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Sophie Kinsella: I've Got your Number
I've Got Your Number is the newest novel by Sophie Kinsella, the best-selling author of the Shopaholic series. The story begins when Poppy Wyatt, the protagonist, loses her very expensive wedding ring during lunch at a hotel. The ring also happens to be a very valuable family heirloom.
As bad luck should have it, on the same night Poppy's cell phone gets stolen. Having given her number to all hotel personnel in case they find her ring, she flips out until she comes across a discarded cell phone in the garbage bin of the hotel's lobby; and this is where the story begins.
The discarded phone is company property and its former owner, Sam Roxton, wants it back. But Poppy can't live without a phone lest anyone finds her ring and tries to contact her. So as an agreement, Poppy and Sam decide to share the phone until a better solution comes up. She agrees on forwarding all incoming emails and texts, but being nosy by nature, she ends up reading most of the communication meant to go directly to Sam.
Poppy begins passing judgement on Sam for his curt replies and crude manner; so taking things a bit further she begins sending emails to company employees under Sam's name. The debacles she causes are downright hilarious. As the novel progresses and as expected, Sam and Poppy develop a friendship that soon turns into a romantic relationship.
However, Poppy is engaged. Magnus, Poppy's fiancé, is a hotshot college professor who comes from a stuck up family of brainiacs who think he is marrying beneath himself. Poppy tries hard to impress Magnus's family but instead she only ends up making a fool of herself.
Poppy is the most loveable character in the novel; she's the kind of person who would pretend to be an answering machine if she accidentally answers a call; her endearing childishness is quite hilarious. However, if you've read other works by Kinsella, you might notice that she bears a striking resemblance to her other female leads.
On the other hand Magnus and Sam, the two male leads, feel made-up and are endowed with few tangible differences in their personalities, making them somewhat indistinguishable.
I've Got Your Number has a flimsy plot. But chick-lit isn't really about strong plots, is it? Kinsella's writing is witty and offers some laugh-out-loud moments, and that's really what holds the novel together.
A simple online search would give you a chronological account of the Egyptian revolution; accurate dates, death tolls and perhaps even the names of the martyrs. But it will not tell you how it made the Egyptian people feel. Statistics can't describe what the families of the martyrs went through and it cannot accurately express the weight placed on the hearts of millions of Egyptians during this time.
Soueif doesn't ignore the violence perpetrated by the regime against protestors; she also mentions those who have lost their lives. She has kept in mind that by the time readers received her book a lot would have changed, so she frequently refers to the fact that we – her readers – would know more about the current situation than she did while writing it.
As she walks down every street, she supplements her story with memories and anecdotes from her childhood and adolescence, adding an emotional and personal dimension to her book and making it easy for readers to imagine why she is still attached to Cairo despite her long years in London.
The book is a refreshing spin on a now-over-a-year-old revolution. It brings hope. Soueif's sharp senses have led her to assume that by the time the book hits bookshelves, hope would still be the number one motivation and that's how she writes; invoking hope and persistence in the hearts of her readers.
The first impression of main character Abby, a freshman at university, is that she’s a goody-two-shoes and seems to have a reserved, shy personality. She is just starting a new independent life as a student far away from home, but her peace of mind is soon disturbed when she meets Travis; an underground fighter who goes to the same school. He's the kind of guy that every girl should avoid but still dreams of taming. With tattooed arms, the rebellious enigma captures Abby's attention instantly and though he has trouble written all over him, she can't help but get sucked into his world.
But on the other hand, Travis is also somewhat spellbound by Abby's innocence. What he doesn't know, and neither do we at the time, is that he’s in for a surprise; with a sharp tongue and a strong personality, Abby manages to charm the bad boy into submission. As the story progresses, we see Abby building a shield to protect herself from being another challenge that Travis conquers. Frustrated with Abby, Travis is forced to comply with her strict rules and settles for being ‘her friend’.
The novel takes an unusual turn when Abby loses a bet with Travis and is forced to live with him for a whole month. The lines between innocent friendship and love become blurred and as the story goes on, McGuire gradually delves deeper into Abby's fears and the dark past that is still hunting her.
Jumping up the New York Times bestselling charts soon after being published, Beautiful Disaster is much more than a just another romance novel.
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Born in 1969, Sophie Kinsella, Madeleine Wickham's pseudonym, is a bestselling British author who graduated from Oxford University. Wickham is best known for her Shopaholic novels series. The first of the series, Confessions of a Shopaholic, was adapted into a major pictures film in 2009 starring Isla Fisher.