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The Shopaholic books are probably my favourite books because they are just so funny and every girl can sort of relate to the heroine Becky Bloomwood and her need for shopping.
This is the sequel to the first Shopaholic book and in it things are finally starting to go right for Becky, she has a job on television, a hunky boyfriend and is finally on top of her finances when her boyfriend Luke breaks the news that he has a job in America and wants Becky to go with him.
Of course things don’t go smoothly for Becky and it isn’t long until she starts wreaking havoc in both her personal and professional life and all those things that she has been managing to resist buying become all the more tempting.
The thing that I like about these books is that they are so farcical that you just can’t help laughing along with all the ridiculous things that Becky manages to get herself into. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this book that it is impossible to try and narrow them down as every chapter has at least one laugh out loud moment and some have several.
Bekcy could so easily come across as shallow and annoying but thanks to the way she is written you really can’t help but to be charmed with her and I would love to have a friend like Becky. She always seems to learn her lesson about spending but then is right back to square one but this is a thing for the reader as it means that there are loads of these books to read.
Transplanting some of the action to New York works really well and better than I thought it would. Because I liked the first book so much I was worried when I knew it wouldn’t be set in London as it worked so well there but I actually think I prefer the New York setting instead as it gives a fresh perspective and of course New York is a shopping mecca.
Shopaholic Abroad is just as good as the first book and just as funny which is a rare thing with books in a series as usually they aren’t as good as the ones before them.
After I read the first book in the series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, I fell in love with Sophie Kinsella's works, so i went ahead and bought the next book in the series.
This next installment in the series follows Becky Bloomwood's new career giving financial advise to the public on television. We also get to see her love life blossom with boyfriend Luke Brandon, when he asks Becky to move to New York with him. With her bank balance looking a lot healthier than in the previous book, we see how she tries to cope and move forward, but it not that easy when you are staying on New York surrounded by Tiffany's and sample sales.
Shopaholic Abroad is written in the same style as Kinsella's previous book, following Becky's life in a diary format, with added letters from her bank manager and shops. I really like these little personal touches it really allows you to connect with Sophie as you can really understand what she is going through.
I like the way the book is written as you build a connection with the character, especially coming straight from the other book, you see how she has changed and you see her grow into a mature person (kind of). The book is not too similar too the first, it has a similar under story, with her obsession with shopping but the main of it flourishes into its own, with many twists and turns in the story along the way.
This book is perfect for a holiday read or a day where you just want to relax, it makes you giggle and keeps you highly amused. I read the book very quickly in the space of two days but that just shows how i good the book is in the fact i did not want to put it down.
Overall i would definitely recommend this book, it is a great read. I think the best way to get everything out of this book is to start from the first one, you do not need to, but it does give you a better understanding of some of the characters carried over from the previous novel.
After reading and falling in love with the first book, The secret dreamworld of a shopaholic, I decided to buy all of the other books in the series.
At the time there was only five but now I believe there is another one out called mini shopaholic.
This is my review for Sophie Kinsella's book shopaholic abroad.
The first story introduces you to the main character, Becki Bloomwood, a shopaholic, financial journalist who is in serious debt.
This book follows Becki as she enjoys her new job on television giving the rest of the nation advise on finance and how to stay out of debt. She has a new boyfriend, Luke, who is the powerful and slightly scary business tycoon.
Luke is about to ask Becki to embark on one of her most exciting experiences yet, as he wants them both to move to new york.
As Becki loves to shop and has paid off all her debts from the last book, she senses an oppourtunity to do some serious shopping.
Although good things don't last for ever as Becki's world is about to once again crash around her feet, when a deep, dark secret is about to be revealed.
Once again I loved this book and once I started to read it I couldn't put it down.
I like the fact that the Author hasn't changed her writing style in this book and she keeps it all from Becki's point of view, in a sort of almost diary format.
Like i've said in my previous review it has a Bridget Jones quality to it, which is why it propbably why it appealed to me so much.
This book has all my favourite characters from the first book in it and still makes me laugh at the daft things Becki gets up to.
Although it made me laugh through most of it there were some parts that are really sweet and romantic.
A good natured, funny, witty and romantic book which I think is well worth a read.
After enjoying the first Shopaholic book in the series, I found that the next logical step was to read the next book - which happens to be Shopaholic Abroad. Cue a quick trip to a bookshop! Coming to read this book I had a better idea of what to expect from Sophie Kinsella, but I think this allowed me to enjoy this book more than the first because I already knew that it should be an enjoyable book.
Shopaholic Abroad begins where the last book left off; Becky Bloomwood is now a minor celebrity, giving out financial advice on a popular morning TV show, as well as dating the handsome & successful Luke Brandon. With her friend Suze watching over her, Becky is even managing to control her spending - well, a little more than usual anyway. And yes, she does still have an overdraft, and perhaps even a few store cards, but she is more in control - or so she says. Life couldn't get much better, until Becky gets the opportunity of a lifetime - the offer of a job on American TV, and a move to New York, the home of big designer labels & sample sales with massive reductions. Will Becky - and her bank balance - be able to cope with a new life in the Big Apple?
Shopaholic Abroad is written in much the same way as the first novel. Most chapters begin with letters from Becky's bank manager or from some of her favourite stores, often providing a little side-line amusement. I enjoy the first person narrative as it allows you to feel more involved with Becky & her thoughts, and makes the story seem more real. I honestly do not think that this series of novels would have worked anywhere near as well as they do if they had been written in third person. The use of first person is a refreshing change, especially amongst my book collection.
The book is well written, and has a good balance of emotions throughout. I found myself giggling at Becky's exploits one moment, and at other times anxiously biting my nails in anticipation of what would happen next. I even felt embarrassed at times along with Becky. Sophie Kinsella doesn't make the book too predictable; there are again a couple of shock twists in the book that when the book is read again you can spot a few innocuous events that hint at what's to come, but especially during the first read through you have no idea about what is going to happen until it does.
This second book has allowed 'supporting' characters to be developed more, as well as the character of Becky herself, improving the book as more characters are bulked out, and this enables you to gain more insight into Becky's world. I do enjoy the fact that all the main characters make a reappearance, whilst some perhaps random characters make an appearance too, creating a more elaborate continuity from the previous book.
At 329 pages long, this book is a good book to curl up with on a rainy day, or on holiday, or whenever you just need to relax. I do tend to finish it in a few hours, but this is both because I'm a fast reader & I love the story so much I can't put it down, and I always find myself re-reading the entire series (even though this means that for a few days no-one is able to disturb me).
Shopaholic Abroad definitely has marked similarities with the first novel (such as the bank letters and Becky's excuses) but it is definitely not a clone. There is a distinctly different storyline, although Becky's shopping habit is a key factor in the storyline.
I would definitely recommend this book, although I would suggest that to fully appreciate this book, the first in the series (Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic) must be read; although this isn't necessary to enjoy the book it does explain some references to previous events and provides the reader with more of a back-story.
Confessions of a Shopaholic is a Modern Fiction (Chic Lit) book written by Author Sophie Kinsella - who has also written other books using the name Madeline Wickham. Kinsella is probably more well known for her Shopaholic Series of books; one of which was made into a film more recently; Confessions of a Shopaholic. In all there are 5 books in the Shopaholic Series the first of them being Confessions of a Shopaholic which was also known as Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. To be honest I wouldn't have normally picked up this type of book however I had read a lot of Sophie Kinsella book reviews on here and they were all positive ones so when I notice the Shopaholic Series of books in the local Charity shop I decided to purchase them and see what I thought of them. Shopaholic Abroad is the second book in the Shopaholic Series and gives us a bigger insight into the life of Becky Bloomwood and her antics.
If you have read the first book in the Shopaholic Series you will know that Becky Bloomwood is a compulsive shopper and has a very large overdraft. As we begin to read Shopaholic Abroad we learn that Becky Bloomwood has had a career change and she is now on TV as a presenter on a Morning TV show advising people on how to manage their money and affairs. In my opinion this is quite funny as Becky can hardly manage her own finances yet here she is on a morning TV show advising other people the best way to invest their money and savings (when she doesn't have any of her own).
Becky's boyfriend Luke whom was a character in Confessions of a Shopaholic asks Becky to go with him on a weekend break; this is in fact the couple's first holiday together. Becky finds out that Luke has a business meeting planned whilst they are on holiday and this is something she isn't happy about, the icing on the cake is the fact that successful business man Luke is planning on opening a business in New York and is planning on asking Becky to move over there with him. In my opinion asking a compulsive shopper to move to the Big Apple is a massive mistake - will Becky still be as compulsive as ever or will she manage to only buy what she needs.
To be honest I thought that this book was a lot better than the first as we get to know Becky Bloomwood a lot better and see how she reacts to some changes in her life. You get the impression that Becky's character has matured somewhat in this book as she doesn't seem as immature - I think that her relationship with Luke has something to do with this as she is more settled and grounded than she was in Confessions of a Shopaholic. As this book was the 2nd instalment in the series you can basically pick up where you left with the first book without wondering if there was anything you missed in between (like you may do with some other follow up books)
The way Sophie Kinsella has constructed this book is brilliant, we have a diverse range of characters from the compulsive shopper, best friend, a loving boyfriend, loving parents and the biggest bitch of all time who happens to be an employee of Becky's Boyfriend Luke. The story line is very simplistic and yet still seems to keep the reader engaged and wanting to read more, it's like there is a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter and you just have to keep reading till you have finished the book. I would say that there are a lot of twists in the story line and this is the reason I was hooked on it, Sophie Kinsella knows how to keep the reader engaged with her story lines. In the plot we have, romance, career change, holidays, embarrassing moments and lots of other twists which are funny and witty.
It only took me just over a day to read this book from cover to cover; when I had finished reading it I was eager to start on the third book in the series. At 329 pages this book isn't exactly lengthy hence the reason I read it fairly quickly. A completely funny and girly read which you can sit down and read on a lazy weekend or on holiday. You may feel like you can relate to some of the characters or you know someone who is like them, as I found myself relating to 2 of the characters and they reminded me of a family member and my best friend.
Highly recommended. Copies of this book can be picked up from Amazon prices ranging between £5 and £8 for the paperback edition and slightly more expensive for the hard back edition. Shopaholic abroad can also be bought in audio format.
For more information on Sophie Kinsella or any of her other books please have a look at www.sophiekinsella.co.u where you can read about her books and find out the latest news. For Kinsella fans you may be pleased to know that there will be another Shopaholic book released in September 2010 called Mini Shopaholic.
Thanks for reading
Also posted on other review sites - written by me
This second book in the Shopaholic series was less easy to follow than the first. It as, by every means, as entertaining and fun as the first book, but a bit less gripping and much more serious. The reason why I like this book is because it shows a different side of the main protagonist- a more serious, mature and slightly more boring Rebecca Bloomwood. In all the five books, this one is definitely my least favorite, but by no means does this imply that it is not a good read. It certainly is an amusing novel and true to the spirit of the overall series, but there was this little something lacking, maybe some of the typical quirkiness of the author. The ending was also a little too dragging and the book failed to captivate me as the others. Having said that, I will not advise you to skip this installment because it (obviously) follows into the remaining books!
Becky's life is looking up. Her love life with Luke Brandon is perfect and she's even on great terms with her bank manager Derek Smeath- whom she refers to as Smeathie now. And she's still a full-fledged shopaholic who's slowly but surely amassing bills. But things will soon change very drastically for her: Smeathie is replaced by a tougher bank manager and Luke suddenly announces that he's moving to New York. What will Becky do? If she moves with Luke, what will her life in the Big Apple bring?
Romance-wise, I would say that this book really enhances the budding relationship between Becky and Luke. In fact, the lack of quirkiness might be replaced by the romantic dimension and provide quite an interesting read. I would say that this novel is more plot than style or character-driven; While I usually admire Kinsella's style of writing, she was quite disappointing with this one. Some sentences are so long that they drag on across paragraphs and this is one of the rare books where the author ends up bombarding the reader with details. In my previous reviews on Kinsella's books, I said that I really admire the manner in which she provides just the right amount of details without going overboard, but the excess of detail provided with this book did put me off a little bit.
The main protagonist, Becky, is much less developed than in the previous book. I actually fell in love with the first Shopaholic book because of the amazing manner in which Kinsella painted a witty, quirky protagonist who literally forces you to care about her. However, after the stunning character portrayal in the first book, this one was an extreme let down. Other minor or secondary characters were more developed than Becky. Moreover, in the few instances where Kinsella gave an in-depth character portrayal of her protagonist, she drastically changed Becky's attitude towards certain things. I understand that this was in line with the overall happenings in the novel, but I would have preferred a more gradual change within this character.
I know I'm being highly critical about this book but that's mainly because of the drastic manner in which certain things changed from the first one. However, it does have its share of entertaining moments, and as I previously mentioned, it shows a more mature side of Becky. There are actually quite a few changes to head her way in this novel. Having read all five books in the series, I have to say while this one lackluster, it certainly lays down a solid enough foundation for the three books to follow.
Overall, I will recommend this if you're interested in the other Shopaholic books. It may not be as witty and fluffy as the first one but provides some decent entertainment with a few twists and turns. Quite predictable but also an average, decent read.
~Thanks for reading~
Shopaholic Abroad - Sophie Kinsella
(Otherwise known as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan)
I have read all of Sophie Kinsella's books and have got to admit that I am as addicted to them as Becky Bloomwood is to shopping!!
I love the way she portrays the characters with so much energy and individualism, it really does make the read so much more fascinating and interesting, that is one of the things that really draws me to her writing, that and the fact that the books are a really good read!
Becky Bloomwood is now a changed woman. Debt-Free, loved up and with a slot on daytime TV show Morning Coffee. Then comes a chance for her boyfriend, Luke Brandon to expand his business further afield and Becky is invited, so she happily heads off with him to shopping mecca, New York!
The Big Apple is not one of the best places for a recovering Shopaholic, and soon Becky falls back into the trap of unnecessary spending.
Problems soon arise and look as though they could tear the perfect couple apart, will Lukes stress prove too much? Can Becky start to control her spending - again................................
In this book, like the last, I absolutely adore the letters througout off bank managers and stores requesting payments, the best part is the replies and excuses that Becky thinks are good explanations and gives!!! Brilliant and absolutely hysterical!
The descriptions of New York are so detailed, they are really fantastic, never being there myself I have always wanted to go and these make you believe that you actually know the city!
My favourite part of the whole book is where Becky decides to prove Luke wrong and shows him that contrary to what he thinks, she can pack ligh for a trip and packs a few basics into a small suitcase. What he doesn't know is that she had all of her other clothes sent ahead to the hotel, but they don't make it there for when Luke and Becky do..............
I would totally recommend this and every book in the Shopaholic series for anyone who likes a really addictive read and lots of laugh out loud moments.....
Brilliant, really great!!!
I love Sophie Kinsella's books!I could easily say that along with Paige Toon and one or two others , she is one of my alltime favourite authors. I was first introduced to her work when I read her book ' Can You Keep A Secret?' which I thoroughly enjoyed , and ever since then I have kept an eye out for more of her books. I especially like her Shopaholic series , having read most of the books in the series. One of the books which I have read from the series is one called 'Shopaholic Abroad'.
According to Becky ,the main character (the shopaholic who this story is about )is a changed woman! She is no longer a shopaholic , she's paid off her debt , has a great career , and a wonderful partner. It's great news for her , when her husbands job takes him over to New York to work ; it also has some exciting opportunities for Becky too. Although , will she be able to resist the temptation of all those shops in New York? Read Shopaholic Abroad to find out!
I really enjoyed this book and it is definetely of the same high standard as the other books in the series. I love how gripping this story is as it's just so interesting (I have always wanted to go to New York , and with this book I get to see it through a mad-shopaholic's eyes). Once I started reading this book , I just could not put it down as it is just so entertaining and addictive. It only took me around two hours to read the whole thing , and after a while I would say 'Right , one more chapter and then bed' , but I would be so facinated by it I would just have to read on and on until eventually I had finished it.
It is such a girlie book ; so predictable yet so sweet and funny at the same time. What I like is that the plot moves on so quickly , although not so fast that you can't keep up with the events , nor too slow that it becomes a bore , it just has a perfect pace. This book is so entertaining , yet makes a nice bit of light reading. It's perfect for reading whilst chilling just before bed , although if you're like me , you won't get any sleep until you've finished the whole thing ; it's that addictive!
I love the main character Becky Bloomwood. She is so over the top , yet you just can't help but love her. I think if she were a real person , she would really get on my nerves , but as a fictional character , you can't dislike her. I like how the book is written , so that it feels like Becky is your best friend and whatever the character goes through , the reader goes through too. The character is so hilarious that when I was reading the book , on many occasions I found myself laughing out loud. The story is so over the top and dramatic , yet the way that it is written just makes it seem so believable.
I really enjoyed this book. If you loved the other books in the Shopaholic series , or loved the film Confessions Of A Shopaholic which is based on the books then you will love this! I can't wait for Sophie Kinsella to write more books! If you havn't read any of the other books , then it isn't that important that you read all the previous ones before attempting this one ,although by reading the first one , it may give you a better understanding. Although , I myself didn't read the books in the correct order , yet still managed to fully understand what was happening.
I would definetely recommend this book to all chick-lit lovers!
Thanks for reading!
March 31st 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
I have the whole shopaholic series and have to admit I am a bit of an addict. The recent film was great but you really do have to read the books first. The story follows a girl with a bit of a - yes, you've guessed it - shopping addiction! This particular book in the series tells the story of her time in New York. I unfortunately recognised myself in lots of parts of this book - particularly the section where she is trying to defrost her credit card! As with the other books in the series I couldn't put this down once I had started reading it and it had me laughing out loud at so many places.
This is a great book to just relax with, it certainly isn't a challenging or life changing book so if you are looking for a classic then this probably isn't for you. However, if you want to wind down with a great book and glass of wine in the evening then I can't recommend this enough!
After dragging herself out of a massive debt in 'Confessions Of A Shopaholic', the first book in Sophie Kinsella's highly succesfful series, things are really looking up for the protagonist 'Becky Bloomwood'. She has landed herself a job as a financial expert for popular daytime TV show, 'Morning Coffee' and is happily ensconced with Luke who runs a highly successful and prominent PR company.
However, she has not quite managed to curb her shopaholic ways. The prospect of moving to New York with Luke so that he can expand his business allows her to bury her head in the sand even further. Once there, she falls deeply into the mire of frivilous, destructive spending with all the glamorous surroundings and highly accessible designerwear. However, with more at stake, she has even more to lose this time around.....
If you have read 'Confessions of A Shopaholic', you will now what to expect with this. It is in essence a light, frothy but well written read. It is also in parts, very funny.
Written in the first person, we get an undiluted insight in Becky's mind and motivation, particularly when she goes shopping. Far-fetched it is yes but as a former semi-shopaholic myself (back in the days of disposable income!!), she is surprisingly easy to empathise with. I too have justified frivilous spending with the absurd reasons that Becky has.
Yes, it is largely predictable - there are no dramatic twists here, but they are written in such an engaging way that it is almost impossible not to get sucked in by it. And in essence I suppose that it is a fairytale of sorts, although some people might find the subject matter a little hard to swallow in an era of recession.
Kinsella is never going to win a Booker, and this really is not going to stimulate you mentally or educate you but within the chicklit genre she is one of the leaders. She does not feel as though she has to dabble with the 'dark side' like Marian Keyes, but is not the worse for that. This book is an example of how she can develop engaging but flawed characters but still have even a casual reader generate some interest in them and the storyline.
She is also one of the funniest writers in the genre, there is a set-piece within this book which revolves around a string of humiliations that Becky has to undergo at the wedding of a family friend, which is very entertaining. In between chapters, Kinsella punctuates them with copies of correspondence that Becky has received from her bank and various companies that she has bought from/will be buying from which are very entertaining.
Ultimately, as novels go, this is perfectly fine. You should find that you whip through it quite quickly - this is not a story where all the subtleties need to be picked up, and whilst you might not remember much of it in a months time, you will still have a good time with it.
Although it is not essential, I would probably recommend that you read 'Confessions..." first. Although, in this book there are lots of allusions to events of the first book throughout the story - there is much more background given to the secondary characters in this. It also explains her relationship with her bank manager in particular to fuller effect.
This was the first book in the shopaholic series that i actually read. The good thing with these books is that you dont need to have read the others to be able to enjoy this book. I have found that all of Sophie Kinsellas books are extremely light hearted, witty and funny.
This book see's Rebecca Bloomwood move to New York and attempt to fit in with the New York pace of life the only way she know's best....by shopping! Rebecca Bloomwood is a TV personality on a morning show advising other people on their money problems, despite being heavily in debt herself. She has moved to New York with her boyfriend to start a new life together, however a story comes out in the paper revealing that she is thousands of pounds in debt and she sets about repairing her reputation and clearing her debts.
The storyline is great, really believable and it has several moments where i was laughing out loud! It has all the factors you need in a book like this, romance, intrigue and comedy. I really liked all the characters in this book. The only negative is that the book is quite short and i finished it really quickly, but it is a book i will read over and over again.
Once again this book is romantic, witty and amazingly funny book to read. For me this is the ideal chick lit to take on holiday to read!
Another day and another book review, and after reading the first instalment of the "shopoholic" series, it should be no surprise to your good selves that I have devoured the next just as quickly as the first!
The book I will now review is - "Shopoholic abroad, By Sophie Kinsella"
Life is seemingly perfect for Rebecca Bloomwood, she has a slot on the ever popular morning television show Morning Coffee, she has paid of her previous credit card debts and she has been offered the chance to work in the shopping Mecca....New York!
Will she be able to make a success of career or will the temptation be too great and without her best friend Suze there to stop her, will her spending spiral out of control?........
This is another fantastic read. The story centres more around her newly burgeoning relationship with her new squeeze Luke, throw in a new city full of big gorgeous and shiny shops and this is surely a recipe for disaster.
Alongside the ever increasingly funny statements and personal letters from her new bank manager, who may I add is not so lenient as her former "Sweetie Smeathie", as he tries to justify her ever increasing overdraft, she is now getting letters from the store themselves, about outstanding debts. The comical thing is how throughout the first book she dodged her debts and credit card statements with the most outrageous excuses, this theme seems to have carried through to this book, she can't quite get her head around the fact that even though she completely cleared her original debts, she is still accruing new debts!
This book is as fluffy and funny as the first, even the sex scenes are fudged over, this is done in a funny way, almost as though Rebecca is thinking back on them and is retelling the story.
The scene setting is particularly fantastic, as someone who has never visited America, the way the shops and scenery is described is probably the way I would be viewing and experiencing it all, with awe and excitement and finding the next place to go that little bit better than the previous.
This book however shows the true side of humans, featuring the ever wonderful ways and means the press will follow so called celebrities, and turn there lives upside down...though I will say no more on this!
This book is fun, fluffy and at times quite heart wrenching, there is a particular part where she realises that she has to face certain things head on and her strength of character shines through beautifully.
The R.R.P for this book is £7.99, though can be bought for pennies on Amazon.
Thanks for reading x
Rebecca Bloomwood is doing really well for herself. She has a great job as a financial advisor on a daily television show and she has managed to pay of her overdraft and all her store cards. Things could not be better for her especially as she has a new man in her life. Luke. Rebecca's boyfriend is taking her away for a weekend on their first holiday together but Luke manages to fit in a business trip which upsets Rebecca. Whilst on this weekend break Rebecca learns that Luke is planning to move to New York to start a branch of his company over there. Rebecca is worried as Luke has not mentioned this to her.
Rebecca returns home and soon discovers that Luke asks her to go with him. The couple decide to take a 2 week holiday there to see how they like it. Rebecca is thrilled as she thinks of all the new shops which she will be able to visit. She does promise her flatmate Suzi that she will not overspend as she has been spending a lot recently but the temptation is just too much for her.
Luke and Rebecca head to New York where Luke is spending all his time trying to finalise this business deal whilst Rebecca is left to the shops and soon discovers that New York is an amazing place for a fan of shopping. As this progress in New York a lot of possibilities open up to Rebecca for work but will something from her past come back to bring all her new plans down and what will the outcome of this be with her relationship with Luke and her life in England?
I love the first book so was excepting a lot from this one as well. I can honestly say that it did not disappoint me. I thought that Rebecca was again a great character and I liked how this followed on from the first book. I felt a whole wave of emotions during this book and at times I did feel really sorry for her and could imagine myself in the same situation with all those famous shops just calling for me to spend in them. I like the way her relationship with Luke was put across and how it was not all sweetness and roses. I think this did help take away from all the shopping and bring a different side of both characters out.
The book is very easy to read and follow and the only criticism I have with the book is that I did not want to put it down. I did in fact manage to read this in only 3 days as I just got so hooked on the story and wanted a nice outcome for both characters, not that I am saying this is what happened but this is what I wanted.
I did find the addition of some new characters a nice change and I found this added a little more depth to the story. I think the way Sophie Kinsella introduced them all was good and made it easy for me to get to know them and enjoy their small parts.
I enjoyed how between most of the chapters we had a copy of some of the letters which Rebecca was getting and I think this added to the story and made it seem more real. I think that the story could quite well be real as it bet it has happened to several people who enjoy shopping, I mean I have at times over spent when out shopping and not been able to refuse a nice new handbag or pair of shoes I have seen but luckily I have never gone as far as Rebecca.
The writing style throughout the book is great and I am now so looking forward to starting the next book, Shopaholic Ties the Knot.
The retail price on the back cover of the paperback book which I have is £7.99. I did not pay this price and managed to pick this and 2 others in the series up for just 34 from my sons pre-school. I have also seen this book slightly cheaper on both Amazon and EBay.
The book was written by Sophie Kinsella and published by Black Swan. It has 351 gripping and funny pages.
I do recommend this book to all who like the first but saying that you really don't have to have read the previous book to enjoy this one as things are refreshed in this book as you read it. A full 5 stars from me.
Shopaholic Abroad (sometimes called Shopaholic takes Manhattan) is the second book in the hugely popular Shopaholic series, following the life of shopping addict Becky Bloomwood. Can it live up to its predecessor?
Rebecca Bloomwood is back! She's landed a career in television giving people advice on their financial situations and has bagged her dream man in rich and handsome businessman, Luke Brandon.
When Luke has to travel to New York City where his firm is opening a new office, Becky is delighted to be invited along for there first trip away together as a couple. That's not to mention all of the great shopping oppotunities that New York has to offer! In usual shopaholic style, Becky goes crazy in Tiffanys, Barneys and even the museum shop!
But when Beckys excessive spending is sensationally exposed, her relationship with Luke is out under serious strain. Can the couple work through their problems?
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK
I was dubious that this book could live up to the first book in the series. With Becky in a well paid job and a sucessful relationship, there seemed little left to write about to warrant a sequel. I was wrong.
Beckys spending habit is as bad as it ever was and by taking her abroad to a fresh enviroment, there's plenty more problems and complications for her to overcome, often in Becky's own hilarious fashion. This keeps the book interesting.
As with the first book, it's funny, light hearted and easy to read. And again, Becky shows herself to resourceful and intelligent when she needs to be, particulary in matters of finance even though she can barely manage her own! I think its important to show this side of Beckys character rather than just the shallow shopaholic!
There's just as many cringe worthy and brilliantly funny moments as in the previous books. My favourite is when Becky decides to prove Luke wrong when he claims that she cannot pack light. So she takes a tiny suitcase with all her basics in and decides to get the rest of her clothes sent by next day delivery to the hotel behind Lukes back. Unfortunatley for Becky, her clothes havent arrived at the hotel in time for when she does! This produces many life out loud moments.
It has the same disadavantage of the first book which is that it becomes predictable towards the end. That's not to say you're going to be guessing the story the entire way through but you will probably see the ending coming, which is annoying if you like to be suprised and challenged as a reader.
Becky can get just as irritating as she does in the first book. All her problems she brings on herself and it's hard to sympathise with a character like this. You feel she should have learnt her lesson by now but it seems she never does. Whilst many will see this as a loveable aspect to Becky's character, personally I find it irritating.
WHERE TO BUY
Again, I'd reccomend that you really shop around before you buy this as you can buy it for an incredibly cheap price if your patient. It's in loads of charity shops and discount bookstores. I brought the entire series from charity shops near my home for about 50p each.
After loving the film, I have spent a great amount of time searching on sites to get the rest of the Shopaholic books. After realising that neither play.com nor amazon were going to reduce their prices down from a fiver for each book. So I decided to go on the dreaded EBay, finally after a lot of bidding I managed to get 6 books for a very good price and have started reading them.
This is the second book in the series, and Becky now has a fantastic boyfriend called Luke and has a brilliant job on a fantastic television show. She helps members with their finances, however should she really be giving out advice when she spends and spends and spends. Becky's shopping habit gets worse and worse, even though she now has a new motto of only buying what she needs. Apparently every she sees she needs. When Becky finds out her boyfriend Luke is opening a branch of his company in New York and asks her to come and join him, one word shines in her mind, SHOPPING. Can Becky control her shopping habits in the shopping capitol of the world?
If you enjoyed the first book or even the film then you will love this one, if you've seen the film and only read the first book like me, then you'll be shocked to find that they have taken a lot from this book as well as the first book and put it in the film. This book is probably even funnier than the first one; you will find yourself laughing out loud a lot of the time as it really is so funny.
The character of Becky in this book is a lot more lovable and because you have either read the first book or seen the film you feel that you know her a lot better and you find yourself cringing when she walks past Bloomingdales or Barneys and knowing what is going to happen. I'm sure most of us girls would have the same reaction though, but a lot of us have a little bit of self control.
Sophie Kinsella has outdone herself here, this book is funny, well written and just such a joy to read. She really writes the most fantastic of characters and you get so much depth about the characters from what she writes. She really has a talent and I've enjoyed each book that she's written.
The characters in the book are great, when I read the first book I had not seen the film, so I didn't really imagine Hugh Dancy and Isla Fisher in the role, but now you can't help but imagine these two as Becky and Luke. They really cast them well as they sound so much like the characters in the book.
Expect a lot of laugh out loud moments within this book it really is a hoot, the book is well written and you will have a lot of fun when reading it. It definitely is very hard to put this book down so set a bit of time for it. Your local library should stock these books, however if not then you can get the series for a good price on EBay, or pay a fiver for each book on play.com or amazon which for me is a bit over the odds. This is a brilliant book and I'm off to read book number 3 now.
© Kirsty 2009
For Rebecca life is peachy. She has a job on morning TV, her bank manager is being nice to her, and the icing on the brioche is that she has been offered work in New York.