Inspiration has struck in such a way that I don’t know how I didn’t come up with it before when I ventured into the blogging world. This blog will now be dedicated to sharing my love and passion for books. While I mostly read fiction, I have also recently been reading a few memoirs here and there. I am 21 years old, and I suppose my age is reflected in my book taste. Growing up, I took rows and rows of books out of the library (more specifically, the entire Sweet Valley, Nancy Drew, and Babysitter’s Club series). From there, I moved to Sarah Dessen to Melissa de la Cruz to Jodi Lynn Anderson to Megan McCafferty. Although high school and college greatly limited my free reading time, I always found my way back. Perhaps because I love finding pieces of myself in these stories. Maybe it’s because I’m able to pick up on other author’s techniques and writing styles, which often provide inspiration for my own writing. Or because I love to be transported into the magic, and troubles, of a stranger’s life. Or maybe because I can simply learn from their lessons and apply them to my own life. And I guess I’m just hoping to find others out there that, like me, share this intensity.
My first review is of I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors for a while now. I would say she is best known for her Shopaholic series, although I’ve found that I really enjoy her individual novels as well. I hate being the cliche woman who loves “chick-lit,” but I love these books for everything they are. I’ve Got Your Number, specifically, follows narrator Poppy Wyatt as she navigates life after losing her mobile and her engagement ring. She is engaged to intelligent and sexy Magnus, but as soon as Sam Roxton came into the picture, I knew she would end up with him. In that way, Kinsella’s novels are quite predictable and romantic. But it is the way in which she captures the narrator’s voice that draws me in and keeps me addicted to turning the page. Poppy’s (and all other narrators in the individual novels Remember Me?, The Undomestic Goddess, Can You Keep a Secret?, and Twenties Girl) view on the world and the way in which she relays it to the reader is absolutely hilarious and I couldn’t help but fall in love with her slightly naive yet incredibly kind and loyal personality. The sense of humor that emanates from the pages is so engaging that I couldn’t help bursting out in laughter many times as my family looked at me like a weirdo.
Although the plot could be seen as predictable as I mentioned before, it always tends to surprise me in small ways that I didn’t see coming. This occurred in the middle of the novel, when Poppy receives the anonymous text about her fiance’s unfaithfulness. Perhaps that is my own naivete, but I love the intricate details Kinsella includes throughout the novel that make their way back into the story just when they happened to slip your mind as you concentrated on Poppy’s most recent whirlwind situation. Many of Kinsella’s books are also set in England, which gives them an even funnier undertone, as most of the characters’ dialogue and thoughts are in an English point of view. This was the first book of hers that I read after returning from my semester abroad in London, and I loved being able to identify with the narrator as she spoke of terms and passed through places that I remember. Overall, Kinsella has a natural ability for capturing the essence of a lovable character and maintaining that presence on the page. And that is why, despite having a general idea of how the story will end, I love reading every new book of hers and will always be a fan.