Monday, 20 February 2012
I've Got Your Number
Sophie Kinsella is back on form with I've Got Your Number. I laughed, I cried and it's a thoroughly modern tale. We rely so much on our phones these days and managing work through email. It highlights the misunderstandings made through lack of inflection in emails and pokes fun at some people's phone habits. There's a contrast between the formal world of academics and the informal world of every day life. I loved how the footnotes became a running joke.
Of course, there will always be a central romantic plot, although I didn't think the outcome was overly obvious from the start. One thing I like about her female leads is that they always feel real, even if the plot isn't. They are imperfect and they think absurd things at times but this is something actual real people do.
If I had to nit-pick, I'd say the circumstances around the phone are a bit unbelievable. I got the feeling it was a bit of an outdated model but she is still emailing from it and taking photos. If it had been an iPhone, I think Sam would have retrieved the data and be shot of her within an hour. And really, would you let a phone thief have access to your business' confidence information? You really have to try not to think about this and allow some artistic license.
The book is “augmented” with an app which animates the cover and a short video message from Sophie. It does seem a token gesture to do something digital with a print book. I think something like that would work better with children's books.