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This is a review of the 2002 book 'Shopaholic takes Manhattan' which is the second book in the shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. The book picks up from where 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' left us, following Rebecca Greenwood and her compulsion to shop.
I read this book with a distinct sense of déjà vu and can only assume I read it almost 10 years ago as there were parts I remembered but never mind, I recently read the latest book in the series but saw this in the charity shop and picked it up to read. I would advise reading them in order where possible as it does spoil it if you read them in the wrong order.
A bit on this one!
Rebecca is hopeless with money, despite holding down a job on a TV programme as a financial advisor. She can't help herself when it comes to shopping and has to buy one in every colour of things she likes. Her relationship with PR guru Luke is going great and he takes her on a trip to New York (hence the book's title) whilst he scopes the potential to open a branch there. As we all know, NY is a shopper's paradise so leaving Rebecca unsupervised here is very dangerous indeed.
In between the chapters are letters to Becky from the bank and from other shops and airlines responding to letters she has written (which we don't get to see) they are humorous and break up the reading without spoiling the book.
Becky stumbles into a paper shop in New York which specialises in cards and wrap etc. she spends hundreds in there on very niche cards 'just in case' the occasion arises and they are so pretty she can't resist. I'm a bit like that when I see a good card or bargain stationery, I buy it in the event I might need it (which is why I have a 200m shop counter roll of pink paper with ducks on it under my computer desk ... I couldn't resist it!!).
I can relate to this character
So, having admitted that there is a bit of Becky Bloomwood in me too, you can understand why I love these books and enjoy reading them. Some would say they are far-fetched. I mean who needs a pair of shoes in the colour tangerine anyway? I do!!
Nothing is out of consideration on the shopping front when it comes to the namesake of this book. She tells everyone she is off to the Guggenheim museum (when really she is going shopping) and she is delighted to find the museum shop on her trip which is nowhere near the actual museum. So she buys a book to 'prove' she was at the museum!! I recommend this book to all fans of shopping out there and also, you might learn a bit about New York whilst reading this book (it will make you want to go).