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on February 15, 2003
If you read and enjoyed the first novel in this series (Confessions of a Shopaholic) then you'll probably enjoy this book too... because it's practically the same story over again. Girl shops compulsively, buries herself in debt, contributes to a blunder that affects nearly everyone she knows within a 50 mile radius, blindly stumbles upon the solution that not only brings her success and recognition, but the affection of the one and only Luke Brandon. Girl gets boy. Girl saves day.
The first three chapters of this book were so monotonous I considering chucking the whole thing. Kinsella's over-zealous reintroduction of our friend Becky crossed that gray line where humorous becomes annoying ridiculous. She gives us page after page of Becky's inner ramblings, her shopping philosophies and her self-absorbed outlook on life. I wanted to shout, "OK, I get it!" Then, around the fiftieth page, the story finally takes off with a hilarious account of Becky and Luke's first weekend getaway where certain obstacles present themselves and pave the path for the rest of the book.
After its awkward beginning, Kinsella's writing becomes clear, concise and downright funny. While the overall theme of this story clearly mirror's her previous one, I was still able to find myself laughing out loud at many of the scenarios. The creation of such lovable characters should be considered an accomplishment, and I look forward to reading Becky's next adventures in Shopaholic Ties the Knot.
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Becky Bloomwood has become a bit unbearable. It was quite disappointing to see that she really didn't learn anything after the first novel. "Confession's ..." left one thinking that Becky had finally gotten a clue as to how self economoy works. As the book opened with a series of collections letters we see that nothing at all changed, and if anything that she regressed in intelligence and spending. I would have understood losing control in Manhattan but she never had any control.
The other thing that bothered me is that Becky seems to be quite the liar. It could easily have been titled "Pathological Liar takes Manhattan". As a reader, I found all of her lies just about unbearable and I simply could not sympathize with her. She seemed to lie without purpose and at the drop of a hat. SHe lied to everyone and then we are supposed to feel sorry that her neighbors thought she had made up Luke. Her lies only get worse in Manhattan.
And my final urk... What was with Suze and Tarquin hooking up? Totally bizarre and unneccesary. Oh well!
Overall, there were enjoyable episodes, but not nearly as satisfying as Confessions, or other novels in the Brit Girl genre.
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on June 1, 2002
This was a really terrific, funny book. Other reviews have done a good job of summarizing the plot. 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.
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on April 18, 2002
I was so excited to see this sequal on the shelves at my local bookstore, and I bought it immediately. This is another light hearted tale of Becky and her credit card blues. Luke tries to open up an office of his PR firm in New York, and he whisks Becky away with him. Of course, Becky can't get enough of the Big Apple's stores, and she goes right back into debt. There are some interesting plot twists in here- evil businessmen/women, intrigue and a slap-in-the-face disappointment.
I knew this was going to be a light book when I bought it, but I was surprised at just how light it ended up being. You knew Becky was going to get into shopping trouble, but all of her shopping sprees started to get a bit old by the middle of the book. The ending is definitely good and was a fresh surprise- I can't say anything more about that, but she ends up doing something I never would have thought of doing. I would have liked to have seen a few more plot lines more developed (like with Luke's mother) and less on the spending. I just think that I thought the first was best because it was new.
I really like Becky Bloomwood, and I wouldn't mind reading about her again. I just don't know where the series would go from here. But if you like Bridget-type books, you'll like this, too!
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on April 16, 2002
This book is a follow-up to 'Confessions of a Shopaholic', Sophie Kinsella's first novel about London T.V. Talk Show Host Becky Bloomwood.
It picks up a few months later, in which Becky has landed the great job and is debt free....or is she??
She is dating Luke Brandon, and he's getting ready to go on a trip to New York...and Becky's invited!! Prada, Bloomies, Saks 5th Ave, all those shops!!!!! SHOPPING!!
But can Becky keep her finances in check in the most alive city in the world?
-You'll have to read and find out!
(I do have to comment that I really didn't like the ending of this book. The book overall was extremely entertaining and Kinsella does a great job with her word use & played to the T with 'Confessions...', but after the event on page 292 ... everything seemed really bland and played out. It should have ended with the event.)
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on March 15, 2003
Okay, I know this is a "fun" book, the humour is tongue-in-cheek and over the top, and I indeed did laugh out loud in several places. However, I often felt that I was reading through a psychaitrist's case study, I mean this girl is in need of some serious intervention. When I read "Confessions of a Shopaholic", I thought Becky was in need of some professional help then, now the poor thing seems downright certifiable. While Becky's antics are fun to read about, they must be done in conjunction with a total dispensation of belief. A life lived like hers would be anything but funny! That said, this is a very quick, cute little book that you can polish off in a couple hours. I know the next in the series pertains to Becky's marraige, I can only imagine "A Shopaholic Does Therapy" can't be far behind.
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on July 4, 2003
Okay, I have to admit that I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's first novel in the Shopaholic series, but the idea has definitely grown tiresome in this novel. True; I did read the book in about two days. It is a very easy book to read, probably best to read poolside on vacation. Becky Bloomwood ends up in Manahattan and further exploits her spending problems in the Big Apple. However, as lighthearted as it is, it gets extremely repetitive. Just about every situation and adventure that Becky Bloomwood gets in is completely predictable. It's almost as if the author doesn't understand that the readers have an ounce of intelligence in them. Overall, this was a cute book, and totally easy to read. Just don't expect to be more than just slightly amused.
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on February 5, 2002
I enjoyed Confessions of a Shopaholic so I was really looking forward to reading the follow-up. It was certainly a quick and easy read, but some of the predicaments that Becky got herself into during the first half of the book were really just too much. Why are we supposed to feel sorry for her? She struck me as the kind of person you would be constantly annoyed with if you knew her in real life.
From the middle to the end of the book, when Becky actually started dealing with her mess, I felt the book picked up. It showed that Becky wasn't just a flake, but that she was just a normal girl with a problem. And the nice, tidy happy ending didn't hurt...
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on February 27, 2003
Yes Becky's back, for more of the same. it's so much the same that you might think you are rereading the first book in the series.
Written with the same light humourous feel that made the first book a joy to read. This sequel takes the same plot ideas as the first and just changes the setting from London to Manhattan.
Once agian Becky tries, and fails to control her uncontrolable urges to shop, and gets herself in another financial mess only to mend her ways, and save her love life at the end.
I was looking for more, and came away disappointed that the author didn't try to do more with Becky.
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on May 17, 2003
I did enjoy this book, but I liked "Confessions Of A Shopaholic" Just a little bit more. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan did not disppoint me. Becky is just as crazy as she has ever been. She makes me laugh with her logic thinking since she paid off her credit cards that she won't have to worry about them for a while when in reality she keeps forever spending. It's so funny to see how she deals if she were to lived in New York. I am looking forward "Shopaholic Ties The Knot" I was still an Enjoyable book.
Happy Reading Lisa
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