read all his emails and messages.

While I enjoy the fluffy and fun qualities present in Sophie Kinsella’s books, the characters and plot are often repetitive which makes the story interesting in the beginning but boring by the end. Even though I’ve Got Your Number does fall into some of those traps, I think it still manages to provide a unique and interesting story. As a result, I consider this my favorite Sophie Kinsella book!

I think one of the strongest components of this book is the relationship between Poppy and Wyatt. One of my biggest problems with two of Kinsella’s books that I recently read, My (Not So) Perfect Life and Can You Keep a Secret?, were that the male love interests fell flat for me because they weren’t explored in depth. Since Poppy accesses all of Sam’s messages, readers learn a lot about him as a character which makes it easy to invest in him as a character. I also appreciated that Poppy and Sam formed a really good friendship before any romantic connection. Poppy is engaged throughout much of this story, but Sam never makes a move until he knows she is available. Additionally, Poppy and Wyatt both make mistakes in their relationship, however, I think all of their reactions are appropriate and they don’t create any unnecessary drama like other couples in Sophie Kinsella books.

Another great aspect of this book is that both the first and second half of this book remain strong. In other books by Sophie Kinsella, I love the set-up of the novel, but end up disappointed by the ridiculous ending. Even though the ending of this book is reminiscent of several other books by this author for the “office mystery” focus of the second half, this one stood out for its more cohesive plot line and likable characters. Honestly, I couldn’t put this book down!

Overall, I’ve Got Your Number is a fun book with a great relationship and quick moving plot. Like I mentioned earlier, this is definitely my favorite Sophie Kinsella book and one of my favorite contemporaries of the year! I give I’ve Got Your Number five out of five stars.

Can You Keep a Secret? Review

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Can you keep a secret? This wasn’t my favorite Sophie Kinsella book.

In Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret?, Emma Corrigan confesses her deepest and darkest secrets to a man across the aisle on a stressful plan ride. Much to Emma’s embarrassment, this man is Jack Harper, her company’s CEO. Soon, all of Emma’s secrets about her boyfriend, friends, and co-workers are in jeopardy.

I’ve read Confession of a Shopaholic and My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella before and appreciated her fun and easy writing style. After doing some research into more of her books, I saw that a few people recommended this book and regarded it as their favorite Sophie Kinsella book. While there were aspects of this book that I enjoyed, I was overall disappointed with this book compared to the other books that I’ve read by this author.

Similar to my reading experience with My (Not So) Perfect Life, I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but really didn’t care for the second half of this book. I think Kinsella did a great job introducing the main character and plot at the beginning of this book. Additionally, I thought she weaved in Emma’s secrets in a funny and interesting way throughout the first half of the book. A lot of people have said this book is laugh-out-loud funny and I did find myself chuckling at the beginning of this book.

However, the book started going downhill in the second half for me. I think this was largely due to the romance in this book. For me, Jack Harper was too similar to other love interests in Kinsella’s books: he’s a somewhat cocky CEO with a lot of secrets. I found with Jack, however, he wasn’t as developed as her other love interests. Jack does something really awful to Emma in this book and I could really never see past it. Additionally, he is so secretive that readers never really know much about him which made it difficult to like him as a character and see his relationship with Emma as anything but surface level. This caused a lot of annoying and unnecessary drama in the second half of the book which made it a chore to finish.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with Can You Keep a Secret? and would consider it my least favorite book from Sophie Kinsella so far. However, this isn’t the worst book that I’ve read all year and I did enjoy the first half. I give Can You Keep a Secret? three out of five stars.

 

My (Not So) Perfect Life Review

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My (Not So) Perfect Life gets a not so perfect number of stars from me.

In My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella, Katie Brenner wants to perfect job, perfect boyfriend, and perfect life in London. However, she finds herself stuck in low ranking job, attracted to the guy interested in her boss, and in a cramped apartment with weird roommates. Katie’s life takes a turn for the worse when her perfect boss Demeter fires her which forces her to return to Somerset to help her father with his new glamping business. When Demeter shows up at her family’s business, Katie decides to take revenge on her boss.

I’ve read two other books by Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Can You Keep a Secret?, and enjoyed both of them. Sophie Kinsella’s books are always cute and fluffy which makes me happy when I finish them. I was excited, however, to learn this book was a little more “serious” than her other books according to other reviewers. While I enjoyed the first half of this book, I wasn’t a huge fan of the second half for reasons that I’ll cover below.

I think my favorite aspect of this book was how much I related to the main character, Katie. Like Katie, I recently graduated from college and struggled to find a job in my field. On social media, I saw a lot of people that I graduated with start new lives in fun cities with cool people. Since I typically read children and young adult books, it was refreshing to read about a character that shared a lot of the same problems.

I also really enjoyed the first half of this book. I thought it was well-placed and strongly developed Katie as a character. In the first half of the book, Katie faces a lot of real struggles that she works through like the average person. Additionally, readers see Demeter also grow as a real character and not the perfect person Katie created in her head. I think the first half of the book really reinforced the main idea of the book which made it a lot stronger than the second half of the book for me. I loved seeing Katie and Demeter’s relationship change to a healthy and strong female friendship. I also appreciated Sophie Kinsella’s trademark humor sprinkled in scenes in this half of the book, like the made-up activity Katie creates for Demeter at the glamping site.

In the second half of the book, my reading experience started to go downhill. I felt like the plot wasn’t as put together as the first half of the book. Even though the whole drama surrounding Demeter and the other people in the office played towards the “things aren’t as they seem on the surface” theme, the events that unfolded weren’t as realistic as those in the first half of the novel. Since I appreciated this aspect in the first half of the book, the second half felt a little cartoonish which made it more difficult for me to read. Additionally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the love interest because he felt a little generic and never as real as the other characters, so I found myself rolling my eyes at the ending. Needless to say, I enjoyed the second half of this book much less than the first half.

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book but several problems that I had with the second half put a damper on my reading experience. I give My (Not So) Perfect Life three out of five stars.

(**Also, this book had some unexpected Christmas moments, so it would be a perfect book to read before Christmas!)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up on a Whim

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is the top ten books that I picked up on a whim. Here’s my list of books that I knew little about when I picked them up and how I felt about them afterward:

1.) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

When I went to the bookstore the day that I bought The Hunger Games, I was actually looking for a different book. It was out of stock, but I still wanted to get a book to read. I didn’t know what The Hunger Games was about, but I heard it was good, so I bought it. I loved it so much that by the end of the week, I bought the other two books in the trilogy!

2.) Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han

I’d never heard of this book before, but my sister mentioned that Jenny Han wrote some young adult books that she really enjoyed. Since this was only $1 at the dollar store, I decided to pick it up. I’m glad I did because it was such a cute and charming story!

3.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

When I was in high school, we had to choose a book and then write a paper about anything in the book. This was the only book that really stuck out to me on the list we were given (it also helped that it was one of the shortest). I really loved Frankenstein and was happy when I got the chance to reread it in one of my college classes.

4.) Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I honestly don’t remember much about this book, but I remember checking it out of the library because the cover looked cute. This isn’t one of my favorite books of all time, but I remember enjoying it.

5.) Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

I picked up this book at the library because the cover was pink and when I saw that the plot centered around Disney, I knew that I wanted to read it. In the end, however, I really didn’t like this book.

6.) Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

When I picked up this book at the store, I saw it had a plot similar to She’s the Man, so I was instantly hooked. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is very similar to many other books with the same plot, so the plot was pretty predictable.

7.) Somebody that Everybody Listens to by Suzanne Supplee

This looked like a cute, Taylor Swift kind of story, so I picked it up. I enjoyed this story, but it seemed like it was missing something to make it really memorable.

8.) Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

I knew Sophie Kinsella wrote the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, so I picked up this book at a thrift store for a fluffy read. I really like this book and can’t wait to read more of her books!

9.) Virals by Kathy Reichs

I picked up this book at a discount store because the plot seemed interesting, however, I never find myself drawn enough to actually read it.

10.) This is not a Drill by Beck McDowell

This is another book that I picked up that seemed interesting, but I haven’t read. I’m not sure if I will end up reading this book though because of how closely it relates to my future career.

What are some book that you’ve picked up on a whim?