Book Review: Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

Book Review: Shopaholic Takes ManhattanShopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Random House LLC
Publication Date: 2004
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Humorous, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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I wasn't a big fan of the Shopaholic books I read. Becky Bloomwoods's flighty character was funnier in the movie than in the book.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Universally beloved by readers, Sophie Kinsella’s national bestseller, Confessions of a Shopaholic, introduced the irrepressible one-woman shopping phenomenon, Becky Bloomwood. Now, in this hilarious follow-up, Becky 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 department stores.

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?.”

My Thoughts:

I am a sucker for romantic comedy movies so I thought surely that chick lit would be my preferred genre for nighttime casual reading. This was the second of the Shopaholic books I read and I was equally bored with this one as I was with Shopaholic Ties the Knot. I guess the main character, Becky Bloomwood, is funnier on screen but when I invest more time in reading, I am not as amused with her flightiness and obsessions. The book had its amusing moments but not enough to keep me reading the series. That being said, I did enjoy Kinsella’s Remember Me? Maybe I’m better off with her standalone books.

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Have you read the Shopaholic series or seen the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie? What about Sophie Kinsella’s other books? Happy reading!

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About Sophie Kinsella

From author’s website: “Sophie Kinsella raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide and she has since featured in five further adventures in Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister and Shopaholic & Baby. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Sophie Kinsella has also written four standalone novels which have all been number one bestsellers: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me? and Twenties Girl.

Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.

She submitted her first ‘Sophie Kinsella’ novel anonymously to her existing publishers and it was snapped up without her editors knowing that she was already one of their authors. It wasn’t until the appropriately titled Can You Keep a Secret? was published that Sophie revealed her true identity for the first time.

Sophie Kinsella was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.”


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