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This is the third book in the shopaholic series and I have to say it is my favorite of the series. I loved every second of it.
Rebecca Bloomwood in previous books is known for being a financial journalist on TV, but after moving to New York with boyfriend Luke Brandon she now works in Barney's as a personal assistance, not sure a job in Barney's is going to help he shopping addiction though. Becky is having a fantastic time and things get even better when Luke proposes to her.
Things become even more perfect and like most women Becky already had her dream wedding in mind, but how will she cope when her mum and Luke's mum start interfering, and cannot see her big day turning out the way she had always dreamed it. There are also a few new characters in the book, which each bring a different sense of humor to the book as well as bringing back many favorite characters.
I love this book as you can completely understand how Becky feels when both mothers begin taking over her wedding. We all have that picture of how we want our wedding to be like, just like Becky. The story is not just a romantic novel but is very humorous the whole way through. I love all of Sophie Kinsellas books, especially the shopaholic series and this is definitely my favorite, the story line is great and kept me gripped the whole way through. It is a very easy, light hearted read, which i finished in a couple of days due to the fact i could not put it down. I would recommend if you have not started reading this series yet, start from the first book, you will be griped.
This is my review for shopaholic ties the knot by Sophie Kinsella.
This is the third part in a 6 part series about the character of Rebecca Bloomwood.
Rebecca Bloomwood is a former financial journalist/television personality, but now she is living in new york with her boyfriend Luke, working in Barney's as a personal shopper.
Becky's life is going really well, she's got her dream job of getting to shop all day, she's living the high life in new york and she's in love with a successful business tycoon.
Things couldn't get any better, or could they?........
.......At her best friends wedding, Luke is about to ask her a question that will change her life.
I'm sure you'll have guessed what that question is from the title of the book but i'm not going to spoil the way in which it was done.
Anyway becky is excited and in heaven dreaming about her ideal wedding day, but this is Rebecca Bloomwood and trouble usual follows her.
Her dream day is about to become the most complicated and exhausting thing, that could either be the best day of her life or crash around at her feet.
I always have high expectations of these books because I really loved the secret dreamworld of a shopaholic, I was pleased that I wasn't dissapointed with this book. Infact I thought it was the best one out of the three i'd read.
It's one of those storys that changes your mood every second, i'd be laughing out loud and then all of a sudden i'd be cringing at some of the shocking antics of Becky.
It made me feel good at the end of reading it because it's such a sweet, romantic story, which leaves the promise of things to come.
The characters in this book are brilliantly written and I thought the majority of them were great.
Apart from Becky, my favourite character is Suze and Danny.
Suze is Becky's best friend and is always having to try and be the sensible one and rein Becky in.
Danny is a new character in the series, he lives in the apartment above Luke and Becky. he's an an upcoming fashion designer who befriends Becky and try's to convince her to let him make her wedding dress.
Apart from the obvious wedding story there are a few other little stories going on at the same time, which kept me gripped to the storyline and also why I managed to read it in a day and a half.
Shopaholic Ties the Knot is the third in Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. This time, Becky Bloomwood is living in New York, engaged to boyfriend Luke and working as a personal shopper at Barneys. She has grown up a little but still shops far too much and has an apartment full of clothes and other purchases. So far, so good.
Throw in Luke's selfish and standoffish mother, Elinor and the fact that Becky has somehow agreed to two very different weddings, one in England in her parent's garden and one at the Plaza Hotel in New York, with a enchanted forest and a Sleeping Beauty theme and both due to take place on the same day. There you have the recipe for the usual Bloomwood misunderstandings, secret-keeping, general bizarre happenings and just plain old fantasy.
If you've ever read one of Kinsella's books, then you will know her formula of sightly neurotic, good-hearted, kooky (I hate that word, but it does fit in ths case) heroines. This is more of the same. It's all written in the first person, which some may find odd, but I dont mind it.
As long as you suspend belief at any indvidual being so able to totally bury her head in the sand and get herself in the most enormous pickles, then you will no doubt warm to the main character. She is certainly likeable, though I'm not sure I could be friends with her in real life.
The same characters from previous books are there - Becky's well-meaning but slightly eccentric parents and her bezzie Suze, along with a few new ones - such as her struggling designer friend, Danny.
I do enjoy Sophie Kinsella's writing and I have enjoyed the Shopaholic series - I think this might be the weaker out of the five novels so far, in that it really is a bit unbeliveable. It's still fun and reading about the over the top Plaza wedding is funny. The characters are all (Luke's Mother aside) likeable and great fun to read about.
I do think this one is lacking a little bit in an emotional heart - some of the Luke and his Mother issues feel a little odd don't ring totally truly.
But all in all, this is a great beach read and a must for fans of the author and of the Shopaholic series. It's an easy read and I did enjoy it. I am pleased to say that they are all better than the film, which I thought was totally dire.
For any of you who visit my profile often you will know that I'm a big fan of the Shopaholic series and am halfway through reviewing them. For those of you who aren't - I'm a big fan of the series and this is a review of the third book, so may be a little bit of a spoiler, but I'll try my best to avoid it.
Shopaholic Ties the Knot is the third in a series of five (soon to be six) books of the Chick Lit genre written by Sophie Kinsella, and I must say it is one of my favourite series' of books that I have come across. We first met Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist two books ago. Back then she had a problem with spending money - she just couldn't seem to stop. A few mishaps later and we arrive at Ties the Knot. Becky is now living in New York with her boyfriend Luke Brandon. She has a dream job at Barney's, where she is paid to spend other people's money as a personal shopper. Whilst she does still enjoy shopping, Becky has a new dilemma to face. Luke has proposed to her (which is great), but she now has two weddings on the same to choose from: one at home in the village she grew up in, organised by her mother or a dream wedding in the Plaza in New York, organised by her future mother-in-law.
As with the first two books Kinsella writes this novel in the first person, a writing style I have really come to enjoy by reading this series. I haven't really come across many books that use it, and generally prefer third person, but not in this case. I do find that it really allows you to get to know Becky and the way she thinks - and the more you read the series the more you start thinking like Becky does. I do however still find myself willing her not to make silly decisions and being horrified when she does . I find that it's always a sign of a good book when you almost yell at a character to do/not do something - it shows that the writer has done well and made you feel that you really are involved with the character.
I had been a little dubious about whether this book would work well. The first two books in the series had revolved around a shopping, and therefore financial crisis for Becky to deal with and overcome, and I didn't really want to read another as there are only so many ways you can solve a financial problem and keep it interesting. I was again pleasantly surprised (a habit I seem to be making with this series). Instead of a financial problem Kinsella instead gave Becky a choice between two weddings - a dilemma that only Becky could get herself into really. She hasn't completely ignored Becky's addiction to shopping (after all, it is an addiction), but it does take more of a backseat in the book and allows you to learn more about Becky, and the other characters in the series.
Another way that Kinsella has kept the series fresh is the introduction of new characters, the main being Luke's mother Elinor. She is a member of New York High Society - and the stereo-typical mother-in-law from hell. The introduction of Elinor not only gives you a new character to get to know, but also allows you to get a bit more insight into Luke, and his family & his past, and how this all influences how he is now. Although Becky & Luke are now stateside, the characters such as Suze and Becky's parents & neighbours from the UK are still very much involved (especially with the UK wedding plans!) and their own characters are still developed and expanded upon. This is something I love about the Shopaholic series as it goes along - even though there are new characters are added, the old ones are definitely not forgotten.
Even with the New, some of the Old remains. Most chapters do still begin with letters or faxes from banks or stores, but as the book progresses they become faxes from Becky's mum about the wedding at home, or from the New York wedding planner. This keeps a quirk that I really love from the previous books, but also makes sure it sticks to the 'problem' of this novel rather than the financial problems of the previous books.
Although the basic plotlines of the Shopaholic books came be similar - Becky has a problem, ignores it and lets it get worse, then finally, with a little help, it can be sorted (hopefully), the main plotline of each book manages to be totally different. There are again a few twists in the book, and the final twist is so unbelievable and clever that the idea of it never even crossed my mind as it occurred; Becky (and Kinsella) seem to find more & more incredible solutions to each of her dilemmas. By steering away from a financial problem the series has been kept fresh and interesting, and gives more scope for each of the character's.
Shopaholic Ties the Knot is 320 pages long, meaning I managed to get through it in less than a day. It is in no way too short a read for me, I just find that once I pick it up I can't put it down (even though I have read it a few times now). The way it is written just compels the reader (me in this case) to keep going until the end, and generally onto the next book if you own it - I do tend to read the series back to back because I can't seem to stop myself. The characters are fun and (most of them) are loveable, it is written incredibly well and does keep you guessing right up until the end. It does refer back to events in the previous two books, so I would recommend reading them before you read this one to ensure that you know what is being referred to - but I imagine that a reader could start from this book and manage to get a fairly good idea about the events that are being referred to as the book goes along.
Shopaholic Ties the Knot 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.
If you have read any other of my Shopaholic reviews you will know that I love this series of books as they are quite funny and have a great range of characters and a simple plot which is enjoyable to read. As the name of the book suggests the extravagant spender Becky Bloomwood is getting married - to Luke whom we have came across in the previous two Shopaholic books. Becky Bloomwood is now living in New York with Luke and is working in Barneys as a Personal Shopper (so she gets to shop for other people without spending any of her own money). As ever Becky has problems and this one seems to be her biggest problem yet as her Mother and her future Mother In Law are both planning a wedding for her; only problem is that Luke's mother is planning the biggest wedding of all in a swanky hotel in New York and Becky's mother is planning a sophisticated wedding in the family garden back in London. Both weddings are planned for the same day but Becky doesn't have the heart to cancel one of the weddings. What will she do......? Well you will just have to read the book to find out what Becky does.
I liked this book a lot more than the previous two as the book doesn't seem to focus on Beckys extravagant spending habits, instead it focuses on her wedding dilemmas. In my opinion this is a nice change to the plot as we already know how bad Beckys spending habots are and how she likes to buy anything and everything even although she cant really afford it. Focusing mainly on her wedding dilemmas was a refreshing change to the plot as we get to see a totally different side to Becky
that we haven't seen in any of the other books.
Another refreshing change to the book is that we get to know alot more about the characters which have briefly appeared in the previous two books; thus giving more depth and strength to the story line instead of focussing on the main character. In this series we get to know alot more about Beckys parents, her mother in law and alot more about Luke Brandon (Becky's future husband). Most of the characters in the book are likeable however there are one or two whom pop up who are quite annoying and slightly nasty. Most of the characters in this book you can relate to alot better than you did in the first two books; mainly because you have more if an insight into their lives and habits.
As i have stated in 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 Ties the Knot is a little more complex than the previous two 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 and her spending habits it is more about the other characters and Beckys dilemmas and how she can overcome them.
At 320 pages long Shopaholic Ties the Knot isn't a long book and you will find yourself whizzing through it in no time. I seem to fly through the Shopaholic books really quickly because as soon as I pick it up I cant 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 anout this book is there is alot of references to the previous two books throughout; this is particularly good as it gives the reader a refresher of the previous two 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 alot of the events which occur throughout the series. 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 Ties the Knot 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 expesive than the paperback copy. You can also get the book for free from your local library.
If you would like more information on Soophie 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
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So she has finally done it! - In the third of Kinsella's highly popular 'Shopaholic' novel series - the heroine Becky Bloomwood is now engaged to her dream man Luke, a highly successful PR Company executive and living in New York as a personal stylist at Barneys - using that as a way of curbing the shopaholic tendencies which led her to the brink of disaster in the previous two novels.
She has grown slightly, but still gets a little carried away when given the opportunity of picking items for her wedding list and, of course, the dress. However, the main conflict and the bulk of the plot of the novel comes from the conflict between her New York lifestyle and the homeliness of her Surrey upbringing. When Luke's wealthy but cold and neglectful mother offers to pay for a no holds barred wedding at the Plaza, Becky is blinded by fairytale dreams and the demands of a barking mad wedding planner and cannot decide between this or a more simple affair at her parents' home back in the UK - leading her to potential catastrophe as she finds herself swept up in having two weddings on two continents on the same day, and only her knowing the truth!
If you have read the previous novels, then you will know the score by now. These novels are pretty lightweight, but at the same quite entertaining and funny as you get caught up in the farcity of the plot. A plotline involving Luke's infuriating relationship with his mother is nicely built upon, giving him a little more depth than he has had in the previous books. The extravagance of high price, low taste weddings is nicely lampooned as is the strained relationships that can occur between families and the loving couple particularly when money and class become involved.
It is a testament to Kinsella's writing that Bloomwood is a less irritating protagonist than she could be under the circumstances. Yes, there are silly undercurrents to the plotlines and the messes that Bloomwood gets herself in but she is still herself slightly endearing and there is a certain amount of knowingness to it. And, after all, these books are meant to be slightly escapist.
Although these are hardly in-depth texts, I would recommend that they need to be read in order, as each book builds on characters and events which have been previously present. As someone who has themselves got married in the last year, there were soem moments and conversations that were particularly prevalent and entertaining to me - and I did not have anything anywhere near as extravagant or stressful as the events described in the book.
All-in-all, this is more of the same but that is no bad thing. Highly fun and entertaining, but with a heart underneath it all - this is no-brainer fun yes, and something that you can get through in a few sittings. This book, and perhaps the whole series are great as pick-me-ups with the occasional moments that will make you giggle - I refer specifically to the letters and documents that pepper the book in between chapters which in this context include solicitors letters and responses to Bloomwood from banks. I will definitely endeavour to read the rest of the books in the series.
Becky Bloomwood has it all. Loaded boyfriend, landed gentry for a best friend and the ultimate fashion obsessed divas dream job, that of a personal shopper to women who have far too much money and far too little common sense. Life's perfect and then Luke proposes and suddenly life's not quite as perfect as it should be.
One overbearing mother planning a wedding is par for the course but an overbearing mother and Attila the mother-in-law with a wedding planner in tow is clearly a recipe for disaster. Especially when the bride is a wet blanket and can't bear to tell her mother that her mother-in-law is planning the ultimate no expense spared dream wedding in New York whilst her mother plans a more intimate occasion at the family home in the UK.
Having been on the receiving end of a mother-in-law whose sons wedding day has been meticulously planned out since the hour of his birth I can sympathise with the dilemma up to a point but the whole high profile yet top secret wedding on two continents where neither mother figures out what is going on with the other mother is just a bit too far fetched. Perhaps its me but the last person to know of any decision on my wedding day (until I lost my temper) was me. The idea that the two mothers don't communicate in any way for the three months it takes to plan this wedding is just a wee bit too far fetched but I suppose that's the only way you can spin out a plot as absurd as this one.
It made for mildly entertaining reading although the highlight of the entire book was not the story line but the random letters from Becky's bank manager which are priceless especially the reply to a letter requesting that an entry on Becky's joint bank account statement be changed from "Prada, New York" to "Gas Bill".
Then there's the wedding dress. Why on earth it didn't cross the authors mind that someone marrying into as much money as Becky was would have a tailor made dress rather than a trudge around every bridal boutique and department store to find one off the peg just didn't make sense. If you're going to write a novel about a wedding where hundreds of thousands of dollars is spent flying people and things in from every corner of the globe surely you'd make a lot more effort to include a fabulous dress too. The inconsistencies are at best irritating. Almost like the author couldn't quite make her imagination stretch to the finer details. Nothings more glaringly obvious when it comes to the stereotypical camp gay male fashion designer neighbour who could have leapt straight out of the script of Will and Grace.
My wife read this book and loved it and I thought I'd try it. I have to admit I didn't read this book for the shopping, weddings or the baby stuff, but more for the comical value. It is a very funny book in itself.
In my opinion the book is a very enjoyable light-hearted read and the way it is written is very clever. Shopaholic Ties the Knot, the latest in the Shopaholic series tells the hilarious adventures of Becky Bloomwood and how she manages to get herself out of attending both of her weddings on different continents. There are many jokes and one-liners scattered about the book by Sophie Kinsella. Becky herself in the novel is dim-witted in her indecisiveness. The book is extremely humorous, especially parts such as the throwing the bouquet moment.
The style of the book is very creative in the way it is written and is written in almost entirely present tense which is hard to do. The plot is very smart as well in addition. The story starts leading somewhere after a hundred pages or so and you find it hard to believe where it's heading. The book does also have a tendency to be a bit materialistic and show how only one half lives.
Sometimes Sophie Kinsella does pad scenes out too much and makes things a little too long winded. Overall though this is a book I would definately recommend reading as it is very comical and has a good story.
I have really got into Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic Book series lately! The most recent one I've read is 'Shopaholic Ties The Knot'.
For those of you who don't know the Shopaholic Series is based on a character named Becky Bloomwood , who is really obsessed with shopping! Actually , she's more than obsessed...she's mad! Shopaholic Ties The Knot is the third book in the series and was released in July 2002 (seven years ago!! and it's only a few months ago that I heard about this series!) by Black Swan publishers. This book is three hundred and twenty pages long. This book is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £4.99 , which I think is a fairy reasonable price to pay for a paperback book.
In this book , Becky works as a personal shopper , which is brilliant for her , because it means she gets to shop loads , which she loves , but also means that she gets to spend other peoples' money! Her boyfriend Luke has just proposed and they are about to get married! Becky's parents want her to get married at home in a marquee wearing her mother's own wedding dress , whereas Luke's mum has very differnt ideas ; ones which Becky is finding it hard to say no to! As the wedding gets extremely close ...what will she do ?
Another cracking book in the series! Actually , I think I have come to a slight conclusion that this is the best! Well , I think so anyway! It's so humourous that I found myself in giggles on a regular basis whilst reading this book! Kinsella sure knows how to get her readers laughing! I found the letters from the lawyers so funny!
I also like the author's fantastic writing style! It's so amusing , that I found it extremely hard to put down! I would be reading the book in bed late at night and keep thinking 'right...I've got work in a few hours , need some sleep .....oh one more chapter' , until 'one more chapter' turned into the end! It's that good! Something else I like about the book , is how easy it is to get lost in Becky's world! It really is an ideal book to chill out to as it doesn't require too much thinking and makes a great light-read! I hadn't read the books in the correct order , yet the way it is written makes it easier for readers like me who havn't read the previous books to 'get into' the book as it makes references to previous events which enables new readers to understand what's happening, yet also gives old readers a quick reminder of what has happened so far without it seeming repetitive!
When I first started reading the books in this series I didn't really care about the character Becky! In fact , I thought that she was really stupid and totally over the top. However , now I have got used to her , I absolutely love her! She's so wild and spontaneous that you just have to laugh , although a part of me , does feel slightly sorry for her! It makes me wonder how the other characters who are close to her in the book put up with her! She's so crazy that surely you'd find it annoying all the time. Although , then again , I think it would be pretty cool to know someone like Becky! Although I did get annoyed with her quite a bit in this book because I couldn't make out how she could let two weddings go ahead for one couple! She's crazy!There is a bit of Becky in everyone , I think.
I liked how the book didn't focus too much on Becky's shopping habits , in this book,but more on how she's coping with all the wedding plans etc , which I think is great , as it makes it a bit different compared to the other books which are all about how she spends too much!
I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read the rest! I really hope that there are loads more books to come from this series ; I just don't want it to end!
I would definately reccommend this book ; especially if your planning your own wedding ; it'll sure take the stress away!
Thanks For Reading!
October 8th 2009
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My darling younger sister has finally lent me the final three books in "Shopoholic" series, with the third in the series being the subject of this review.
The book I wil now review is -"Shopoholic ties the knot by Sophie Kinsella"
The story starts with Becky Bloom wood (the main character) and her partner Luke, finally sharing an apartment in New York. Becky is doing her ideal job, a personal shopper at the fancy store Barney's, with Luke endeavouring to get his New York branch of Brandon communications off the ground.
After attending Suze and her fiancé Tarquin's wedding, Luke pops the big question and Becky accepts.
This of course is Becky's dream scenario, this gives her the excuse (not like she actually needs one), ok, the justification to spend money on "the" designer dress, the perfect flower display....... Etc.
But after a mix up with her mum and her mother in law to be, the dragon Elinor, her wedding day will be eventful to say the least.
Will she have her dream wedding, Elinor's or her mum's, only time will tell!
I have to say that even though I really enjoyed this book, with it only taking me 3 days to complete, I did feel a little frustrated at times with it.
As with the two previous books Becky's spending and her lack of boundaries was the main theme, but I feel that even though she is a self confessed shopoholic, that surely her partner would have been able to recognise the money spent out of their joint account, this in itself was a little unbelievable.
I did like the little side stories that were included though, the tales of her clients and their personal lives added a nice dimension to the proceedings, but by far the story of Luke and his estranged mother Elinor was the best, and in my opinion was quite a gritty part of the book.
I think you could deem yourself very lucky if you have not had some sort of run in with your mother in aw at one time or another, I know I have but looking from her point of view I think I will be the same with my son! But the relationship between Becky and hers seems so much more extreme in nature than most.
Elinor is a leading socialite in New York, with image being her entire world, so trying to develop a relationship with what Becky calls the "ice queen" was never going to be easy, but t times you genuinely feel sorry for Luke and Becky at the treatment that they receive from the one person who should have their backs.
As with all the other books the attention to detail is fantastic, everything is described in such a way that you can imagine the elegance and sumptuous surroundings of the Plaza, the taste of the £1000 dollars wedding cake and the look of her t-shirt wedding dress, courtesy of her neighbour Danny!
This is another fantastic character that makes you actually laugh out loud at times, a flailing wanna be designer, hanging onto Becky's coat tails, that just turns out to be one of her best and trusted friends, a nice addition.
This is a nice chick it book, that after the initial drag of story for the first few chapters turns into a really funny and heart wrenching tale of love, romance and of course shopping!
For more information on the author visit - www.sophiekinsella.co.uk
R.R.P - £7.99, though is available for pennies at www.amazon.co.uk
Pages - 394
Thanks for reading x
After really enjoying the two previous Shopaholic books I was really looking forward to reading this one. I can say that this one is just as good. Rebecca Bloomwood returns and is now a successful personal shopper working in Barneys in New York. She is happily living with her boyfriend Luke and things are going well for her. She has no debts and is enjoying spending money in their joint bank account.
Things change for Rebecca when she is invited to her best friends wedding, Suzi, back in England. It is as a result of the wedding invitation she starts to question her own relationship and marriage. She tells Luke that she does not want to get married for several years as she thinks this is what he wants to hear. Rebecca is in for a surprise when she attends the wedding as when she catches the bouquet there is a ring and a not inside and Luke proposes to her. She accepts and her parents are over the moon and start to make arrangements fort eh big day.
When Rebecca returns to New York she and Luke go to meet Luke's mother who too decides that she will start to organise the wedding. Now Rebecca has to choose where she wishes to marry, at home with her family or at an extravagant wedding in the Ritz. Will Rebecca be able to make her choice before things get out of hand and just which wedding will she pick?
I loved this book and thought it was a wonderful follow on from the previous one. I found the story was very easy to follow and right from the first page I was again hooked. It did in fact only take me 3 days to read the whole of this book. I found the return of the old characters was great and I still loved each and every one of them and I also liked the addition of the new ones. I found the character of Michael to be a very good one and found he was probably the only sensible and to the point character in the book. As in the previous book I did not like the character of Luke's mother and thought she needed a dam good slap! I hated the way she would have a hold over Luke but it was written in such a way which made it very engaging to read.
The story is not just centred around the wedding and we do have side stories to the book which I found all to be very good and did take the story away from the wedding. I liked how they were all related to the main characters in some way or another and I enjoyed the story being given slightly more depth. I did feel a whole load of emotions when reading this book from the joy at the proposal and the excitement of the planning right to the hatred I felt for Luke's mother. I liked how I was made to feel so many different things from such an easy to read book. Despite the story being about the wedding we still do see Rebecca going shopping and spending money which she shouldn't be. I loved the little discussions she and Luke would have over the fact that s shirt and shoes do not fall into the household expense category, this was very funny and I have had this discussion myself over clothes with hubby!
Sophie Kinsella has done a wonderful job with this book and written it is such a way which makes it very easy and light to read. I enjoyed how she included letters between the chapters again as this to me made the story a little more realistic and enjoyable. I found them to be very refreshing and actually made the book seem as if Rebecca was writing it to me and telling me her story personally.
The book is the third in the series and I believe there is another one which follows and I cannot wait to get hold of a copy and start reading. This book was written by Sophie Kinsella and published by Black Swan. The retail price on the back cover is £7.99 but I did not pay this price and managed to get this and the previous 2 for just £4 from my sons pre-school. These books are all available for less if you check out places like Amazon and EBay.
Overall I do highly recommend this book as it is easy to read and has a great fun story which will have you hooked and the characters are all great. This really would make an excellent holiday read.
I think this series of books have become more popular after the recent release of the Movie 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'.
I have read the whole series and I LOVED THEM.... I was so gutted when I ran out of books to read from this series!
The main character is called Rebecca, and she is lovable and infuriating in equal measures! She is a personal shopper and a ... you guessed it... shopaholic. The problem is, for anyone who loves buying things as much as I do, you will find yourself relating to this fictional character!
After her friends wedding she finally gets the proposal from Luke and before you know it things are running away with her. She agrees to two different wedding scenarios, organised by two different people, to take place in two different countries ... on the same day!!
Her fiance is busy with work and she just can't decide. I found myself thinking, "just be honest and fix it already!" - of course that may have shortened the read!
I honestly couldn't put it down, I was reading on my breaks and staying up late to finish chapters (then start 'just one more').
I'm loathed to give too much of the plot away... If you like a fluffy feel good easy read then go for it. But start at the beginning of the series.
This book was the one of the shopaholic series which I was least looking foward to reading. As I mentioned in my review of the first book, I'm not much of a girly girly and don't enjoy weddings. I also assumed that the character of Becky Bloomwood with a wedding to plan and pay for, would drive me even more crazy with her spending stupidity than she does in the prevoius books!
Becky Bloomwood has moved to America! She is now living with boyfriend Luke in Manhattan having landed her dream career calling as a personal shopper at Barney's. When she's invited back to London for best friend Suze's wedding, Becky is shocked when she catches the bouquet and recieves a marriage proposal from Luke at the same time. Becky's delighted and accepts but her delight soon turns to misery as she finds herself caught in the middle of her mother and Luke's mother, both of whom want to throw her a dream wedding in different countries. Which wedding will she chose?
As always with the Shopaholic books, the main adavantage is that they are very easy to read, uncomplicated, funny and full of laugh out loud moments (although less so then it's predecessors).
It's a perfect summer read and is fun to read on the beach or whilst sunbathing. Described as "fluff" by another review and I guess it is. But that's the fun of reading them. They don't pretend to be something they are not.
Becky never changes. Shes infuriatting at times because of this. Yet I still dont stop reading? Why? Because I'm addicted to this series and as much as Becky can irritate me I still want to read her story and I still want to read the other books in the series. Despite the obvious negatives I will point out below, Kinsella must be doing something right to keep me coming back!
It's the third book now and Becky's still acting irresponsibly and selfishly, in fact even more so in this book. She lies, keeps secrets and spends excessivly STILL. where is the character growth? You can't help but think that 3 books in, Becky should have learned from her past mistakes and stop getting herself in such complicated situations in the first place. However, It seems that no matter what ridiculous and complicated situations Becky manages to get herself in, she always gets saved in the end without really having to pay for her own stupidity. This becomes infuriating and makes the books plot predictable as always.
I can't help think that a better ending would be one that wasn't all happy, one where Becky's mistakes finally have greater consequence. This would set up a really interesting openning for the next book in the series where Becky is trying to rebuild her life. It would also be a welcome suprise for the reader.
I didn't like the book being set in a whole new country. I understad that a new country means new characters who can breath new life into the series. However, Luke's miserable mother and Becky's fashion designer friend Danny are no replacement for the characters Becky leaves behind in England. For example, Becky's parents, her parent's next door neighbours and Suze and Tarquin are much missed characters who make rare but welcome appearances in this book. It was also much easier to relate to Becky and her surrondings whilst she lived in London because I knew the shops and places she visited. The New York world Becky now lives in feels a bit alien to me.
It takes far too long to reach a conclusion on which wedding Becky choses. This story is the main focus of the book and drags on for so many pages that it's often tempting just to skip to the end to find out what she does, especailly as the character gets more and more annoying and by this point you're begging her to chose!
I didn't previously know anything about this series of books, but you can tell from the design and pastel colours on cover - and well, from the title also, obviously - that this is a sort of a gold standard 'chick-lit' book.....the kind of tome from an objectionable but highly popular genre...I say 'objectionable' because it has led, amongst other things, to such idiocies as the second-hand copy of 'Sense and Sensibility' I recently bought being reprinted in pastel colours and having an endorsement written on the front from Helen Fielding (the 'Bridget Jones' author) to the effect that it's her 'favourite Jane Austen novel'.
(No doubt Ms Austen would be thrilled.)
So while they say 'don't judge a book by its cover' that's what I have been doing with all 'chicklit' (yuk) until now, and this is a long way of saying I wouldn't usually have considered picking this kind of book up. But I ran out of other reading material and so I gave this a try and.....really quite liked it.
Its a fluffy, very easy-to-read story about arrangements surrounding a wedding, that in the book's being set - through a series of misunderstandings - in both New York and England simultaneously. One wedding will be super-plush; the other has much more of a Blue Peter homemade feel to it, and the prospective bride is torn between deciding which option she most prefers. This heroine has featured in a couple of previous novels - both of which I will, guiltily, be keeping a sharp eye out for as I would really quite like to read them - and in this one she gets married to Mr Darcey - sorry, scrap that - though the main guy's name in this book is not 'Darcey' but 'Luke' still he's your basic tall, dark and handsome rich manly understanding and romantic type. In fact he could BE Mr Darcey from Jane Austen or Brigitte Jones (take your pick); by the same token we could justabout call the Becky, female lead 'Brigitte' because the book, written informally in first person's voice (ie approaching diary) is pretty derivative in the sense that it's basically Brigitte Jones by another name, but its a fun and entertaining read for all that.
It is heavy on what I found were the funniest parts of Brigitte Jones - the home-counties-suburbia element of her family relations; here the bride's mother lives in Surrey surrounded by a slightly loopy collection of neighbours and the sections featuring Becky's Oxshott relatives were some of my favourite parts.
The book makes for excellent summer reading, and is written so skillfully that the author makes it all seem quite effortless - its very well put together, however.
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 third book in the series, and Becky and Luke are now living in New York and Becky has a fantastic job of a personal shopper in Barneys, at her Suze, her best friends wedding, Luke proposes, but then comes the question of where to get married. There is her home in Oxshott with her mother and friends in attendance, or the picture perfect wedding at the Plaza in New York with every one that's anyone in attendance. Becky decides to make her decision later (like usual) however when the times comes to tell the 'mother' where they are getting married, she just can't seem to make the decision and ultimately hurt Luke's mother or her own mother.
If you enjoyed the first book or even the film then you will love this one, it's not the best book in the series by far, but it was very enjoyable and like always it had me laughing out loud in places. As the characters are really quite established now, you feel yourself cringing when Becky walks into different shops and bless her struggles with not buying things.
This book is not as much about the Shopaholic thing as it is about the wedding and Becky's inability to say no and hurt people's feelings, this also leads to a lot of lies flying about, and Luke being the typical gentlemen keeps telling her he doesn't care what it looks like, as long as she gives him the time and the date of the wedding and he'll turn up, little does he know that is the problem Becky is facing.
The character of Becky in this book is a lot more lovable as she is a lot more established in this book, you do get the feeling that Becky's family and everyone around her is 'slightly stupid' as they fall for the weird things she does, and it does become far-fetched at times.
This is the weakest book so far, I didn't find it as compelling and as funny as the previous two. It was very good, but you will find yourself cringing a lot more at Becky's antics as they get even stupider and more far-fetched, and it does lose some of the charm that the previous books had.
However if you've read the previous two books, then you really have to carry on the series because so far, I'm half way through book four and am loving every minute of it. These are fantastic books and Sophie Kinsella's writing style is just brilliant, but I think a lot of her antics were just a little bit too far fetched and it made the book less believable.
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 is not as easy to read as the other books as you will find yourself cringing at her antics, otherwise the book is very good and it expands the series very well.
If you've read none of these books, then please check them out, there some of the best books I've ever read and Sophie Kinsella is just a fantastic writer. A good book, but could have been a lot better.
© Kirsty 2009
Rebecca Bloomwood has the dream job. She's a personal shopper, so is able to spend other people's money all day instead of her own. And she gets paid for doing it. The perfect job, the perfect man - gorgeous Luke Brandon - and now... the perfect wedding. Yes, Luke has proposed and wedding bells are in sight. No excuses are needed to start the shopping trip of all time.