I love this author so much. She writes so many light, trashy/girly books that I love to read once in a while. It really makes me feel better after all the deep and depressing books I tend to read quite often. Looking at my fresh copy of this book and laughing at the comments I’ve written around the pages (yes I write on the books in pencil so I remember how I felt at the time so I can write proper reviews) I can see a few things I didn’t like about this one.
If you’re like me (a lover of Sophie Kinsella’s books and have the need to pick up any book of hers that you see) then here is a summary of the book:
I’ve lost it. 😦 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!
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.
If you need a light read then I definitely recommend picking this one up. It’s so cliche and funny that I couldn’t stop laughing throughout it. I mean, you know exactly how it’s going to end but you want to read it anyways to find out how it does.
Poppy: Kinsella wrote in the typical voice I find she writes in for most of her books. The pathetic, confused, seemingly beautiful and irresistible girl. I didn’t enjoy her character that much because I feel like I’ve read from her perspective in so many of the other books Kinsella has written.
Sam: Loved him. But of course I always tend to love the other guy in Kinsella’s books. He is also too seemingly perfect, and unfortunately I always end up matching the people I go out with, with characters like these. I’ll look at them, squint, then look back at the book and then turn back to them and say “Hey why can’t you be more like Sam over here?”
Magnus: Kinsella never seems to create a connection to the guy the girl is currently seeing with the audience. It’s almost as if she automatically needs to make you dislike him so you can fall for the other guy. I wish for once I’d like both of them and then I’d feel the true dilemma Poppy would need to face.
Lucinda: The twist with her…I did not see coming. Didn’t like her character but loved the twist.
Poppy’s friends: Who would want friends like these? I mean seriously they act one way and then automatically act the other way. Horrible. Absolutely Horrible.
It was a sort of weak plot. After she got the ring back 1/2 way through I looked at the other half of the book and thought “Okay so now what does she need to do? What’s the point of all these other pages?” I liked the footnotes at first and found them entertaining but after a while I got annoyed. They were confusing and made me have to constantly look up and down and therefore made the flow of the story very disjunct. But anyways I didn’t really enjoy any of the character that much except for Sam and possible the assistant of Lucinda. Other than that…I disliked everyone. There wasn’t much of a background…the parent’s thing was a bit cliche and the brothers that were so “huge” in Poppy’s life…popped in for a few pages and then disappeared…like…huh?
She did write realistically at times but compared to recent books I’ve read…it’s so cliche and fairytale-like….but let’s be honest here I eat that rubbish up so why am I even complaining?
Characters: 6 points
Plot: 6 points
Originality: 6 points
Language/Style: 7 points
Giving Mademoiselle Kinsella’s new book 25 points out of 40 Not bad for a good light read 🙂 If you’re a fan of Sophie Kinsella like me then pick it up (don’t forget to tell me what you thought of it!). Enjoy!
Favorite Part: “Mr Yamasaki…” I begin cautiously, to the tune of ‘Single Ladies’. “My Yamasaki. Mr Yamasaki, Mr Yamasaki.” I shimmy my hips and shoulders at him, just like Beyonce. “Mr Yamasaki, Mr Yamasaki.