Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: I've Got Your Number

By Melissa Amster

**Giveaway is now closed**

I need to preface this review by confessing that I’m a huge Sophie Kinsella fan. I don’t know her personally, but would love to meet her if the opportunity presented itself. I’ve enjoyed all her books ever since Becky Bloomwood confessed her shopaholic tendencies and Emma Corrigan confessed her secrets to a stranger on a plane. She’s never disappointed me and her latest novel, "I’ve Got Your Number" (coming to retailers on Valentine's Day) has only reminded me how much I love her writing style!

Poppy Wyatt has just lost her engagement ring in the middle of a crowded hotel. To top it off, her cell phone is stolen on that very same day! What’s a girl to do? How about taking a discarded cell phone from a trash can and claiming it for herself? That works until Sam Roxton, the owner of the phone realizes it’s missing and tries to get it back. But not before she makes heaps of trouble for him and pries into his personal life! In the meantime, she has a wedding to plan and a ring to find. When she gets in too deep with the messages on the phone, will she be able to help Sam in his time of need? And if she does, will he be able to return the favor?

Ms. Kinsella has really hit another one out of the ballpark, so to speak. I was drawn into the story from the first page and unable to put it down (aside from work, responsibilities at home and sleeping). I found myself laughing out loud at Poppy’s antics and embarrassing situations. Ms. Kinsella characterized her so perfectly that I felt she was real. I could easily see myself being friends with Poppy! There were so many factors to this story, but they fit together nicely and it flowed easily. The supporting characters were really fun and interesting too, and they added a lot to Poppy’s drama. I never got bored and was just compelled the whole time, trying to figure out what would happen next.

I did have some small criticisms that did not take away from the enjoyment of the story, but I felt needed to be expressed. The first was all the "corporate speak." If Ms. Kinsella’s goal was to leave her readers as confused as Poppy was anytime she received a message from one of Sam’s business colleagues, then she was successful in that endeavor. That, along with the linguistic chatter from Poppy’s fiancĂ© and his family, made for a lot of blank stares on my end. Also, I felt that Sam changed his moods much too quickly. He’d be extremely mad at something Poppy did one moment, and then would go all soft on her the next.

Overall, I loved this novel. It was a perfect way to start off the New Year and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a fun and sweet story. I’m already anticipating her next novel! In the meantime, I hope "I’ve Got Your Number" will be optioned for film, as it would make a great chick flick!

Special thanks to Transworld UK for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review, and for sharing ONE copy with a lucky reader ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!

How to win "I've Got Your Number":
Poppy jumped to conclusions a lot throughout the story. Tell us about a time you jumped to a conclusion and what happened as a result. Please include your e-mail address or another way to easily reach you. (One entry per person.)

Giveaway ends February 5th at midnight EST!


(Top left: US cover; Bottom right: UK cover)

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46 comments:

Ananda said...

Well I'm not exactly like Poppy, byt yeah, happens to me sometimes - jumping to conclusions. Ok, last time that happened, was on my wedding anniversary. I waited and waited for hubby to congratulate lol, but time was passing by and he didn't say anything. I wasn't too upset, and didn't cry..but yeah, was slightly annoyed:) It was almost midnight, and July 8th (my anniversary day) was nearly over, when he came to me and and congratulated, and gave me a super e-reader as present:)He said " you know, the day is not over yet" I broke the reader in few months (oh well), but the point is, we women sometimes can't help jumping to conclusions and sometimes thinking of the worst, but we should relax and chill more:)

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Vicky said...

Great review!! I'm a HUGE Sophie Kinsella fan so I'm dying to read this book as well. My favourite SK book has to be Can You Keep a Secret? and book #1 in the Shopaholic series but I'm really looking forward to this one as well.

I tend to jump to conclusions quite a lot as well, to be frank. One of my worst experiences concerning conclusions was when I met this guy who was a bit nerdy and weird and I jumped to the conclusion that he's this super romantic and weird guy so we ended up being just friends. When I realized that he's the most helpful and the nicest guy I've ever met, it was too late, of course. He now lives abroad and has had a girlfriend for over a year.

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Len Lambert said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading another Sophie Kinsella! :)

Yes, it happens to me at times - jumping to conclusions. It particularly happened to me last year on Valentine's Day. I was stuck in the house because my son was unwell. My husband went out for some fresh air (that's what he told me)...it took him more than I expected him to be out and I resented him to be going outside while I was stuck in the house. He came home with a box of chocolates and a card. I felt so bad for jumping to conclusions.

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Anjana Vasan said...

OH I LOVED this book! I'd kill to have a paperback (yeah I just got an ebook :P)

Well, I have an example of me jumping to a conclusion. My boyfriend got me a custom blog design as a present..he paid for it in advance online..only problem is, they haven't e-mailed me/him or replied to the emails I've sent them. It's been a week :| I'm trying really hard to not jump to the conclusion that I've been scammed. Well I don't think I have been considering they seem legit and I've been stalking their website forever. I'll let you know how this ends in a few days :P

Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway as usual! You guys rock!

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Claire Matthews said...

Great review--I can't wait!!!

Let's see--I once jumped to the conclusion that my students were cheating on their exams--they were making really good grades, and it *couldn't* be because I'm a good teacher, or they are diligent students, right?

So I went to all kinds of trouble to make several versions of future exams, and made a lot of extra work for myself, and it turned out they were just a really good, high-achieving class!

Kim W. said...

I jumped to conclusions once when a close girlfriend thought her boyfriend was cheating on her. He said his absences and late nights were because he was working so much lately. So we got ourselves really worked up about it (we were co-conspirators!) and followed him a couple of times, and it turns out he really WAS working! And a few months later, he proposed to her! He was working extra hard to purchase the ring. I know it sounds silly, but this was years ago, and we were young......
(They are still married today and have a couple kids!!!)

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meandmom said...

I jumped to the conclusion that my daughter had lost my mp3 charger because she is always taking my things and not giving them back. I turned out my husband had it. I felt bad and appologized.

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Tiffany said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sophie's books! gosh, it's so easy to jump to conclusions. I turned (XX) recently and did not receive a call or text from my husband saying Happy Birthday. He came home late that day due to a work issue and I assumed he forgot. Turns out I was wrong... I was so upset that he forgot all about my birthday, and he hadn't. I would love to win this book. Either way, can't wait to read and review it. Tiffany @ A Cozy Reader's Corner Reviews acozyreaderscorner AT gmail DOT com

Kristen said...

Sophie Kinsella is the reason I started reading Chick Lit - can't wait for this book!!!

On New Year's, my bf texted me to tell me he was going out with his friends - I took that to mean he was ditching me for the night and left a scathing voicemail. He then called back (while I was leaving the message) to say he was on his way to pick me up too... Whoops. I told him to delete the vm, which he of course did not do. :)

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Colleen Turner said...

Sophie is one of my favorite chick lit writers! I have read (or own) all of her books and am so excited for this new one!

I don't often jump to conclusions but, like just about everyone I assume, I have from time to time. My first Mother's Day as a mom my husband was working and I was home alone with our son. We had moved away form all of our family not long before so I was really stuck in the house without anything to do. I spent the day sulking and assuming that my husband would come home and hardly any attention would be paid to my first ever Mother's Day. I burst into tears as soon as he walked him and started accusing him of not giving the day its due. He then proceeded to give me this beautiful Lladro sculpture of a mom and little boy. Well then I burst into tears because I felt bad for being mean :). Just shows you that you should try not to jump to conclusions!
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faithspage said...

The books sounds wonderful.
My bf and I had been dating for about 6 months. The weekend was near and he hadn't mentioned doing anything with me and my daughter. So, I start to panic and think the worst, he doesn't like me anymore.
When Friday arrives I ask him if he planned on seeing us during the wknd. He said since we were in a committed relationship he just assumed I would know that we would be together every weekend. That was 3 years ago.

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Margaret said...

So excited about this book! She's one of my favorite chick lit authors.

I am racking my brain and honestly can't remember any however I do remember once my old roommate & friend had assumed that I had drinks at our apartment once with a male friend of mine who she had a hopeless crush on and didn't tell her but the truth was that it was a friend of ours who is a female. I still do not know why she assumed it was him.

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Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read this, I love Sophie Kinsella.

I would say I last jumped to a conclusion when I made a recipe that looked delicious on tv, and it didn't turn out nearly as well as I concluded it would!

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Karen said...

Love Sophie Kinsella and can't wait to read her new novel :o)

I jumped to a really silly conclusion a few years ago. One of the mum's at my daughter's school seemed to have been pregnant for ages, and one day I saw her walking through the gates ahead of me holding a bundle wrapped in white. I bounded over and said, 'ooh congratulations, is it a boy or a girl?'

It turned out to be a large loaf of bread wrapped in white paper from the local baker's and the woman was still heavily pregnant!

Luckily we had a good laugh afterwards, but I still feel embarrassed thinking about it.

Carl said...

I don't remember ever jumping to conclusions but I must have at some point. No, wait. Is that one?
Result: hopefully I'll win this cool book.
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Shannon said...

I remember in high school jumping to the conclusion that my friends had forgotten my birthday. Not only did they not forget my birthday, they had planned a surprise party for me! A good time was had by all :)

Would love to win this book - I have loved all her other ones!

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Stephanie said...

The books sounds great!!!!

One time I can think of...I'd assumed my boyfriend and I were broken up since we hadn't seen each other or talked in weeks. Well....yeah.....we weren't...and I'd kinda started dating someone else. (Who I ended up marrying!!) But yeah...that day I had to tell him I was seeing someone else...not one of my best days.

BTW...I was only 17, so that's gotta give me some sort of pass, right??? LOL!

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Lilian said...

SOPHIE KINSELLA<3 I love her books, one of the very few authors that are capable of making me laugh!

jumping into conclusions, I guess it happens when I am in the middle of arguments with my parents and my older sister where I tend to jump into the conclusion that they are all mean, grouchy people.

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Rebecca (RivkaBelle) said...

LOVE Sophie Kinsella! This one sounds fun! :oD

Hmm...Well, I jumped to the conclusion that a girlfriend was getting married, and she really wasn't ((or at least not yet, haha))...It wasn't particularly embarassing or awkward, but we did have a good laugh together about it :o)

Thanks for the giveaway chance!!!

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Dolly said...

Oooo, can't wait to read this one!!

I'm not a huge conclusion-jumper (I work at a CPA firm, so it's just not in the blood), but sometimes I think I 'know' how a book or movie is going to end, and boy! - sometimes I can really be surprised!

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Na said...

I remember the first time I read a Sophie Kinsella book, The Undomestic Goddess and it was such a fun read. Her latest sounds like another great one.

I try not to jump to conclusions but there was a time when I was younger and I thought my parents forgot my birthday. As a little girl birthdays were pretty important. I woke up and no mention of my big day, went to school...and came back to find a surprise party! So it turned out pretty well.

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Linda Kish said...

This book sounds great.

I rarely jumped to conclusions. I guess probably assuming my son would forget to pick up dinner for me after they went out to eat and then he surprised me and actually remembered was the most recent time.

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Amber @ A little pink in the cornfields said...

I'm terrible at jumping to conclusions and it's usually WRONG! As I have gotten older I have gotten much better at it, but I can remember one time I jumped to the conclusion that my friends forgot my birthday, but actually they were throwing me a surprise party. Oops!!

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Heather said...

Sophie kinsella is my favorite author!! I love all her books! I don't think I really jump to conclusions all that much but I often try to figure out the ending to a book before I get there and am usually surprised by the ending!
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mep said...

A friend was hosting a birthday party for her husband at a bar. All of our friends were going, but we hadn't received an invitation. Everyone was all, "Of course, you guys are invited." I kept saying to my hubby, "I always thought they might not like us, but I'm surprised they excluded us." I got all worked up, assuming they had a problem with us. And then ... invitation arrives a week after the party with the wrong house number on the envelope and a bunch of postal markings about misdirection. Oops.

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Jel ♡ said...

i want to read this book so much because it reminds me a lot of myself.. i think i am the kind who always jump into conclusions and think bad ahead. for example if i see someone who i think is not trust worthy i will automatically think that he/she is a bad person and that i should keep my eye out because he/she might do something evil lol. haha really i want this habit of mine to go away but sometimes i just cant help it.

thank you for the giveaway =)

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bn100 said...

I don't really jump to conclusions because I like to think things through first. This book sounds very good.

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marybelle said...

I overheard part of a conversation. I thought it was about me. I got upset, but it turns out it was about someone else. It was still mean & I said so.

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Michelle D said...

At my best friends wedding, my boyfriend at the time confessed to her while dancing that although I was a 'great girl' I was 'a bit young' to consider settling down with. Of course, she told me and I was heartbroken. I spent the next couple of weeks wondering what to do and it reached a peak at dinner one night with the same friend and her new husband. Our dog had recently been very sick and I had devoted a lot of time taking him to the vet, cleaning up after him and giving him medicine. At dinner, the conversation of marriage came up and I said 'Well, I don't need to worry about ever getting married, considering I'm going to be just the dog-puke-cleaner-upper for the rest of my life!' Little did I know that my husband had confessed to hers even before their wedding that he was going to propose, and in fact he did it the very next day after my word vomit. Turns out he was waiting for the big party his parents were throwing because all the family was together. Oops!!

Elissa said...

I jumped to conclusions and thought my friend was hooking up w my bf. Totally wrong and ended up fighting with her and he was a loser anyway for many reasons.

Love Sophie so much! REALLY hope to win!

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Febe Moss said...

How to win "I've Got Your Number":
Poppy jumped to conclusions a lot throughout the story. Tell us about a time you jumped to a conclusion and what happened as a result. Please include your e-mail address or another way to easily reach you. (One entry per person.)



I jumped to conclusions with my husband:-) When we first started dating, I thought he was too good to be true. I thought he had to have something wrong with him. I decided it wouldnt work and that we had to break up. As the first word was leaving my lips, he kissed me. And it changed everything:-)

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JennJenD said...

It's easy to jump to conclusions isn't it? I know I am notorious for it. But one time in particular was when I met my husband. I had been working at a pizza place in my home town for about a year when he started, and I instantly tried to tell him how to do something figuring he was a newbie. Later found out, he had been working in pizza for years, and was hired as our new Manager. Lets just say we didn't get off to the greatest of beginnings!

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BRN2SHOP9 said...

I can't remember the last time I jumped to a conclusion. lol

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Sukhada said...
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Sukhada said...

I love Sophie Kinsella's books so much, I cannot even describe it in words. I regularly check her website, waiting for news about her latest book and I was so excited to discover it was coming out in February! I've already placed a hold on it at my local library, but it would be so nice to be able to read it as soon as it comes out!

One of the conclusions that I jumped to (which I'm very embarrassed about now), was that the Shopaholic books were going to be trashy, stupid, run of the mill novels, but as soon as I started reading them, I was honestly captivated by Sophie Kinsella's story telling. Her books are intelligently written and absolutely hilarious. I've tried looking for chick lit that I like as much and I can honestly say that I haven't found anything that compares to her.

Thank you so much for doing this giveaway :D I'm so excited for the book to come out!

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Erica said...

I jumped to the conclusion that my husband had eaten the leftovers on the counter -- wrong! It was the cat!!

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Laura Reese said...

Love, Love, Love Sophie Kinsella (MW).

I jump to conclusions all of the time. Perhaps one of the most amusing was when I misunderstood my new boss at a television station in Alabama. I had not yet perfected the translation from Southern accent back to Yankee ... and thought he was asking for 'baked glaze' on his sandwich. I said okay and smiled, wanting to be a good employee, but later realized he wanted "BAKED LAYS" potato chips on the side :) LOL

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StereoQueenBee said...

I follow you everywhere...

I usually jump to the conclusion with my bf when I am mad at him. That old saying "Seeing red" definitely can apply to me at times but it's something I'm working on!

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Bonnie said...

I remember a time when my boss asked to see me in her office. I wasn't sure what the reason she wanted to see me was, but I was really nervous and expecting the worst. It turns out that she just had a simple question for me. Glad it turned out well. That should teach me not to jump to conclusions.

Silvy said...

When I jump to conclusion,OMG it's too embarrassingly:My son when he was on 3 years old he was on his aunt and from his aunt he put it some women's rings in his pocket and when he came home his father(my husband)change him cloths and then the rings dropped out of his pocket,but they both don't see that.When I back home I see those women's rings in our bedroom on my husband side-Can you imagine my reaction?I was furious!But after few days my sister in low is call and say the true.We felt relieved.
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Gail said...

When I was applying for my current job, I was convinced that I hadn't gotten it because I didn't have the background they were looking for. Turned out they were just taking a long time looking at candidates, and my experience trumped tenure in the company, so I got it! Yay!!

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Krystal said...

I've jumped to conclusions so many times! I hate when others do it so I try to wait for the benefit of the doubt before I actual believe the crazy scenarios in my head. One in particular would be the time I thought my then boyfriend was going to leave me for a man! Haha Turns out it was a party planner he had been secretly working with to plan my birthday party!

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Shannon said...

Oh, I never jump to conclusions, lol! Yeah, right. Some say it's paranoia but I always misinterpret voice tone and usually assume the worse and immediately go back to all of my mess-ups and assume the person is upset with me. Recently I thought returning a call to a coworker was going to be painful so I put it off. Turns out it completely wasn't anything to do with something I did, but everything about her having other people listening to her while leaving the message. Whoops.

Diana_Dimovska said...

I always jump to conclusions. Especially when it comes to family matters and conversations. When the discussion is negative, I always think it's about me and burst in anger (sometimes tears too) :D Afterwards, I get it, but it's too late, I already panicked. :D

Thanks for this giveaway, Diana

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Jencey said...

I have become a recent fan of Sophie Kinsella. I thend to make assumptions that lead to jumping to conclusions.

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Eesti said...

I absolutely love this book. I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and the Shopaholic series. I felt that Poppy Wyatt was just like Becky Bloomwood, and that did not bother me one bit, since the Shopaholic series is over. It's hilarious, and will make you laugh out loud. I couldn't put it down and it was one of those books that makes you sad when you are done with because you loved it so much. I read the print version, glad I didn't get it on my kindle since everyone is saying the endnotes are at the end of the chapter.