Shopaholic Takes Manhattan Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
“Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”—People
“A laugh-a-minute read.”—Glamour (U.K.)
“Faster than a swiping Visa, more powerful than a two-for-one coupon, able to buy complete wardrobes in a single sprint through the mall—it’s Shopaholic!”—The Washington Post
“Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”—The Boston Globe --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Very funny writing! Sometimes I laughed out loud. Easy to read + hilarious. Becky Bloomwood is alternately frustrating + lovable.Published 15 months ago by marg
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 morePublished on June 3 2005
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 morePublished on March 8 2005 by Cat Harvey
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 morePublished on Dec 31 2004 by shopaholic gal
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 morePublished on July 19 2004
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by Amazon Customer
What happens when a confirmed, although reformed (somewhat!!) shopaholic arrives in Manhattan......seriously?? She shops until she is unconcious!!! Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by jeanne-scott
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 morePublished on July 6 2004 by Kristi Ahlers