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Shopaholic goes abroad
Shopaholic Abroad - Sophie Kinsella
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Shopaholic Abroad - Sophie Kinsella
Advantages: Simple yet engaging plot, witty funny characters
Disadvantages: not everyones cuppa tea
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
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Summary: 2nd installment in the Shopaholic Series from Kinsella
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