Showing posts with label ive got your number. Show all posts
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

[Review] Can You Keep A Secret? - Sophie Kinsella: Why You Should Never Spill Your Secrets to a Stranger


When Emma Corrigan experiences major turbulences on her flight, she's convinces she's going to die. So she confides all her secrets, things she has never told anyone, in her seat neighbor. But it turns out he isn't just a perfect stranger she'll never see again.
What intrigued me: Sophie Kinsella is my favorite author. She's the queen of chick-lit. She could write something in lipstick on a napkin and I'd pay $9,99 for it. Jokes aside, this one is apparently the best Kinsella novel according to a couple of my friends. I had to check it out.



Hilarious, But Not For Long...

Kinsella definitely has a success formula. Take a dorky heroine in a dead end relationship, her dorkiness leading to meeting the Super Serious Businessman Guy™, and then throw in some complications and hilarious secondhand embarrassing scenes before they finally get together and realize they were made for each other.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? has a very similar premise to I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Kinsella, but comes nowhere near the hilariousness and solid plot. Kinsella does have a way of making you laugh out loud with almost every single sentence. Her character voices are always on point. But the biggest flaw of this novel is that it starts with the premise and then just tries to keep up the narrative with tons of filler content. The secrets are spilled by page 20 and then it's just an annoying tug war between the protagonist Emma and her love interest Jack until they get together. It's still funny, but it just couldn't keep my attention and make me read this all in one go as other Kinsella books usually do.


Brilliant Character Building

What I've definitely missed with other novels by her are the side characters. In this one, the side characters are developed to perfection and it just seems effortless. She manages to introduce a new character and instantly make you sympathize with them/hate them. Usually Kinsella novels focus solely on the heroine, but in CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? everyone gets their little story and I love that. I loved to hate Emma's cousin Kerry and to sympathize with her sweet co-worker Katie. It's just perfect character building and you feel like the people you're reading about are real.

But then again, it all feels like filler. None of the side characters get a satisfying ending to their little quests and the whole novel just seems very unstructured. The idea absolutely can't carry an entire book. It should have ended somewhere halfway in, because the rest was just a torture to read for me. I wasn't invested in Emma, merely annoyed by her over the top dorkiness and naivete.



Rating:

★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

No, not really. The first half is brilliant, but the rest is just boring. I stand by my favorites REMEMBER ME and I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER if you want to read a Kinsella novel.




Additional Info

Published: December 27th 2005
Pages: 218
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit
ISBN: 9780440241904

Synopsis:
"Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I've always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn't share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company's elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her..."
(Source: Goodreads)

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Best and Worst Books of 2015 | End of Year Book Survey!








I can't believe the year is over! I can't believe I've been blogging for almost two years now. 

Here are my tops and flops of this year. Every second answer may or may not be READY PLAYER ONE.

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Young Adult: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
Adult: I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Sophie Kinsella

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

  • ZODIAC by Romina Russell: I just love everything space and astrology. It's a shame that this wasn't for me.
  • THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin: Just no.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
STARTERS by Lissa Price. Hello favorite book.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Yeah, you - read this!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? 
Series: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Best Sequel: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Myra McEntire, author of HOURGLASS. Give me more!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non Fiction: ANATOMY LESSON by Matt Spadafora

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Am I going to answer every question with this book? I might.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James. I'll definitely reread this before I pick up the sequel!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
ZODIAC by Romina Russell

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Baz from CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell. The only thing I liked about this book to be honest. 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? 
“Exactly. How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”
from THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
A GAME OF THRONES - 835 pages
BITCH PLANET - 156 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare. What a disappointment. Just the mere fact that this and that dubious incest plotline exists - nope.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR:
Honestly? I don't think I had one this year. I'd probably have to go with an old favorite (I did read some VA sequels this year, so it totally counts!!!!)

Rose Hathaway & Dimitri Belikov

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year 
Cassie & Sammy from THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
DON'T LOOK BACK - Jennifer L. Armentrout

21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
None!

22. Best 2015 debut you read?
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
 
24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James.

25. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
THE CHASE by L.J. Smith

26. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
LOVING by Katrin Bongard

27. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

28. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare. Incest. Enough said.


Feel free to leave your link in the comments if you did the survey!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Recommendation: I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella

In I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER, Poppy Wyatt loses her engagement ring that's been passed down in her fiancĂ© Magnus' family and is worth a fortune. 

Wonderful Characters

Poppy's a fantastic character. She's probably my favourite chick-lit protagonist I've read about so far. She's likeable to no ends with her hysteria, irrational fears and adorable cluelessness. I loved her. Poppy goes through massive character development throughout the novel and the process of that is illustrated so beautifully by Kinsella that as a reader, you feel like you're growing with her. Kinsella uses every single character to their potential, from Poppy's fiancĂ© Magnus to her colleagues Annalise and Ruby. No character remains without purpose and I can only salute to that.

The other protagonist is love interest Sam Roxton them, whom I couldn't really give any sympathy points because he remains very distant. He's a serious guy that's totally engrossed in his work and whose entire life revolves around that. The fact that his and Poppy's lives only cross on that professional level just puts emphasis on him being a boring workaholic. We learn almost nothing about him, other than that he likes to keep people on a distance and thinks using smileys in business e-mails is highly inappropriate. Well. Accordingly I didn't connect to him as a character while I did understand why him and Poppy got along. This is an achievement and another point for Kinsella again- without liking the character I still saw and understood the chemistry.

Full of plot twists!

Like I already said, I have to do some hardcore tightrope walking to avoid spoilers. Same goes for the plot. Basically Poppy finds Sam's phone and from now on is a makeshift personal assistant. Well, she hires herself. Sam just wants her to forward all the emails, keeping everything professional, but Poppy decides that Sam is way too distant and rude in his emails, so she writes some herself. And there comes the chaos! 
Everything Poppy does in the novel is just so poppy. Within 400 pages I managed to get a feel for what she's like and I caught myself predicting her actions already and getting secondhand embarrassment at the thought of it. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, it just shows that the characters are developed masterfully. There are so many twists and turns in the storyline and so many hidden hints that I probably would only get when reading it the second time. 

This is what makes this novel special, that I at no point could predict the twists. There's one and then you find yourself thinking "Eh, could've guessed that" and then just when you recovered from the first one, there's a second one. I just ... ahhh. That's so rare in chick-lit and I'm so happy that I decided to buy this novel. The writing is on point, it's Kinsella, you can basically swallow this novel up in about three hours despite it being almost 500 pages. New favorite.

Rating: 

★★★★★


Overall: Do I Recommend?

 I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER is very close to my all-time Kinsella favourite REMEMBER ME?, but not quite yet. It's a bit too long and even though I loved the whole texting passages, I would have wished they had used different fonts for Sam and Poppy, because at times it got confusing.

Especially when they sent a few messages in a row and you couldn't really figure out who sent what. I found myself hurrying through the pages just to get to the ending (which is by the way straight taken from a cheesy 80s romantic comedy). However, I enjoyed this tremendously and I can't wait to reread it which definitely makes it worthy of a recommendation.


Synopsis:
"Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life."

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