My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
I like Sophie Kinsella's stories. This particular one had me laughing out loud in a couple of instances which is a good sign. I enjoyed the humour and it was a nice change of pace.
This book was fun! I enjoy Sophie Kinsella's books, and she didn't let me down with this one. The characters always end up in crazy situations where you think it can't get any worse. Then it does.
Poppy Wyatt is a woman who is about to get married and manages to lose both her engagement ring and her cell phone while out with her friends at a hotel. The ring is a family heirloom of her fiance. While looking for her ring at the hotel she finds a phone in the trash can. The phone works so why not use it for now? I mean, really, what on earth could come of it? It turns out the person who threw away the phone was an assistant to a businessman, an important businessman, Sam Roxton. He reluctantly agrees to let her use the phone temporarily - as long as Poppy forwards text messages and emails to him promptly. But temptation is too much and Poppy starts reading the messages, even responding to some without Sam's knowledge (or permission!).
Sam and Poppy end up building somewhat of a friendship, which (expectantly) ends in a relationship.
There are a lot of text messages and emails which shows how much technology has become such a big part of our life.
Throughout the book there are footnotes in appropriate places that add a little more humor (although a reviewer said with the Kindle version they were not in the best place).
When Sophie Kinsella has a chick lit out there's no need to even listen to the preview. Really, just buy it. Okay. To be honest, there were moments when Poppy's character edged my teeth with how flighty and air-headed she seemed. This is one very ditzy heroine. And she's impulsive. And sometimes I found myself thinking aloud to her "God girl think this through!" But well, she is just a character in a book. Fortunately this is a very well-written book. And it's fun to read (bought it in the airport for a flight), and especially fun to listen to (left the book behind then just re-bought it here on Audible as soon as I got back home). It's all the funny moments, and yes, all the groan-out-loud at Poppy's madness, moments and of course those moments when you're really so into a book that you can't bear to put it down (or turn it off in this case). I do have to warn again the narrator's choice of voice for Sam. He sounds like an old man! I couldn't get over it. This was sadly disappointing since the narrator is otherwise really great and everyone else had convincing voices. But for some reason the 'leading man' got assigned the voice of a 50 year old. No idea why! Fortunatley once you get over the shock the first few times it turns out alright. Bottom line, don't expect the next of the great best literature here, it is chick lit after all. But if you want a fun easy listen with laugh-out loud moments then this is a no brainer to just buy.
I could listen to this one over and over...it was sooooo funny. And it had a very engaging storyline.
Poppy. She's so likeable.
No, I haven't had the pleasure.
I listened to it while I was walking....and it made me want to keep going and going and going.
This book and the narration is a winner!!!
No, I wouldn't listen again - the book was just light and fun.
Poppi, of course. She sees the fun in every situation.
When I first started listening I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy her reading but after the first chapter I got used to her voice and thoroughly enjoyed her reading.
I can't think of a better name
I love Sohie Kinsella's books! They are fun, funny and show a different view of stiuations we all experience now and then.
Another funny, slightly fluffy read from Sophie Kinsella. Whereas I am still giggling during certain passages, this one is not as hilarious as "Can you keep a secret?". But it does have its moments. Jayne Entwistle's performance is solid and makes this an easy listen.
This story has a lot of potential, but it just dragged on. The main character seemed like she was in junior high school...so immature emotionally. The book went on and on about emails. It needs a lot of editing and the plot needs sprucing up. The characters need more development.
It's hard for one person to do many roles. More than one person should be reading several characters.
I enjoyed the movie, Confessions of a Shop-a-holic, so I thought I would enjoy this book. Perhaps her other works are good, but I don't want to risk spending money on it.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Some may find the texting device odd, but I think the writer captures the intimacy correspondents have always felt with written words, be it letters, emails, and finally texts. Conversely the ease in keeping at arms length and eliminating any hope of intimacy.
I enjoyed this because I love language and as with any novel based on correspondence you are able to glimpse how words can both be less and more without the inflection given by the writer.
Not great literature, but entertaining all the same.
This book was so hard to put away, it is hard to say what I loved best- I guess the whole thing. This is definitely a keeper and I will read it again and again. The best book I have read in a while and I read or listen to books constantly. This was a different genre of the types of books I read and this one is definitely a wonderful change.
Poppy, of course! Her outlook on life and her love of life, although she did let people use her too much by trying to make those around her happy. And her views of public property if an item is found in the "bin". Sam comes in as a close second!
Now that is a hard question to answer because I loved them all. I suppose I could say the church scene at the ending of the book.
Yes, when Sam texted all the wedding guests and she ran from the church to find him outside.
The friend who recommended this book said it all- "I will never be able to hear this narrator and picture any other character than Poppy- she was Poppy!" Jayne Entwistle is Poppy Wyatt. She did such a great job, I can see Poppy very clearly in my mind and like my friend, any other character she reads will always be Poppy. Thank you Jayne for all the enjoyment and laughter you brought by bringing this character (an all the others too) to life.