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Mini Reviews: Confessions of a Shopaholic (#5 & #6)

Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #5
Published 27 Feb 2007 by Dial Press

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Summary: Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn’t be more overjoyed-especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician.

But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke’s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky’s perfect world starts to crumble. She’s shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #6
Published 21 Sept 2010 by Dial Press

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Summary: Sophie Kinsella has dazzled readers with her irresistible Shopaholic novels–sensational international bestsellers that have garnered millions of devoted fans and catapulted her into the first rank of contemporary storytellers. Now her beloved heroine Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) returns in a hilarious tale of married life, toddlerhood, and the perils of trying to give a fabulous surprise party–on a budget!

Becky Brandon thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true: a shopping friend for life! But it’s trickier than she thought. Two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.

Minnie creates havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “Mine!” and she’s even trying to get into eBay! On top of everything else, Becky and Luke are still living with her parents (the deal on house #4 has fallen through), when suddenly there’s a huge financial crisis.

With people having to “cut back,” Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source–and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves.

Will Becky be able to pull off the celebration of the year? Will she and Luke ever find a home of their own? Will Minnie ever learn to behave? And . . . most important . . . will Becky’s secret wishes ever come true?

 

As the summaries suggests, Becky is now a mother of one tenacious little Minnie Brandon. I really really really loved the addition of Minnie. She’s such a hilarious little girl. Her favourite word is “mine”, and while its completely adorable, she gets a little bit bossy and demanding, kind of like Becky.

Becky does quite a bit of growing up in these two books. She learns how to deal with being a mother, learning how to deal with being told that she’s a shopaholic (yes, someone finally told her!) and dealing how to work with a budget. I feel that her character has definitely grown and developed, especially in book 6. She learns how to handle relationships more carefully and tries even harder to keep things together. She seems more responsible, even.

Again, I have to stress that this book or series isn’t going to be for everyone. Becky and her shopaholic problems may rub people off the wrong way, but this is just one of those books people either love or hate. Either way, this series is fairly simple to get into and its not very deep — they’re very straightforward and easy to digest.

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Mini Reviews: Confessions of a Shopaholic (#2 – #4) By Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #2
Published 29 Jan 2002 By Dial Press Trade Paperback

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Summary: With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky Bloomwood’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. That is, until Luke announces he’s moving to New York for business—and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say “Prada sample sale,” Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury department stores.

Surely it’s only a matter of time until Becky becomes an American celebrity. She and Luke will be the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky’s bills an ocean away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line. Becky may have taken Manhattan—but will she have to return it?


Shopaholic Ties the Knot By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #3
Published 31 Aug 2004 By Dell Publishing Company

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Summary: Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky’s head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown. While Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

Shopaholic on Honeymoon By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #3.5
Published 10 Dec 2014 by Transworld Digital

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Summary: The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They’ve got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Arctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all).

 

They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course.

But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon?

Shopaholic and Sister By Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic #4
Published 30 Aug 2005 By Dial Press Trade Paperback

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Summary: Trouble between newly weds Luke and Becky Brandon started on their honeymoon, when Becky told a tiny fib about a shopping purchase. Luke put her on a budget and she’s struggling.

 

But things look up when, on her return, she finds out she’s got a long-lost sister. But Becky’s sister isn’t what she expects – her sister can’t, surely, hate shopping … ?

This series seems to get A LOT of flack from people. I don’t know why! OK, so maybe Becky Bloomwood is kind of silly and she doesn’t learn her lesson even after 4 books (let alone all 8…) but aside from her very obvious shopping problem, Becky is such a hilarious character. She’s so colourful, so silly yet so smart in her own right. We keep forgetting that she’s a former financial journalist and had a very popular television gig going for her before it all went to dust. She’s such a determined and strong character, a little ditzy, but she makes up for much of it with her other pleasant qualities. It’s so hard to hate Becky, personally. She’s such a charming character, its rather hard to put her off.

People say this book should have ended ages ago — she should have learnt her lesson by now. But, so what if she hasn’t? I think that’s the way people are. I personally have a bit of a spending problem myself, and sometimes its hard to accept that we have such problems and its even harder to kick the habit. I find that her character is quite realistic in that sense — it makes her quite human, although that can make her unlikeable to many. To each their own, I suppose.

The books are very fun in general. As the title suggests, Becky gets into all kinds of trouble, from moving to New York, to getting married, and finally meeting her long-lost sister. It’s a very quick and fun easy read, mindless almost. The books aren’t deep, they’re not supposed to be. They’re just very very fun and addictive. I read them one after another — and if you love the idea of following a shopaholic on a life journey through clothes and hidden bank statements, then pick these books up.

In fact, I’ve only just found out that Sophie Kinsella has written a #3.5 of what happens during Becky and Luke’s honeymoon. Its available to read for free on her website. Enjoy reading, folks!

 

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Confessions of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic #1
Published 4 March 2003 By The Dial Press

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Summary: Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

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Fun, fun, fun!

I think Sophie Kinsella has a way of making you fall in love with her characters. I watched the movie when it was out and it was alright, but I never felt the desire to pick the book up. But as I read he first few pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, I knew I was instantly going to love it. Rebecca is the perfect mix of ditzy-intelligent. She’s witty, intelligent and aware of her problems, but Rebecca has a problem: she’s a shopaholic and can’t pay the bills.

Rebecca is a realistic character with realistic problems, which is probably why her character is very well loved. Rebecca’s hilarious antics and attempts to dodge paying her bills is something I look forward to with each chapter. I absolutely loved that there are bank letters before the chapters — my favourite is the one in Finnish but all of them are equally hilarious!

Confessions of a Shopaholic is far superior from its movie counterpart. The movie omitted quite a lot from the book and changed some minor things such as Becky being American (she’s British in the books) and working for a gardening magazine (she works for Successful Savings in the books). The movie omitted Becky’s successful article for The Daily World, which I feel is one of the core plot of the book. I didn’t quite enjoy the movie version of Becky Bloomwood — she came off as too ditzy and silly, but the original book version of Becky Bloomwood was charming (albeit also ditzy and silly!)

I finally understand why people love this series so much. Its so easy to read but has fantastic and charming characters with a simple yet good plot. I do see myself continue picking the rest of the series up — I’m excited to see what Rebecca gets into next!

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