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Shopaholic Takes Manhattan [Mass Market Paperback]

Sophie Kinsella
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March 2 2004 Shopaholic
The irresistible heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot is back! And this time Becky Bloomwood and her credit cards are headed across the Atlantic.…

With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to pack light. But packing takes on a whole new meaning when 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 boutiques.

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

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The world is a different place since Helen Fielding triumphed on both sides of the Atlantic, but the torrent of benignly self-indulgent Bridget Jones's Diary knockoffs has not subsided. In this sequel to Kinsella's bestselling Confessions of a Shopaholic, Becky Bloomwood, a personal finance "expert" with her own TV show, is more of a financial mess than ever: she can't stop shopping, even though she can't afford anything. She's even assigned her flatmate, Suze, to monitor her spending, but to no avail: Becky is full of cute rationalizations, like "Foreign money doesn't count, so you can spend as much as you like," and can't stop herself from sneaking into posh boutiques. Her work-obsessed boyfriend, Luke, runs a financial PR agency, and when he gets the green light to open an office in New York City, he brings Becky along. Upon her arrival in the Big Apple, she euphorically discovers Barney's, Saks, Sephora and sample sales but when wind of her shopping excesses gets back to the British press, she loses both her relationship and her TV job. Becky manages to save the day in predictably winning fashion, with plenty of comic moments along the way. Sure, it's tongue-in-cheek and all in good fun but will the barrage of shopping hijinks be enough to hold readers this time around? Kinsella creates some winning characters, but the credit card and shopping bag action is wearing dangerously thin.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A laugh-a-minute read" Glamour "Sophie Kinsella's likeable characters and her keen eye for the absurd make this book hugely enjoyable." Waterstones Books Quarterly "Witty and hilarious" Cosmopolitan "Kinsella comes good with lots of light-hearted laughs and a mushy ending to die for." Mirror "Fast, funny and slick, this is a sure-fire bestseller." Sunday Mirror --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I enjoy a light read as much as anyone. Something light, fun, enjoyable. While I like the humor and quippy lines, I find that character development suffers in favor of ridiculous behavior. Instead of exploring the characters, for example, this mostly-unbelievable character goes to a store and proceeds to buy a number of items she doesn't even want, just for increasingly unbelievable attempts at saving face in front of people she doesn't know.
It gets annoying, as though the character really is without a brain at all, and in general, has no admirable qualities. She lies to cover up her stupid shenanigans, even to her boyfriend. You start to wonder why a high-powered, driven guy is with such a nitwit.
And in the end, everything is resolved in fairy-tale fashion, improbably and unbelievably. If you're wanting something where you could daydream yourself as the heroine, forget it. It's too farcical for that. It's highjinks and mayhem worthy of the most tired and predictable sitcom.
If this book were a food, it would be a pixy stick--pure sugar, no nutrition, and not belonging in a regular diet.
I did give it two stars though, because in spite of the ridiculousness of the plot and characters, the author does manage to write in a conversational tone that draws the reader. It's just a shame that she can't inject a little believability or substance into her stories.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the first! March 16 2002
Format:Paperback
I hate say how much this second novel let me down. The first "shopaholic", I truly enjoyed, perfect light hearted fun, and great cottage reading. Somewhat of a "shopaholic" myself, I found the first book to be hilariously enlightening. The sequel though, I found terribly predictable, boring, and the only thing that forced myself to finish it was the hope of a glimpse of fun to reveal itself, unfortunatley, I made it to end feeling it to be nothing more than a waste of my time. Wish I felt differently, I love an easy, fun read once in a while.
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring March 31 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Is there anything more tedious than tagging along on someone else's shopping spree? That's about as much fun as this book is.
The bimbo main character really got on my nerves. And for her "successful business man" boyfriend - he's straight out of some silly commercial.
If you want fun chick lit, read Marian Keyes, India Knight or Helen Fielding instead! They've got brains as well as funny traumas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall this was a really good book Oct. 11 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Becky and her boyfriend Luke are moving to New York so he can set up a new office there, and Becky's shopping gets out of hand again, creating disaster. It's not a complicated book at all. But that's not a bad thing -- this is a terrific book to curl up in bed with, or to take to the beach with you. I found myself laughing out loud a great deal more than the first. Becky's attempts to sneak in her purchases without anyone seeing are hilarious, and something I could relate to. Her experience at the wedding of an old family friend was also true to life (on a bigger scale, obviously -- you have to read it to understand). I thought Becky was much more well developed and I liked her a great deal more in this book. She still lies, but somehow her lies don't seem quite as awful. She has more confidence and she takes charge of her life more -- I really liked how she handled herself when everything fell apart. I like Luke, although he still could've used more depth. Overall this was a really good book that I think most women would enjoy. If you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterful novel--The Fates, I'd highly recommend reading it. Truly an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kinsella Creates a Sequel as Good as the First! June 21 2004
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Format:Paperback
I read this book a day after I read the first Shopaholic book. It is just as good, maybe better, than the first. Since everything in the book was bought in dollars, not pounds, it was easier to really see how much money Becky was spending. (Although I don't think American money is play money!)
The only complaint I have about this book is how blind-sighted Luke was about his mother. Luke is an accomplished entrepenuer, yet he still can't see his mother as an "absolute cow." Even this didn't bother me so much.
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan is definitely a great sequel to Confessions of a Shopaholic. It didn't ruin the first book, but enriched it. Many of the characters stayed the same, personality-wise, which is good, because sometimes in sequels the main characters are completely different then they are in the beginning, and not in a good way either.
This is definitely a great book and a worthwhile read. A chick-flick, so I wouldn't recommend it for guys, but any girl who loves to shop and knows what its like to want something and not need it will definitely relate to this book. Although Becky can be a bit annoying sometimes (she is incredibly naive about money), and you want to enter the book and tell her what's happening, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan is hilarious, uplifting, and a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book May 6 2004
Format:Paperback
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan is a continuation of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Becky Bloomwood is a financial adviser on a morning talkshow in London with a great boyfriend and a great roomate. Things start to change thought when she finds out that her boyfriend is going to start a company in New York and that her flatmate is dating her (the flatmates) cousin. Becky moves with her boyfriend to New York and absolutly loves the city, except for one thing his bitchy mother. She does not let that get in the way of her shopping thought and spends most of the day going to places like Bloomingdales, Saks, and places like that. It all catches up with her though when a tabloid in London has a report about hopw London's top financial consultant owes many pounds to London shops and still spends her time shopping till she drops in all of New York's finest stores. This leads to her getting fired from her job at the morning show as well as her relationship with Luke. She goes back to London and just as she thinks that she hit it ruff she finds out about her flatmate and the flatmates cousin. The flatmate though has a plan. Sell her stuff, and pay off her cards. Becky does this and the plan works, she gets out of debt and she and Luke get back together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Book 1...
I've only read the first 3 in this series and I thought this one was the best of the 3 (although I've been told by several ppl that this is the least interesting one). Read more
Published on June 3 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Foosball
Ok. So Becky finally goes to new York. Only she is not sure what is going on. Every one is so nice to her. Oh Becky. She is so great. SHe really gets America and shopping! Read more
Published on March 8 2005 by Cat Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Continuation of the Original...
Shopaholic takes Manhattan is again such a fun read and is very addictive. I don't recommend reading it before bedtime because if you're like me, you'll never end up going to... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2004 by shopaholic gal
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, No! Please, Becky! Stop being so stupid and put it down!
I made it through reading the first Shopaholic book all alright. I suppose that's only because I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by "causteffective"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summer Reading
I Read confession ofa Shopaholic and inmediately feel in love with the story...The I Bought Shopaholic Takes Manhattan It was like seeing my portrait. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by "wilmy"
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, funny and fast paced!!
What happens when a confirmed, although reformed (somewhat!!) shopaholic arrives in Manhattan......seriously?? She shops until she is unconcious!!! Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by jeanne-scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Chick-Lit What A Concept!!!
Becky Bloomwood is Great! This was a fun story with great characters. Becky is a bit spacey but fun, and not at all malicious. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Kristi Ahlers
5.0 out of 5 stars better, best, good
If you're reading the Shopaholic series, this is the best of the lot. You should read them in order to appreciate all of the inuendos. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by P Pruett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read!
First of all, I have to say that when you start reading this book, you have to take into account the title and realize it's not going to be a spectacular piece of literature with a... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Better The Second Time Around...
I LOVE Becky Bloomwood. She is the cutest thing to ever appear in any book I've read.
In Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Becky finally has gotten her act together, and paid off... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Steph B.
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