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review 2018-01-16 16:23
First in the Shopaholic Series is a Winner!
Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

I do re-read this book every couple of years. Probably because it was my first glimpse of Becky Bloomwood and I liked her a lot. I remember being in my 20s and spending with my credit card like I wasn't going to have to pay the bill. And I remember the juggling I did to pay down bills and the stress I would feel when I had to choose between eating something that was not soup or paying my JC Penney card down (starting off in government I had to buy new clothes...seriously people, instead of a wedding trousseau, we need to fund young men/women clothes when they go out into the workforce) so I wouldn't get a screeching call about being sent to collections. 


What makes "Confessions" so fun for me is that Becky is a mess. She's working at a job she hates (writer at Successful Saving) while trying to pay down her bills due to how much she loves shopping. And it's not just Becky loves shopping for clothes and accessories. It's pretty much any old thing. This of course is when Becky loses me cause I loathe shopping at the mall and every Christmas I promise myself I am just going to buy online and ship to my family. And every year I wait to late to do that (delivery fees are criminal) so I have to brave the crowds and try my best to not hip check people into kiosks. 


While Becky doesn't love the job she is in, she does love she gets to go to presentations dealing with banks and investment firms. Due to Becky not really paying attention at her job, she realizes a tip she gives a family friend could end up harming them and starts to get her life back on track. 

We do get a whole case of characters in this one who we will continue to read about throughout the series.

We have Becky talking about Luke Brandon who I would say is an earlier prototype of Christian Grey without the BDSM. 


Becky lives with her best friend and flatmate Suze who manages to have her life somewhat together more than Becky.

And we also have Becky's parents who are just as messy as Becky. Becky's neighbor's son who everyone thinks that Becky is into. 


I will admit there is very little development of the characters besides Becky and Suze and Becky's parents in this one. Luke is very one dimensional and stayed that way for me throughout most of the books. Besides being rich and tall, I don't get what was so interesting about him. 


The writing is okay. Nothing spectacular, but honestly, sometimes I want to read a fluffy book that makes me root for a character. Do I think this is going to go down as some classic over the years? Doubtful? But it is an enjoyable book. 

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review 2017-01-25 00:00
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan - Sophie Kinsella I am glad that I re-read this book, but feel disappointed overall with how the earlier books in the Shopaholic series no longer stand up. I think it's because I have already read these books and the latest, that I just feel nothing but flat out annoyance towards Rebecca (Becky) and her hare-brained schemes to not pay her bills, to cover up when she's in over her head, and somehow through sheer luck to get out of trouble. And then somehow is in the right in the end when she is 100 percent in the wrong.

I read the first book several years ago and remember being charmed by it. In this second book, we now have Becky and Luke dating. Becky has convinced Luke to go off and take a mini-break to the country. While there she realizes that Luke has plans to expand his company to America, specifically New York. Becky after the events in the last book has paid off all of her debts and thinks she finally has her shopping bug under control.

Spoilers, she does not.

Pretty much Becky acts as if she has paid her bills off, that apparently if she uses her credit card that means her balance stays zero. Considering that Becky is a financial expert (seriously this was always funny to me) on a morning television show, you would think she be a bit smarter. I think readers are supposed to find Becky endearing. I just found her to be hopelessly immature.

Becky's relationship with her parents is to keep them in the dark (though you of course realize they are not that dumb) and she wants Luke to make a public declaration of his love for her. Honestly, I never got to be much of Luke fan until the later books. He feels like a non-person in these earlier books. We are given bare bone facts about him and you can feel yourself sympathizing with him. But then we are supposed to ignore his need to prove himself in America cause Becky gets her feelings hurt when they go to New York.

There are secondary characters long time readers know about like Tarquin and Suze. They also don't age very well in this second book in my opinion.

The writing was okay, but the flow was pretty bad. I think it is because you are just waiting for the characters to move along to New York. Of course once we move from London to New York I was bored senseless. You don't get a real sense of the city, crowds, movement, the uniqueness of New York. That's cause all Becky is focused on is shopping and hiding it from Luke.

The ending at first I thought redeemed itself. But when we go to two months later and things are just kind of hand-waved away and Luke telling Becky how right she is (after once again having her finances get to threat level midnight levels) I just yawned myself through it.

I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017 square: Second Chances

This fits that square because the main couple breaks up and then gets back together at the end of the book..
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text 2016-12-05 11:50
Shopaholic - Die Schnäppchenjägerin: Roman zum Film - Sophie Kinsella



Haven't picked this one up in forever, I remember being really annoyed by it, so here we go. Not going to finish it.

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review 2016-05-24 18:25
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan - Sophie Kinsella

Hey hey hey everyone and how's it going? I'm doing pretty good myself! I know this is crazy that I'm posting a blog on a Tuesday, yesterday was my dad's 50th birthday and so I decided to not post. Now, I'm here to do another review!!! Yay! Of course I will be reviewing Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella.


This one took me awhile to finish, because of Becky and how she is to herself! Don't get me wrong this one turned out a little better then the first one. Becky is a hard character to like, but after awhile she started to grow on me a little. I mean she does care about helping people and her best friend. 


Luke is still handsome as ever and charming, but he pretty much acted really douchey when it came to handling things outside of work, but he isn't so bad.


Suze is still supportive and caring and is successful by designing frames!


This one didn't turn out as bad and there was a lot of good moments to it! Becky is just being who she is and I can't get mad at her for being who she is. I too love to shop, but I go for the cheap things lol! So, that's all I have to say about this book. I know kind of short, but that's all I have. I might end up getting the rest of the series and see where it takes me!


Well, that's it from me and I'm just excited to finally having another review and also, tomorrow I will have another one yay!!! I hope you all have a great day/night where ever you are and til tomorrow!




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text 2016-05-23 13:49
Reading progress update: I've read 146 out of 416 pages.
Shopaholic - Die Schnäppchenjägerin: Roman zum Film - Sophie Kinsella

Putting it in hold for a bit cause I'm not feeling it at the moment.

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