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Author: Sophie Kinsella / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 03 December 2007 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd / Title: Shopaholic and Baby / ISBN 13: 9780552772754 / ISBN 10: 0552772754

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      30.12.2011 08:26

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      This book is the 5th in the Shopaholic series, and so far there is only 1 after this. I feel that we have covered everything in the series, so perhaps there will be no more from the Shopaholic books? They have all been readable and good enough though. I bought this one on hardback as i'm always keep to find out more about Becky, but I normally prefer paperback books (much easier to curl up and read on the couch!)

      The Shopaholic series is about a woman called Becky Brandon (or Bloomwood before she got married which happened in the 3rd book.) In this book she is pregnant so although i'm sure she is happy to be having a Baby, she now has an excuse to Shop. As the title would suggest Becky is a Shopaholic. She always wants to shop and thinks nothing of going out and spending money she doesn't have on her Credit Cards. Her husband Luke Brandon is a sucessful business man, and I never figured how he doesn't get onto Becky a bit more about her reckless spending but he doesn't seem to do much. Fair enough Becky hides her spending from him mostly though.

      Becky is determined to do the best for her Baby and she has managed to get top Obstetrician who deals with Celebrities. This is very appealing for Becky, but as it turns out Luke and Venetia (the Obstetrician) know each other from the past - they even dated. Is it Becky imagining things or is Luke and Venetia getting on a little too well?

      There is the usual other characters through the book such as Beckys parents, Luke's mother, Becky's best friend Suze.

      So how did I find this book? It's an alright book, but as the Shopaholic series has went on the I like the books even less. I don't mean that in the way that it will come across, but my favourite 2 are the first 2 in the series - The Secret dreamworld of a shopaholic (renamed Confessions of a shopaholic) and Shopaholic Abroad. I still like all of them in the series and although I have kept this book i've only read it a handful of times as I would rather reread others in the series. It's not that it is a bad book in any way, but although there is a little twist to this book in the way that a certain person isn't exactly what they appear to be, then all the other situations feel like we have read about them before. Becky still has her spending habit and I knew that she would be buying non stop for her baby and buying all these cute things.

      If you have read the others in the series then it's still a worthwhile read.

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      06.03.2011 13:18
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      Very readable and entertaining

      So, in the last book Becky discovered she had a long-lost sister, Jess. Now, she's 'back with a bump'- as the cover of this one declares. And whatever else these books may be, they are certainly addictive and very easy to read, which is why I went straight from one to the other.

      There really isn't an awful lot that needs to be said about the plot of 'Shopaholic and Baby,' since the title just about says it all. However, as with every book in this series, there's some sort of crisis that Becky needs to work her way out of, and in this one it relates to her chosen obstetrician. Initially she's chosen Mr Braine, as he's a friend of Luke's family, but that's only until she hears about the glamorous Venetia Carter, the obstetrician of all the best Hollywood celebrities. She can't believe that with all her efforts to keep up-to-date with the latest fashions and trends she's never even heard of this woman before and makes an immediate appointment to meet her.
      Of course, these things are never simple, and Venetia turns out to be an ex-girlfriend of Luke's, from when they were at university together. There follows conspiracies galore, alongside intermittent shopping trips and baby-related scenarios of varying hilarity. At one point Becky actually buys 5 different prams, feeling she needs one for each of a variety of terrains- something the author herself confesses to having done when she was pregnant!

      The same applies here as in my last review: Becky is a likeable, if sometimes slightly irritating character, and Luke is particularly difficult to warm to. Perhaps more so than ever in this story, since he does his usual cold, secretive and slightly patronising routine towards Becky, which makes her more and more stressed, but all his business obligations also mean that he never has time to attend meetings with her or really offer much support at all during her pregnancy. Somehow I end up liking this man less and less! Even now I find myself wondering when she's going to divorce him and find herself someone who really deserves her.
      I really enjoyed the parts of the story focusing on the relationship between Suze and Becky, since it's a very convincing close female relationship and it sounds like they have a lot of fun together. I miss spending time with my English friends the way these two do, since it's been a while since I last lived in England, and it's nice to read about it and remind myself of what it can be like!

      The relationship between Becky and her new sister, Jess, is also developed here, and in quite an interesting and convincing way, so that was nice to see too. One thing that I really like about all the Shopaholic books is that Sophie Kinsella constantly develops Becky's character, and her life follows a pattern that is relatively easy to relate to, even if the situations arising within that pattern are harder to identify with!
      I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy the genre, though of course it would be better to start earlier on in the series, where Becky first meets Luke and still lives with Suze (Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic / Confessions of a Shopaholic- the American title).

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      15.09.2010 19:03
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      Lighthearted and fun reading

      This is a review of the book 'Shopaholic & baby' by Sophie Kinsella. Being at that stage of my pregnancy where a little voice is yelling 'buy, buy, buy' in my ear, it felt like a good time to read this book.

      I've enjoyed the other books in the Shopaholic series and find the main character Becky Brandon hillariously hopeless with her money. As a reformed spender, I can still remember the days of shop till you drop and this book sums it up perfectly.

      A bit about the storyline
      Becky is a spender. She buys anything and everything so being pregnant with her first baby opens new doors to her on the shopping front. Signing up to a private obstetrician to the stars Venetia is top of her list when she hears about the freebies and special celeb parties she'll get invited to. Also on the cards is a move from their posh flat to a new family friendly home.

      In the book, between the chapters, as is traditional with the Shopaholic books, there are letters to Becky from various financial institutions discouraging Becky from her random baby trust fund investments and other amusing 'ideas' these are good as they break up the reading between the chapters although they are not always totally connected to the content of the book.

      Favourite bit
      I liked the twist to the plot... is Becky's husband cheating on her or is she just being hormonal and paranoid? You'll have to read it to find out!

      Would I recommend?
      Yes, definitely. There's a new Shopaholic book out now and I can't wait to get my hands on it. The books are easy readable and shamelessly enjoyable, reassuring in that you think 'I like buying stuff but I'm not that bad!' I think the Shopaholic franchise may be nearing the end now as this is the fifth book in the series but as long as people read them, I suppose Sophie Kinsella's going to write them!!

      Did you know?
      Sophie Kinsella also writes books under the name of Madeleine Wickham? I haven't read anything by her in that name but will keep my eye out for them in the future. I discovered this on the back inside page of this book.

      Final word
      I really enjoyed reading this and finished it over a weekend. Maybe more pertinent to me as I am now 30 weeks pregnant and having to resist the delights of the designer Baby Dior collection too LOL!

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        22.07.2010 23:02
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        Becky has a bundle of joy

        Over the past few weeks I have been reviewing the Shopaholic series, which is a series of Chick Lit books written by Sophie Kinsella. Shopaholic & Baby is my last review for the series (as coincidentally it is the last of the five books) - well at least until September which is when the 6th in the series is released! I luckily became a fan of the series just before Shopaholic & Baby was released, so had no time at all to wait until I was able to read it, which is a relief because at that time I was completely addicted to the books and couldn't stop reading them, always wanting more. I'm still like that when I read the series, but nowhere near as bad.

        Shopaholic & Baby picks up where Shopaholic & Sister left off - Becky Brandon is expecting her first baby with husband Luke! Not only are they about to become a family, but Luke's business is doing well, meaning that they are able to buy for the house of their dreams (as long as it has a Shoe Cupboard anyway). Becky has even managed to get a place with London's must-have obstetrician, Venetia Carter, who delivers celebrities babies. Life couldn't get anymore perfect - but is it as perfect as it seems? Becky soon becomes insecure when she finds out that Luke & Venetia used to date when they were in college. Between that, Venetia flirting with Luke, and Luke himself is always working long hours, Becky begins to think that her marriage is on the rocks. Is it just hormones at work or is something really going on? You'll just have to read it to find out!

        Out of all the Shopaholic books I feel that this is the worst problem Becky has had to face. She has to get ready to have a baby, even though she thinks that by the time the baby is born she will be a single parent. There are also a few other problems that develop throughout the book which just add to Becky's troubles, but I won't go into those as I don't want to give too much away. This doesn't mean that the book is all doom and gloom - there are funny bits throughout the book that always make me giggle, such as Jess encouraging Becky to make things for the baby whilst her Mum and Suze encourage her to buy all the latest things. Shopping is still a major factor in this book, and expecting a baby has just made her habit worse, as not only does she have to buy things for herself, but she has to buy things for the baby too - resulting in singing cots and at least three prams!

        As always there are the characters that have been there throughout the series - Becky's parents & neighbours, her best friend Suze, Luke & now her sister Jess. Without them, this book wouldn't really be a Shopaholic book, as these characters as much as Becky make the series what it is. The only new character is Venetia Carter - and I have to say I think I hate her even more than Luke's mother Elinor, who by now I've softened towards (a tiny bit anyway). Venetia is a bit of a hard character to work out at first, and I was unsure about whether she was really a bad guy or whether Becky was just paranoid. Her character is very like Elinor in that you just know from the way she behaves that you shouldn't like her. Towards the end of the book Venetia's true character is revealed, and I must admit I was slightly surprised. But then again, twists and surprises are the trademark of this series.

        I have to be honest; this book isn't my favourite one in the series. I found that they got better and better as the series went on, but there is something about this one that I just didn't like. I still read it, and I still enjoy it, but I'm always glad when it's over. I think that my main issue is Venetia Carter, and how paranoid Becky becomes. I spend the entire book feeling sorry for Becky and wishing the situation, and the character of Venetia didn't exist at all. I do however think it's brilliant that I feel this way; the books have been written so well that I have gotten to 'know' Becky, and hate it whenever something upsets her. I don't think there are many books at all that have made me feel that way about a character. The book being written in first person also makes it seem more real, almost as if it is a diary rather than a story. I don't think Kinsella would have been able to get away with such a troubled storyline earlier on as the reader didn't really know Becky as well as they do by this point, so won't empathise with her as much.

        As with all the other books, most of the chapters begin with letters to Becky. In Shopaholic & Baby, the letters are sometimes addressed to the baby, offering store cards, as well as letters to Becky about the baby's trust fund that she & Luke are working on. I have always loved these letters as they allow a natural break in the book (which is always handy when you really get into the book) and always tie in with the theme of the book, rather than just being letters from the bank manager.
        This is a series that I think I will always love - and it will always be read. I love the writing style, and all the twists and surprises that feature. It could be classed as boring for the series to follow the same set pattern of story & twists & resolution, but I think that this has been done well, and you barely notice the pattern as you are too involved in the story to be bothered by it. As always, I would definitely recommend reading the previous 4 books. It's not essential but it's always nice to get the entire story, rather than piecing together what has previously happened. Plus you understand the characters better if you read the previous books. I got through Shopaholic & Baby quite fast, but this is mainly because I can't put any of them down until I completely finish the series. A brilliant book, and a brilliant series!

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          23.06.2010 21:58
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          Did she buy the baby?

          Having already reviewed the previous four Shopaholic books I thought I had best continue with the theme until I have reviewed them all (You will be glad to know that this is the last one I have to review). Shopaholic and Baby is the fifth and final book in the Shopaholic Series so far, that is until the next Shopaholic book is released later this year. The sixth Shopaholic book is named Mini Shopaholic.


          If you have read any of my previous four Shopaholic book reviews you will now know that I am a huge fan of this series of books as they are quite funny and enjoyable to read; there is also a diverse range of characters whom you warm to throughout the series. As the name of novel suggests this book is about a Shopaholic and Baby, Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood is pregnant. If you have read Shopaholic and Sister you would have found out briefly that Becky was pregnant. Shopaholic and Baby focuses mainly on Becky's pregnancy and the birth of her child. Being a compulsive Shopaholic Becky's pregnancy makes her even worse as she is buying everything that catches her eye, she spends a fortune on designer baby clothes and baby gadgets. Whilst shopping one day she overhears some expectant mothers discussing a new obstetrician names Venetia Carter, who has delivered some famous peoples children. Becky being Becky wants to have Venetia as her Obstetrician and she doesn't care what she has to do to get her.


          Shopaholic and baby was yet another enjoyable read in the Shopaholic Series just like the other four in the series I have read. I think liked this one slightly better as we get to see yet another side to Becky Brandon, in the previous books we have seen her obsessed with shopping, coping with a long lost sibling and wedding dilemmas. In Shopaholic and baby we get to see Becky coping with pregnancy and all the ups and downs that us expectant mothers go through; however the pregnancy doesn't affect Becky's shopping habits - in fact I think it makes her spending habits a lot worse. I think I felt a lot more for Becky in this book as she was pregnant and having some problems and then she finds out that her obstetrician and her husband went to college together and used to date one another. Once this has been revealed Becky is convinced her marriage is on the rocks and she is going to be a single parent before her baby is born. I think the main reason Becky thinks her marriage is on the rocks is because Luke and Venetia have met up once or twice and Luke is working longer hours and hardly ever seeing Becky. I myself would be thinking my marriage was on the rocks if all this was happening, is Becky's marriage on the rocks? Well you will just have to read the book to find out this and to also find out what her baby is.....


          Yet again we have another new character in the book whom is Becky's obstetrician Venetia Carter, personally I don't like Venetia right from the off, she is just one of those characters you just can't seem to warm to - yet you don't know why. Venetia being Luke Brandon's ex from college throws a spanner straight in the works because as soon as Becky finds this out she feels uneasy, Becky's feelings of unease could be because she is pregnant and she is hormonal. Venetia's character isn't like any of the others we have encountered in previous books, she is totally different - all of the other characters we have came across have been characters you can relate to or ones whom you warm to instantly, but Venetia has a dark and mysterious side to her which the reader can't put their finger until the latter part of the book then everything starts to make sense. This sense of mystery gives the book more depth in my opinion as you have to think ahead and you are always wondering what's going to happen, whereas the previous four Shopaholic books were somewhat predictable in the sense of the plot and the characters.


          As I have mentioned in my previous Shopaholic reviews I really like the way Kinsella constructs these books as there is a diverse range of characters and the plot is very simple and easy to read. However I would say that Shopaholic and Baby is a little more complex than the previous four Shopaholic books as the plot has a little more depth and there are some twists to the plot which you would not expect; I would say that it is the twists in the plot is what makes this novel more enjoyable and satisfying to read and the fact that it isn't all about Becky's spending habits the plot focussed more on Becky's emotional state and how she deals with emotional stresses and big changes in her life which are made worse by the fact that she is pregnant and hormonal.


          At 339 pages long Shopaholic and Baby isn't a long book and you will find yourself whizzing through it in no time (like I have done with all the Shopaholic Books). I seem to fly through the Shopaholic books really quickly because as soon as I pick it up I can't put it down until the full book is finished, this may be partly because of the way each chapter seems to end; you just want to keep on reading to see what happens next. Another good thing about this book is there are a lot of references to the previous four books throughout; this is particularly good as it gives the reader a refresher of what has happened in the previous books.


          I highly recommend The Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic Series as they are totally girly, funny and over the top and will have you laughing out loud at a lot of the events which occur throughout the series. You may also find that some of the emotional chapters in this book will leave you feeling a little sorry for Becky. You may even find yourself relating to the characters or you may know some people who are like them in one way or another.


          Copies of Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella can be bought from any good book store and on line prices will vary depending on where you purchase from and the Hardback and Audio formats will be more expensive than the paperback copy. You can also get the book for free from your local library.


          If you would like more information on Sophie Kinsella, any of her other books or you want the latest news about her please have a look at her website which is www.sophiekinsella.co.uk . Sophie Kinsella fans may be pleased to know that there is another book in the Shopaholic Series to be released later this year; the book is called Mini Shopaholic.


          Thanks for reading

          © just.bcoz / Butterfly-Wings
          2010

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            15.03.2010 11:36
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            Witty, light read.

            Sophie Kinsella has written a number of novels that are considered chick-lit and five of them are under the banner of her 'Shopaholic' series. Shopaholic and Baby is the fifth in the series which began with 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' which is also known as 'The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic'. I have read all the books in the series and have enjoyed them, so am interested to discover if the fifth book is as good as her earlier ones.

            Chick lit is much maligned these days as mind-numbing trashy romances and I cannot disagree that there are some books under the banner which fit this description, but Kinsella manages to write witty, clever and entertaining books. This is why I come back to her books every time. I read very little chick-lit these days as the genre is flooded with unoriginal books that are just trying to tap in to a lucrative market, leaving the good ones to get lumped in with the bad. Kinsella's books may be no literary classics but I certainly feel they are enjoyable and meet my requirements when I am looking for a lighter read that is my main reason for reading them.

            The title (as do the previous titles) gives us a bit of a clue about what the book is about. Our infamous shopaholic Becky Bloomwood Brandon is married and expecting her first baby with successful businessman husband Luke. Becky may be shallow to some extent, but she is funny with it and manages to get herself into all sorts of minor scrapes sometimes by simply lying so as not to offend someone and then getting herself into a muddle when she tries to cover up her fibs. Having a baby isn't all that Becky has to worry about in this book. Luke has pulled off an amazing business deal and his business is expanding at a rapid rate, making his distracted and sometimes unavailable. When Becky persuades his to come with her to see the latest celebrity obstetrician, he drags himself along only to discover it is an old university flame and her 'swishy' red hair makes our Becky feel a tad insecure.

            Having read the books in order I have seen Becky progress, grow up and learn from her mistakes. What always impresses me is how Kinsella manages to get Becky into a different predicament each time, and how she gets her out of them. This is chick-lit and it is supposed to have a happy ending - that is the rule after all - but you can't see it coming and you have to wonder how it is all going to work out. I like this aspect of it, how her books often have an original twist other than which guy the heroine is going to end up with. Kinsella's writing style is easy to read and accessible without being trashy, she also has the ability to make you laugh out loud on public transport! Her ability to weave a credible story into this mix makes her, in my opinion, a much more talented author than she is given credit for.

            As a character, Becky is great, she is normal looking (we don't get a description of her appearance as such, and that allows you to use your imagination), but she has a successful career as a personal shopper and a good marriage to a wealthy husband. However, she is not arrogant, but is quirky and flawed and when all is said and done, is thoroughly likeable and relatable as a person (I can't relate to the millionaire husband unfortunately, but I'd like to). There is a cast of new and repeat supporting characters. There is little of no depth to these supporting parts, which is fine as far as I am concerned in the most part, but a little development for the regular characters such as her family and friends wouldn't really go amiss. However this does mean that you can pick up the books in any order.

            Overall I would recommend this to fans of the genre and for occasional readers who want a light and entertaining read.

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              16.11.2009 22:10

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              Brilliant read, think you would need to be pregnant or had a child to get some things, but its well worth the price, left me laughing out loud, and not wanting to put it down.

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              i love it

              This book is so amazing i read it in few days...Time for the details :)

              The Plot:

              The book involves a shopaholic from London named Becky Brandon who works in 'The Look' a London fashion store that has a huge problem with customers! Her husband named Luke and herself are having a baby and Becky demands the best most fabulous house and obstetrician ever! This is where things start to go to pot...Becky has to have all the latest designer gear, perfect for the new baby. But, when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be Luke's ex girlfriend the whole perfect world crumbles...

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              The book is such a great read, most people wont be able to put the book down!, it can be picked up from all leading book stores for a reasonable prices around 6£. The book is full of twists and turns, dramas and romance. It tackles all forms of emotions. At some parts I felt broody, sad, happy,emotional, wanted my boyfriend and emotional!!! It is definitely worth reading if your into shopping, celebrities and the 'real' world!!!

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              There not unless you are not into this kind of fiction!!!

              I could relate to the character myself because i am a total shopaholic. I love shopping and celebrity news! So if your this kind of person, this book will definitely be for you :)

              Great book where picking up...

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                07.10.2009 22:17
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                Chick Lit Lovers will love it!

                I have been doing a lot of reading lately , and my latest book is taken from the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I have previously read a couple of the books from the series (not all of them , but I am planning on reading the ones I've missed very soon!) and am really enjoying them!

                Shopaholic and Baby is a chick-lit book by Sophie Kinsella , published by Black Swan and released in December 2007. The paperback version of this book is available from Amazon for a price of £4.90 , which I think is quite reasonable value. This book has four hundred and forty eight pages.

                Life is going well for Becky ; she has a good job at a famous fashion store in London , Becky and Luke (her husband) are househunting....and she's just found out that she's pregnant! What's more , she has also found that shopping is the best cure for morning sickness! She has to make everything perfect in time for the baby ; designer clothes , prams , even a celebrity must have ; a obstetrician; only the best for Becky Bloomwood! Everything is perfect....until she discovers that the obstetrician is in fact her husband's ex girlfriend!! What will she do? Read Shopaholic and Baby to find out!

                Like all the other books which I have read in the series , I loved this one! First off all , when I first started reading these books , I thought what a 'silly' character Becky was , but now I've read a few of the books , I've got used to the character , and now absolutely love her! She is so 'wild' , yet stupid that you just have to laugh at her , although I kind of feel sorry for her as well. I think there is a part of Becky to which everygirl can relate to and I think that is probably why the series is such a success. I also liked that the same characters were kept in the book , as well as some brand new ones who had big parts!

                I can't praise Sophie Kinsella's writing talent enough! She really knows what the readers want! I really like her style of writing. I certainly like her style of humour ; gets me in stitches every time! I like how she brings the characters and situations so real to life , that you feel as if you are really there experiencing the whole thing! The plots are so fresh and interesting , that it just leaves you wanting more and more! I'm suprised the author hasn't run out of ideas! I really think , that with each book series just keeps getting better and better! I really hope that there are loads more books to come!

                I thought it was very interesting how Becky's character had developed and had to mature when she became a mum. I didn't think she would be able to do it, as she is a bit...well mad!

                I absolutely loved this book! I reccommend it to all fans of the Shopaholic series! I really hope that there are more books to come!

                Thanks For Reading!
                October 7th 2009
                xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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                  excellent book - hightly recommended

                  Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella is yet another great addition to the shopaholic series and is certainly well worth the wait. The great thing about this book is that you can either read it as a sequel to the others or as a one off book. The book follows Rebecca Bloom through her first pregnancy with her husband Luke at her side, which as you would expect doesn't go according to plan and there are lots of very dramatic events after Becky decides to see a celebrity obstetrician and of course Becky is preparing for the baby and this includes lots of shopping. Becky is still working as a personal shopper for a new department store in London which is really struggling at the moment. Could Becky possibly be able to turn things around for the entire company? I really couldn't leave this down once I started reading. The book can be bought got around £13 from most bookstores and is available in both paperback and hardback. I think this will be the last in the shopaholic series so is a good time to catch up on all the earlier books. I would really recommend them all.

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                  "Shopoholic and baby", by Sophie Kinsella is the fifth and as far as I am aware the final offering from the shopoholic series (for the time being anyway!).

                  The book starts with a quite pregnant Becky who is going for a detailed scan, if you read the last book you will be aware that there was a particular accident that happened with her "long lost" sister Jess, that would make any pregnant woman jumpy!

                  After ascertaining that everything is fine with her and her husband Luke's baby, an a particularly funny incident where she has a quick go at scanning herself to find out the sex, then spending the next ten minutes talking to her bladder (soo funny!), she finally allows herself to do a little shopping.....ok, a lot of shopping.
                  On her trip she over hears two "yummy mummies" talking about the new celebrity midwife Venetia Carter, she has delivered babies from Heidi Klum,s through to bog standard celebrities.

                  Well of course this means only one thing.....she has to have her to deliver their baby! After finally securing an appointment (with much name dropping and promised free publicity from her husbands communications company), she is horrified to find that Venetia is actually Luke's ex-girlfriend from college.

                  Will she safely deliver her baby with Luke beside her, or will Venetia get her claws back into her ex and drag him away.............

                  This book was a hoot a second, and was a joy to read from the first page to the last. As usual there are the completely over the top "Becky" moments of pure madness, that get her in to so much trouble but always seems to pull herself from the precipice at the vital moment, there is a particularly funny moment when she goes to have it out with Venetia about Luke (and the imaginary/ real affair they have been having!), she pretends to be in labour to gain entrance to the Cavendish hospital and this ends up with every person on Becky's "birth list" being called and everyone going into a blind panic!

                  There is also the added story of the house hunting, the yummy mummy piece being written in Vogue and starring Becky and a particularly annoying character from a previous book finally getting her comeuppance!

                  As always alongside with the hilarious moments there are the poignant and soppy moments, and this book has them in spades!

                  This is a lovely, fluffy chick lit book, perfect to lose yourself in for a couple of hours and don't come out feeling miserable!

                  Recommended!

                  For more information visit - www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

                  This book's R.R.P is £7.99, but can be bought for pennies from www.amazon.co.uk

                  Pages - 447
                  ISBN 978-0-552-772575-4

                  Thanks for reading x

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                    24.07.2009 15:50

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                    Brilliant addition to the Shopaholic series

                    Shopaholic & Baby is a book by Sophie Kinsella. It is the fifth in the popular 'Shopaholic' series.

                    The novel tells the story of Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood), who is pregnant with her first baby. Anyone who has ever read a shopaholic book will know what to expect, Becky uses her pregnancy as the perfect excuse to spend, spend, spend!

                    Whilst the first two books in the series really dealt with Becky's problems as a shopaholic, the subsequent books have dealt more with her personal problems, most often those that arise out of married life. Although she still loves to spend money, the most important event in this book is Becky's suspicions that Luke, her husband, is having an affair with their beautiful obstetrician, Venetia Carter, who happens to be an old flame of Luke. Old favourites such as Suze, Jess and Janice, and Danny Kovitz, Becky's designer pal, all make a reappearance.

                    I think that this is book is definitely up there as one of the best of the Shopaholic books. It's funny, and has some very typical Becky moments to make fans laugh! I can't wait to see if it will be turned into a film!

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                    16.07.2009 23:30
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                    Beckys back with more drama and spending in the last shopaholic book.

                    This is one of the newer books in the shopaholic series and hopefully it will not be one of the last!
                    The story starts with Becky; this time pregnant which means double the shopping.. Beckys kind of heaven. Becky manages to combine worrying about money problems and getting the best obstetrician for the birth.
                    As always she refuses to confide in her husband Luke.
                    Its down to Lukes business skills (and not Beckys financial advisor abilities, which she does not put into practice for herself) that he and Becky are not up to their necks in debt.
                    Even though the story is great its a little far-fetched, and at some parts i found myself wanting to scream at Becky for not asking for help.
                    The book has a happy ending though (as usual) where Beckys worries are no longer apparent.
                    In my opinion Shopaholic and baby is nearly as good as Shopaholic Abroad, which has to be my favourite book in the shopaholic series.
                    I enjoyed all of Sophie Kinsella's books and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys some laughs and female stereotyping! Shopaholic and Baby is great book that should be on every girls (and boys!) bookshelf.

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                    03.07.2009 16:30
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                    A fitting end to the tales of Becky, but I'd love to see a sequel where we see the baby grow up!

                    So we left Becky at the end of the last book suspecting she was pregnant. In this book she's back with a bump! How will the lovebale shopaholic cope with the joys of pregnancy?

                    SYNOPSIS
                    Becky Bloomwood is pregnant, which means she's shopping for two now! There are some serious buying decisions she has to consider, like trying to persuade Luke that an expensive Lulu Guiness pram will be the perfect transport for their new baby. If he doen't agree, they can always buy 5 prams for variety. And searching for the best baby friendly home in London is also important of course, so long as it comes with a shoe room!
                    Whilst shopping for baby clothes Becky meets some trendy young mothers who give her the name of the coolest celebrity baby doctor in town and leaving Becky determined to get an appointment with her. Unfortunatley, it turns out that the doctor she tried so hard to get is her husband's beautiful ex girlfriend! Keeping control of her emotions whilst being pregnant can be pretty difficult as Becky is convinced that the doctor us trying to steal her husband! Will the couple survive their latest crisis?

                    WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
                    As much as Becky annoys me in previous books with her shallow ways and overspending, I cannot deny that she is a brilliant character and one whom I can't help feeling a great deal of affection for no matter how annoying she can get! Whilst this book is still light hearted like the previous books in the series, it could be said that there is a slightly darker undertone as Becky suspects her husband of having an affair. She cries and gets depressed and for once, her suspicions are not completley over the top and unfounded (made worse no doubt by her hormones being all over the place because she's pregnant!). I like seeing this other side of Becky because it's easier to sympathise with her character when we see she's not just acting like an airhead bimbo. It makes her a more believeable, multi dimensional character and cements her place as a literacy creation of genius (albeit an infurriating one at times!!).

                    Even though this is the 5th book in the series now, it still kept my attention and interest all the way through. I found myself laughing out loud throughout Becky's adventures in pregnancy. Kinsellas writing and characteration is still as witty as ever and this creates a perfect balance between the darker undertones of the book and the humour. Kinsella sattires the 21st-century glossy magazine and celebrity obsession culture perfectly, from over priced celebrity doctors to designer baby prams. And this makes Becky's antics annoying at times but always believable.

                    One of the funniest bits of the book is where Becky and Luke agree to make investments for their babys future. Whilst Luke takes out some traditional investments, Becky choses to invest in "antiques of the future" including handbag websites, items purchased from ebay and Tiffany's jewellery. This sets up hilarious letters at the start of each chapter from companies insisting that Becky reconsider her investment choices. The birth scene is also hilariously memorable.

                    I like the fact that Becky's working for a failing fashion store instead of her dream job at Barney's. It's refreshing to see that for once everything hasn't landed perfectly in her lap. Becky has to work hard to turn the fortunes of the store around, inlisting the help of her fashion deigner friend Danny with hilarious consequences.

                    WHAT I DISLIKED ABOUT THE BOOK
                    Luke and Becky are having marriage problems - again. Becky doubts Luke's commitment to her - again. It's a story that's been done in previous books and so isn't really original. Kinsella does a good job in convincing us that Becky's fears arent completley irrational as they appear to be in previous books but it's still an overused storyline.

                    It should be called "Shopaholic and bump" rather than "Shopaholic and baby". Becky only gives birth right towards the end of the book and we never really get to see how she deals with motherhood. I'd have loved to have seen a sequel to this where we see how Becky copes with being a mother and the responsibility this brings. It feels like a missed oppotunity especailly as at the end, Becky and Luke don't have the perfect life with a perfect house for once and I would of liked to have seen them deal with this.

                    WHERE TO BUY
                    I've since this book listed as expensive as £13 on Amazon! It's not worth this because as with all the Shopaholic books, it's funny and easy to ready so you're likely to finish the book really quicky.
                    Borrow it from the library or a friend if you can or pick it up from a charity shop.

                    FINAL SUMMARY
                    A fitting ending to a fantastic series. Shopaholic fans will not be dissapointed. However it sets up a sequel and never delivers one which is annoying!

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                    29.05.2009 18:33
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                    I love the shopaholic series but, is this the end ?

                    I recently treated myself to a load of books and DVD's and have just finished reading one of my new books which is this one. I have all the other Shopaholic books but, it has just taken me a while longer to be bale to buy this one! I couldn't wait to get stuck in and I finished it fairly quickly reading it between calls at work. This is my opinion on the latest book in the Shopaholic series.


                    The author:
                    Sophie Kinsella has been writing books for quite some time. She has written 5 books in the shopaholic series along with two others under her name and then has also written seven books under her alias name of Madeleine Wickham. She is a former financial journalist who lives in London.


                    The plot:
                    Shopaholic and baby follows on from the last book where our main character Rebecca or Becky as she is known, has met her half sister. She is now pregnant with her first child to husband Luke and cannot still resist a good bargain! As with all the shopaholic books there is always more to each and this book follows Becky trying to find the best obstetrician whilst shopping for all the baby goods she can fit into their home! With many characters known to the reader from previous books making an appearance it certainly is a book with a lot going on!


                    Characters:
                    Once again the author has brought Becky to life - of course she is the main character again and we follow her thoughts throughout. Her usual shopaholic self gets her into a few scrapes but, as always Becky manages to somehow pull through even the most unusual! Becky is still very much a lovable person which is probably why these books work so well and why there have been so many in the series.
                    Luke is Becky's husband and in this book we have a nice chunk of the storyline dedicated to the relationship between him and Becky. There is a slight twist in this book that gives it a bit of an edge and this is done very well. I like that Luke gets to be in the book quite a lot as then the plot is not just focusing on Becky and her shopping addiction!
                    Becky's other friends and family also make an appearance again in this book such as her Mum and Mum's neighbour Janice. Her sister Jess has quite a few appearances too along with her best friend Suze. Because the reader will generally have read the other books in the series first the characters are all very familiar and that is also what makes the book enjoyable as the characters don't need explaining.



                    Price:
                    My book was bought in Waterstones as part of a '3 for 2' offer but, would have normally been priced at £7.99 - of course you can always check online for cheaper places to buy or buy second hand. Then there is always the library for rentals!




                    Overall opinion:
                    I loved the latest book in the shopaholic series and wish there were more to come but, I have a feeling this might have been the last as I am not sure where the author would take it from here. As I mentioned I like that the characters as familiar and so you can easily fall into the story and not need it explaining it to you, as the reader, as to who the characters are. The author has done it in a slight way though so if this was your first book in the shopaholic series you would know who each person is. I recommend you start from the first though as this makes it more of an enjoyable read following Becky through her life and each book. I think if you enjoyed the first book and have just not gotten around to reading the rest yet or maybe even just this one then you should get hold of a copy as soon as possible as I highly recommend it!

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                    After nearly two years Becky Bloomwood is back, in a hilarious new Shopaholic novel.